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WR Sterling Shepard back on 1-year contract; Kenny Golladay released


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Two days after the Giants' season ended on Jan. 21 with a playoff loss in Philadelphia, general manager Joe Schoen was asked about Sterling Shepard and the "role he could have going forward."

"Love Shep," Schoen said. "He's awesome; juice guy all the time. He's one of my favorites here."

Schoen today ensured their working partnership will continue as the Giants announced they have signed the veteran wide receiver to a one-year contract. Shepard has spent his entire seven-year career with the Giants, who selected him in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Shepard is the longest-tenured Giants player by two years (Saquon Barkley joined the team in 2018).

View photos from the career of Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Shepard has played in 75 career regular-season games with 72 starts. He has played a full schedule just twice, in 2016 and 2018, and injuries limited him to 10 games in the last two seasons, including three in 2022. The previous season, he missed three games with a hamstring injury and four with a quad issue before suffering a torn Achilles tendon with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter at home against Dallas on Dec. 19. That cost him the final three games of the season. Last year, Shepard's season again ended with a late-game injury against the Cowboys in MetLife Stadium, as he tore his left ACL in a non-contact incident with 1:11 left in a Monday night game on Sept. 26.

Shepard's 2022 totals were 13 receptions for 154 yards and one touchdown.

Despite his injury and subsequent surgery, Shepard remained around the team, regularly attended practices and games and drew plaudits from Schoen and coach Brian Daboll.

"Joe and I, we wanted him around," Daboll said two days before the season-ending loss to the Eagles. "That's up to him, too, based on how he's rehabbing and stuff. But he's here every day. He's an energy giver. He lifts everybody up: coaches, players, staff members. Just a great teammate.

"I think he helps everybody. He helps the defensive guys, the receivers, the offensive guys. He's all over in practice. Walkthrough, he's talking to those guys. He's played a lot of football. I think the guys have a lot of respect for him. He's just been a really good teammate for us."

Shepard's 362 receptions place him eighth in franchise history, five catches behind Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, six behind Ike Hilliard and nine behind Jeremy Shockey. His 4,038 receiving yards are the 16th-highest total in Giants history, and his 22 touchdowns tie him with Bob Tucker for 20th on the all-time list.

Shepard's 10 100-yard games tie him with Plaxico Burress and Lionel Manuel for ninth in franchise history and he has caught at least one pass in each of his last 64 games, the fifth-longest streak in Giants history. The only game in which he did not have a reception was in Cleveland on Nov. 27, 2016.

Shepard also has 23 rushing attempts for 180 yards (7.8-yard avg.) and one touchdown.

*The Giants also announced they released wide receiver Kenny Golladay.

A 2021 free agent acquisition, Golladay played in 26 games with 18 starts in his two seasons with the Giants. He caught 43 passes for 602 yards and one touchdown – a 25-yarder score from backup quarterback Davis Webb on his final Giants catch in Philadelphia on Jan. 8.

Golladay finished the 2022 season with six receptions for 43 yards. In his Giants debut season in 2021, Golladay had 37 catches for 21 yards, but did not score a touchdown for the only time in his career.

Golladay played his first four seasons for the Detroit Lions, for whom he led the NFL with 11 receiving touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl in 2019.

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