Giants need to keep Sterling Shepard, for now
With training camp only weeks away from kicking off the New York Giants’ 90 man roster is pretty much set heading into the preseason.
Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report has picked one player from every NFL team that should be traded. For the GIants he chose wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Here’s what he wrote:
Someone needs to replace the departed Golden Tate as the New York Giants’ primary slot receiver in 2021, and the natural assumption might have been that veteran Sterling Shepard would step into that role with a larger workload.
But then the Giants signed John Ross III in March and used a first-round draft pick on Kadarius Toney, and both should get plenty of action in the slot while new arrival Kenny Golladay holds things down with Darius Slayton outside.
Where does that leave Shepard? Potentially in another uniform.
The steady 28-year-old is slated to cost the Giants $9 million this year, but they can save $7 million by dealing him. It seems like a no-brainer if the right deal is on the table.
The problem with trading Shepard is that the Giants can’t count on Ross because he hasn’t been able to stay healthy during his career. He wasn’t even participating in OTA’s.
When it comes to Toney, we have no idea what kind of NFL player he will be. Until then, the Giants need to keep Shepard.
I’m not opposed to offloading Shepard, but he’s still one of their top receivers.
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