Giants' Sterling Shepard discusses 1-5 start: 'That’s not what we work so hard for'

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Sterling Shepard close up
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Sterling Shepard returning to the Giants on Sunday served almost zero purpose, as the G-Men fell to the Los Angeles Rams 38-11 at MetLife Stadium.

Shepard has played in just one playoff game - it was his rookie season way back in January of 2017. Since then, he only knows being under .500.

And now, the Giants sit at 1-5, with a schedule getting even more difficult in the coming weeks.

"It just starts with communicating to the guys that we cannot give up on each other and we cannot start pointing the finger at each other and saying 'it was this guy’s fault or that guy’s fault,' or this thing can really go downhill," Shepard told reporters after the game. "I’ve been on teams where that has happened and you can really start to see it snowball. We have to keep each other’s heads up and keep the energy high throughout the week...

"We’re all competitors; we don’t practice every week to come out and lose. That’s not what we work so hard for, so yes we’re pissed off about it, but we’re the only ones that can change it. We have to go back to work and try to change this thing around."

Of course, it doesn't help that the Giants are really banged up - Shepard was injured in the first quarter of Week 3, and then missed the Giants' next two games.

Saquon Barkley left Week 5's game in the first quarter, and Kadarius Toney left Sunday's game in the first. Andrew Thomas missed last week's game, and missed the second half of Sunday's.

But for Shepard, it's no excuses.

"I think it’s the “next-man-up” mentality. That’s what I just said and that’s what I wholeheartedly believe. We have guys that can go and they can make plays for us. We have to figure out a way to execute better."

Shepard isn't the only one in the locker room that's been on mostly losing teams - Leonard Williams was a New York Jet before changing locker rooms at MetLife Stadium.

"As a competitor, it’s really upsetting that in year seven I’ve been having a lot of losing seasons, I haven’t been to the playoffs yet in my career," said Williams. "That's pretty tough. A long career in this league is 10 to 12, to 13 years, and I’m already close to half of that at least. I want to obviously start to see the tables turn and start winning.

"But obviously I’m not pointing any fingers and blaming anyone. I look at myself first in the mirror and ask, ‘How much more can I do?’ and obviously lean on each other. I do love this team though. I love how much fight this team has. At the end of the day, even when we’re losing, you can look at a guy in his eyes and you can tell he’s still ready to fight for you. So, I like that."

The Giants will look to get back in the W column next week when Sam Darnold makes his return to East Rutherford with the Carolina Panthers.

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