It was just the second time in his career he had 20 or more receiving yards — the other a 91-yard day in the Thanksgiving massacre of the Jets— and had only once rushed for more yards — 49 in the first meeting of the year against the Jets.
In very limited duty a year ago as a rookie he had just 57 yards and one touchdown rushing and didn’t catch a single pass.
“He really came through,” said Slater. “He spent the season preparing himself and has done a great job. He has been a great teammate, and did really nice work. I’m especially happy for him because he’s a Southern California guy too (Slater attended UCLA, Vereen played at Cal ).”
Hardly a monster, listed at 5-foot-9 and a generous 205 pounds, Vereen certainly came up huge when the bright lights were finally on him last night, and was clearly savoring the performance after the game.
“Guys go down and you have to step in,” he said. “It’s been a lot of practice and a lot of coaching all year to keep me sharp. I knew what was on the line, and I wanted to take advantage.”