The Giants obtained again considered one of their prime offensive playmakers Thursday night time, as vast receiver Sterling Shepard made his return after lacking the earlier 4 video games coping with a turf toe harm.
Shepard had a optimistic impression, seemingly make the play that steered his staff to victory. Ultimately, the Giants once more went all the way down to the Eagles, losing 22-21 at Lincoln Monetary Area.
Shepard was not anticipated to take a full workload and he didn’t.
Shepard was on the sector with the beginning lineup. He picked up his first reception on a third-and-5 cross within the second quarter that gained 7 yards. His greatest second within the first half got here when he spun away from a sort out try by Nickell Robey-Coleman for a 29-yard pickup later within the quarter.
Shepard beat Darius Slay for a 2-yard landing reception within the fourth quarter. He completed with six catches for 59 yards.
Early within the afternoon Shepard was activated off injured reserve, the place he had been because the Week 2 turf toe harm that hit him late within the first half in a loss in Chicago. Given the progress Shepard made lately, eradicating him from IR was a given. To play in opposition to the Eagles, although, Shepard first needed to show he might stand up to the pounding of a strenuous pre-game exercise. He did that to the satisfaction of the teaching employees and medical employees.
The Giants failed to search out anybody remotely capable of change what Shepard brings to the offense. Darius Slayton was productive in Shepard’s absence. Golden Tate was not. The opposite alternate options given a shot, Damion Ratley and C.J. Board, didn’t make any kind of optimistic impression. Ratley (4 receptions for 63 yards) was launched and Board (6-58) went down with a concussion suffered final week in opposition to Washington.
Shepard, 27, is in his fifth 12 months with the Giants. He had eight catches for 76 yards in six quarters this season earlier than touchdown on IR.
So as to add insurance coverage at receiver, Alex Bachman was elevated to the roster off the apply squad.
There have been no modifications on the offensive line, with Andrew Thomas and Cam Fleming beginning on the sort out spots. Rookie Matt Peart got here on the sector early within the fourth quarter on a tackle-eligible play.
Devante Downs returned to the beginning lineup at inside linebacker.
The Giants within the first half have been dominated in time of possession, 20:24-9:36. In addition they have been outgained (222-124) and in first downs (15-5).
RB Devonta Freeman was pressured out within the second half with an ankle harm.
Rookie Darnay Holmes, who had performed in each sport, typically because the slot cornerback, was inactive with a neck situation. Additionally inactive for the Giants: WR C.J. Board, FS Adrian Colbert, OT Jackson Barton, TE Eric Tomlinson, DE RJ McIntosh and DE Jabaal Sheard.