Russell Shepard
Russell Shepard
29-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New York Giants
Injury Foot
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Shepard signed on for a second season with the Giants in April, after his debut campaign in the Meadowlands yielded 10 receptions for 188 yards, with both of his touchdown receptions coming between Weeks 13 and 14. He fielded 17.8 percent of the G-Men's offensive snaps in 2018 and appears to be headed towards the No. 5 job in the receiving corps behind Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler, but should see elevated playing time in the early going with Tate serving a four-game suspension to kick off the year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in April of 2019.
Could return from IR
WRNew York Giants
November 25, 2019
Coach Pat Shurmur said Shepard (foot) may return from injured reserve with Golden Tate suffering a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Bears, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Shepard was placed on IR with a foot sprain, so it's likely he's healthy enough to play by now. The 29-year-old is eligible to be activated from IR for this Sunday's matchup against the Packers, and he could fill in as the No. 3 wideout behind Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. If Shepard indeed returns, his fantasy value is low, especially if Evan Engram (foot) returns.
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How do Russell Shepard's 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Shepard should have a small role as the team's third or fourth receiver, behind not only Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard but also tight end Evan Engram and tail back Saquon Barkley. Cody Latimer will also be in the mix.
Mostly a special teams contributor through his first three seasons as a pro, Shepard took advantage of a banged-up Buccaneers supporting cast to finish with career highs in catches (23), targets (40), receiving yards (341) and touchdowns (two) last year. After that production, and in the wake of former Panthers speedster Ted Ginn leaving in free agency, Shepard signed a three-year deal with Carolina this offseason. A target similar to Ginn, albeit with less deep speed, Shepard will likely compete with rookie Curtis Samuel for snaps at slot receiver early on. However, given Samuel's second-round pedigree, it would not be surprising if Shepard eventually falls behind him in the pecking order and ends up filling the depth role Philly Brown occupied in years past.
Shepard was primarily a receiver in name only in 2015, securing only three of 10 targets for 28 yards, along with one touchdown. His primary value was once again realized on special teams, where he tallied 223 snaps and recorded 10 tackles. The wide receiver depth chart is replete with candidates behind starters Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, including more accomplished pass-catchers Louis Murphy and Adam Humphries. Therefore, Shephard's most likely path to a roster spot in 2016 appears to once again go through special teams, as he would likely be hard-pressed to get many opportunities from scrimmage.
The former LSU standout had an excellent season on special teams in 2014, and should return to the role this year. Shepard played quarterback in high school and spent time at running back and receiver in college, but it hasn’t translated to a prominent role in the pros. While the third-year wideout played 154 offensive snaps in 2014, he collected just four passes on eight targets for 63 yards. He continues to work at learning the nuances of being a receiver, and his versatility is an asset, but his future likely remains tied to his value on special teams.
Will aim to reprise his special teams role in 2014 with the Bucs if he can make the cut.
Shepard is a former blue chip recruit who never panned out at LSU. He arrived as a quarterback but bounced between receiver and running specialist roles, never firmly defining himself as any one position, and excelling at none. He has good size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and a good amount of experience as a runner, so Shepard's versatility could earn him a roster spot.
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Lands on injured reserve
WRNew York Giants
September 26, 2019
The Giants placed Shepard (foot) on injured reserve Wednesday, Michael Elsen of the team's official site reports.
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Still not practicing
WRNew York Giants
September 26, 2019
Shepard (foot) is not practicing Thursday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
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Absent from practice
WRNew York Giants
September 25, 2019
Shepard (foot) is not practicing Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
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Battling foot sprain
WRNew York Giants
September 23, 2019
Shepard is dealing with a left foot sprain, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.
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Snags two passes
WRNew York Giants
September 16, 2019
Shepard caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Bills.
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