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Sterling Shepard

New York Giants
Wide Receiver #87
New York Giants
Wide Receiver #87
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Sterling Shepard News

Productive again in losing cause

Shepard brought in nine of 10 targets for 94 yards in the Giants' 30-29 loss to Washington on Thursday night. He also netted minus-9 yards on one rush attempt.

Analysis: Four day after essentially serving as the offense's lone bright spot in a season-opening loss to the Broncos, Shepard was at it again Thursday, albeit once again in a losing effort. The veteran followed up the 7-113-1 Week 1 line with a nice bump in receptions. While New York's team prospects look bleak, the fact Shepard already has logged 19 targets through two games and has been highly efficient with them gives him plenty of fantasy momentum going into a Week 3 home matchup against the vulnerable Falcons a week from Sunday.

Sep 16, 2021 9:17 PM EST

Gets taste of preseason

Shepard caught five of six targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 22-20 preseason loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Shepard's only exhibition appearance saw him finish with a team-high tally in receptions. Now prepped for the regular season, Shepard will turn his focus to Week 1's matchup versus the Broncos, which will kick off his sixth year as a starter for the Giants.

Aug 29, 2021 6:34 PM EST

In line to play preseason Week 3

Shepard is slated to play at least the first half of next Sunday's preseason finale against the Patriots, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Shepard hasn't seen game action so far during exhibition season, but he'll be out there next weekend with Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram, at least. The question marks are Saquon Barkley (knee) and Kenny Golladay (hamstring). If both aren't cleared to suit up, Shepard would serve as the top pass-catching option for the Giants offense.

Aug 22, 2021 2:51 PM EST

Gets more competition

The Giants used the 20th overall pick on wideout Kadarius Toney, making for an even more crowded receiving corps.

Analysis: The Giants were already deep at the position with Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, but Toney's routes are likely to overlap even more with Shepard's. Moreover, Evan Engram and pass-catching tailback Saquon Barkley should get their share of looks too. There are suddenly a lot of mouths to feed in this offense.

Apr 30, 2021 4:35 AM EST

Two TDs in starring effort

Shepard caught eight of 10 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown while adding 24 yards plus a touchdown on two carries during Sunday's 23-19 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Shepard got off to an excellent start with a 23-yard rushing touchdown on the opening drive. He went on to lead the team in targets and receptions as he delivered a season-best yardage total while adding a 10-yard receiving score. Despite topping 60 receiving yards just three times prior to this one, Shepard certainly came through when it mattered the most and finishes the regular season with 656 yards in 12 appearances. He'll look to carry this season-ending form into the playoffs, if Washington loses to the Eagles on Sunday night.

Jan 3, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Cleared to play

Shepard (rib) isn't on the injury report for Sunday's game against Dallas, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Shepard will close out the regular season in a favorable matchup, after posting season highs for targets (12), catches (nine) and yards (77) in last week's loss to Baltimore. He missed the first Cowboys-Giants matchup back in Week 5, which was Darius Slayton's best game (eight catches for 129 yards) of the year. Shepard figures to spend a lot of time in the slot Sunday afternoon, as Golden Tate (calf) is doubtful to play.

Jan 1, 2021 12:24 PM EST

Limited again Thursday

Shepard (rib) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The Giants' injury report was replicated for a second straight day, which left Golden Tate (calf) as a non-participant and tight end Evan Engram (calf) as limited. There's no reason to believe Shepard is in danger of missing Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cowboys, especially with a playoff berth on the line. Friday's practice report will give a sense of the wide receiver's ability to suit up this weekend.

Dec 31, 2020 11:46 AM EST

Nursing rib injury

Shepard (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard paced the Giants in receiving by catching nine of 12 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown during last weekend's loss to the Ravens, but he appears to have picked up a rib injury in the process. New York requires a win over Dallas on Sunday for any chance of making the playoffs, so it wouldn't be surprising if Shepard's practice reps are being capped to better ensure his availability.

Dec 30, 2020 12:20 PM EST

Team's top target in loss

Shepard caught nine of 12 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Shepard paced all Giants in receptions and yards while logging the team's lone receiving TD of yet another low-scoring effort. When on the field over 10 appearances this season, Shepard has attracted a workload of 7.2 targets per game. His 77 yards from Sunday represent a new season high, while a TD provides Shepard with his first in eight games. In Week 17, Shepard will have a chance to face off against the Cowboys for the first time this season, as he was residing on IR with a toe injury when the division rivals last met Oct. 11.

Dec 27, 2020 2:59 PM EST

Catches four balls

Shepard caught four of his seven targets for 51 yards Sunday night against the Browns. He also had one carry that lost three yards.

Analysis: The Giants offense was sluggish behind Colt McCoy, but Shepard is getting his looks at least. He's a low-end possession option for the season's final two weeks.

Dec 22, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Quiet in Jones' return

Shepard caught three of five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 26-7 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Shepard came up four receiving yards shy of Golden Tate's team-leading total, as quarterback Daniel Jones' return from a hamstring injury didn't do much to spark New York's struggling passing attack. After getting into a rhythm with five consecutive games of six-plus catches, Shepard has caught only four passes over his last two combined.

Dec 13, 2020 2:52 PM EST

Struggles against Seattle

Shepard recorded only one reception on six targets for for 22 yards in Week 13 against Seattle. He also converted a two-point conversion.

Analysis: Shepard was out-targeted by only Evan Engram, though he failed to turn that into any substantial production with Colt McCoy under center. His most meaningful contribution came on a successful two-point conversion, when he beat Shaquill Griffin to a pass in the corner of the end zone. While McCoy did not hesitate to look Shepard's way, Shepard may struggle to post numbers so long as Daniel Jones (hamstring) remains sidelined.

Dec 6, 2020 7:17 PM EST

Gains clearance for game day

Shepard (toe/shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard was a limited participant in practices Wednesday through Friday while managing the two injuries, but the Giants were evidently encouraged enough with his health to give him the green light heading into the weekend. Since returning from injured reserve Week 7, Shepard has quickly re-established a connection with quarterback Daniel Jones, hauling in 33 of 40 targets for 283 yards and a touchdown. However, with Jones (hamstring) listed as doubtful for the Week 13 contest, Shepard will now have to attempt to forge a connection with Colt McCoy, who is expected to start under center.

Dec 4, 2020 11:25 AM EST

Has reps capped at practice

Shepard (toe/shoulder) was limited at Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: For a second consecutive session, the Giants capped Shepard's practice reps, but there's been no indication his current health issues will impact his availability for Sunday's game in Seattle. Friday's injury report may clear up his status for Week 13.

Dec 3, 2020 1:08 PM EST

Has practice reps capped

Shepard (toe/shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard has been a regular on Giants injury reports this season and even spent a four-week stretch on injured reserve. Since he returned to action Week 7, he's tallied at least six catches in five consecutive games on his way to a 33-283-1 line on 40 targets. Assuming he gets past his current health concerns, Shepard will look to exploit Seattle's 32nd-ranked pass defense Sunday.

Dec 2, 2020 12:26 PM EST

Catches seven of eight targets

Shepard caught seven of eight targets for 64 yards during Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Shepard led the team in receptions while finishing second in receiving yards and third in targets. His long gain went for just 16 yards as he finished under 10.0 yards per reception for the fifth straight game. Nevertheless, Shepard is averaging eight targets per game over that same span and continues to see his fair share of looks. Despite an inviting matchup against the Seahawks next Sunday, Shepard's fantasy value could be hindered if Daniel Jones (hamstring) is forced to miss the game through injury.

Nov 29, 2020 2:38 PM EST

Cleared to face Cincinnati

Shepard (hip/toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official website reports.

Analysis: Shepard had the same routine prior to his Week 11 bye, listed as a limited participant in every practice Weeks 8-10. He didn't have an injury designation for any of those games, and he averaged 6.7 catches for 53.3 yards on 8.0 targets while playing at least 70 percent of offensive snaps each week. Shepard hasn't done much in terms of big plays or touchdowns the past couple years, but he always seems to see plenty of short passes.

Nov 27, 2020 12:24 PM EST

Puts in limited practice

Shepard (hip/toe) was limited at Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Despite having his practice reps capped in both sessions this week, Shepard is slated to play through his hip and toe issue in Sunday's game at Cincinnati. The best indication that'll come to fruition is for Shepard to avoid a designation on Friday's injury report.

Nov 26, 2020 11:08 AM EST

Limited but should play

Shepard (hip/toe) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice but is expected to suit up against the Bengals on Sunday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Shepard is officially listed with both hip and toe injuries on Wednesday's injury report, per Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio, but it appears that he's still on track for Week 12. The 27-year-old wideout has put together four straight games with at least six catches while serving as Daniel Jones' preferred checkdown option.

Nov 25, 2020 1:21 PM EST

Records six receptions

Shepard recorded six receptions on six targets for 47 yards in Week 10 against the Eagles.

Analysis: Shepard served as Daniel Jones' checkdown option throughout the early portions of the game, though he did keep the chains moving by converting two first downs. His most explosive play of the contest came on the Giants' first offensive possession in the second half when he made a leaping 27-yard reception down the left sideline. Though Shepard hasn't posted flashy stat lines since returning from a toe injury in Week 7 against the Eagles, he now has at least six receptions in all four contests. He and the Giants head into their bye in Week 11, but Shepard should remain a key part of the team's game plan in Week 12 against the Bengals.

Nov 15, 2020 3:52 PM EST

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