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Sterling Shepard Blog: First Impressions of Training Camp

Posted Aug 1, 2016

Throughout the season, Rookie WR Sterling Shepard will check in with Giants.com and provide an inside look at his journey of making it in the NFL:

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard was born to play football.  The son of a Super Bowl and NCAA champion, he followed in his father’s footsteps to a standout career at the University of Oklahoma before being selected by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

We pick back up with him after his first training camp practice…


It’s back to business, back to work. I’m just trying to get everything down, trying to get this play system down so I can be a little bit more comfortable. I’m getting comfortable, but I can be a lot more, I feel like.

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Over the last few weeks for our break, I was working with Odell a little bit out in L.A. and training at Proactive, which is where I trained for the combine.

I also went to Dallas and then I went back home to Oklahoma. I was training with David Robinson, who works with a lot of guys in the league and played at Oklahoma.

So the idea was just to train in a couple different places and get insight from different people to work on my game.



And then it was time to put it on the field at training camp.

It was good to be back out there. Everybody was flying around at the first practice, and we had a few big plays, which were good to see. We’re working to get better, especially us rookies because we know we have to produce. Being a second-round pick, you’re going to be expected to play. We all understand that if you make plays now, you’re going to make it on Sundays, and that’s what everyone strives for here.

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Having guys like Odell and Vic right beside me is more than I could ask for, because they’ve had so much success. They really help. In college you may run a route a certain way, but it’s different in the league. So I get to get that visual from seeing them run it first and I can then tweak and adjust the way I do it. That’s one of the things I’ve been picking up on so far.

Another thing I’ve picked up from Vic is his helmet. He forgot at first, but I had to grab it after practice. It’s part of my rookie duties.

Stay tuned to Giants.com for more from Sterling, and don’t forget to follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @sterl_shep3.

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