This year, the receiver room will have a new image. Odell Beckham, Jr., a three-time Pro Bowler professional, was traded to Cleveland last month, leaving Shepard and Tate, the 10-year veteran who has played for Seattle, Detroit and Philadelphia, as the main general goals of Eli Manning . They will be supported by Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Corey Coleman, Jawill Davis, Alonzo Russell, Brittan Golden and Russell Shepard (who accepted the terms of a new contract and will sign on Monday.) The Giants could also select one or more receivers in the draft in two. weeks
"We have no shortage of talent," Shepard said. "Those guys are dancers and they can do the job." When they are put in that position, they will always be executed. I have all the confidence in those guys. I feel that we are going to continue right where we left off. The last five games were the best games we played in the season. We just have to fine tune some small things. Once we do that, we'll be fine. "
Shepard intends to contribute beyond catching pbades. He believes that his status as receiver with the longest period in blue of the Giants puts him in a position of natural leadership,
"I'm ready," he said. "With Odell in the last two seasons (with injuries), that time definitely helped me understand what it's all about being a leader, and being the leader of the room. I think he prepared me for this moment. I was pretty vocal anyway. I'm a pretty vocal guy. That will not be a problem.
"I'm not a young guy anymore, I'm a veterinarian now, this contract says a lot, so I'm going to handle it the right way."