Giants’ Eli Manning apologizes to Sterling Shepard for lack of targets

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the second quarter of the NFL game between the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears on November 20, 2016, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
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Despite the New York Giants winning their sixth consecutive game while improving to 8-3 on the season, quarterback Eli Manning found himself apologizing following the team’s victory over the Cleveland Browns. While the winless Browns were hardly up to the task of snapping the Giants’ current winning streak, Manning made a point to apologize to rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard after the 27-13 win.

Specifically, the veteran signal caller said that he was sorry that the up-and-coming wide out did not receive more targets against the Browns.

“I apologized for not getting him a catch,” said Manning. “We need to get him involved. We need to get him catches. It’s kind of the way the day went on some things. He’s done a good job all year. We’ve got to make sure we’re getting him involved in the offense.”

Although any player would like to be as involved in the offense as possible, Shepard said that he was surprised that Manning would apologize to him at this stage of his professional career.

“I didn’t want him to apologize to me,” Shepard said. “That’s just the way it goes sometimes. He believes in me. That’s a good feeling.”

Even after the Giants’ latest victory, which saw Shepard fail to haul in a single reception, he currently ranks second on the team with 44 catches, 476 yards and five touchdowns this season. On Sunday in Cleveland, fellow wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. led the way – per usual – with six receptions for 96 yards and a pair of scores.

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