Joe Judge called Sterling Shepard after Giants drafted Kadarius Toney

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Giants coach Joe Judge felt it was important to call Sterling shepard after the team uses a first-round pick on Kadarius toney. The judge said he reassured Shepard that the Giants were trying to improve the team, not replace Shepard.

“I thought it was necessary to speak to Shep specifically because when we drafted Toney the word in the press as it was read these titles was precisely that he is a slot machine receiver, ”the judge said, via Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “Which, look, we’re not calling on anyone to play a position.” I thought it was relevant at the time to contact Shep out of respect for the way he is with our program to communicate that to him.

Shepard got the message, insisting he doesn’t see Toney as a competitor for his job. Shepard was expected to return to play more receivers Kenny golladay signed as a free agent.

Toney gives offensive coordinator Jason Garrett even more options.

“We’re different players,” Shepard told Leonard. “We needed weapons. It’s just another added weapon to the squad and to the offense, and it also adds some value in the second leg.

Shepard’s contract, however, puts his long-term future with the Giants into question. He has no guaranteed money after this season when he is expected to earn $ 6.975 million in base salary.

The Giants could move on after this season, although Shepard’s contract ends in 2023.

In five seasons with the Giants since making him a second-round draft, Shepard has 313 receptions for 3,518 yards and 20 touchdowns.


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