Sterling Shepard
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Wide receiver Sterling Shepard feels like he’s ready to take on a new role for the New York Giants in 2019.

Numerous things occurred for New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard this offseason. Not only did he sign a four-year, $41 million extension in April, but he also received a promotion. With the trade of Odell Beckham Jr., Shepard will now become an even bigger target within head coach Pat Shurmur‘s offense.

With a bigger role comes a lot more to prove for the young receiver. Speaking with Dan Duggan of The Athletic this week, Shepard discussed how he’s prepared for the changes with Big Blue going into year No. 4.

“It’s a big opportunity,” Shepard said. “You have a guy like Odell on your team, you give that man the ball. He makes special things happen, so I took whatever I got and tried to make the most of it. But this season, I’ve got a little bit more on my plate. I feel like I’ve been groomed for this moment. With him going down the past two seasons, just kind of prepared me for this and I feel like I’m ready.”

Shepard last season caught 66 balls on 107 targets for 872 yards and four touchdowns. He posted career highs in targets, receptions, and yards.

In March, the Giants also signed then-free agent veteran receiver Golden Tate to a four-year deal worth $37.5 million. Shepard and Tate will most likely become the two biggest targets for Eli Manning in the passing game, along with tight end Evan Engram.

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