Giants Place Sterling Shepard On IR

The Giants are placing Sterling Shepard on injured reserve with turf toe, per a club announcement. The move will open up a spot for the arrival of running back Devonta Freeman

Shepard has been a focal point of the Giants’ offense so far this year, reeling in eight grabs for 76 yards off of ten targets. Fellow wideout Darius Slayton and tight end Evan Engram are the only Giants to have received more looks from Daniel Jones in 2020.

The Giants are now facing a season without star running back Saquon Barkley and a three-game stretch (at minimum) without Shepard. The addition of Freeman will help maintain some of their offensive firepower, but this is a Giants team that is clearly in trouble. After falling to the Steelers and Bears to open the year, the Giants will take on the 49ers at home, the Rams on the road, and the rival Cowboys in Dallas.

Without Shepard, the Giants are left with Slayton, Golden Tate, Damion Ratley, and C.J. Board as their wide receivers. They may look to draw from their expanded practice squad for help, where WRs Austin Mack, Binjimen Victor, and Derrick Dillon are at the ready.

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  1. phenomenalajs

    It’s shaping up to be a tight race to see which team that plays at MetLife is more screwed.

  2. RockHauler

    What has become an annual right of passage, Sterling Shepard is injured and will miss significant time! When healthy he’s a very capable #2 receiver and a go to guy, but between the ankle issues, shoulder, concussions and now turf toe (which is not a 3 week injury, more like something he’ll deal with for the rest of the season), he can’t be relied upon for a full 17 weeks. Figures we’ve already paid him. Ugh!

    • whitecheddar

      Don’t worry, Getty will trade for another DT on an expiring contract. That’ll fix everything

  3. parkers

    Please cool it with Gettlemen. He took over a team that was filled with some talent but those types were filled with themselves ( Beckham etc. ) It required a complete rebuild, which began with the drafting of Saquon. Trading of Odell for three pieces, unfortunately Baker didn’t work out. Next came Danny Dimes who has shown tremendous promise, despite some correctable ball control issues. Securing two offensive line men with great upside only hastens the objective. Gettleman was extremely successful at Carolina. He has always been known as a great judge of talent. The combination of a media that loves to act as if they are experts and a fan base that is starving for a team that they can be proud of, especially in a large media location, only raises the stakes. I truly believe that he processes the mental toughness to see it through.

    • whitecheddar

      Gettleman is a good talent evaluator, but is lacking in roster development. The LW trade should’ve never happened. That was a head scratcher. Some of the free agent signings were questionable. There were majors holes he ignored at OL and LB and up until this year they weren’t filled and even still there’s no depth there. He deserves to be criticized until the team turns things around. And there’s no reason to use injuries as an excuse, it’s up to the GM to bring in developmental players for the coaching staff to develop.

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