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Sterling Shepard leaves Giants’ training camp with thumb injury

Sterling Shepard, Giants

Earlier this offseason, the New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. With the move, Sterling Shepard became the number one receiver for New York.

The Giants have begun their training camp on Thursday but they already have an injury scare. According to Art Stapleton, a Giants beat writer, Shepard left New York’s training camp with a thumb injury.

The Giants wideout will receive X-Rays on his thumb, which isn’t good for the Giants. This is not how the Giants envisioned kicking off their training camp this offseason.

In the past three seasons, Shepard has done most of his damage as the slot receiver. Although, now he will be asked to move the outside with the departure of Beckham Jr. It helps that Shepard already has a relationship with Eli Manning to make the transition going along more smoothly.

In his three seasons, Shepard has caught an average of 63 receptions for 762 yards and nearly five touchdowns per season. Currently, Shepard figures to be a top receiving option alongside Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley.

Along with those guys, the Giants also signed Golden Tate this offseason in hopes he could help provide a spark. With Shepard being sidelined, for now, Corey Coleman and Cody Latimer will likely see more reps in training camp.

For the Giants, they are hoping it isn’t anything serious for Shepard as the regular season is nearly a month away. New York kicks off their season against their division rivals in the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. New York is going to need Shepard if they hope to defeat Dallas.

For now, the Giants will be without Shepard—until further notice—during training camp.