This year, the receivers room will have a new look. Three-time Pro Bowler Odell Beckham, Jr. was traded last month to Cleveland, leaving Shepard and Tate, the 10-year veteran who has played for Seattle, Detroit and Philadelphia, as Eli Manning’s top wideout targets. They will be supported by Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Corey Coleman, Jawill Davis, Alonzo Russell, Brittan Golden and Russell Shepard (who has agreed to terms on a new contract and will sign on Monday. The Giants could also select one or more receivers in the draft in two weeks.
“We have no shortage of talent,” Shepard said. “Those guys are ballers and they can get the job done. When they’re put in that position, they’re always going to execute. I have all the trust in those guys. I feel we’re going to pick up right where we left off. The last five games were the best games we played in the season. We just have to fine-tune some little things. Once we do that, we’ll be fine.”
Shepard intends to contribute beyond just catching passes. He believes his status as the receiver with the longest stint in Giants blue places him in a natural leadership position,
“I’m ready,” he said. “With Odell going down the last two seasons (with injuries), that time definitely helped me get a grasp of what being a leader is all about, and being that lead guy in the room. I think it prepared me for this moment. I was pretty vocal anyway. I’m a pretty vocal guy. That will be no problem.
“I’m no longer a young guy. I’m a vet now. This contract says a lot, so I’m going to handle it the right way.”
Published at Fri, 12 Apr 2019 19:28:11 +0000