There is only one player on the Giants roster who appeared on the scene in 2016 and 2017, when Ben McAdoo was the head coach: wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who was a rookie from Oklahoma in 2016, McAdoo’s first year as the substitute. by Tom Coughlin.
McAdoo, in his first year as offensive coordinator for the Panthers, will have the chance to check in with Shepard when their teams meet at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. The Giants are 1-0, the Panthers 0-1.
Shepard, 29, tore his left Achilles tendon last December. He recovered quickly and went big in his 2022 debut with a touchdown on a 65-yard pass from Daniel Jones. Shepard had a career-high eight touchdown receptions as a rookie in 2016 playing for McAdoo.
“He’s a breeding stallion, man,” McAdoo said this week. “I love Sterling. He competes hard. He came in, from day 1 he was a starter, the day he walked through the door it was never too big for him. He was raised properly, played in a great school. Big fan of Sterling.”
The beat continues for WR Kadarius Toney. This will be his 20th NFL game and it will be the 15th time he leads a game until his name is on the injury list. The hamstring problem that plagued him in training camp flared up again in training on Thursday and he is listed as doubtful to play.
Toney was healthy last week, but took the field for just seven snaps in the opener.
Is it better to be good or happy? The Giants were a mix of both in their 21-20 season opening win over the Titans, as Randy Bullock missed a 47-yard field goal as time went on, a kick that could have sent the Giants home with a loss.
“We’re not saying luck, we’re just saying ‘You’re living well,'” said DT Dexter Lawrence. “The football gods, you know?”
The Giants are without Nick McCloud, a freshman cornerback who excelled in special teams in the opener but is out for the week with a strained hamstring. In the opener, he had two tackles and helped force four good catches on punts.
“That’s something we haven’t had from that spot in a while, and it was good to have,” said special teams coach Thomas McGaughey.
The Panthers struggled to establish much offensively in their 26-24 home loss to the Browns and were unable to consistently execute the most basic maneuver: the central quarterback exchange.
The snap from Pat Elflein to Baker Mayfield went wrong four times. The Panthers recovered all four fumbles, but it was a messy way to start the season.
“That’s not the way we wanted to look,” McAdoo said. “There’s no excuse,” McAdoo said. “We need to spend more time on it. The first game of the year the ball fell far too often on the ground. For us to walk around and say the ball is king and for that to happen is not good. We have to solve it.”
As expected, CB Fabian Moreau and safety Tony Jefferson were activated outside the practice squad. The two veteran defensive backs should have plenty of time to defend, with CB Aaron Robinson out after his appendix has been removed. Rookie CB Cor’Dale Flott was able to start in Robinson’s place.
There was an interested outsider who was delighted to watch Brian Daboll win his first game as head coach of the Giants.
“I support Dabes on… I love that man,” Bill’s quarterback Josh Allen said after watching the Giants beat the Titans.
Daboll spent the past four years in Buffalo.