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WR Russell Shepard - Carolina Panthers

6-1, 196Born: 11-17-1990College: LSUDrafted: ---

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17 at ATL 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 at NO 22 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 13 vs NO (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Shepard was the de factor No.2 option to Devin Funchess with Greg Olsen out of the lineup against New Orleans. Shepard logged more than half of his yardage on his opening catch in the first quarter, coming wide open across the formation for more than 15 yards. The rest of Shepard's day was marred by mistakes from two drops (one down the seam and another on third down) to fumbling a short reception in the fourth quarter, which Carolina fortunately recovered. Shepard has noteworthy athletic traits, but has struggled to find consistency in his NFL career. The rest of the season offers a golden opportunity in terms of role for Shepard, but this week was a microcosm of why Shepard has yet to stick in a prominent role to-date.

2017 Week 10 vs MIA (7 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Russell Shepard was perhaps the only part of the offense that didn't shine on Monday night, dropping a pair of simple passes - one of which would have been a 20+-yard completion. Making up for his early errors, Shepard aggressively attacked the next target that came his way, a bullet pass on a slant off play action. This time he didn't disappoint. Shepard seemed to up his game from that point on, looking explosive on a bubble screen and converting a third down by settling down at the sticks to give Newton an easy pitch and catch.

2017 Week 9 vs ATL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Clearly the fourth option in the revamped Panthers passing attack pecking order after the trade of Kelvin Benjamin, Russell Shepard did little to distinguish himself in this game. To his credit, he showed good agility and acceleration on a reverse that gained 10 yards. However, a third down target on a corner route saw the football go tantalisingly in and out of his outstretched mits; it fell incomplete, but the ball was catchable.

2017 Week 8 vs TB (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

The oft-forgotten part of the Panthers passing attack, new signing Russell Shepard caught a lone pass on a drag route that he took up the field for a first down. With the coverage run off by the other receivers' deeper patterns, it was a simple pitch and catch. Shepard saw the field plenty in the game, but was generally working those shorter to intermediate patterns; Newton, for the most part, opted to go deep.

2017 Week 6 vs PHI (6 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Veteran Russell Shepard was kept quiet for the most part and is far down the pecking order in this passing game unless an injury occurs to one of Cam Newton's favourite targets.

2017 Week 5 vs DET (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Russell Shepard saw plenty of snaps, with the Panthers opting to use empty sets quite often. It was not a fruitful day on the stat sheet for the veteran, however, as he was rarely targeted. Most of the time he ran off the coverage with deeper patterns, allowing players like Ed Dickson and Devin Funchess to capitalise on underneath routes.

2017 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Russell Shepard continues to be utilised in three- and four-wide sets, an offensive personnel package the Panthers leaned on heavily in this game. Shepard was unfortunate not to reel in a touchdown reception from his quarterback in the red zone, a high pass getting knocked away at the catch point. His role will continue to be as a role player unless the team loses a receiver to injury.

2017 Week 1 vs SF (2 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)

One of the new faces in the Panthers offense scored their first touchdown of the season. Lined up in a three by one set in the tight slot, Shepard sprinted up the seam and bent his route towards the sideline. The 49ers defense overplayed the deeper patterns run by Devin Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin, leaving Shepard unaccounted for. Cam Newton's pass was on the money, and Shepard made the pursuing safety look silly with a beautifully executed spin move to escape his grasp. Shepard was mostly featured in four-wide sets, with Benjamin and Funchess the de facto starting duo. Later in the game Shepard made a nice catch on a high fastball from Newton, attacking the football with his hands.

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