"I thought Sterling Shepard 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.
"I think he's primed for a big year," Manning said. "And I've been really impressed by his work ethic."
The story pointed out that 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. Shepard is our No. 36 ranked WR and has a 12th-round ADP, which potentially makes him a later-round target.