Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 79%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 8.8%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 2.4
Durability: question mark 4

Medium Risk

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Sterling Shepard Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • Shepard led the Giants with 24.1% target share over his 11 full games last season. Evan Engram checked in behind him at 22.7%, with Darius Slayton next at 17.1%.
  • Shepard has lost 4+ games to injury in 3 of his past 4 seasons. Turf toe cost him 4 contests in 2020.
  • Shepard has still averaged at least 5.4 receptions in each of those years.
  • Shepard produced a career-high 1.77 yards per route run in 2020, despite career lows in averaged depth of target (8.6), yards after catch per reception (3.1) and yards per catch (9.9).
  • A career-best 73.3% catch rate played a key role, rising vs. his 68.7% rate of 2019 and 61.7% of 2018 (before Daniel Jones arrived).
  • Shepard has seen his slot snaps decrease every season. He played in the slot 85.3% of the time as a rookie, according to PFF, then 83.3%, 58.7%, 46.8% and 32.2% the past 4 years.
  • The Giants signed Golden Tate last offseason to be the primary slot man. In the 4 games he missed, though, Shepard saw 73.9%, 65.7%, 34% and 41.4% slot snaps.
  • He’s entering the 3rd season of a 4-year, $41 million contract.
  • The Giants have added Kenny Golladay on the outside, 1st-round WR Kadarius Toney and TE Kyle Rudolph, in addition to getting Saquon Barkley back from injury. Tate is gone. The shuffling on offense could leave Shepard’s role unclear until the depth chart settles out.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We might not know exactly where Shepard will line up and how often until the regular season starts. The readiness of rookie Kadarius Toney figures to play a key role, as Toney looks like a prime candidate for slot work. But the Giants clearly like Shepard in a variety of spots. His playing time and usage remained up with the coaching change. Kenny Golladay’s arrival, however, means Shepard will probably need a teammate injury if he’s to snag the team target-share lead again. Shepard’s a fine PPR stash. But when you combine the…

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Sterling Shepard Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 6, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 3 He was sidelined for a couple of weeks with a concussion as the head injury comes just a few weeks after Shepard suffered a concussion in the season opener
Sep 8, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Suffered a concussion against the Giants with 9:20 remaining in the third quarter.
Dec 24, 2017 NFL Cervical Neck Strain Shepard hurt his neck in the Week 16 loss at Arizona and missed the season finale.
Dec 3, 2017 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Shepard missed some practice time with a hamstring issue after the Week 13 loss at Oakland, but he played through it in Week 14.
Nov 18, 2017 NFL Head Cranial Migraine Shepard missed 2 games while dealing with migraines that arose during the week.
Oct 8, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Shepard sprained his right ankle in the Week 5 loss to the Chargers. He missed 2 more games before returning after the Week 8 bye.
Aug 2, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Shepard sprained his right ankle in a training-camp practice. He missed the 1st preseason game.
Nov 1, 2014 Non-NFL Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 Shepard suffered a groin injury against Iowa State and missed the next game. He played through it the rest of the way, with snaps limited each of the next 3 weeks.
Nov 7, 2013 Non-NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Shepard missed 1 game after suffering a concussion. (Shepard also reportedly sustained 2 concussions in high school.)