"I'm very excited a part of that good group of guys," Shepard told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Saturday while hosting a Hyundai Youth Football Camp. "Especially having Odell and Brandon on the outside now is going to help free up the inside for Evan [Engram] and I. That's every wide receiver's dream to have two great guys on the outside that are going to draw a lot of attention. That's what you're getting with those two. We should have a feast in the inside if we prepare good enough."
Shepard's comments echo the expectations many have had about the Giants' offense: the caliber of weapons on the outside will open up the middle of the field for Shepard, Engram and New York's running backs. More open opportunities means less time in the pocket for Eli and fewer sacks surrendered by the offensive line, a position group that is arguably the Giants' biggest hole on the roster.
However, before this magic domino effect can take hold, we'll have to see if there are too many cooks, or rather personalities, in Hell's Kitchen. Someone's targets are bound to decrease, and it's likely the odd man out is Shepard. If that ends up being the case, will the second-year pro still be singing the same optimistic tune come midseason?