The New York Giants are supposed to sign wide collector Real Shepard to a one-year deal, sources told on Sunday.
Over the past few years, Shepard has dealt with injuries. After tearing his Achilles tendon during the previous season, he tore the ACL in his left knee in September. Throughout his career, he has also dealt with injuries to his knee, concussion, ankle, quad, and hamstring.
Shepard, who turned 30 in February, has missed 33 games over the course of the past four seasons, but he stated earlier this year that there was no doubt he would return for this season. He was encouraged by his timeline, which took him nine months post-surgery to July and the beginning of training camp.
In three games last season, the versatile receiver had 13 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown. Despite recovering from the Achilles injury and the noncontact injury, he appeared to have not lost a step.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Shepard, who came from Oklahoma and was selected in the second round of the draft, was the Giants player with the longest tenure.
Shepard has 362 career receptions for 4,038 yards and 23 touchdowns in 75 games, despite the injuries.
He said late last season that getting back to the main group he’s always known was his inclination.
“Of course, this is like my second home,” Shepard said. “This is where I’ve always been and what I know. So, I think anybody in my position would want to do that, but like I said, whatever happens, man.”Topics #New York Giants #Real Shepard