Jefferson underwent knee surgery that was described as minor in early August, but the possibility of him missing Week 1 was always a possibility. He has now missed both days of practice this week, and his status for Thursday night is looking bleak.
The third-year receiver took a step forward statistically in 2021, totaling 50 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns last season compared to 19 receptions for 220 yards and one touchdown as a rookie in 2020. He earned a 61.6 receiving grade.
Shepard suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Week 15 of last season, but his recovery went by smoothly. “Yep, ready to go,” he told ESPN.
Shepard is entering his seventh season with the Giants and is the longest-tenured player on the team. He recorded 36 catches for 366 yards with one touchdown in seven games last season, earning a career-low 64.6 PFF grade.
The Giants brought Shepard back this offseason after he agreed to take a pay cut. In return, the team voided the final year of his previous four-year extension, meaning he’ll be a free agent after this season.