The Broncos had a standout rookie running back in 2018, but it wasn't Royce Freeman. That honor went to Phillip Lindsay, who was undrafted but still made the Pro Bowl. Freeman, who was expected to be the star in Denver's backfield, played in more of a supporting role, and he only scored in double digits in PPR points three times. Lindsay is coming off a significant wrist injury from last year, so keep an eye on his health heading into the season, but Freeman is only worth drafting with a mid-round pick in most leagues. He was a disappointment as a rookie, but Freeman can still be a factor this season, even in a complementary role to Lindsay. And if Lindsay suffers a setback with his wrist or gets hurt again, Freeman could become a weekly starter in all formats.
Shepard has been participating in team drills during spring workouts. Before re-signing with the Giants in March, Shepard missed the final two games of the 2018 season with an ankle injury. It doesn't seem as if the receiver's rehab extended into OTAs, though. In advance of training camp, Shepard is looking to win one of the final roster spots at receiver under Sterling Shepard (wrist) and Golden Tate.
Shepard (ankle) agreed Wednesday to re-sign with the Giants on a one-year contract, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Shepard played more snaps on special teams (203) than offense (183) in 2018, catching 10 of 19 targets for 188 yards and two touchdowns. His value on the Giants' coverage units gives him a decent shot to stick on the 53-man roster for another season, and he might even compete with Corey Coleman, Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler for the No. 3 gig at wide receiver. It's unclear if Shepard has made a full recovery from the ankle injury that held him out for the final two weeks of 2018.
Shepard (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Shepard suffered the ankle injury Week 15 against the Titans and will finish 2018 by missing the final two games of the season. He unfortunately couldn't take advantage of the absence of Odell Beckham (quadriceps), who is set to miss the last four games of the year. The 28-year-old caught 10 of 19 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games for the Giants this season.
Shepard (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Shepard has yet to practice since hurting his ankle Week 15, missing out on additional opportunities to impress the Giants brass with Odell Beckham (quadriceps) sidelined. In the first two games sans Beckham, though, Shepard hauled in just three of his eight targets for 39 yards and one touchdown, so he wasn't exactly efficient with looks prior to the injury. Friday's practice report will impart whether Shepard has a chance to return Sunday against the Cowboys.
Shepard (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice. Shepard was held out of Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Colts and now seems to be in danger of missing the season finale against Dallas. With Odell Beckham (quadriceps) also missing practice and Sterling Shepard (hip) a limited participant, the Giants should have some opportunities available for Bennie Fowler, Cody Latimer and Corey Coleman. It was Fowler who led the way in terms of playing time (54 snaps) last week, but he only caught one of three targets for 26 yards.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|6||10/11||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|10||11/10||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|13||12/01||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||31||17||244||2||12||14.35||36|