Player Outlook
When Shepard and Daniel Jones have been on the field together over the past three seasons, Shepard has clearly been Jones' favorite target. In fact, Shepard has 101 catches for 1,034 yards and six touchdowns in the past 17 games that he and Jones have both played at least half of the team's offensive snaps. Unfortunately, you have to go all the way back to Week 13 of 2019 to find that many games. Even worse, Shepard is coming off an Achilles injury. If he's healthy for the start of the year, he'll probably be flexworthy in PPR, but you shouldn't draft him before Round 10 unless he's a full go at the start of training camp.

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2021 36 366 10.17 1 -9 -9.00 426
2020 66 656 9.94 3 49 8.17 957.9
3y Avg. 53 533 10.06 2 37 9.25 707
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Lands on PUP list

    The Giants placed Shepard (Achilles) on the PUP list Tuesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. Shepard had a lengthy history of lower-body injuries even before he tore his Achilles in Week 15 last season. He started jogging again toward the end of May and isn't ready to practice at the beginning of training camp. Once he's ready, Shepard could face snap competition in the slot from 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney and 2022 second-rounder Wan'Dale Robinson.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Coming along in recovery

    Shepard started jogging again last week for the first time since suffering a torn Achilles in December, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reports. Shepard's recovery from the injury, which he suffered in Week 15 last year, seems to be on track as Giants general manager Joe Schoen previously indicated that he hoped the wideout would be back by August. With that in mind, Shepard mentioned to Anderson that there's no pressure when it comes to his exact return date and that he's been limited to taking mental reps and catching balls from the jugs machine while working at the Giants' facility this offseason. The 29-year-old, who finished fourth on the team in receiving yards during his injury-riddled 2021 campaign -- hauling in 36 catches for 366 yards and one touchdown over seven games -- has appeared in 29 total games across the past three seasons.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Could return by August

    GM Joe Schoen noted Monday that he's hopeful Shepard (Achilles) will be back by August, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Shepard, who tore his Achilles back on Dec. 19, has made good progress in his recovery, per Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger. That said, the wideout figures to be eased into the training camp/preseason mix by the Giants, with an eye toward giving him a shot to be available for Week 1 action. Prior to his injury, Shepard recorded 36 catches for 366 yards and a TD in seven games, and once he's up to speed, the 29-year-old will look to reestablish his role in a WR corps that also includes Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney (shoulder) and Darius Slayton.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Agrees to restructured contract

    Shepard (Achilles) agreed to a restructured contract with the Giants on Thursday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Shepard will remain with the Giants for a seventh consecutive year while likely taking a pay cut after sustaining a season-ending Achilles' injury in mid-December during the 2021 campaign. The wideout's recovery process is going smoothly so far, and there's optimism that he could be cleared to return by early summer. The 29-year-old, who hasn't played a full season in any of the last three years, hauled in 36 of 53 targets for 366 yards and a touchdown across seven games in 2021, all career-low marks.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Pay cut being discussed

    The Giants have discussed the possibility of Shepard (Achilles) needing to take a pay cut this offseason, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports. Shepard is scheduled for a cap hit of roughly $12.5 million in the 2022 season, while coming off an injury-plagued campaign that ended with a torn left Achilles mid-December. However, his recovery is apparently progressing nicely, as he could be good to go by early summer, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. Nor are injury concerns a new development for Shepard, who missed eight regular-season games from 2019-20. While the Giants do have incentive to keep Shepard in house, as he's proven to be one of Daniel Jones' most trusted targets when healthy, it's worth noting that the team can also get out of the final two years of his contract for just under $8 million in dead cap.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Heads to IR, done for season

    The Giants placed Shepard (Achilles) on injured reserve Monday. Shepard's move to season-ending injured reserve was fully expected after he was diagnosed with a torn left Achilles following his exit from Sunday's 21-6 loss to the Cowboys. Given the nature of his injury, he likely will require surgery and miss the Giants' entire spring program, and his availability for the beginning of the 2022 season could be in question as well. The sixth-year wideout suited up in just seven games during an injury-plagued 2021 campaign, finishing with 36 receptions for 366 yards and a touchdown on 53 targets.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Suffers torn Achilles

    Shepard suffered a torn Achilles' during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. He finished Sunday's game with two receptions on six targets for 15 yards. Per ESPN's Jordan Raanan it was a non-contact injury for Shepard, who is presumably destined for IR in the coming days. In his absence down the stretch, Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton currently profile as the Giants' top healthy wideout options.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Cleared for Sunday

    Shepard (calf) is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Shepard was added to the injury report Friday after the calf issue limited his reps in practice, resulting in him taking a questionable designation into the weekend. Though hamstring and quadriceps injuries have prevented Shepard from playing in seven games this season, his latest lower-body concern won't force an absence. In his return to the lineup for last week's loss to the Chargers, Shepard played 81 percent of the offensive snaps and finished with two receptions for 27 yards on four targets. Expect Shepard to take on a similar workload Sunday.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Questionable with calf injury

    Shepard was added to the injury report Friday with a calf injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Dallas, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. The late-week addition is cause for concern, even with the Giants listing Shepard as a limited participant on their Friday practice estimate (the session was just a walk-through). The veteran wide receiver caught two of four targets for 27 yards in last week's loss to the Chargers, playing 81 percent of snaps on offense in his first game back from a five-week absence caused by a quad injury. Shepard also missed time with a hamstring strain earlier this year, with lower-body injuries a recurring theme for him the past three years. An absence this Sunday could leave Pharoh Cooper as the Giants' slot receiver, with Colin Johnson also a candidate to take on snaps alongside Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Modest showing

    Shepard caught two passes for 27 yards on four targets against the Chargers on Sunday. Shepard couldn't get much going in his first game since Week 8, but it's probably less a reflection of Shepard's play and more a credit to the Chargers pass defense. That Mike Glennon was in at quarterback instead of Daniel Jones (neck) didn't help matters, either. Shepard should be in a good spot to build on these numbers when he faces Dallas in Week 15, especially if Jones can return by then.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: First appearance since Week 8

    Shepard (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's road game against the Chargers, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Shepard is putting an end to a four-game absence due to a strained left quadriceps. In his return, he'll join forces with Kenny Golladay (ribs) at the top of the Giants' receiving corps that will be without rookie Kadarius Toney (oblique) for a third straight contest. In five appearances this season, Shepard has been fairly productive with a 32-324-1 line on 43 targets, but the Chargers defense is formidable, having given up 7.9 yards per catch (14th lowest in the NFL) and six touchdowns (second fewest) in 12 outings.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Likely to end four-game absence

    Shepard (quadriceps) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Chargers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Shepard has been sidelined by the injury for the last four games, though he appears in line to take the field Sunday after logging three limited practices. If he is active, Shepard will likely share the field with Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Darius Slayton in three-wide receiver sets. Prior to suffering the injury, Shepard occupied a major role in the Giants' offense, racking up 32 receptions across five contests. Though reports are positive regarding Shepard's status, be sure to check in when official inactives are announced prior to the team's 4:05 P.M. ET kickoff.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Remains limited at practice

    Shepard (quad) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. The same can be said for Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Kadarius Toney (oblique) as the Giants get closer to having their top trio of wide receivers available to the offense for the first time since Week 3. After Thursday's session, Shepard relayed to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com that he's "very optimistic" he'll put an end to a four-game absence Sunday at the Chargers, but the Giants likely want to see how he reacts to another day of on-field work before making a determination about his Week 14 availability Friday.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Limited on estimated report

    Shepard (quadriceps) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. Shepard earned a limited listing on the Giants' last two Week 13 reports, but he was considered doubtful to play and eventually was inactive this past Sunday at Miami. Among New York's top three wide receivers, Shepard was the only one to fit in some reps Wednesday, as both Kenny Golladay (ribs) and Kadarius Toney (oblique/quadriceps) didn't participate. Consequently, if Shepard puts himself into a position to suit up this weekend against the Chargers, he could serve as the team's No. 1 receiver, though he may be working with either Jake Fromm or Mike Glennon (concussion) as his quarterback with Daniel Jones (neck) having yet to receive clearance for contact.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Not playing Sunday

    Shepard (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. Though Shepard closed the week with a pair of limited practice sessions, he was listed as doubtful heading into the weekend before ultimately landing on the inactive list for the fourth game in a row. Due to the length of his absence, Shepard may need to upgrade to full participation in practice at some point during the upcoming week to have a shot at suiting up in the Giants' next game Dec. 12 against the Chargers. With Kadarius Toney (quadriceps/oblique) also inactive Sunday, the Giants are left with wideouts Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley as the main pass-catching options for quarterback Mike Glennon.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Not looking good for Sunday

    Shepard (quad) doesn't appear likely to play Sunday in Miami, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. It sounds like he isn't doing much at Friday's practice after returning Thursday as a limited participant. With Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad) a step behind Shepard and QB Daniel Jones (neck) now expected to miss time, it'll likely be Mike Glennon throwing passes to Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram come Sunday. There's also an opportunity for depth players like John Ross (illness), Collin Johnson and Kyle Rudolph (ankle) to see extra snaps/targets, but in a difficult matchup against a hot defense with a backup QB at the helm.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Limited in return to practice

    Shepard (quadriceps) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. The limited showing marks Shepard's first recorded practice activity since suffering the quad injury in the Giants' Nov. 1 loss to the Chiefs. Because Shepard missed four weeks and three games due to the injury, the Giants will likely need to see him practice fully Friday in order for him to avoid taking a designation into Sunday's game against the Dolphins. At any rate, Shepard appears to be in a better spot in his recovery from a quad injury than fellow wideout Kadarius Toney, who was a non-participant in Thursday's session while mostly working off to the side with trainers, per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. Shepard, meanwhile, stretched with his healthy teammates and took part in some individual work during the open portion of Thursday's practice.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Not practicing yet

    Shepard (quadriceps) didn't practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. Shepard and Kadarius Toney (quadriceps) remain limited to working out on the side field with the training staff, while depth wideout John Ross sat out Wednesday's session with an illness. The Giants have two experienced starters healthy in Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton, but they would surely love to have at least one of Toney or Shepard back in the lineup. It's unclear if that'll happen this Sunday at Miami.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Ruled out again due to quad

    Shepard (quadriceps) won't play Sunday against the Eagles, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. Shepard will miss a third consecutive game as a result of this injury. In addition to missing Shepard, the Giants will likely be without Kadarius Toney, who's listed as doubtful due to a quadriceps injury of his own. Kenny Golladay is New York's top healthy wide receiver for this clash of NFC East rivals, with support coming from Darius Slayton and John Ross (questionable/quad) or Collin Johnson.
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  • Giants' Sterling Shepard: Doesn't practice Thursday

    Shepard (quadriceps) was a non-participant on Thursday's injury report. Since straining his left quadriceps Nov. 1 at Kansas City, Shepard hasn't practiced and fortunately has missed only two games due to the Giants' bye landing in Week 10. There was a positive development Wednesday when he joined his position mates on the side prior to practice, but he's yet to mix into any drills. Both Shepard and Kadarius Toney (quadriceps) have logged DNPs this week, so Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton are the healthiest of the team's top four wide receivers at the moment.
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