Sterling Shepard
WR #87
Height:
5-10
Weight:
194
Age:
24
College:
Oklahoma
Hometown:
Oklahoma City, OK
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2017):

REC
22
YDS
263
AVG
12
TDS
1

Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 2nd-round (40th pick overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2016.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    As a rookie in 2016, Shepard started all 16 regular-season games and the NFC Wild Card Game…It was the 2nd consecutive season the Giants’ 2nd-round draft choice started every game; safety Landon Collins did it in 2015…Shepard was the Giants’ first offensive rookie to start every game of his rookie season since Justin Pugh started every game at right tackle in 2013…He was the first rookie wide receiver to start every game for the Giants since Bobby Johnson in 1984, and the first in the NFL since Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins in 2014.
-    Shepard finished 2nd on the team with 65 catches for 683 yards and 8 touchdowns…Caught at least 2 passes in every game expect the victory in Cleveland on Nov. 27, when he did not have a reception…Shephard placed 2nd among NFL rookies in all 3 major statistical categories, trailing only New Orleans’ Michael Thomas, who had 92 catches for 1,137 yards and 9 scores.
-    Shepard had 1 of the finest seasons by a rookie wide receiver in Giants history:

MOST RECEPTIONS / GIANTS ROOKIE
Odell Beckham Jr. 2014   91
Jeremy Shockey*   2002   74
Sterling Shepard   2016   65
Bobby Johnson      1984   48
Hakeem Nicks       2009   47

MOST RECEIVING YARDS / GIANTS ROOKIE
Odell Beckham Jr.    2014      1,305
Jeremy Shockey*     2002         894
Bobby Johnson        1984         795
Hakeem Nicks          2009         790
Sterling Shepard      2016        683

MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS / GIANTS ROOKIE
Odell Beckham Jr.    2014    12
Bill Swiacki        1948    10
Ken MacAfee         1954     8
Sterling Shepard    2016     8
Bobby Johnson    1984     7
Hakeem Nicks    2009     6
*Tight end
 
-    Shepard caught 3 passes for 43 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown, in his NFL debut at Dallas (9/11)…He was the first Giants player to catch a touchdown pass in his first game since Odell Beckham Jr. on Oct. 5, 2014.
-    Shepard had season-high totals of 8 receptions for 117 yards vs. New Orleans (9/18), and followed with 5 catches for 73 yards and a 23-yard touchdown vs. Washington (9/25)… His 16 receptions are a record for a Giants rookie in his first 3 games. Bobby Johnson held the former mark with 15 in 1984.
-    Shepard was the first player in Giants history to score a touchdown and have more than 100 receiving yards in a game in his first 3 NFL games, and was the first NFL player to do it since Pittsburgh’s Martavis Bryant in 2014.
-    Also set the 4-game record when he had 4 receptions for 30 yards at Minnesota (10/3)…His 20 catches through 4 games topped Beckham’s previous mark of 18.
-    In a 27-23 victory vs. Philadelphia (11/6), Shepard caught 3 passes for 50 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown, and rookie free agent Roger Lewis, Jr. had a 30-yard touchdown reception. It was the first time the Giants had 2 rookie wide receivers with touchdown catches in the same game since Oct. 5, 1987 when Lewis Bennett and Reggie McGowan accomplished the feat in a strike replacement game vs. San Francisco. Excluding replacement games, it had last happened on Dec. 12, 1954, when Ken MacAfee and Bob Topp did it at Philadelphia.
-    With Victor Cruz sidelined with an ankle injury, the Giants started rookie wide receivers Shepard and Lewis in a Monday night game vs. Cincinnati (11/14)…They were the first pair of rookie wideouts to start for the Giants since Dec. 15, 1984, when Bobby Johnson and Lionel Manuel started the regular-season finale vs. New Orleans. Manuel caught 2 passes for 26 yards, while Johnson had 1 catch for 9 yards.
-    Shepard had 4 receptions for 56 yards and a 6-yard touchdown vs. Detroit (12/18), and 7 catches for 61 yards and his 8th score of the season on a 13-yard pass at Philadelphia (12/22)…Had 4 catches for 63 yards in his postseason debut in the NFC Wild Card Game at Green Bay (1/8).

COLLEGE:
-    In 4 seasons at Oklahoma, Shepard played in 50 games with 41 starts…Started all 37 games in his final 3 seasons… Career totals included 233 receptions for 3,482 yards (14.9-yard avg.) and 26 touchdowns, with a long catch of 75 yards…Also returned 30 punts for a 7.3 yard average with a long runback of 27 yards…His career receptions (233) and receiving yards (3,482) each rank 2nd in Oklahoma history...Ranks 3rd in school history in career touchdown receptions (26) and 100-yard receiving games (12)…Ranks 3rd in OU history in single-season receptions (86 as a senior)…Shares the school  record for single-game receptions (15 vs. Kansas State as a junior).
-    As a senior in 2015, he was a semifinalist for the  Biletnikoff Award...Named to All-Big 12 first team by the league’s coaches, and 2nd team by AP...Started all 13 games at receiver and also served as team’s primary punt returner...Caught a career-high 86 passes for 1,288 yards (15.0-yard avg.) and 11 touchdowns, with a long catch of 74 yards…Also returned 30 punts for 148 yards, a 7.9-yard average, with a long of 27 yards…As a junior in 2014, was named to All-Big 12 first team by league’s coaches and All-Big 12 2nd team by AP…Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award...Started all 12 games and finished season with 51 receptions for 970 yards and 5 touchdowns, with a long catch of 75 yards…Also returned 11 punts for 73 yards (6.6-yard avg.)…Tied school record with 15 receptions and tallied 197 receiving yards and a touchdown vs. Kansas State (10/18)...In 2013, started all 12 games in which he played…Did not play vs. Iowa State (11/16) due to injury...Concluded the season with 51 catches for 603 yards and 7 touchdowns with a long reception of 57 yards…As a freshman in 2012, he played in all 13 games with 4 starts...His 621 receiving yards were the 3rd-highest total by an Oklahoma freshman, while his 45 receptions ranked 4th all-time among the school’s freshmen...Had his first 3 career catches for 48 yards vs. Florida A&M (9/8)…Made first career start and caught 7 passes for 108 yards, and first career touchdown vs. Kansas State (9/22)...Recorded a season-long 52-yard reception at West Virginia (11/17).

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Raised awareness for NFL Play 60 by wearing custom-designed cleats during Week 13 for the leaguewide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”..Hosted a Play 60 event at the NFL Experience that was free and open to the public during Super Bowl LI Week...Attended the Play 60 Challenge Field Day Celebration at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck, N.J...Engaged with participants at the Dannon Play in Pink Event in some light football drill activities...Visited the children’s hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center with fellow rookies in costume on Halloween to spend time with young patients and their families...Served lunch with fellow rookies to more than 400 people at Eva’s Village in Paterson, N.J...during Thanksgiving week. Played in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club with foundation supporters...Attended the Victor Cruz Foundation Tailgate Faceoff featuring a tailgate cook-off between Giants players and celebrity chef Josh Capon...Participated in the 2017 Giants Town Hall event for season ticket holders, answering questions from the fans...Served as a receivers coach at the Brandon Marshall Football Skills Camp for boys and girls ages 7-18 years old...A proud supporter of the Harlem Children’s Zone, where he has made several visits to the children.

PERSONAL:
-    Parents are Cheri and the late Derrick Shepard...At Oklahoma, he wore the same jersey number (3) as his late father, who lettered at OU as wide receiver from 1983-86...Graduated with degree in arts & sciences planned program...Named to Academic All-Big 12 first team as a senior…Rushed for 1,115 yards and caught 133 passes for 2,335 yards and 38 touchdowns in his career at Heritage Hall High School…Finished with 5,148 career all-purpose yards…As a senior, carried the ball 28 times for 303 yards and 8 touchdowns, and caught 73 passes for 1,243 yards and 17 touchdowns…Selected to the Under Armour All-American Game.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 2nd-round (40th pick overall) draft choice by the Giants in 2016.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    As a rookie in 2016, Shepard started all 16 regular-season games and the NFC Wild Card Game…It was the 2nd consecutive season the Giants’ 2nd-round draft choice started every game; safety Landon Collins did it in 2015…Shepard was the Giants’ first offensive rookie to start every game of his rookie season since Justin Pugh started every game at right tackle in 2013…He was the first rookie wide receiver to start every game for the Giants since Bobby Johnson in 1984, and the first in the NFL since Buffalo’s Sammy Watkins in 2014.
-    Shepard finished 2nd on the team with 65 catches for 683 yards and 8 touchdowns…Caught at least 2 passes in every game expect the victory in Cleveland on Nov. 27, when he did not have a reception…Shephard placed 2nd among NFL rookies in all 3 major statistical categories, trailing only New Orleans’ Michael Thomas, who had 92 catches for 1,137 yards and 9 scores.
-    Shepard had 1 of the finest seasons by a rookie wide receiver in Giants history:

MOST RECEPTIONS / GIANTS ROOKIE
Odell Beckham Jr. 2014   91
Jeremy Shockey*   2002   74
Sterling Shepard   2016   65
Bobby Johnson      1984   48
Hakeem Nicks       2009   47

MOST RECEIVING YARDS / GIANTS ROOKIE
Odell Beckham Jr.    2014      1,305
Jeremy Shockey*     2002         894
Bobby Johnson        1984         795
Hakeem Nicks          2009         790
Sterling Shepard      2016        683

MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS / GIANTS ROOKIE
Odell Beckham Jr.    2014    12
Bill Swiacki        1948    10
Ken MacAfee         1954     8
Sterling Shepard    2016     8
Bobby Johnson    1984     7
Hakeem Nicks    2009     6
*Tight end
 
-    Shepard caught 3 passes for 43 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown, in his NFL debut at Dallas (9/11)…He was the first Giants player to catch a touchdown pass in his first game since Odell Beckham Jr. on Oct. 5, 2014.
-    Shepard had season-high totals of 8 receptions for 117 yards vs. New Orleans (9/18), and followed with 5 catches for 73 yards and a 23-yard touchdown vs. Washington (9/25)… His 16 receptions are a record for a Giants rookie in his first 3 games. Bobby Johnson held the former mark with 15 in 1984.
-    Shepard was the first player in Giants history to score a touchdown and have more than 100 receiving yards in a game in his first 3 NFL games, and was the first NFL player to do it since Pittsburgh’s Martavis Bryant in 2014.
-    Also set the 4-game record when he had 4 receptions for 30 yards at Minnesota (10/3)…His 20 catches through 4 games topped Beckham’s previous mark of 18.
-    In a 27-23 victory vs. Philadelphia (11/6), Shepard caught 3 passes for 50 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown, and rookie free agent Roger Lewis, Jr. had a 30-yard touchdown reception. It was the first time the Giants had 2 rookie wide receivers with touchdown catches in the same game since Oct. 5, 1987 when Lewis Bennett and Reggie McGowan accomplished the feat in a strike replacement game vs. San Francisco. Excluding replacement games, it had last happened on Dec. 12, 1954, when Ken MacAfee and Bob Topp did it at Philadelphia.
-    With Victor Cruz sidelined with an ankle injury, the Giants started rookie wide receivers Shepard and Lewis in a Monday night game vs. Cincinnati (11/14)…They were the first pair of rookie wideouts to start for the Giants since Dec. 15, 1984, when Bobby Johnson and Lionel Manuel started the regular-season finale vs. New Orleans. Manuel caught 2 passes for 26 yards, while Johnson had 1 catch for 9 yards.
-    Shepard had 4 receptions for 56 yards and a 6-yard touchdown vs. Detroit (12/18), and 7 catches for 61 yards and his 8th score of the season on a 13-yard pass at Philadelphia (12/22)…Had 4 catches for 63 yards in his postseason debut in the NFC Wild Card Game at Green Bay (1/8).

COLLEGE:
-    In 4 seasons at Oklahoma, Shepard played in 50 games with 41 starts…Started all 37 games in his final 3 seasons… Career totals included 233 receptions for 3,482 yards (14.9-yard avg.) and 26 touchdowns, with a long catch of 75 yards…Also returned 30 punts for a 7.3 yard average with a long runback of 27 yards…His career receptions (233) and receiving yards (3,482) each rank 2nd in Oklahoma history...Ranks 3rd in school history in career touchdown receptions (26) and 100-yard receiving games (12)…Ranks 3rd in OU history in single-season receptions (86 as a senior)…Shares the school  record for single-game receptions (15 vs. Kansas State as a junior).
-    As a senior in 2015, he was a semifinalist for the  Biletnikoff Award...Named to All-Big 12 first team by the league’s coaches, and 2nd team by AP...Started all 13 games at receiver and also served as team’s primary punt returner...Caught a career-high 86 passes for 1,288 yards (15.0-yard avg.) and 11 touchdowns, with a long catch of 74 yards…Also returned 30 punts for 148 yards, a 7.9-yard average, with a long of 27 yards…As a junior in 2014, was named to All-Big 12 first team by league’s coaches and All-Big 12 2nd team by AP…Semifinalist for Biletnikoff Award...Started all 12 games and finished season with 51 receptions for 970 yards and 5 touchdowns, with a long catch of 75 yards…Also returned 11 punts for 73 yards (6.6-yard avg.)…Tied school record with 15 receptions and tallied 197 receiving yards and a touchdown vs. Kansas State (10/18)...In 2013, started all 12 games in which he played…Did not play vs. Iowa State (11/16) due to injury...Concluded the season with 51 catches for 603 yards and 7 touchdowns with a long reception of 57 yards…As a freshman in 2012, he played in all 13 games with 4 starts...His 621 receiving yards were the 3rd-highest total by an Oklahoma freshman, while his 45 receptions ranked 4th all-time among the school’s freshmen...Had his first 3 career catches for 48 yards vs. Florida A&M (9/8)…Made first career start and caught 7 passes for 108 yards, and first career touchdown vs. Kansas State (9/22)...Recorded a season-long 52-yard reception at West Virginia (11/17).

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Raised awareness for NFL Play 60 by wearing custom-designed cleats during Week 13 for the leaguewide initiative “My Cause My Cleats.”..Hosted a Play 60 event at the NFL Experience that was free and open to the public during Super Bowl LI Week...Attended the Play 60 Challenge Field Day Celebration at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Teaneck, N.J...Engaged with participants at the Dannon Play in Pink Event in some light football drill activities...Visited the children’s hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center with fellow rookies in costume on Halloween to spend time with young patients and their families...Served lunch with fellow rookies to more than 400 people at Eva’s Village in Paterson, N.J...during Thanksgiving week. Played in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club with foundation supporters...Attended the Victor Cruz Foundation Tailgate Faceoff featuring a tailgate cook-off between Giants players and celebrity chef Josh Capon...Participated in the 2017 Giants Town Hall event for season ticket holders, answering questions from the fans...Served as a receivers coach at the Brandon Marshall Football Skills Camp for boys and girls ages 7-18 years old...A proud supporter of the Harlem Children’s Zone, where he has made several visits to the children.

PERSONAL:
-    Parents are Cheri and the late Derrick Shepard...At Oklahoma, he wore the same jersey number (3) as his late father, who lettered at OU as wide receiver from 1983-86...Graduated with degree in arts & sciences planned program...Named to Academic All-Big 12 first team as a senior…Rushed for 1,115 yards and caught 133 passes for 2,335 yards and 38 touchdowns in his career at Heritage Hall High School…Finished with 5,148 career all-purpose yards…As a senior, carried the ball 28 times for 303 yards and 8 touchdowns, and caught 73 passes for 1,243 yards and 17 touchdowns…Selected to the Under Armour All-American Game.
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 87 946 10.9 77 9 6 44 7.3 22 0 1 0
2017 NYG 5 4 22 263 12 77T 1 3 13 4.3 12 0 1 0
2016 NYG 16 16 65 683 10.5 32T 8 3 31 10.3 22 0 -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @DAL L 3-19 7 44 6.3 12 0 1 6 6 6 0 1 0
2 DET L 10-24 2 23 11.5 12 0 2 7 3.5 12 0 -- --
3 @PHI L 24-27 7 133 19 77 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @TB L 23-25 5 54 10.8 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 LAC L 22-27 1 9 9 9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @DEN W 23-10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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