The Giants' offense is spotlighted by star WR Odell Beckham Jr., and with rookie RB Saquon Barkley now in the mix, fans are drooling over this new dynamic duo.
But QB Eli Manning doesn't want anyone to sleep on WR Sterling Shepard.
Manning noted that Shepard's performance during the spring hints to a potential breakout season in 2018.
"I thought Sterling had a great camp during the spring," Manning told reporters at the Gatorade Offense/Defense camp at Kean University on Tuesday. "He's understanding the coverages, understanding the route combinations, he understands zone and man, and how to make little moves to get open against different techniques."
Through all the injuries that decimated the Giants' wide receivers last season, Shepard managed to stay on the field most of the season before his own injuries caught up with him in Week 11. Even though he didn't play the final five games, Sterling was Manning's top producer with 731 yards on 59 receptions, which barely beat out rookie tight end Evan Engram (722 yards).
But, with an expected healthy Beckham returning to go along with Barkley and Engram's attention from opposing defenses, Shepard has an opportunity to do even more damage in his third NFL season. Shepard should be seeing a lot of one-on-one coverage in the slot due to the amount of offensive weapons the Giants possess, and with his speed and great route-running, he should get open readily.
That may be in the back of Shepard's mind this offseason because Manning certainly sees the work he's been putting in.
"I think he's primed for a big year," Manning said. "And I've been really impressed by his work ethic."
When Manning says you're going to have a good year, Shepard should expect a lot of passes to come his way this season.