1. The return of Sterling Shepard
The longest-tenured New York Giant, Sterling Shepard, made his return to practice on Wednesday. This was the first time he’s been fully cleared since he tore his Achilles over eight months ago. One huge upside to having Shepard back is that he’s the wide receiver that Jones has the most chemistry with. He’s another offensive weapon that can help bring the Giants offense back to life after an abysmal 2021 season.
Big Blue was lucky enough to not have Shepard on the PUP list, where he would have had to miss at least four games to miss the season. Ironically, the day that Shepard comes back fully cleared from an Achilles tear, preseason standout WR Collin Johnson tore his Achilles in practice and will miss all of 2022. Johnson was a huge vertical threat that the Giants are going to miss. He was getting a lot of reps with the starters and had the potential to play a big role in the offense.
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. will be the final preseason meeting for each team this season. Both the Giants and the Jets are looking to end the season strong. Emotions are always high when these rivals meet.