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|The third-year breakout season for Shepard that many anticipated, especially with the prolonged absence of Odell Beckham Jr. due to injury, never materialized as the former Oklahoma Sooner managed just 66 receptions for 872 yards and four touchdowns on 107 targets.
Although some may chalk up Shepards' struggles to a terrible New York offense, the stats somewhat paint a different picture. The Giants finished 12th overall in passing yards, just ahead of the Saints and the Vikings. And the G-men finished the season with 689 total points for 16th in the league, ahead of other more impressive offenses like the Eagles and Vikings.
It is possible that Shepard moving to the outside with the addition of Golden Tate to the slot could lead to more touchdown opportunities. It is also possible that the improvements to the offensive line could give Eli Manning more time to let plays develop downfield for Shepard and Corey Coleman.
It is also possible that the Giants turn to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones midway through the season should the team be struggling to win games. If that does happen, all skill position players on the team take a knock in their value, especially the receiving corps.
|Golden Tate slapped with 4-game suspension|
Rough week for Giants WR corps
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Jul 27, 9:15 am
|Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is appealing a PED suspension, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and confirmed by NJ Advance Media. Given that this is his first offense, he could face a four-game suspension if he loses. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants lost Corey Coleman to an ACL injury, Sterling Shepard to a fractured thumb and Tate's four-game suspension all in the same week. Tate is appealing and could get the penalty reduced but it's safe to say it hasn't been a good week for the Giants receiving corps. The Giants are likely to bring in a veteran receiver very soon.
| Sterling Shepard week-to-week|
WR breaks left thumb in practice Thursday
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 25, 10:40 pm
|The X-ray on Sterling Shepard’s thumb revealed a fracture. Sterling Shepard will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis. (NY Giants on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: A strong candidate for his first 1,000-yard season with Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland, Shepard will likely at best suit up for Week 1 with little to no practice under his belt. The Giants don't figure to boast an explosive passing game by any means in 2019, but a prolonged absence from Shepard would likely mean huge target shares for Saquon Barkley, Golden Tate and Evan Engram.