Russell Shepard
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New York Giants veteran wide receiver Russell Shepard has some high hopes for their rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

For the first time in his long career, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will have his absolute successor on the roster. You could make the argument that Davis Webb was in the making of being the successor, but Daniel Jones will, without a doubt, be the starter when Manning calls it quits.

That being said, there are now two quarterbacks for fans to keep an eye on this season, and despite the criticism from outside the organization for selecting Jones No. 6 overall, the team is staying positive and optimistic.

This includes Giants veteran wide receiver Russell Shepard.

“Daniel just got here and you can tell he’s going to be a good one,” Shepard told Madelyn Burke of the Giants official website earlier this week. “He kind of hands [the ball] to you without handing it to you. He’s a very talented passer. Very reserved, very confident guy.

“Just the way he throws the football, he can spin it. He’s a very talented passer.”

If the Giants weren’t going to draft Jones with that No. 6 pick, they could’ve gone with a talented edge rusher. Many fans actually wanted them to do that and then draft Jones with their additional No. 17 pick.

As time goes on and Jones receives more NFL experience, hopefully, fans will begin to see why the Giants pulled the trigger with the Jones selection. Now that OTAs and mandatory minicamp has concluded, Shepard is already seeing why the pick was the correct choice for Big Blue.

“To me, again, from a physical standpoint and even a mental standpoint, it makes complete sense why he’s here now,” Shepard said.

Shepard will compete for the third receiver spot in the Giants passing game. Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate should lock up the No. 1 and 2 receiver positions with Corey Coleman also competing for the third-string spot.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.