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He’s Back for another year.

Sterling Shepard has taken a pay cut to come back and play his 7th season for the New York Football Giants.  That makes him the longest tenured player on the team, and honestly, I’m thrilled to have him back.  Since Shepard was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 draft, the Giants have now had 5 Head Coaches (if you count Steve Spagnuolo), 4 GM’s (if you count Kevin Abrams), and the team has undergone complete makeovers.  Through it all, Shepard has been here, giving it all he has on the field, and representing the Giants with nothing but class.

Shep is an interesting case of a player everyone loves.  He’s never been the most talented player on the field, as his best season was probably 2018, where he had 872 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He is also someone who has the injury bug, as he has only played 16 games twice in his career (2016 and 2018).  Most of the time these are things that would irritate fans, but not necessarily with Shep.  Don’t get me wrong, I wish the guy could stay on the damn field, but people don’t care as much because of what he does when he’s on the field.  When he plays he acts as Daniel Jones’s security blanket and ALWAYS makes plays.  There’s a reason Shep has stayed on the team as long as he has despite these flaws.

Part of the reason Sterling Shepard may be taking this pay cut is because he would have little to no market if he did go to free agency.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy to see him back in Blue.  It’s crazy to think that Shepard is now at the same point in his career that Victor Cruz was when Sterling got here.  If this is Shep’s last year, then so be it, but I really hope he is here to see this thing turn around.

As far as I’m concerned, Sterling Shepard is a Giant for life, and I would love to see that C on his chest this year.

(Photo: Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

 

 

 

 

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