Second-year wide receiver out of Oklahoma, Sterling Shepard, impressed in his first year in the NFL. He has had a majestic offseason thus far, putting him into consideration as the teams No. 2 receiver.
The signing bolstered a receiving corps that saw a significant drop-off after the almighty Odell Beckham Jr., and adding a former No. 1 wide-out adds serious potential for an offense that struggled to score points in 2016.
Red-zone production was one of the areas the Giants struggled to succeed in, which will surely see a boost after adding 6-foot-4, 230-pound Marshall to the mix.
But, despite Marshall’s intangibles, second-year receiver Sterling Shepard is creeping up the depth chart and could supplant Marshall as the No. 2 by next season.
The young Oklahoma product caught everything thrown his way during OTAs and minicamp. He was making plays all around the Quest Diagnostic Training Complex, proving why he’s capable of handling the load he deserves.
He’s been Eli Manning’s favorite target throughout the offseason, and will surely carry that into the Prime Time match-up against Dallas in week one.
Shepard has become a forgotten man after the signing of Marshall, but his skill is undeniable and his red-zone production in 2016 was the only reason the G-Men even put points on the board in some games.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO IMPROVE:
Shepard hauled in a sufficient number of catches in 2016 (65 catches), but he needs to improve in yards after the catch.
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