Giants coach Joe Judge felt it was important to call Sterling Shepard after the team used a first-round pick on Kadarius Toney. The referee said he assured Shepard that the Giants were trying to improve the team and did not want to replace Shepard.
“I thought it was necessary to talk to Shep specifically, because when we drafted Toney, the word in the press when he read these headlines was specifically that he was a castle recipient,”
Shepard got the message and insisted he does not consider Toney as competition for his job. It was expected that Shepard would return to play more game receiver after Kenny Golladay signed as a free agent.
Toney gives offensive coordinator Jason Garrett even more options.
“We are different players,” Shepard told Leonard. “We needed weapons. It’s just another weapon added to the team and to the offense, and he also brings some value in the return game. ”
Shepard’s contract, however, sets his long-term future with the giants in question. He has no guaranteed money after this season when he has to earn $ 6.975 million in base salary.
The Giants could move on after this season, though Shepard’s contract runs through 2023.
In five seasons with the Giants as they made him another pick, Shepard has 313 receptions for 3,518 yards and 20 touchdowns.