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The Giants announced that RB Shane Vereen has a triceps injury that will require season-ending surgery. It's another blow to a backfield already dealing with a thumb injury to Rashad Jennings. We suspect that Vereen's absence will speed up the timetable to return for Jennings. New York's healthy RBs right now are Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey. Darkwa played well in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, taking 10 carries for 53 yards and a TD.

Update: NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that there's a chance Vereen will come back off IR at some point this season via the "designated to return" tag. The team also reportedly removed "season-ending" in reference to Vereen's surgery when it sent out the press release. Vereen's still fine to drop for more immediate help in redraft formats.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) wouldn't commit to being ready for Week 4 after sitting out Sunday's loss to the Redskins. "I'm going to do everything I possibly can," he said when asked if he'd play next Monday against the Vikings. Jennings also explained that concerns about his ability to pass protect and contribute as a receiver kept him out of the Washington game. Shane Vereen (13) and Orleans Darkwa (11) split backfield duties with Jennings sidelined and would likely play similar roles in Week 4 if Jennings remains out.

Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is not expected to play against the Redskins today. That's a surprise after he battled through the injury last Sunday and put in 3 limited practices this week. His absence leaves Shane Vereen as the best bet for touches in the Giants' backfield. He racked up 14 carries and 3 receptions last week and might be looking at a similar workload today. Orleans Darkwa also figures to see more action, and rookie Paul Perkins could make his NFL debut. Neither of those guys should be in fantasy lineups, though.

Giants HC Ben McAdoo said Monday that RB Rashad Jennings injured his hand in the win over New Orleans and will be limited in Wednesday's practice. "We'll see how it goes," McAdoo added. Jennings never left Sunday's game for good, and the fact that he'll practice at all on Wednesday means he should be fine for Week 3. He might be a risky fantasy start if that hand remains an issue, though. Jennings was out-snapped 40 to 34 and out-touched 17 to 15 by Shane Vereen yesterday.

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa will open the season as Rashad Jennings' backup, according to NJ.com. The G-Men finally axed mega-bust Andre Williams, leaving them with Darkwa, Jennings, Shane Vereen, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey. Jennings will handle the majority of the rushing workload, with Vereen as the primary passing-down back. That leaves very little for Darkwa, who could still eventually be passed by the rookie Perkins. Barring a Jennings injury, Darkwa remains off the fantasy radar.

Giants insider James Kratch believes Andre Williams "appears to have all but won the backup running back job." That's behind lead runner Rashad Jennings. Shane Vereen remains locked in as New York's passing-down back. It's pretty remarkable that Williams is getting another shot after averaging 3.3 and 2.9 yards per carry, respectively, in his first 2 NFL seasons. He's mustered just 3.7 yards per carry on 15 totes this preseason. We're not interested in him in fantasy drafts. Rookie Paul Perkins could still make a run at Williams' spot on the depth chart this year.

Giants insider Ralph Vacchiano says it “looks like” RB Rashad Jennings will be a “workhorse.” Jennings flourished in that role late last year, posting 432 yards on 79 carries over the final month. ”Obviously if it was like we finished the year - like Rashad finished - that would take care of a lot of problems," RB coach Craig Johnson said. "Because I thought at the end of the year he was probably playing as well as any back in football.” Johnson added that Jennings “deserves an opportunity to go out there and be the starter, which is what he is.” He’ll likely lose a good chunk of receiving work to Shane Vereen. But with the potential to see 200+ carries, the 31-year-old looks like a low-cost FLEX.

Giants HC Tom Coughlin suggested that he'll continue to deploy a RB-by-committee, despite RB Orleans Darkwa's strong Week 7 showing.  "We’re fortunate we have four guys that can play,” Coughlin said. “The four healthy guys, that’s a great thing, believe me.”  He added that Darkwa's role "depends on the plan and the type of game we expect and how we strategize."  Rashad Jennings currently leads the Giants with 71 carries, which ranks just 25th league-wide.  No Giants RB sits higher than 30th among RBs in PPR or non-PPR points.  It continues to be a situation best avoided.

RBs Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Andre Williams all rotated in with the Giants' 1st-team offense in Friday night's preseason opener.  In 4 series, Rashad Jennings tallied 2 carries and 2 catches, Andre Williams carried twice and caught 1 ball, and Shane Vereen had 2 carries.  It looks like the Giants want all 3 guys involved this season.  That could make them tough to rely on in fantasy lineups.  

The Giants released their initial depth chart Monday, and it listed RB Rashad Jennings atop the depth chart at his position. That comes amid speculation that Shane Vereen and Andre Williams could be challenging the veteran's status. We certainly don't expect Jennings to operate as a workhorse. The key to watch for will be just how much of a committee this turns into -- specifically how much receiving and/or goal-line work remains for Jennings. The Giants backfield doesn't look particularly appetizing for fantasy in 2015.

ESPN Giants writer Dan Graziano says he didn't see RB Rashad Jennings take the field with the 1st team at all over the past 2 days, despite taking "a lot of reps" with the 2nd team. Graziano pointed out that RBs Andre Williams and Shane Vereen "got a bunch of the first-team work." He stopped short of indicating that this represents the Giants' depth chart. But Graziano said he knows that the Giants like what Williams has shown this offseason. He also opined that Jennings' volume of special-teams reps in practice seems to indicate that the team isn't just trying to limit the veteran RB's exposure. We'll keep an eye on this situation. But with the backfield muddled at best, we see little reason to chase Jennings at his current early-6th round ADP.

Giants insider Nick Powell believes RB Rashad Jennings will "carry the rushing load" this season.  That'd leave Shane Vereen in a pass-catching role and Andre Williams as a short-yardage back.  Powell points out, per Pro Football Focus, that Jennings had the 6th-lowest percentage of runs go for 2 yards or less last season.  His 3.8 yards per carry was partly a result of a Giants offensive line that finished 26th in PFF's run-blocking rankings.  But Jennings ranked just 30th among 42 qualifying RBs in Elusive Rating, which measures a runner's production beyond the blocking he receives.  If he's not better in 2015, Jennings figures to lose more work to Vereen and/or Williams.

Giants insider Jordan Raanan came away from spring practices believing that RB Shane Vereen is "not just going to be a third-down back."  We've heard similar sentiments from other members of the New York media.  Vereen is getting lots of work in passing situations, as expected, but has also been busy as a ball-carrier and in the red zone.  He never topped 96 carries in New England but could set a new career-high in 2015.  RB Rashad Jennings turned 30 in March, has never played a full 16-game season and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry last year.  RB Andre Williams mustered just 3.3 yards per carry as a rookie and offers nothing as a receiver.  "Get ready for a lot of Shane Vereen," Raanan adds.

Giants insider Dan Graziano expects RB Rashad Jennings to lead the 2015 backfield in touches.  "Based on the conversations I've had, I believe the Giants still want Rashad Jennings to get the early-down work and that they'll give it to him as long as he can stay healthy," Graziano writes.  Of course, staying healthy has been a problem for Jennings.  He's never played a full 16-game season and has missed 12 games over the past 3 seasons.  Graziano expects RB Shane Vereen to dominate 3rd-down work and RB Andre Williams to be "sprinkled in."  Jennings and Vereen are both going in the 7th round of June MFL10 drafts, which seems like fair price tags.

Giants LT Will Beatty tore his pectoral lifting weights on Wednesday.  He'll undergo surgery and is expected to miss 5-6 months.  That knocks him out for about the 1st half of the season.  It's a big blow to an offensive line that seemed to be trending upward.  Beatty ranked 14th among 84 OTs in Pro Football Focus' 2014 overall grades -- 10th in run blocking and 24th in pass blocking.  The G-Men used the 9th overall pick of this spring's draft on Ereck Flowers, who could be forced to replace Beatty at LT.  New York could also use 2013 1st-rounder Justin Pugh on the left side.

Free-agent RB Shane Vereen is expected to ink a deal with the Giants when the market officially opens at 4 pm ET today.  He heads from 1 crowded backfield to another.  The G-Men have Andre Williams as a between-the-tackles pounder and Rashad Jennings as a more well-rounded back.  Vereen figures to slide into a similar role as he played in New England as a pass-catching specialist.  It's a disappointing landing spot for a guy we were hoping to see get a bigger ball-carrying role.  That could still happen longer-term, though.  Jennings turns 30 later this month.

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