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Sterling Shepard makes PFWA All-Rookie Team

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The Professional Football Writers of America voted Sterling Shepard to the All-Rookie Team:

Judging by the presence of Giants players on All-Rookie Teams in recent years, the organization has bright days ahead.


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After two Giants were named to its All-NFL Team yesterday, the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) voted wide receiver Sterling Shepard to the 2016 All-Rookie Team. The other receiver to make the list was Michael Thomas, who was taken by New Orleans seven picks behind Shepard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Shepard finished with 65 catches for 683 yards, and his eight touchdown receptions were second only to Thomas' nine among all rookies in 2016. The Oklahoma product proved to be most valuable in clutch situations, converting four fourth downs via reception. That tied him with Eagles tight end Zach Ertz for the most in the entire league, not just among rookies.

For the 2015 season, the PFWA voted Giants safety Landon Collins and undrafted tight end Will Tye to the All-Rookie Team. In 2014, Odell Beckham Jr. was named the PFWA's Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year. Those awards both went to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott this year, and Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who led all NFL rookies in sacks, was selected as the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

2016 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Offense
QB – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
RB – Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys; Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
WR – Sterling Shepard, New York Giants; Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints
TE – Hunter Henry, San Diego Chargers
C – Cody Whitehair, Chicago Bears
G – Joe Thuney, New England Patriots; Laremy Tunsil, Miami Dolphins
T – Jack Conklin, Tennessee Titans; Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions

Defense
DL – Joey Bosa, San Diego Chargers; DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers; Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs; Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville Jaguars
LB – Jatavis Brown, San Diego Chargers; Leonard Floyd, Chicago Bears; Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons
CB – Vernon Hargreaves III, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars
S – Karl Joseph, Oakland Raiders; Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons

Special Teams
PK – Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints
P – Riley Dixon, Denver Broncos
KR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
PR – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
ST – Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

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