If previous experiences inform us something it’s which you can by no means have sufficient of something within the NFL. Groups crave depth as a result of accidents are extra prevalent than ever. There’s no extra ‘toughing it out’ on this league. Medical choices are made by the organizations and gamers — even when they really feel they’ll play — should sit if the workforce deems them an harm danger.
Participant security is precedence primary. That leads us to the depth difficulty. In a passing league, you’ll want a half dozen wholesome wideouts and no less than that many defensive backs always to maintain up with the league.
In a latest train by Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report by which the writer lists one participant every workforce ought to contemplate buying and selling earlier than the upcoming season, the Giants’ candidate was veteran huge receiver Sterling Shepard.
The Giants signed John Ross III in March and used a first-round draft decide on Kadarius Toney, and each ought to get loads of motion within the slot whereas new arrival Kenny Golladay holds issues down with Darius Slayton exterior.
The place does that depart Shepard? Doubtlessly in one other uniform.
The regular 28-year-old is slated to price the Giants $9 million this yr, however they’ll save $7 million by dealing him. It looks like a no brainer if the suitable deal is on the desk.
Sure, Shepard is expensive and has missed video games because of accidents the previous and with all the brand new additions he might not match of their new vertical passing sport. Shepard has turn into a short-to-medium vary goal, averaging below 10 yards per reception final season. Together with this season, Shepard has three years remaining on the four-year, $41 million extension he was inked to final offseason.
On the plus facet, there’s at all times room for a superb possession receiver and Shepard has a stable catch ratio (73.3%). Contemplating the Giants simply paid Golladay a fortune and have huge plans for Toney, Ross and Slayton, Shepard’s targets will wane in 2021, sufficient to make him expendable at his present wage.
Additionally they have Dante Pettis, C.J. Board and David Sills. Evan Engram will possible be utilized in a slot position and Saquon Barkley is getting back from harm. There’s loads of our bodies to fill the position Shepard could have this yr, so buying and selling him isn’t the wildest factor by a protracted shot.
The one drawback is they need to have traded him already in the event that they have been going to take action. Now they’ll solely hope to get future draft capital (until they land an offensive lineman for him) and so they have already got ten picks in subsequent yr’s draft. Additionally, there aren’t a complete lot of gamers in the marketplace proper now value utilizing the cap house they’ll unlock by buying and selling Shepard.