What Role Will Sterling Shepard Play in 2017?

Former Oklahoma star receiver Sterling Shepard has his work cut out for him in 2017. The New York Giants schedule is one of the most difficult in the league, so Shepard will have to be at the top of his game.

In 2016, Sterling Shepard enjoyed a successful rookie campaign, racking up 683 yards and eight touchdowns. 


He will be looking to build upon his stellar rookie stats, but with the addition of former Jet Brandon Marshall he will surely experience a dip in receptions.


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Shepard’s versatility and dynamic play style allows him to be used in multiple offensive schemes and can play out of the slot or on the outside.


First-round pick Evan Engram and Shepard will only bolster the completion rate of Eli Manning and give him an extra option once the offensive line inevitably collapses. 


With Odell Beckham Jr. lined up alongside Marshall and Shepard, it will open up the field for the former Oklahoma product. 


Defensive coordinators are going to be lost trying to stop every receiver on the Giants. With the amount of weapons, they possess, it's going to be a tough job bottling them up. 


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When interviewed by Men's Fitness Shepard stated, “I feel good about where my strength is, but I want to get faster, more explosive for next season, I’ve been doing a lot of speed work on the treadmill, strengthening my smaller muscles. I want to build on my first season and continue to get faster and stronger.”


Well, if Shepard can make a significant jump in 2017 the Giants will be looking at one of the most feared wide receiver duos in the league. 


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