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Russell Shepard | Wide Receiver | #89

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 195
College: LSU
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Coach Dirk Koetter talked up fourth-year WR Russell Shepard on Tuesday.
"Shep is one of those guys that he’s known for his special teams play, but he’s just always hanging around at wide receiver," Koetter said. "You can’t break that guy. Shep is always here. Coaches always say the number one ability is availability, and Shep is always available. He’s in the mix." With the No. 3 receiver job wide open, Sheppard figures to get a chance to win it. Jun 15 - 9:26 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Bucs re-signed restricted free agent WR Russell Shepard to a one-year, $1.67 million contract.

Shepard was hit with an original-round tender. Exclusive rights free agent DE Jacquies Smith also signed his qualifying offer. Shepard does not figure to be a factor on offense, but he is a solid contributor on special teams.
Apr 11 - 12:52 PM

Bucs extended an original-pick tender to WR Russell Shepard.

A quarterback-turned-receiver at LSU, Shepard went undrafted in 2012 but has carved out an NFL career as a special teams dynamo. The fact that the Bucs are willing him to pay him $1.671 million to cover kicks is still a bit surprising.
Mar 8 - 9:55 AM

Bucs placed WR Russell Shepard (toe) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Shepard buzzed in a big way at Eagles camp back in August, but flamed out and was waived at final cuts. He latched on with the Bucs and turned into a special teams standout for 14 games, but didn't catch a pass.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:46:00 AM

Bucs claimed WR Russell Shepard off waivers from the Eagles.

A second-year undrafted free agent, Shepard found himself near the top of the depth chart earlier this summer after injuries decimated the Eagles' receiver corps, but faded once the preseason lights came on. He's just a depth signing.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 01:42:00 PM

Eagles waived WR Russell Shepard.

Thanks to Jeremy Maclin's injury and a hot start to camp, Shepard found himself in the mix for No. 2 wideout duties about three weeks ago. But then Shepard cooled off, Riley Cooper got back in the team's good graces and the numbers caught up with him. The undrafted free agent probably showed enough to get a look on a practice squad. The Eagles will roll with Damaris Johnson, Jason Avant and probably Jeff Maehl behind DeSean Jackson and Cooper.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 01:20:00 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer doesn't project undrafted Eagles WR Russell Shepard to earn a roster spot.

Per beat writer Jeff McLane, Shepard has "tailed off" following his hot start to camp. Philly Mag made a similar observation last week. The LSU product has just one catch for four yards through two preseason games.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 08:54:00 AM

UDFA WR Russell Shepard has "been quiet of late" at Eagles camp.

Shepard started off on fire early in camp, making a push for the No. 2 wideout job following Jeremy Maclin's injury. Now Philly Mag believes he's fighting for one roster spot with Greg Salas. The Eagles are far more likely to use blocking wideout Riley Cooper and Damaris Johnson (a poor man's Tavon Austin) opposite DeSean Jackson. Jason Avant is a strict slot receiver.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 08:14:00 AM

CSN Philly considers the Eagles' No. 2 receiver position "Russell Shepard's to lose."

With Jeremy Maclin out for the year and Riley Cooper on leave, Shepard is practicing as the starter opposite DeSean Jackson. And he's playing outside, not in the slot, where veteran Jason Avant is the incumbent. Shepard was a huge high school quarterback recruit when he arrived at LSU, but never found a steady position in college. He's someone to begin considering in Dynasty leagues.
Source: CSN Philly
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 03:57:00 PM

Undrafted WR Russell Shepard is running with the Eagles' first-team offense in Sunday's training camp practice.

Shepard is having a "real nice" camp, according to CSN Philly's Reuben Frank. This comes a week after the Sideline View's Adam Caplan called the ex-LSU Tiger one of the Eagles' "biggest surprises" so far. Shepard is a big-time athlete, as evidenced by his 41 1/2-inch vertical and 11-foot-2 broad jump. He's a candidate to bump longtime Eagles slot receiver Jason Avant off the team.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 01:46:00 PM

Eagles.com's Adam Caplan considers UDFA WR Russell Shepard one of the team's "biggest surprises" so far at camp.

He means it in a positive way. Shepard also generated rave reviews during the spring, practicing primarily in the slot. While we don't anticipate any fantasy impact from Shepard, he's a definite threat to Jason Avant's roster spot.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 02:08:00 PM

The Eagles are using undrafted WR Russell Shepard in the slot during OTAs.

Shepard was graded as a cornerback by some teams going into the draft, but is expected to compete for the Eagles' No. 5 receiver job. With Riley Cooper and Arrelious Benn currently ahead of him, Shepard will need a strong camp to make the 53-man roster. His versatility could land him a spot on the practice squad.
Source: Eagles.com
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 07:27:00 PM

Some NFL scouts believe former LSU WR Russell Shepard's best NFL position would be defensive back.

A monster high school recruit, Shepard never found a home at LSU, rotating between receiver, running back, quarterback, and special teams with little production. He stands 6-foot-1, 196 and ran twin 4.46 forty times at the Tigers' Pro Day, with a 38 1/2-inch vertical. They are defensive back measurables.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Mar 29, 2013 12:45:00 AM

Updating a previous item, WR Russell Shepard has elected to return to LSU for his senior season.

Shepard originally had designs on entering the draft, but changed his mind after a recent meeting with Tigers coach Les Miles. It's a good decision because LSU projects to field an improved passing game in 2012 and Shepard's production to this point has been lackluster. "I would like to tell everyone that I had a great talk with my family and Coach Miles and I will be attending LSU for my senior season," Shepard wrote on Twitter Friday.
Fri, Jan 13, 2012 11:57:00 PM

LSU WR Russell Shepard will forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL draft.

Underutilized as a kind of H-back in the Tigers' run-heavy offense, the explosive Shepard managed just 52 receptions for 473 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons in Baton Rouge. He did rush 84 times for 572 more yards (6.81 YPC) and four additional scores. The nation's highest rated dual-threat QB recruit in 2008, Shepard is an incredible athlete with a 41 1/2" vertical and 11-foot-2 broad jump on record. The 6'1/185-pounder should have a big Combine and may turn out to be a better pro than college player.
Wed, Jan 11, 2012 05:42:00 PM

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3Ryan Griffin
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Mike James
4Peyton Barber
5Russell Hansbrough
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Doug Martin
FB1Dan Vitale
2Alan Cross
WR11Mike Evans
2Russell Shepard
3Louis Murphy
4Freddie Martino
5Evan Spencer
WR21Vincent Jackson
2Adam Humphries
3Kenny Bell
4Bernard Reedy
WR31Adam Humphries
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Cameron Brate
3Luke Stocker
4Brandon Myers
5Kivon Cartwright
LT1Donovan Smith
2Leonard Wester
LG1Kevin Pamphile
2Caleb Benenoch
3J.R. Sweezy
C1Joe Hawley
2Evan Dietrich-Smith
3Ben Gottschalk
RG1Ali Marpet
2Josh Allen
RT1Demar Dotson
2Gosder Cherilus
3Kelby Johnson
K1Roberto Aguayo