The New England Patriots, as reigning Super Bowl champions, are sitting pretty at the top of the NFL right now - and will be there until at least Week One of the 2015 season.
As such it comes as a surprise today to hear one player who has recently moved on from Bill Belichick's roster claim that his new employees offer a "step up."
But that is exactly how Shane Vereen described his move to the New York Giants today when speaking to the media having completed negotiations on a three-year deal in the Big Apple.
"This is not a step down," Vereen told the Giants' official website.
"If anything, it's a step up. I'm looking forward to the opportunity, and I'm enjoying being in New York."
Vereen's words are unlikely to sit well with diehard Patriots fans as they see the versatile running back head down the East Coast.
Indeed New England supporters on Twitter haven't exactly reacted well.
Not all bad
Speaking after signing his three-year, $12.5 million deal though Vereen, aside from the subtle dig at the Patriots, did have some kind words for his former franchise.
"It's just a decision for my family...At the end of the day, I wanted to make a decision that was right for us, right for them.
"This is a great organization. I was fortunate to play in New England with another great organization, and this is no slouch."
To eager to please
After being afforded the opportunity to begin his career in the NFL by the Patriots, and win his first Super Bowl ring, it certainly seems odd for Vereen to describe moving to the Giants - 6-10 in the 2014 season - as a "step up."
The only logical explanation can be Vereen being over eager to please the Giants fan base on the day his switch became official. This is his first experience of moving franchises after all.
Unfortunately his sound bite might just leave a sour taste in the mouth of Pats fans who may otherwise have wished the pass-catching back well as he begins the next chapter of his NFL career.
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