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NY Giants Oft Injured Receiver Starts Year On The PUP List.

Sterling Shepard has the distinction of being the longest tenured NY Giant. The last player remaining from the 2016 playoff team. Shepard has been a favorite of the fans and very good receiver for the NY Giants.

As the Giants begin to prep for the 2022 they are putting slot receiver Sterling Shepard on the active/PUP list. Shepard suffered a torn ACL in Week 15 last year and has been rehabbing a return.

The NY Giants selected Shepard in the second-round of the 2016 NFL draft. Injury prone his entire career he has played in 72 career games with the NY Giants. He has totaled 349 receptions for 3,884 yards and 21 touchdowns. Shepard besides the injuries has always been a reliable player, especially making tough catches over the middle and on third down.

When the NY Giants traded Odell Beckham in 2019 they had hopes that Shepard could fill the number one receiver position. They felt so strongly they awarded him a four-year $41 million extension. That decision has turned out to be an unwise investment as since signing he has not played a full season.

Shepard wanted to stay in New York and when the Giants came asking him to take a significant pay cut, he obliged. With team struggling with cap space, his $12.5 million hit was not a financial hurdle the NY Giants could overcome. The two sides eventually agreed on a one-year contract, with Shepard’s last year 2023 being voided; meaning he hit free agency a year sooner. The NY Giants would have saved $4.5 million with an outright release, but the franchise has always been loyal to their players, sometimes to a fault.

As Shepard rehabs he will come back to competition at the slot. The NY Giants have drafted Kadarius Toney and Wan’Dale Robinson in back to back drafts. Both are young exciting players who will make it tough for the veteran to see the field.

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