'Legggooo' land for RB Vereen

Catching Up With Patriots RB Shane Vereen (1:05)

ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss spoke with RB Shane Vereen after practice to talk about injuries and expectations. (1:05)

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes on running back Shane Vereen and how he's making a move in his second season with the club. His motto this year might best be described as "legggooo!"

"It's a completely different world this year," Vereen said Tuesday after the team's 15th training camp practice, of which he's participated in every one. "I'm able to stay out on the field for longer than two practices. I'm able to learn, I'm able to progress, on the field as well as off the field.

"Every day I do take a walk up those steps [to the practice field], I thank God that I'm still chugging along. It's a grind, that's what camp is, but it's a great opportunity to get better, especially for the young players like myself."

Vereen, a 2011 second-round draft choice (56th overall), had a completely different experience in 2011. There was no offseason work because of the lockout, then he showed up to camp a few days late (his contract was yet to be finalized) and injured his hamstring during one of his first workouts. He never really caught up to the rest of the team the rest of the year, with fellow rookie running back Stevan Ridley -- a third-round pick -- contributing more.

When Vereen hurt his hamstring again later in the season, it was like a double whammy, setting him back again.

Looking back, he thinks he knows why he had those health issues.

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.