The 2018 regular season was a bit of a mixed bag for the New York Giants, who ushered in a new era under head coach Pat Shurmur, ultimately finishing the year at 5-11.

One of the highlights of the year was the play of wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who flew under the national radar despite a career-high 66 receptions and 872 yards.

Shepard’s impact was undeniable, but where he really excelled was his downfield blocking, which resembled that of Hines Ward at times.

Needless to say, he was an underrated asset and has now earned that recognition courtesy of Nick Shook of NFL Network, who recently broke down the NFC’s unsung heroes.

NEW YORK GIANTS: Sterling Shepard, wide receiver. Odell Beckham Jr. has only played a full season once in his career, and it wasn’t 2018, meaning Eli Manning needed someone else to throw to. Enter Shepard, who stepped up to the occasion by catching a career-high 66 passes for four touchdowns and a career-high 872 receiving yards. Of New York’s five wins, Shepard caught touchdown passes in three of them. Not bad for a No. 2 who doesn’t get a ton of attention.

Shepard is a consistent player who brings quality on a weekly basis with precious few hiccups. He’s often overshadowed because of the presence of Odell Beckham Jr. and now Saquon Barkley, but remains an important piece of Big Blue’s offense.