No. 5 – Russell Shepard
Veteran Russell Shepard heads into his second season with the New York Giants, after signing a free agent contract. He played for general manager Dave Gettleman with the Carolina Panthers previously, after a four-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to Pro Football Reference, he played in 12 games for the New York Giants in 2018. Shepard provides special teams help and had six tackles season. He wasn’t an efficient receiver, only catching 10 of 19 passes, but two of his catches were for touchdowns.
With Beckham out of the picture, Russell Shepard could be in line for more time on the field, especially since the team’s biggest vertical threat now resides in Cleveland. Even though the Giants have committed fully to the West Coast offense, a vertical threat is needed to keep defenses honest.