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Sterling Shepard Becomes No. 2 Receiver for Giants

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Shepard has proven himself a favorite target for quarterback Eli Manning and is learning the ropes from OBJ and DRC

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Sterling Shepard, the second round pick of the New York Giants, has cemented himself at the No. 2 wide receiver spot ahead of his professional debut.

With injury embattled Victor Cruz’s status still up in the air, Shepard has reportedly seamlessly integrated himself into the Giants’ offense and has made himself one of Eli Manning’s favorite targets.

Shep’s in an almost perfect position to learn the ropes as a pro. Odell Beckham Jr, who ascended quickly in his rookie season, could help bring on Shepard’s big play tendencies. OBJ’s gravitational pull on defenses should help Shepard get plenty of receptions in the slot position, or on the opposite side of the field. And maybe unflappable Sterling could teach Beckham a thing or two about managing emotions.

On the other side of the ball, Sterling has three cornerbacks to help get him ready for game situations: big-play Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, veteran corner Janoris Jenkins, and the Giants’ first round selection, Eli Apple of Ohio State.

“Iron sharpens iron,” Shepard said regarding going up against top flight talent. Shepard has proven—just as he did at Oklahoma—that he’s unafraid of anyone or anybody standing in his way. The college-to-pro transition is harder in the NFL than anywhere else, but Shephard seems to be in a great spot to succeed.

Catch Sterling Shepard’s professional debut in a preseason game Friday against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. He’ll make his regular season debut September 11th against the Cowboys in Dallas.