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Giants news, 5/28: Sterling Shepard number change, Brandon Jacobs, more

New York Giants headlines for Thursday

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Sterling Shepard on wearing No. 3

Why did Giants’ wide receiver Sterling Shepard switch from No. 87 to No. 3? To honor his late father, Derrick, a former NFL player who died in 1999 at the age of 35.

“Something that means a lot to me. It’s been a number that I’ve been since I was a little kid, after my father passed. He wore No. 3 in college. That’s something that meant a lot to me, a lot to his teammates. I wanted to carry that on,” Shepard said. “When I came into the league, you couldn’t get single digits. Whenever the rule changed, I was happy to grab that.”

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I don’t know if Brandon Jacobs is really serious. I do know he played running back with the aggressive mentality of a defensive player. For what it’s worth, he is now 38 and hasn’t played in the NFL since 2013.

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Regrading the 2018 NFL Draft classes: Ravens, Bills and Buccaneers among NFL's biggest winners | NFL News, Rankings and Statistics | PFF


Round 1 (2): RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Round 2 (34): OG Will Hernandez, UTEP
Round 3 (66): LB Lorenzo Carter, Georgia
Round 3 (69): DI B.J. Hill, NC State
Round 4 (108): QB Kyle Lauletta, Richmond
Round 5 (139): DI RJ McIntosh, Miami (FL)

Then: Above Average
Now: Average

While we weren’t massive fans of drafting a running back second overall, we still obviously saw Barkley as a talented player and liked the selection of Will Hernandez at the top of Round 2. However, Hernandez — like much of the Giants' offensive line — has struggled, going from a 72.5 pass-blocking grade in 2019 to a 50.9 mark this past season. The one saving grace of New York's draft class has been the play of third-rounder B.J. Hill, who has earned overall grades of 75.9 and 73.4 in part-time roles the past two seasons.

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