12 Oct GETTING TO KNOW NEW YORK GIANTS RECEIVER STERLING SHEPARD
Name: Sterling Clay Shepard
Born: February 10, 1993 (age 28) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Height: 5 ft 10 in
Weight: 196 lb
High School: Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40
Position: Wide Receiver
2021 Salary: $5,010,000
Sterling Shepard is the New York Giants’ leading receiver this season. Despite not playing last Sunday (hamstring injury), he has 18 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown. He has been quarterback Daniel Jones’ top option with 22 targets this season.
What would you say is the Giants biggest improvement this season?
Daniel Jones’ decision-making. This is his second season in this offense, and he kind of understands what the coaches want more than last year. It’s tough in a first year in an offense to know exactly what the coaches want. So having that second year and the same offense is huge for him, and you can see it showing.
What goals do you have for this season?
I dont have personal goals, I have team goals. I want to get the team back on the right track. We haven’t been playing Giants football the last few years. It’s time we step it up.
On paper this team seems like a great team. What do you think of your 2021/22 New York Giants team?
Everybody’s pretty mentally tough on this team. I’m not really big into what we look like on paper, because none of that really matters. You see it year in and year out: teams that look good on paper, and then don’t have a successful season. I really think it comes down to preparation and your attention to detail. We’re focused on the now and getting better week to week.
Give me a scouting report on Sterling Shepard.
I would probably say he’s got good hands, good routes, and he likes to go over the middle. I’m trying to think of something negative ’cause there’s always a negative in the scouting report. Could work on coming out of his breaks. That would be pretty much the gist of it.
Are you driven to be great?
Without a doubt. I don’t feel like you should be satisfied with being good. Especially at this level, there’s a complete difference between a good NFL player and a great NFL player. There’s only a few of ’em, but I definitely always wanted that, and hopefully one day I’ll be called great. I’ve got some work to do.