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The Giants doubled-down on building a star-studded offense around 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning this offseason, by drafting running back Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall, signing veteran left tackle Nate Solder, and adding second-round offensive guard Will Hernandez.

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UNION — The Giants doubled-down on building a star-studded offense around 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning this offseason, by drafting running back Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall, signing veteran left tackle Nate Solder, and adding second-round rookie left guard Will Hernandez.

Barkley, Hernandez, and Solder join a collection of skill-position players that might be the most dynamic collection of talent in the NFL with wide receivers Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and second-year tight end Evan Engram already in the mix.

It is now incumbent on Manning to maximize the potential of the talent on the roster, and he believes that Shepard in particular could be poised for a breakout.

“I thought Sterling had a great camp during the spring,” Manning told NJ Advance Media prior to the Gatorade Offense/Defense camp at Sean University on Tuesday. “He’s understanding the coverages, understanding the route combinations, he understands zone and man, and how to make little moves to get open against different techniques.”

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Wide receivers typically hit their stride in their third NFL season, and Shepard is coming off a 2017 campaign where he saw an expanded role after Odell Beckham Jr. shattered his ankle in Week 4, accounting for 59 catches for 731 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 12.4 yards per reception before his season was cut short due to injury in Week 11.

In two seasons, Shepard has caught 124 of 189 targets from Manning for 1,414 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports

      

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