Sterling Shepard

New York Giants
Wide Receiver #87
New York Giants
Wide Receiver #87

Sterling Shepard News

Coming along in recovery

Shepard started jogging again last week for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles in December, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports.

Analysis: Shepard's recovery from the injury, which he suffered in Week 15 last year, seems to be on track as Giants general manager Joe Schoen previously indicated that he hoped the wideout would be back by August. With that in mind, Shepard mentioned to Anderson that there's no pressure when it comes to his exact return date and that he's been limited to taking mental reps and catching balls from the jugs machine while working at the Giants' facility this offseason. The 29-year-old, who finished fourth on the team in receiving yards during his injury-riddled 2021 campaign -- hauling in 36 catches for 366 yards and one touchdown over seven games -- has appeared in 29 total games across the past three seasons.

Jun 2, 2022 1:18 PM EST

Could return by August

GM Joe Schoen noted Monday that he's hopeful Shepard (Achilles) will be back by August, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Analysis: Shepard, who tore his Achilles back on Dec. 19, has made good progress in his recovery, per Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger. That said, the wideout figures to be eased into the training camp/preseason mix by the Giants, with an eye toward giving him a shot to be available for Week 1 action. Prior to his injury, Shepard recorded 36 catches for 366 yards and a TD in seven games, and once he's up to speed, the 29-year-old will look to re-establish his role in a WR corps that also includes Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and Darius Slayton.

Mar 28, 2022 3:24 PM EST

Agrees to restructured contract

Shepard (Achilles) agreed to a restructured contract with the Giants on Thursday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Shepard will remain with the Giants for a seventh consecutive year while likely taking a pay cut after sustaining a season-ending Achilles injury in mid-December during the 2021 campaign. His recovery process is going smoothly so far, and there's optimism that he could be cleared to return by early summer. He hasn't played a full season in any of the last three years, and he hauled in 26 of 53 targets for 366 yards and a touchdown across seven games in 2021, all career-low marks.

Mar 10, 2022 3:22 PM EST

Pay cut being discussed

The Giants have discussed the possibility of Shepard (Achilles) needing to take a pay cut this offseason, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Shepard is scheduled for a cap hit of roughly $12.5 million in the 2022 season, but he's coming off an injury-plagued campaign that ended with a torn left Achilles mid-December. That likely puts the 29-year-old on track to miss all of spring activities, and potentially the start of the upcoming season. Nor are injury concerns a new development for Shepard, who missed eight regular-season games from 2019-20. While the Giants do have incentive to keep Shepard in house, as he's proven to be one of Daniel Jones' most trusted targets when healthy, it's worth noting that the team can also get out of the final two years of his contract for just under $8 million in dead cap.

Mar 3, 2022 7:40 AM EST

Heads to IR, done for season

The Giants placed Shepard (Achilles) on injured reserve Monday.

Analysis: Shepard's move to season-ending injured reserve was fully expected after he was diagnosed with a torn left Achilles' tendon following his early exit in Sunday's 21-6 loss to the Cowboys. Given the nature of his injury, Shepard will likely require surgery and miss the Giants' entire spring program, and his availability for the beginning of the 2022 season could be in question as well. The sixth-year wideout suited up in just seven games during an injury plagued 2021 campaign, finishing with 36 receptions for 366 yards and a touchdown on 53 targets.

Dec 20, 2021 1:44 PM EST

Suffers torn Achilles

Shepard suffered a torn Achilles' during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Per ESPN's Jordan Raanan it was a non-contact injury for Shepard, who is presumably destined for IR in the coming days. In his absence down the stretch, Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton currently profile as the Giants' top healthy wideout options.

Dec 19, 2021 2:00 PM EST

Cleared for Sunday

Shepard (calf) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Shepard was added to the injury report Friday after the calf issue limited his reps in practice, resulting in him taking a questionable designation into the weekend. Though hamstring and quadriceps injuries have prevented Shepard from playing in seven games this season, his latest lower-body concern won't force an absence. In his return to the lineup for last week's loss to the Chargers, Shepard played 81 percent of the offensive snaps and finished with two receptions for 27 yards on four targets. Expect Shepard to take on a similar workload Sunday.

Dec 19, 2021 8:44 AM EST

Questionable with calf injury

Shepard was added to the injury report Friday with a calf injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The late-week addition is cause for concern, even with the Giants listing Shepard as a limited participant on their Friday practice estimate (the session was just a walk-through). The veteran wide receiver caught two of four targets for 27 yards in last week's loss to the Chargers, playing 81 percent of snaps on offense in his first game back from a five-week absence caused by a quad injury. Shepard also missed time with a hamstring strain earlier this year, with lower-body injuries a recurring theme for him the past three years. An absence this Sunday could leave Pharoh Cooper as the Giants' slot receiver, with Colin Johnson also a candidate to take on snaps alongside Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton.

Dec 17, 2021 11:01 AM EST

Modest showing

Shepard caught two passes for 27 yards on four targets against the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: Shepard couldn't get much going in this one, his first game since Week 8, but it's probably less a reflection of Shepard's play and more a credit to the Chargers pass defense. That Mike Glennon was in at quarterback instead of Daniel Jones (neck) didn't help matters, either. Shepard should be in a good spot to build on these numbers when he faces Dallas in Week 15, especially if Jones can return by then.

Dec 12, 2021 5:45 PM EST

First appearance since Week 8

Shepard (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's road game against the Chargers, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Shepard is putting an end to a four-game absence due to a strained left quadriceps. In his return, he'll join forces with Kenny Golladay (ribs) at the top of the Giants' receiving corps that will be without rookie Kadarius Toney (oblique) for a third straight contest. In five appearances this season, Shepard has been fairly productive with a 32-324-1 line on 43 targets, but the Chargers defense is formidable, having given up 7.9 yards per catch (14th lowest in the NFL) and six touchdowns (second fewest) in 12 outings.

Dec 12, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Likely to end four-game absence

Shepard (quadriceps) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Shepard has been sidelined by the injury for the last four games, though he appears in line to take the field Sunday after logging three limited practices. If he is active, Shepard will likely share the field with Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Darius Slayton in three-wide receiver sets. Prior to suffering the injury, Shepard occupied a major role in the Giants' offense, racking up 32 receptions across five contests. Though reports are positive regarding Shepard's status, but sure to check in when official inactives are announced prior to the team's 4:05 P.M. ET kickoff.

Dec 11, 2021 10:07 PM EST

Questionable for Week 14

Shepard (quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's road contest versus the Chargers, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The Giants also deemed Kenny Golladay (ribs) as questionable, but Dan Duggan of The Athletic is of the belief that both Golladay and Shepard are in line to suit up this weekend. With Kadarius Toney (oblique) sidelined again, Shepard would serve as one of the team's top wide receivers in his first game action since Week 8, if he's considered active. Such a decision will become known about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 10, 2021 2:10 PM EST

Remains limited at practice

Shepard (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The same can be said for Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Kadarius Toney (oblique) as the Giants get closer to having their top trio of wide receivers available to the offense for the first time since Week 5. After Thursday's session, Shepard relayed to Jordan Raanan of that he's "very optimistic" he'll put an end to a four-game absence Sunday at the Chargers, but the Giants likely want to see how he reacts to another day of on-field work before making a determination about his Week 14 availability Friday.

Dec 9, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Limited on practice estimate

Shepard (quadriceps) was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard earned a limited listing on the Giants' last two Week 13 reports, but he was considered doubtful to play and eventually was inactive this past Sunday at Miami. Among New York's top three wide receivers, he was the only one to fit in some reps Wednesday, as both Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Kadarius Toney (oblique) didn't participate. Consequently, if Shepard puts himself into a position to suit up Sunday at the Chargers, he could serve as the team's No. 1 WR.

Dec 8, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Not playing Sunday

Shepard (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Shepard closed the week with a pair of limited practice sessions, he was listed as doubtful heading into the weekend before ultimately landing on the inactive list for the fourth game in a row. Due to the length of his absence, Shepard may need to upgrade to full participation in practice at some point during the upcoming week to have a shot at suiting up in the Giants' next game Dec. 12 against the Chargers. With Kadarius Toney (quadriceps/oblique) also inactive Sunday, the Giants are left with wideouts Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley as the main pass-catching options for quarterback Mike Glennon.

Dec 5, 2021 8:45 AM EST

Listed as doubtful

Shepard (quadriceps) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Miami, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: The same goes for Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad), while starting QB Daniel Jones (neck) is ruled out. Pharoh Cooper filled in as the No. 3 WR last week after being called up from the practice squad, but John Ross quad/illness) and Collin Johnson could also be options for the role this Sunday in Miami.

Dec 3, 2021 11:19 AM EST

Not looking good for Sunday

Shepard (quad) doesn't appear likely to play Sunday in Miami, according to Jordan Raanan of

Analysis: It sounds like he isn't doing much at Friday's practice after returning Thursday as a limited participant. With Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad) a step behind Shepard and QB Daniel Jones (neck) now expected to miss time, it'll likely be Mike Glennon throwing passes to Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram come Sunday. There's also an opportunity for depth players like John Ross (illness), Collin Johnson and Kyle Rudolph (ankle) to see extra snaps/targets, but in a difficult matchup against a hot defense with a backup QB at the helm.

Dec 3, 2021 9:30 AM EST

Limited in return to practice

Shepard (quadriceps) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The limited showing marks Shepard's first recorded practice activity since suffering the quad injury in the Giants' Nov. 1 loss to the Chiefs. Because Shepard missed four weeks and three games due to the injury, the Giants will likely need to see him practice fully Friday in order for him to avoid taking a designation into Sunday's game against the Dolphins. At any rate, Shepard appears to be in a better spot in his recovery from a quad injury than fellow wideout Kadarius Toney, who was a non-participant in Thursday's session while mostly working off to the side with trainers, per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. Shepard, meanwhile, stretched with his healthy teammates and took part in some individual work during the open portion of Thursday's practice.

Dec 2, 2021 12:12 PM EST

Not practicing yet

Shepard (quad) didn't practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard and Kadarius Toney (quad) remain limited to side work with the training staff, while depth wideout John Ross is now out from practice with an illness. The Giants do have two experienced starters healthy in Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, but they'd surely love to have at least one of Toney or Shepard back in the lineup. It's unclear if that'll happen this Sunday at Miami, as both injured wideouts continue to miss practice.

Dec 1, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Ruled out again due to quad

Shepard (quadriceps) won't play Sunday against the Eagles, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard will miss a third consecutive game as a result of this injury. In addition to missing Shepard, the Giants will likely be without Kadarius Toney, who's listed as doubtful due to a quadriceps injury of his own. Kenny Golladay is New York's top healthy wide receiver for this clash of NFC East rivals.

Nov 26, 2021 12:51 PM EST

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