Giants RB Shane Vereen said he is being cautious this offseason, and "taking it day by day" after rushing back onto the field last season, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
Vereen was lowkey at OTAs as he continues his rehab on the triceps he tore twice last season. The first tear came in Week 3 against the Redskins, where the Giants originally deemed him inactive for the rest of the season. Instead, he returned in Week 14 against the Cowboys, and eventually tore it again against the Lions the following week.
The 28-year-old admitted it was a mistake to return early.
"I'm not a doctor, but I think I rushed it a little bit too quick the first time," Vereen said. "So this time around, we're definitely taking our time, we're definitely making sure the muscle is strong enough and the tendons are strong enough. So that way I don't miss any more time on the field."
Running backs coach Craig Johnson noted that it was a tough year for Vereen last season as he had to watch the Giants struggle on offense from the sideline.
"Last year was a tougher year for him because he wasn't able to stay on the field," Johnson said. "He had to overcome injuries. Right now, he's working through that. I've watched him in the offseason and he is getting back some of his quickness. We have to make sure that he is ready for the next season."
Vereen will most likely be on the side, continuing to gain his strength back during mandatory mini camp this week. The Giants restructured his contract this offseason, cutting his pay by $1 million. He does have incentives in place to make it back this season.
A dynamic pass-catcher out of the backfield, Vereen only recorded 11 receptions for 94 yards last season. He is searching for a bounce-back year, and he thinks he is on the right track.
"I'm feeling good," Vereen said. "The trainers and coaches are taking it day by day, and so am I. Hopefully, we'll be ready to go by Week 1."