Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New York Giants
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Shepard's situation might have been better had the Giants not acquired his virtual clone. With Odell Beckham Jr. gone, it looked like Shepard might be the team's undisputed top target, but the Giants quickly signed Golden Tate to a four-year deal, locking him in as the co-No. 1, likely in the slot. Tate's addition should force Shepard to the outside, where he lined up on only 30 percent of his snaps in 2018. Much like the 5-10, 197-pound Tate, Shepard is 5-10, 201, and both have above-average speed (4.48 40 for Shepard). The 25-year-old averaged a modest 8.1 YPT last year and a similarly average 13.2 YPC. He did haul in three catches for 40-plus yards, but lacks the size or deep speed to be a regular field stretcher. Shepard saw a fair amount of red-zone work - 19 targets from inside the 20 and eight inside the 10 - four of which he converted for scores. The Giants are high on Shepard - they gave him a four-year, $41 million contract extension, similar to what they paid Tate. The issues are weak quarterback play from Eli Manning and a crowded receiving corps in the short areas of the field - besides Tate and Shepard, both tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley figure to be looking at a lot of targets in similar places. Look for Shepard to run more intermediate routes and possibly increase his efficiency, assuming Manning can still make those throws. A July thumb injury will limit Shepard's involvement in training camp and preseason, but his temporary absence is less of a concern than the four-game suspension Tate is facing for a failed drug test. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $41 million contract with the Giants in April of 2019.
Another X-ray on tap
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August 6, 2019
Shepard (thumb) is slated to undergo another X-ray soon, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
The wideout notes that he's taking things day-by-day for now, but he has been able to get some work in at practice while he's on the mend, noting "my thumb is broken, but my legs aren't." Barring any setbacks, Shepard is expected to be fine in advance of the Giants' regular-season opener.
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How do Sterling Shepard's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
67.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.16
 
% Team Air Yards
26.2%
 
% Team Targets
18.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
10.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
61.7%
 
Drop Rate
6.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.8
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2018 Sterling Shepard Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Sterling Shepard's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
201 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.48 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.35 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.00 sec
 
Vertical Jump
41.0 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
20 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
30.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
The Giants lost their top three wideouts, Shepard, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham, in Week 5 last year, and Shepard was the only one who made it back - before missing Weeks 11 and 12 with migraines. Even so, Shepard managed three 130-yard games in 11 contests, averaging a respectable 8.7 YPT despite playing in one of league's worst passing offenses. Shepard wasn't much good near the goal line - he failed to score from inside the 10 on seven targets, or inside the 20 on 11. Accordingly, he only scored twice all year, and that's despite missing Beckham for most of the season. At 5-10, 194, Shepard is on the small side, but he has a 41-inch vertical leap and a large catch radius for his height. He also has good speed (4.48 40) and is a smooth route runner with good hands. As such, he makes for a steady complement to the more explosive Beckham, and the bigger, faster Evan Engram. Just don't expect too many big plays or touchdowns, especially with uber-prospect Saquon Barkley also added to the mix.
Shepard's rookie season was a mixed bag. On one hand he caught 65 passes and scored eight times. On the other, he rarely made a big play -- six catches of 20-plus yards, none for 40 -- and averaged a paltry 6.5 YPT (36th among the league's 41 100-target WR). At 5-10, 194, Shepard is on the small side, but he has a 41-inch vertical leap and a large catch radius for his height. He also has good speed (4.48 40) and is strong and athletic for his size. Playing opposite Odell Beckham Jr. caps his upside, and it's likely to get worse this year with Brandon Marshall in the fold. Expect Shepard to operate out of the slot and run shorter routes, while Beckham stretches the field and Marshall siphons off red-zone work. As such, Shepard's more viable in PPR this year, but even that requires Eli Manning to play better than he has in recent seasons.
Shepard, a second-round pick, landed in an ideal spot, even more so if Victor Cruz isn't healthy. Playing opposite Odell Beckham Jr. ensures an easy transition where Shepard will never be the focus of defenses. Moreover, the Giants don't target Beckham with an inordinate percentage of their attempts. The Giants were also one of the league's more pass-happy teams, though that could change if their defense moves closer to league average in preventing points. At 5-10, 194, Shepard is on the small side, but plays bigger due to his 41-inch vertical and large catch radius for his height. He also has good speed (4.48 40) and is strong and athletic for a small receiver. He has upside, and even if Cruz were to return to his 2013 level, Shepard would immediately be the No. 3 receiver on a team without a good tight end.
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Displaying progress
WRNew York Giants
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July 31, 2019
Shepard is hopeful to have the splint on his left thumb removed next week, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.
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Doesn't need surgery
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July 26, 2019
Shepard (thumb) doesn't need surgery and may return to practice before the end of training camp, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
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Likely out for preseason
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July 26, 2019
Shepard (thumb) is expected to miss the entire preseason, but the Giants are hopeful to have him back for Week 1, Alex Smith of SportsNet New York reports.
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Suffers broken thumb
WRNew York Giants
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July 25, 2019
Shepard suffered a thumb fracture Thursday and will be evaluated week to week.
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Needs X-rays on thumb
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July 25, 2019
Shepard left Thursday's practice to get X-rays on his thumb, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
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