Sunday’s game in New England potentially pits Vereen against old brother Shane -- the Patriots' starting running back and key contributor on offense with 259 rushing yards (one touchdown), and 23 receptions for 185 yards and two scores.
The brothers have yet to battle each other during a game -- until now.
"After draft day obviously we looked up each other's schedules," Brock Vereen said. "Since then it's something that we've both been anticipating, but we're very excited for it to actually be here.
You know, it's an exciting time for my parents and my family. But from a personal standpoint I've got to stay focused and get ready to go."
A fourth-round draft pick, Vereen started Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins (five tackles), and is a candidate to see the field on defense in New England. Vereen is also tied for fifth on the team with five special teams tackles.
Of course, Vereen’s defensive playing time likely hinges on the health of safety Chris Conte (shoulder). Conte practiced without restrictions Wednesday, but the safeties' 2014 track record is concerning. Conte failed to finish four of the first six games before being inactive against the Dolphins.
"There are definitely things I feel I did well and there's definitely things I need to improve on," Vereen said regarding his first NFL start.
Would Vereen hesitate to clobber his brother Sunday, if the opportunity presented itself?
"That's my job; just like he would be looking to run me over or break my tackle," Vereen said. "So we're very excited."