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Sunday mailbag: Expect Shane Vereen to see the field a lot for the Giants

Welcome to the Sunday edition of the New York Giants Twitter mailbag. It's just like the Saturday edition, except it comes out a day later.

@DanGrazianoESPN: I think so too. The Giants signed Shane Vereen to augment their running backs corps with a third-down playmaker who could catch the ball out of the backfield and make plays with the ball in his hands. The role offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo hasĀ in mind is the one David Wilson was supposed to play last season before neck injuries forced him into early retirement. However, Vereen brings something else in addition to his pass-catching ability on third downs. The Giants also like Vereen as a pass protection running back, which mean they believe he can help their passing game in a variety of ways. Rashad Jennings still seems likely to get the bulk of the first-down and second-down work, with Andre Williams working in some and possibly helping out at the goal line. But Vereen wasn't just a pass-catching back in spring practices, and they don't seem worried about handing the ball off to him. If they're really struggling with their tackle situation and their pass protection in general, Vereen could end up seeing the field more than some might have anticipated at the time of his signing. @DanGrazianoESPN: Look, it's easy to rip a guy who's not here anymore, but former defensive coordinator Perry Fewell already has been fired and replaced, so I'd caution against piling on. That said, yes, the defensive players to whom I've spoken during this offseason seem energized by new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and are happy to hear him preaching aggressiveness and installing a scheme that should remain more simple and consistent from week to week. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is likely to benefit from the added freedom the new scheme grants him (though I still think he'll benefit more from being healthier this season than he was in 2014). We know Spagnuolo will emphasize the pass rush and ask his defensive linemen to get up the field and after the quarterback, assuming he can find enough defensive ends on the roster who can do it. And yes, there have been some outright complaints about Fewell and his style, most notably from second-year safety Nat Berhe. But let's be honest here. This is going to be about results. If the Giants don't play better defense under Spagnuolo this season than they did under Fewell last season, no one's going to be raving in December about how much more aggressive Spagnuolo's schemes are. It's nice that everybody seems positive about things in the summertime. We will see how it all works out. Spagnuolo has significant personnel issues to overcome still. Thanks for all of your questions. Enjoy your Sunday.