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Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard

Wide Receiver #87
ADP:Round: 10, Pick: 7
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 194 lb.
Born:February 10, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 2 (40)
Draft Team:NYG

Sterling Shepard: Could return Thursday

Shepard (toe) continues to practice on the side but could be activated from IR before Thursday's game versus the Eagles, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Raanan explains that Shepard likely will need to return for Tuesday's practice to have a chance to suit up Thursday. The fifth-year wideout hasn't played since Week 2 against the Bears. If he's able to return to the lineup, Shepard would be a starter in three-wide sets alongside Darius Slayton (foot) and Golden Tate. Through the first two games, Shepard caught eight of 10 targets for 76 yards.

October 19, 2020 1:22 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Works on side Thursday

Shepard (toe) got in some light work on the side during Thursday's practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While Shepard is eligible to take part in practice after spending three weeks on IR, he didn't participate as he draws closer to the final stages of his recovery from a turf toe injury. He doesn't seem likely to be activated in time for Sunday's game against Washington, which would make his next chance to play Week 7 in Philadelphia. In the meantime, Darius Slayton (foot) and Golden Tate will continue to earn the bulk of the targets among Giants wide receivers.

October 15, 2020 10:12 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: May not practice this week

The Giants may not designate Shepard (toe) to return from IR this week, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: If the Giants aren't sure that Shepard will be ready to return by at least Week 7's Thursday night contest against the Eagles, Stapleton reports, it could make sense for the team to wait until Oct. 22 to officially open his 21-day practice window. Only designating Shepard to return after the Week 7's contest would allow the team a maximum timeframe to evaluate the 27-year-old, who has missed the last three games while dealing with turf toe.

October 14, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Return to practice imminent

Coach Joe Judge expects Shepard (toe) to return to practice this week, indicating that he could play Sunday against Washington, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: If Shepard indeed returns to practice, it'll open the 21-day window for the wide receiver to be activated from IR. Judge explained that he wants to get Shepard moving in practice and see how he responds before making any decisions on his game status. If Shepard returns for Sunday's game, he's expected to start in three-wide sets even if he's still held back a bit by his injury.

October 12, 2020 1:25 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Joins Saquon Barkley on IR

The Giants placed Shepard (toe) on injured reserve Wednesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard becomes the second Giants skill-position player to head to IR in the last two days, joining running back Saquon Barkley (knee), who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Fortunately for Shepard, his bout with turf toe isn't nearly as dire, but he'll be forced to miss at least three games as a result of the injury. While Shepard is on the mend, Damion Ratley and C.J. Board will see added opportunities in three-receiver sets alongside starters Darius Slayton and Golden Tate, both of whom could also benefit from a slight uptick in targets.

September 23, 2020 7:28 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Unlikely to play Week 3

The Giants don't anticipate Shepard (toe) being available to play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Shepard exited the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Bears due to a suspected case of turf toe, playing just 15 first-half snaps before heading to the locker room. Though the Giants haven't commented on the severity of his injury, the team apparently doesn't have much early optimism that Shepard will be able to rally for Sunday's game. New York will presumably wait and see what Shepard can do in practices Wednesday through Friday before making an official call on his status, but if he's sidelined against San Francisco, C.J. Board would likely step into a starting role at receiver alongside Darius Slayton and Golden Tate.

September 23, 2020 6:39 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Turf toe suspected

Shepard (toe) is believed to have suffered a turf toe injury during Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Bears, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Shepard will have an MRI on Monday to officially determine the nature of his injury. Turf toe injuries can carry a variety of recovery timeframes depending on severity, with a Grade 2 issue usually ranging from several days or up to a few weeks. In the event that Shepard's injury is significant enough that he's forced to miss any time, Damion Ratley and C.J. Board stand to see increased reps behind top wideouts Darius Slayton and Golden Tate.

September 21, 2020 8:07 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Ruled out Sunday

Shepard won't return to Sunday's contest in Chicago due to a toe injury, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Shepard got hurt late in the first half, limping to the sideline and reaching at his left foot before limping to the locker room, per Leonard. After attempting to run a route on the Giants' first play of the third quarter, Shepard again made a visit to the locker room, and the team ruled him out a short time later. He'll end Week 2 with two receptions (on four targets) for 29 yards and one six-yard carry. With Shepard out, the Giants will turn to Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Damion Ratley and C.J. Board to handle WR reps.

September 20, 2020 11:55 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Hurts toe Week 2

Shepard picked up a toe injury during Sunday's contest at Chicago.

Analysis: The Giants already lost lead back Saquon Barkley to a knee injury, and now the team's No. 1 wide receiver has a health concern. The potential exists for Shepard to return, but in the meantime position mates Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Damion Ratley and C.J. Board will hold down the fort.

September 20, 2020 11:44 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Makes six grabs

Shepard caught all six of his targets for 47 yards in Monday night's 26-16 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Shepard hauled in everything thrown his way besides an unsuccessful two-point conversion, but his production was limited to underneath routes for modest gains. In contrast, second-year wideout Darius Slayton again emerged as New York's top deep threat, catching six of nine targets for 102 yards and two scores. Although having Golden Tate sidelined Monday adds another factor to consider, Shepard's stock could still benefit from more vertical looks. In absence of those, he'll remain of most value in PPR leagues that reward his craftiness getting open for intermediate grabs.

September 14, 2020 7:58 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Locked in for key role

Shepard, Golden Tate and Darius Slayton appear locked in as the Giants' top three wide receivers, Michael Eisen of the official team website reports.

Analysis: Each of the three is a viable candidate to lead the team in targets, and the same can probably be said of tight end Evan Engram or even running back Saquon Barkley. Health has arguably become the biggest problem for Shepard, who has played 53 of a possible 64 games in his NFL career but does come with a worrisome history of migraines and concussions. There's also been some question about his effectiveness playing outside rather than the slot, though he seems to draw targets whenever he's on the field, averaging at least 4.1 catches per game in each of his four seasons with the Giants. Given the sturdy competition for targets, a big season from Shepard probably requires QB Daniel Jones taking a sizable step forward in his first year under head coach Joe Judge and OC Jason Garrett.

August 18, 2020 7:08 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Par for the course

Shepard caught 57 of 83 targets in 10 games this season, more or less living up to his draft-day billing on a per-game basis.

Analysis: The per-play output was somewhat disappointing, though -- only 6.9 YPT, down from 8.1 a year ago and 10.1 yards per catch, despite playing with the more downfield oriented Daniel Jones. Moreover, Shepard's two concussions put him at greater risk to miss time in 2020 should he take another big hit. He should reprise his role as one of the team's top receivers, but Golden Tate and Darius Slayton will also get looks along with Kaden Smith, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley.

January 3, 2020 8:04 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Scores in impactful performance

Shepard caught all six of his targets for 76 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 41-35 win over the Redskins.

Analysis: Shepard displayed excellent chemistry with the returning Daniel Jones as he snared every ball that was thrown his way. He didn't make many big plays on the day, but his 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter was enough to propel him to a solid fantasy performance. Shepard, who has come alive over the last two weeks while catching 15 passes for 187 yards and a score, will look to finish strong next Sunday against the Eagles.

December 22, 2019 5:20 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Leading receiver in win

Shepard caught nine of 11 targets for 111 yards in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Shepard led the Giants in targets, catches and receiving yards, but he just missed getting into the end zone. The 26-year-old wideout reached 100 receiving yards for the second time in eight games played this season, but he's still stuck on two touchdowns. Now that he's healthy, Shepard will look to build off this performance when the Giants travel to Washington in Week 16.

December 15, 2019 2:35 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Catches four passes

Shepard caught four of seven targets for 28 yards in Monday night's 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Shepard trailed only Darius Slayton in all major receiving categories, but his production was a far cry from the rookie's 5/154/2 line. With Eli Manning at quarterback, Shepard represents the most familiar face in New York's passing offense, which figures to benefit him as long as Daniel Jones (ankle) remains sidelined. Although that situation didn't bear much fruit Monday, Week 15's matchup against the lowly Dolphins could be different for Shepard.

December 9, 2019 10:01 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: To have familiar face at QB

Shepard is expected to be on the receiving end of passes from Eli Manning and not Daniel Jones (ankle) on Monday at Philadelphia, Dan Benton of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Jones emerged from Week 13 with a sore right ankle, but a subsequent MRI revealed a "moderate" high-ankle sprain. Considered "week-to-week" by coach Pat Shurmur, Jones is slated to be inactive Monday, yielding his starting spot to Manning. Shepard thus will have a familiar face leading the offense versus an Eagles defense that the wide receiver has feasted against in six matchups, notching 35 catches for 457 yards and four touchdowns, per the Giants' official site.

December 6, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Scores in loss

Shepard caught three of seven passes for 40 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-13 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Shepard tied the game up late in the first quarter when he corralled a, 18-yard lollipop from Daniel Jones near the front pylon for his first touchdown since Week 3. Injuries and overall offensive struggles have kept Shepard down for much of this season, but he's been prolific when in the game, with at least seven targets in all six of his starts this season. He's a strong fit for Jones' quick-strike style and the two's rapport should improve with time. Next up is a Monday-night matchup against a struggling Eagles team.

December 1, 2019 3:10 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Five catches in return

Shepard caught five of nine targets for 15 yards and added a 22-yard rush in Sunday's 19-14 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Shepard failed to break free for a catch of longer than six yards, but he found some space on an end-around. More importantly, he looked healthy in his first game action since Week 5, leading the team in targets. There should be better days ahead for Shepard now that he's back from a concussion. Up next is a Week 13 home date with the Packers.

November 24, 2019 3:26 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Removed from concussion protocol

Shepard has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: A full practice participant throughout the week, Shepard gained clearance Friday afternoon from an independent neurologist. He'll suit up for the first time since Week 5, joining Golden Tate and Darius Slayton in three-wide formations. A road matchup with the Bears defense isn't easy, but there should at least be a few extra targets to go around with tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) both ruled out for Sunday's game.

November 22, 2019 12:44 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Hoping for clearance Friday

Shepard (concussion) will visit an independent neurologist Friday in an effort to gain clearance for Sunday's game in Chicago, Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Shepard has been a full practice participant throughout the week, potentially setting up his first game appearance since Week 5. The Giants certainly could use the pass-catching help, with tight ends Evan Engram (foot) and Rhett Ellison (concussion) both ruled out already. Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record relays that coach Pat Shurmur is optimistic Shepard will be cleared for Sunday's game.

November 22, 2019 9:06 AM EST

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