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Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard

Wide Receiver #87
ADP:Round: 9, Pick: 4
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 194 lb.
College:Oklahoma
Age:26
Born:February 10, 1994
Drafted:2016 / Rd. 2 (40)
Draft Team:NYG

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

Sterling Shepard: Another full practice Thursday

Shepard (concussion) practiced fully Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Per Dan Duggan of The Athletic, coach Pat Shurmur expects Shepard to get out of the concussion protocol prior to Sunday's game at Chicago, but his evaluation in front of an independent neurologist won't happen until Friday, at the earliest. While Shepard has logged back-to-back full practices, it should be noted he logged three in row Week 9 before having a recurrence of symptoms and reentering the protocol. As a result, nothing is guaranteed with the health of the fourth-year wide receiver.

November 21, 2019 12:13 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Trending in right direction

Shepard (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Shepard is still in the league's five-step concussion protocol, according to Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post, but the Giants expect him to receive full clearance from an independent neurologist later this week. Barring any setbacks, the 25-year-old is trending in the right direction for Sunday's contest against the Bears after a five-game absence.

November 20, 2019 9:49 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Puts in full practice

Shepard (concussion) was a full participant at Monday's practice, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Giants won't release an official injury report until Wednesday, but the fact he was considered a full participant Monday backs up coach Pat Shurmur's optimism for a return this week. Regardless, the 25-year-old will need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist at some point his week if he's going to play Sunday against the Bears. Shepard suffered his second concussion of the season Week 5 versus the Vikings and has missed the last five games.

November 18, 2019 2:45 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Coach optimistic for Week 12 return

Coach Pat Shurmur said after Monday's practice that he's optimistic Shepard will clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol and suit up Week 12 against the Bears, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Shepard remains in the protocol coming off the Giants' Week 11 bye, he took a notable step forward by participating in Monday's practice. The extent of his participation won't be known until the Giants release their first injury report of the week Wednesday, and Shepard will still need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist at some point if he's to return to action versus the Bears. Shepard has been diagnosed with two concussions this season and already experienced a setback while recovering from his latest head injury, so he'll likely have more of an uphill battle to gaining clearance this week than the other three players on the roster that are in the concussion protocol (Rhett Ellison, Janoris Jenkins and Nate Solder).

November 18, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Puts in practice

Shepard (concussion) was seen participating Monday in the Giants' practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Giants won't release their first Week 12 injury report until Wednesday, at which time Shepard will likely go down as either a limited or full participant in practice. The difference between limited and full participation is fairly significant for Shepard, as the latter would indicate that he has been given the green light to take contact. Shepard has been sidelined since Week 5 after suffering his second concussion of the season and will need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist in order to suit up Sunday against the Bears.

November 18, 2019 8:07 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Ruled out for Sunday

Shepard (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Arizona.

Analysis: Despite managing limited participation earlier this week, Shepard won't make it back from his second concussion of the season in time to avoid a Week 7 absence. The Giants likely will deploy Golden Tate, Darius Slayton and Cody Latimer in three-wide sets, though Cody Core and Bennie Fowler could also get some snaps. Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram have been cleared to play.

October 18, 2019 9:32 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Unlikely to play Sunday

Shepard (concussion) isn't expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Shepard suffered his second concussion of the season Week 5 and missed last Thursday's loss to the Patriots, and it's not a major surprise he's not expected to clear the concussion protocol this week. The 25-year-old is working as a limited practice participant this week but has yet to be cleared for any contact work. Golden Tate and Darius Slayton should take the lion's share of the snaps at wide receiver versus Arizona.

October 18, 2019 7:16 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Logs limited practice

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

Analysis: Per Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record, Shepard remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and was donning a non-contact jersey during the portion of Thursday's session that was available to the media. Though Shepard appears to be progressing well from his second concussion of the season, he's no lock to clear the five-step protocol before Sunday's game against the Cardinals arrives. Wideouts Golden Tate and Darius Slayton and tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley would represent Daniel Jones' top targets in the passing game in the event Shepard is sidelined for another game.

October 17, 2019 10:25 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Limited in practice Wednesday

Shepard (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Shepard is dealing with his second concussion of the campaign, so even though he's been cleared for on-field work, the Giants likely will exercise caution as he goes through his recovery. As a result, his status for Sunday's game against the Cardinals is murky at best.

October 16, 2019 3:15 PM EST

Sterling Shepard: Takes individual drills

Shepard (concussion) is going through individual drills during Wednesday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Shepard is likely headed for a 'limited' practice designation Wednesday. Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Evan Engram (knee) are also participating in individual drills. The Giants are hoping to have the three starters available for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, though Shepard will need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist before retaking the field.

October 16, 2019 9:17 AM EST

Sterling Shepard: Logs on-field work

Shepard (concussion) was cleared to take part in individual drills during Monday's light practice session, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Working back from his second concussion of the season, Shepard is still unlikely to gain clearance to play ahead of Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but his presence on the field offers optimism that he'll be able to avoid injured reserve. Perhaps out of recognition that Shepard will likely be sidelined for the second game in a row, the Giants re-signed Bennie Fowler on Monday to provide additional depth at receiver.

October 14, 2019 8:19 AM EST

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