Russell Shepard
Russell Shepard
28-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
New York Giants
Injury Ankle
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Russell Shepard in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in April of 2019.
Staying with Big Blue
WRNew York Giants
April 10, 2019
Shepard (ankle) agreed Wednesday to re-sign with the Giants on a one-year contract, Jordan Raanan of reports.
Shepard played more snaps on special teams (203) than offense (183) in 2018, catching 10 of 19 targets for 188 yards and two touchdowns. His value on the Giants' coverage units gives him a decent shot to stick on the 53-man roster for another season, and he might even compete with Corey Coleman, Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler for the No. 3 gig at wide receiver. It's unclear if Shepard has made a full recovery from the ankle injury that held him out for the final two weeks of 2018.
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How do Russell Shepard's 2018 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.
Air Yards Per Game
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% Team Air Yards
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17.3 Yds
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Avg Yds After Catch
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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.
More Fantasy News
Won't play Week 17
WRNew York Giants
December 28, 2018
Shepard (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys, Jordan Raanan of reports.
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No practice reps Thursday
WRNew York Giants
December 27, 2018
Shepard (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Jordan Raanan of reports.
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Doesn't return to practice
WRNew York Giants
December 26, 2018
Shepard (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
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Out for Week 16
WRNew York Giants
December 21, 2018
The Giants ruled out Shepard (ankle) for Sunday's game against the Colts.
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Missing another practice
WRNew York Giants
December 20, 2018
Shepard (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
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