The New England Patriots may be slowly approaching another big idea and it involves a trade and the New Your Giants. Yes, head coach Bill Belichick could soon call the Giants and get Sterling Shepard.
Alex Kay from Bleacher Report believes that Shepard may actually request a trade sooner than expected. The talented player could sign with the Patriots and Houston Texans. According to Kay, both teams “could come calling if Shepard asks to be moved.” He insists that Belichick’s Patriots and Houston are “both in desperate need of competent pass catchers.”
There’s a catch. Shepard is prone to injuries and Belichick may think twice before adding someone like him. The veteran player had been treating hamstring, quad, Achilles, and ACL injuries in his career. There is also a chance that Shepard wants to stay with his team and deliver strong performance in the upcoming season.
Patriots could benefit from the Giants trade
Shepard is an excellent fit for many NFL teams. He measures at 5’10’’ and 201 pounds. He could perform at a high level from the slot and do great on option routes. If Shepard finds a way to stay healthy, he could put on a Patriots uniform and give the Patriots all the things they have been missing since Julian Edelman’s retirement.
The veteran missed almost entire 2022 season due to a torn ACL. However, he returned to the field this preseason and helped the Giants beat the Carolina Panthers. There have been numerous videos of his explosiveness and speed during Giants practice sessions.
Belichick has Mac Jones at quarterback. The third-year quarterback had some issues last season. He will probably start at center this season and pairing him with a speedy receiver like Shepard could be a good decision for the team.
When it comes to working in the slot, Shepard may not be the top option in New England. Let’s see how this turns out. Is Shepard coming to New England in 2023?