By Michael Stewart/@golferbad
Introduction: This is part 6 of 10 in a series of player spotlights as wide receiver Sterling Shepard could be the key to the Giants overall success at the wide receiver position in 2020. Last year, Shepard sustained two concussions; which limited his playing time and production from the slot. Having a productive slot receiver helps the outside receivers immensely by opening up the middle of the field and also preventing teams from double teaming a particular player.
Shepard has been cleared and he is hoping his concussion issues are behind him, but there should be concern. A player with a history of concussions is more vulnerable and the next one could possibly end his career. The NFL has worked extremely hard over the last decade in developing better equipment (helmets) to absorb more of the impact to the head. The NFL has also implemented rule changes to protect a player from initial contact to the head area. Although the stats favor the hard work by the NFL, there’s still more work to be done.
Final Thoughts: Golden Tate and Darius Slayton should have productive seasons in the 2020, however; it’s my belief that a healthy and productive Sterling Shepard could enhance the Giants entire offensive production in the passing game. The Giants coaching staff and the fans will and should have concerns with each hit Shepard endures this season. Many experts have already mentioned that is not a matter of if, but more a matter of when Shepard gets his next concussion.