4 huge threats the Panthers must contain at NY Giants in Week 2
By Preston Seyl
Carolina Panthers must contain Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard isn’t a household name or the flashiest wide receiver in the NFL. But he will be a major factor in the game plan for the New York Giants as Kenny Golladay hasn’t panned out so far.
The former second-round pick came up with a huge play in Week 1 at the Tennessee Titans, producing a moment of magic for a 65-yard touchdown with a total of 71 receiving yards from just two catches.
Shepard hasn’t had a terrific career so far. He has yet to hit the 1,000-yard milestone and is playing for a new contract in New York or elsewhere next spring.
The Oklahoma product has had a steady stint in the league so far, even if entering the elite category is a massive stretch given his skill set. However, there is a chance Shepard can become rejuvenated under this new regime with Brian Daboll as head coach along with Mike Kafka as the offensive coordinator.
This is a threat the Carolina Panthers have to take seriously. They have more than enough difference-makers in the secondary, but getting the game out of Saquon Barkley’s hands and into Daniel Jones’ early on is crucial.
Even though Shepard isn’t a headline-grabber, it doesn’t mean the Panthers should take him lightly. He can take the top off a defense quickly if schemed correctly, which Daboll is capable of accomplishing if his time as Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator is any indication.