FOXBORO — When it comes to providing a scouting report on the Bears, Shane Vereen is better prepared than most of the Patriots.
When he lines up Sunday against Chicago, the New England running back will get his first crack at his brother — Bears rookie safety Brock Vereen — for the first time as professionals.
“I’m looking forward to it — it’s exciting,” Shane said after practice Tuesday. “It’s definitely going to be a good time for me and my family. But at the same time, you have to get down to the basics. It would mean more if we just came out on top and won the game as a team.
“Growing up, we talked about it a lot. But we were never on the field together at the same time because of our age difference. Now, we finally get that chance, and we’re both really excited about it.”
While he was interviewed by the Patriots prior to the draft, Brock ended up going in the fourth round to the Bears, and has 12 tackles in seven games in his first year with Chicago. The 5-foot-11, 199-pounder, who said he was looking to put a big hit on his brother when he reached the NFL, said in February that Shane was a big help to him throughout the pre-draft process.
‘I’ve been very fortunate as to always to have an older brother at the level I was trying to get to,’ said Brock in February. ‘When I was in high school, he was already in college, and now, the situation here. Just to have that insight, and to understand the ins and outs of certain things that some people might not find out until they’re actually in the NFL, it’s definitely a blessing.”
Of course, there’s also the chance to put a hit on your brother.
“I have not been hit by my brother. Not in pads,” said Shane with a smile on Tuesday. “I definitely think he is looking forward to it. So am I.”
Shane said there will plenty of family in attendance, but he said Tuesday that their mother, Venita, isn’t going to tip her hands as to who she’ll be rooting for.
“Last time I talked to my mother, she said she was going neutral — no colors,” Shane said. “We’ll see. I think that’s going to change.”