Giants Activate Sterling Shepard From IR

The Giants are on track to have their top three wide receivers available Thursday night. They activated Sterling Shepard from IR ahead of their Week 7 game.

Shepard has been out since Week 2 because of turf toe. Should Darius Slayton be given the green light after getting in two limited practices this week, Daniel Jones‘ starting wideouts — Shepard, Slayton and Golden Tate — will be in uniform together for just the second game this season.

Tate missed Week 1, and Shepard left Big Blue’s Week 2 game. Slayton left the team’s Week 6 win but remains a decent bet to play tonight. Shepard has been the least available of the Giants receivers in the team’s post-Odell Beckham Jr.  era. He missed six games last season because of two separate concussions. His return tonight will be a welcome sight for Daniel Jones, who has not played especially well this season.

The second-year quarterback ranks 24th in QBR and has thrown one touchdown pass in the Giants’ past five games. Shepard’s return should help the cause, but the fifth-year wideout (and the Giants’ longest-tenured player) has struggled to stay on the field since signing a four-year, $41MM extension in 2019. In 2018, Shepard established new career-high marks with 66 receptions and 872 yards. The final half of the season will be key for Shepard and Jones’ rapport.

The Giants also promoted wide receiver Alex Bachman and linebacker Trent Harris ahead of their Eagles matchup.

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4 comments on “Giants Activate Sterling Shepard From IR

  1. bobtillman

    They could activate (in their primes) Jerry Rice, Paul Warfield and Chris Carter, it wouldn’t make much of a difference.

    The Giants stink. Gettleman’s gotta go.

  2. mlbnyyfan

    Hopefully he has some trade value. Giants need to move some players including Shepard and possibly Tate and Engram

    • Perksy

      Totally agree. After tonight I think they play Tampa on Monday night the day before the deadline. If they are 1-7 on that day they should they should try and get whatever they can in additional draft capital. Those 3 you mention are perfect to move due to their contract statuses. Maybe BJ Hill on the defense?

  3. RockHauler

    While I am happy Shepherd is back, I know that turf toe can be a tricky thing. One bad cut, a bad tackle could re injure that toe and cause him to be out for the season. Even if he’s back he can’t be 100% as that injury will linger until the off season.

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