The New York Giants are giving wide receiver Sterling Shepard another chance, as ESPN reports that he was agreed to a one-year contract on Sunday.
Shepard’s career has been plagued by injuries since he was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. Last season, he tore an ACL in his left knee in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys.
It really was a freak injury, as Shepard was simply jogging across the field on the grass at MetLife Stadium when he picked up the injury and knew it was serious.
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Last season, Shepard tore his Achilles tendon, and he has also dealt with concussions, ankle, quadriceps, hamstring and other knee injuries in his seven years in the NFL.
Shepard, 30, has been through a lot, but he said he would return to the NFL next season no matter where he lands.
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New York wanted him back, and his recovery schedule from his ACL injury expects him to be ready for training camp.
«Of course, this is like my second home,» Shepard said, via ESPN. «This is where I’ve always been and what I know. So, I think anybody in my position would want to do that, but like I said, come what may, man.»
Shepard has also become a veteran leader of head coach Brian Daboll’s group. He was always seen on the sidelines on game days after his injury, as he made sure to travel with the team and continue to help in any way he could with the young receiving corps the Giants had to field. .
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When he was on the field last season, Shepard caught 13 passes from Daniel Jones for 154 yards and a touchdown.
Shepard has 4,038 yards on 362 receptions with 22 career touchdowns. He’s still a versatile receiver when healthy, with the ability to work the outside and slot effectively.
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The Giants need more wide receiver help despite the Shepard re-signing. Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James did well to step in during the team’s playoff run last season, but New York is hoping to find a No. 1 guy for Jones, who has been signed for the next four seasons for $160 million. .