Giants WR Sterling Shepard is confident he will be ready to play against the Rams after the team's bye week.
There were rumors that Shepard would be on the field for the Giants' matchup against the Seahawks last Sunday, but he was still struggling with his ankle injury.
"It wasn't Sunday, it was -- I mean, after the Thursday practice, I kind of tweaked it during that practice and it kind of carried over to Sunday and I just didn't feel ready to go, didn't feel 100 percent to go," Shepard said at the Giants' facility on Monday.
Shepard said he will stick around the facility to receive treatment over the bye week, but when that is over, it is time for the wide receivers to get back on track.
"We're getting back on track," Shepard said. "We had a fine board going and it kind of died off, but we know we've got some new guys in there, so the fine board is back alive. Just trying to get everybody on the same page and everybody get ready for their assignment."
"We don't have some of the same faces. When you have veterans like Odell [Beckham Jr.] and you have Brandon [Marshall], you don't have to really hold that accountability for those guys, you know? They pretty much know what they're doing. But when you have new faces, you kind of have got to make sure everybody's on their p's and q's and that's kind of what the fine board is there for."
Upon his return, Shepard will be the veteran leader despite only being in his sophomore campaign. He says his role will essentially be the same, but he will be more vocal along with leading by example.
"I mean, it's going to be different, you don't have the same faces in there. That alone, it's going to change," Shepard said. "But my role is going to stay the same, I'm kind of a guy that leads by example, but I'll be vocal if I have to and that's kind of what role I've had to take these last two weeks, is just staying in the guys' ears and keeping their heads held high."
Shepard is used to playing as a slot receiver with Beckham Jr. and Marshall working on the outside. In their absence, he will likely be asked to line up on the outside, which he is confident in doing.
"I know the system, I know what needs to be done outside, so I don't think that'll be a problem," he said. "I've played a lot of outside in college. It is an opportunity, but I'm just going to do what I'm asked and try to make plays."
In three games this season, Shepard has hauled in 22 receptions for 263 yards and a lone touchdown.