Eli Manning: Sterling Shepard “primed for a big year”

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When the topic of conversation around the Giants shifted to wide receivers this offseason, it usually focused on Odell Beckham.

Whether it was his health, his contract or his presence at workouts, Beckham has been talked about a lot. He isn’t the only wideout on the roster, though, and quarterback Eli Manning spent a little time talking up one of the other wideouts on Tuesday.

Like Beckham and former Giant Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard dealt with injuries last year and missed five games on his way to catching 59 passes for 731 yards and two touchdowns. Manning said he feels that Shepard is “primed for a big year” in 2018 after a successful offseason of work.

“I thought Sterling had a great camp during the spring,” Manning said, via Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “He’s understanding the coverages, understanding the route combinations, he understands zone and man, and how to make little moves to get open against different techniques.”

Assuming rookie running back Saquon Barkley is as good as advertised and the Giants have a healthy Beckham and tight end Evan Engram, Shepard should find himself with some advantageous matchups once the regular season rolls around. If he and Manning make the most of them, the prospects for an offensive rebound will be strong in Jersey.

28 responses to “Eli Manning: Sterling Shepard “primed for a big year”

  1. BOOMER SOONER!!! hated when the G-men drafted him being a cowboys fan but I always hope he does well outside of 2 times a yr

  2. Why. Nothing remarkable about him. Probably a solid #2 if he can stay healthy. I don’t know about a big year with Beckham, Engram and Barkley getting a lot of the touches/targets, but he’ll probably do well.

  3. Eli has no excuses. Elite weapons catching and running the ball, improved OL and a defense that should put them in better positions. Anything less than a deep playoff run would be a huge disappointment.

  4. Insert creative “Eli memorabilia” jokes from Patriots* fans still upset about those two gigantic Super Bowl losses.

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    July 10, 2018 at 11:11 am
    Only qb in the division with 2 Lombardi’s

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    2 fraud Lombardis courtesy of cheater Goodell. Congrats. You have the commissioner in your back pocket and he wanted a NY team to win something finally.

    lmao

  6. struckgold49er says:
    July 10, 2018 at 11:36 am
    That would annoy the “heck” out of Odell if Shepard did have a good year!!..
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    You don’t know anything about Odell if you think this would “annoy” him…

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    July 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    July 10, 2018 at 11:11 am
    Only qb in the division with 2 Lombardi’s

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    2 fraud Lombardis courtesy of cheater Goodell. Congrats. You have the commissioner in your back pocket and he wanted a NY team to win something finally.

    lmao
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    Oh yeah, you really STILL MAD.

    18-1.

  8. @TyLawsMomsBasement

    LMAO first to every Giants post. 18-1 was over 10 years ago – let it go!!!

  9. mlvcfan says:
    July 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    He is? is Brees, Brady or Rodgers his QB then?

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    Ummm…Brees and Rodgers only have 1 Lombardi. Brady is in the AFC East — which is NOT the same division as the NFC East.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    July 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    July 10, 2018 at 11:11 am
    Only qb in the division with 2 Lombardi’s

    —————

    2 fraud Lombardis courtesy of cheater Goodell. Congrats. You have the commissioner in your back pocket and he wanted a NY team to win something finally.

    lmao

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    You really do give the rest of us a bad look…..

    Have you always been such a whiner?

  11. “18-1 was over 10 years ago let it go.”Oh believe me we Pats fans have let it go , because since then , TB12 has been to three Super Bowls and has WON 2, What has Eli Manning done since then , oh that’s right, he sold fake game worn jerseys .

  12. My beloved Giants need to bring back NFL Hall of Famer Tiki Barber, one of the best players in NFL history. Tiki was the reason the Giants won not one but two Super Bowls in this century.

    I hope the Ryan Lauletta era will be better than the Davis Webb and Ryan Nassib eras were.

  13. struckgold49er says:
    July 10, 2018 at 11:36 am
    That would annoy the “heck” out of Odell if Shepard did have a good year!!..

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    To be honest, for all f OBJs highlight reel moments, when it comes to clutch plays that helped the team at key moments I swear I have seen more from Shepperd. Granted the Giants were short on key moments but still Shepperd does come off as one of those good guys to have in clutch moments.

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