New York Giants: Sterling Shepard Returns To Practice
GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8: Micah Hyde #33 of the Green Bay Packers breaks up a pass intended for Sterling Shepard #87 of the New York Giants in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

New York Giants QB Eli Manning should get a big weapon back for Week 7, as WR Sterling Shepard returned to practice on Wednesday.

The second-year receiver, who works primarily out of the slot, missed last week’s victory over the Denver Broncos with an ankle injury. He would instantly become the top healthy receiver on the Giants, although he would still presumably work out of the slot, where he is most comfortable and most successful.

Shepard has 22 receptions for 263 yards and one touchdown through five games so far, although he should be expected to see an increased workload considering the Giants have lost Odell Beckham Jr., Dwayne Harris and Brandon Marshall for the season. The good news: Shepard has caught over 75 percent of all balls thrown his way, so that shouldn’t be an issue.

The Giants could be in the rare position of having their two top pass catchers operating in the middle of the field as opposed to out wide, as Evan Engram, who broke out for five catches, 82 yards, and a touchdown in Denver, is their second-best pass catcher despite playing tight end.


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