3 NY Giants with the most at stake in OTAs, including Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard #87 of the New York Giants (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Devontae Booker, NY Giants
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2) RB – Devontae Booker

Saquon Barkley won’t be back on the field this weekend, and it remains to be seen if the star running back will return in time for the start of training camp.

Barkley’s absence clears the way for Booker, signed on the first day of free agency, to take the bulk of first-team snaps during these practices. An extended audition with the first-team offense could cement Booker as Barkley’s top backup, while giving him a jump-start on working with Jones and the platform to showcase his versatility as a playmaker in coordinator Jason Garrett’s scheme.

Similar to wide receiver, the NY Giants have spent the past several weeks collecting running back depth; claiming Ryquell Armstead off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars, and signing Corey Clement following a strong tryout performance during the team’s rookie minicamp. Booker seems entrenched as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart, but stringing together strong practices during OTAs will only solidify his role — and separate him from the competition for snaps.