The Oklahoma Sooners product is expected to make a major impact this season. Addressing the media yesterday, Shepard appeared confident instead of nervous for Friday’s matchup with the Dolphins.
“Pretty excited,” Shepard said. “We have been banging around with each other for a little while. It is going to be fun to start hitting somebody else and playing against other guys, playing against other DBs.”
Shepard went on to say how he feels the game will be very “similar to practice,” and he can thank the Giants newly enhanced defense for that. He has had to go up against veterans like Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but it is first round pick Eli Apple he had to face yesterday.
These two have been lining up opposite each other since OTAs, and as highly touted rookies not only on the Giants, but in the entire league, it is always fun to watch the battle for the ball.
“Like I said before, just his length and he is strong and has good feet,” Shepard said explaining how difficult it is to face Apple, “so it is kind of hard in the red zone especially where you don’t have much space and especially dealing with a guy like that that is rangy.”
Shepard isn’t a slouch himself. He is going to make it hard on any defensive back with a 4.48 40-yard dash time combined with a 41-inch vertical leap to win jump balls.
At a height of 5-foot-11 and only 195 pounds on the scale, many draw comparisons to Shepard’s teammate, Odell Beckham Jr., in what he is able to do on the field.
Regardless the hearsay and expectations, Shepard knows what he is capable of doing on any given night especially this Friday where he will step foot onto the turf for his very first taste of NFL action.
“It is my first time being able to put on the Giants uniform,” Shepard said. “Every time I step on to the field, I want to give my max effort and I don’t want to put any sloppy film out there.”
It isn’t known how many snaps Shepard will play, but one thing is for sure: He is more than ready to make a name for himself, and more importantly, help the Giants win.