Shepard caught three of seven targets for 37 yards in Thursday's 34-13 loss to the Eagles. The Giants passing game struggled all game, and Shepard's production suffered as a result. Making matters worse for Shepard, Evan Engram could be back next week, providing another key mouth to feed.
Shepard caught four of seven targets for 75 yards during Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Panthers. Shepard finished second on the team in targets, finishing behind only Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley in receiving yardage. He broke off a long gain of 28 yards and could have had a bigger day if not for a couple of misfires from Eli Manning. Shepard is now averaging 6.7 catches to go along with 77.3 receiving yards per game over his last three, and he'll look to continue his recent form Thursday against the Eagles.
Shepard (back) doesn't have a designation on the final injury report for Sunday's game at Carolina, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Shepard had a minor procedure earlier this week to remove a cyst from his lower back, but it didn't stop him from logging a full practice Thursday. With tight end Evan Engram (knee) ruled out for at least one more game, Shepard is the unquestioned No. 3 option in a top-heavy offense led by Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham. Shepard parlayed the role into a 10-77-1 receiving line on 10 targets last week against the Saints.
Shepard (lower back) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. Even though Shepard failed to practice Wednesday after requiring a minor procedure earlier the week to remove a cyst from his lower back, coach Pat Shurmur predicted it wouldn't be anything that impacted the wideout's availability for the weekend. Shurmur's comments still appear to hold true a day later, as Shepard returned to the field Thursday and logged every rep in practice to remove any doubt about his status for Sunday's game against the Panthers. After reeling in all of his season-high 10 targets in the Week 4 loss to the Saints, Shepard should again be in line for extra volume in the passing game with tight end Evan Engram (knee) set to miss a second straight contest.
Shepard (lower back) returned to practice Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. In the wake of a procedure earlier this week to remove a cyst from his lower back, Shepard didn't take the practice field Wednesday, instead riding a stationary bike during the open part of practice. He was an active participant Thursday, though, as he ramps up his activity level for a Week 5 visit to Carolina. His workload will be confirmed when the Giants release an injury report Thursday afternoon.
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