Recently signed LB Kelvin Sheppard is already expected to make an impact this week as the Giants take on the 49ers on the road.
Sheppard was a spectator of the NFL last week, but now, he has a chance to showcase his skills once again with the Giants. It was a quick transition for the 29-year-old who said he got a call Monday from the team.
"They literally called me (on) Monday," Sheppard told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "And they asked my agent if I would be willing to come up for a workout, and I was like, 'Yep,' and came up, worked out and they signed me after the workout."
Sheppard is a much needed reinforcement for this Giants team as multiple linebackers are out for the game Sunday. B.J. Goodson (ankle), Devon Kennard (quad), and Keenan Robinson (quad) are all declared out, meaning Sheppard has a good chance to not only contribute, but start for the Giants on Sunday.
Sheppard was a contributor last season to the stellar Giants offense as he played in all 16 games, starting in 11 of them. However, the team decided not to re-sign the veteran, and he was forced to look elsewhere for employment.
"I took a few visits," Sheppard said. "I went a couple places and was down back in Miami working out, taking visits. I'd go to another team, come back, go to another team, come back. So it was a little busy, but not what I ultimately wanted. But I'm back where I wanted to be from the get-go."
It was a tough transition for Sheppard who wasn't used to sitting watching the game from his couch. Since becoming a third-round pick by the Bills in 2011, Sheppard has been on the sidelines on Sundays. He's happy he is finally getting back to that this week.
"I've played football 25 years," he said. "This is the first time I wasn't, so yeah, (I missed it)."
The layoff hasn't hurt Sheppard's game readiness physically or mentally as he said learning the defensive schemes over again was simply jogging his memory.
"It's more recall than actually learning the actual plays," he said. "It's more just recalling everything I already knew from last year."
Sheppard is seeing a much different Giants team when he left as the 1-7 group is aching for a win to get out of the deep hole they built. He believes this team can truly make the run head coach Ben McAdoo has been preaching all this week.
"To be honest, I think we're going to win every game," Sheppard said. "That's just my mentality."
Sheppard recorded 50 combined tackles and two passes defended in all 16 games last season for the Giants.