May 28, 2024

The New York Giants have faced challenges in their passing game this season due to injuries and inconsistencies. Starting quarterback Daniel Jones is out for the remainder of the 2023 season, and possibly part of the 2024 season, with a torn ACL. Tyrod Taylor, the backup, is on injured reserve, leading to undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito stepping in as the main quarterback.

Despite the team’s overall offensive struggles, DeVito has performed well, boosting confidence and contributing to the passing game’s improvement, particularly with young receivers Wan’Dale Robinson and Jalin Hyatt making positive contributions. However, veteran slot receiver Sterling Shepard has seen limited involvement, with only 15 targets, seven catches, 39 yards, and a touchdown this season. Despite his desire for more playing time, the Giants are prioritizing younger players, and Shepard’s main value lies in his veteran leadership and sideline energy.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard out for season with torn ACL; teammates shaken  over 'terrible' loss

Shepard, who signed a veteran minimum contract after a season-ending injury last year, is likely to enter free agency after this season. While the team may consider keeping him for his experience, it’s evident that he won’t be featured as a primary option, signaling the end of an era for the 30-year-old receiver. In a recent game against the New England Patriots, Shepard had limited playing time and missed a crucial pass that could have converted a first down, further indicating the changing dynamics within the team. Drafted in 2016, Shepard is the longest-tenured player on the Giants, but with Robinson taking on a more significant role, it appears that Shepard’s time with the team is approaching its conclusion.

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