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Jabaal Sheard | Defensive Lineman | #93

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/10/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 265
College: Pittsburgh
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (37) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Bill Belichick said DE Jabaal Sheard has been good the last couple weeks.
Sheard did not even travel with the team for the Week 11 game in San Francisco, but he has played 44 percent and 54 percent of the defensive snaps in the last two games with seven tackles and a couple pass breakups over that span. Too good not to play for a struggling defense, Sheard should remain involved the rest of the way. Mon, Dec 5, 2016 10:53:00 AM

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Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard travelled with the team to New York.

Sheard was a healthy scratch last week, but reportedly responded well in practice. It sounds like he'll play Sunday. Sheard should see limited snaps if active.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard did not travel with the team to San Francisco.

Rumors started swirling after Sheard's Instagram account posted a video from the Celtics game last night. Sheard was outstanding last season and at least part of the reason the Pats felt comfortable trading Chandler Jones, but he has steadily dropped down the depth chart this year. He played just 16 snaps on defense last week against the Seahawks, and it appears he is going to be a healthy scratch this week. In the final year of his deal, it looks like Sheard will be playing elsewhere next season.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 11:42:00 AM

Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard is not on the Week 1 injury report.

Sheard suffered a sprained MCL in New England's preseason opener. It's good news for the Patriots' defense, which will be leaned on especially heavily sans Tom Brady and has a tough test Week 1 against Carson Palmer's Cardinals.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 06:00:00 PM

Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard has a sprained MCL.

Sheard suffered the injury in the first preseason game on August 11. MCL sprains usually carry a two-to-four week timetable, so it is likely he will be ready for the season opener on September 11. With Chandler Jones now in Arizona, Sheard is perhaps the most important asset on the defensive line. The Patriots need him healthy.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 10:16:00 AM

Jabaal Sheard is expected to take over as the Patriots' starting right end.

The job is Sheard's to lose following the Chandler Jones trade to Arizona. After signing a two-year, $11 million contract with the Patriots last spring, Sheard was borderline dominant as a sub-package player last season. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 4 overall 4-3 end, generating eight sacks and 45 hurries on 566 snaps. He was also top-five among 4-3 ends against the run.
Mon, May 9, 2016 09:27:00 AM

Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle, questionable) will be a game-time decision for Week 10 against the Giants.

Sheard has been sidelined since injuring his ankle Week 6 against the Colts. He had four sacks in five games before going down. Sheard's return would bolster an already stout pass rush.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 01:44:00 PM

Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle) sat out Tuesday's walkthrough.

He didn't see the field last week and probably won't be ready for Thursday night's game against the Dolphins. Sheard owns PFF's eighth-highest grade among 4-3 defensive ends despite having played only 206 snaps.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 03:05:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Patriots DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard's ankle injury is considered minor.

Same goes for LT Marcus Cannon's toe ailment. Both players were unable to return to the game Sunday night, but it appears like both have a chance at playing Week 7 against the Jets.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 12:33:00 PM

Patriots DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard left Sunday night's Week 6 game against the Colts with an ankle injury.

It's a downgrade to New England's pass rush. Sheard is questionable to return.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 10:57:00 PM

Patriots signed DE/OLB Jabaal Sheard to a two-year, $11 million contract with $5.5 million guaranteed.

The Pats were high on Sheard in the 2011 draft, and now they have him to enhance a pass rush that generated 40 sacks last season. Sheard stumbled as an outside linebacker in the Browns' 2014 defense, but has typically had success with his hand in the dirt, and isn't even 26 years old yet. Coach Bill Belichick should put him in the best position to succeed. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes Sheard could be a three-down player. Sheard's best position has always been base 4-3 end, so this move may hint at the Patriots playing more 4-3, particularly after losing Vince Wilfork.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 06:51:00 PM

Free agent OLB Jabaal Sheard is visiting the Patriots on Tuesday.

Sheard failed as a 3-4 outside linebacker last season, but would be tasked with getting after the passer in New England. He's also drawn interest from the Bucs, Bengals and Seahawks. Still only 26 (in May), Sheard won't be on the open market long.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 07:40:00 PM

The Bucs, Bengals, Seahawks and Patriots are all reportedly in the running for free agent OLB Jabaal Sheard.

As a 26-year-old who has scheme versatility, Sheard has plenty of suitors. He's shown he can stuff the run as a 3-4 outside linebacker and get after the quarterback as a 4-3 end.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 09:18:00 AM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects the Browns to let OLB Jabaal Sheard walk as a free agent.

Sheard posted a career-low two sacks as a 3-4 outside linebacker under first-year coach Mike Pettine this past season and is best-suited for a 4-3 defense with his hand in the dirt. Despite the poor pass-rushing numbers, Sheard was PFF's No. 2-ranked 3-4 outside 'backer in run defense. Just 26 (in May), Sheard should have a healthy market after posting 15.5 sacks his first two seasons.
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 08:38:00 AM

Browns OLB Jabaal Sheard (foot) is active for Week 12 against the Falcons.

It's extremely hard to believe, as coach Mike Pettine opined on Monday that Sheard could be out for the season. He'll almost certainly be on a snap count, and is at risk of re-injury. Either way, it's a boost for the Browns as they fight for their first playoff spot since 2002. Inactive for the Browns are TE Jordan Cameron, WR Rodney Smith, WR Marlon Moore, CB Pierre Desir, CB Robert Nelson, ILB Karlos Dansby and G/T Vinston Painter.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 11:37:00 AM

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