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Darrius Shepherd

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #20
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #20

Darrius Shepherd News

Fails to make roster in Kansas City

Shepherd was released by the Chiefs on Monday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The third-year wide receiver spent the last two years on the Packers getting work as a returner, tallying 374 return yards. The Chiefs' special teams coordinator called Shepherd a sure-handed returner so he might be brought back as a practice squad member or signed by a different team that is desperate for a kick returner.

Aug 30, 2021 12:18 PM EST

Picked up by Chiefs

Shepherd has been signed by the Chiefs, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Shepherd was a tryout participant during Kansas City's minicamp and has ultimately earned a spot on the roster. He spent the previous two seasons in Green Bay, where he was primarily utilized as a kick returner.

Jun 18, 2021 4:42 PM EST

Waived by Packers

Shepherd was released by the Packers on Tuesday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Allen Lazard (core) now healthy, Shepherd simply did not have an opportunity to do much from an offensive perspective, reinforced by the two snaps he played in Sunday's game against the Bears. The fact Shepherd was also dreadful as a special teams player certainly didn't help, as the 25-year-old only averaged 20.6 yards per kick return across 11 attempts, also coughing up a critical factor in a pivotal loss to the Colts two weeks ago. It's possible the depth wideout could return to the team's practice squad should he pass through waivers.

Dec 1, 2020 9:50 AM EST

Active Sunday

Shepherd (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Shepherd was a full practice participant the last two days of the week, so it's not much of a surprise he's suiting up Sunday. The 25-year-old should fill a depth role with the receiving corps back to full strength.

Nov 22, 2020 12:11 PM EST

Officially questionable for Sunday

Shepherd (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Colts, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Shepherd practiced without limitations the last two days, but the Packers apparently want to evaluate his shoulder over the weekend before making a final decision. Even if he's given a clean bill of health, however, Shepherd could end up as a healthy scratch if both Allen Lazard (core) and Equanimeous St. Brown (knee) play.

Nov 20, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Back to full-go in practice

Shepherd (shoulder) logged a full practice session Thursday.

Analysis: Shepherd was inactive for Green Bay's Week 10 matchup against the Jaguars, but improvement from limited to full practice participation between Wednesday and Thursday bodes well for his status. The North Dakota State product has recorded five receptions for 46 yards over six appearances this year, also making an impact on special teams with four kick-return attempts for a total of 89 yards and one punt return for six yards.

Nov 19, 2020 4:34 PM EST

Limited practice Wednesday

Shepherd (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Shepherd's making good progress, as he's practicing to start the week after making just one appearance at practice last week. If he's able to shake off this injury, he could be in line for a decent workload Sunday against the Colts depending on the statuses of Davante Adams (ankle) and Allen Lazard (core).

Nov 18, 2020 3:30 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Shepherd (shoulder) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Shepherd came into the contest drawing a questionable tag after logging DNP/DNP/LP through three practice sessions this week. The North Dakota State product has played at least 25 percent of offensive snaps in five of his six games this season, so his absence will hurt the team's receiving depth. With Shepherd out, Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor stand to receive a slight uptick in snaps in Week 10.

Nov 15, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Draws questionable tag

Shepherd (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepherd returned to practice in a limited capacity Friday after having missed the first two sessions of the week. The North Dakota State alum has handled at least 25 percent of offensive snaps in five of six appearances this year, and he'd stand to play a similar depth role against Jacksonville if cleared to suit up.

Nov 13, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Misses practice Wednesday

Shepherd (shoulder) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Shepherd has maintained a consistent role on offense over the last three weeks, playing at least 25 percent of the snaps in each game and recording two receptions for nine yards. This is a new injury for the second-year receiver and makes his status uncertain for this Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars. His practice capacity Thursday will provide a better idea about his Week 10 status.

Nov 11, 2020 4:10 PM EST

One catch in win

Shepherd caught his lone target for three yards in Thursday's 34-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Shepherd has just five catches all season. He'll likely continue to play a limited role barring multiple injuries to the receiving options ahead of him on Green Bay's depth chart.

Nov 6, 2020 11:57 AM EST

Catches one pass

Shepherd caught one pass for six yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Shepherd was on the field for about a quarter of the plays the Packers ran in Week 8, and that was not enough time for him to do anything notable in the box score. Shepherd has averaged 23 snaps per game since making his season debut in Week 3 and has totaled seven receptions for 43 yards. He is one of a few Packers receivers whose roster spot comes into question when Allen Lazard (abdomen) comes off injured reserve.

Nov 2, 2020 3:08 PM EST

Nearly finds end zone

Shepherd was targeted three times and caught two passes for 21 yards in Monday's victory over the Falcons.

Analysis: Shepherd's first reception went for 19 yards, and he nearly found paydirt on his second catch but was tagged down just inches outside the goal line. Shepherd was on the field for a season-high 36 snaps Monday with both Davante Adams (hamstring) and Allen Lazard (abdomen) sidelined, and he could continue playing some sort of role until Lazard is back. However, the Packers rarely have more than three wideouts on the field, and if Adams returns following the team's Week 5 bye Shepherd would presumably be back in the No. 4 spot on the depth chart.

Oct 6, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Set for primetime start

Shepherd is on track to serve as one of Aaron Rodgers' top wide receivers during Monday's game against the Falcons, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Shepherd was only promoted to the active roster ten days ago, but he now looks set to start across from Marquez Valdes-Scantling on Monday Night Football, with Davante Adams (hamstring) expected to be ruled out and Allen Lazard (abdomen) on injured reserve. Shepherd appeared in six games with the Packers last season, but he only had one catch for a single yard during that span. Green Bay also has Malik Taylor and Reggie Begelton on hand to mix in if they choose to deploy three-wide sets.

Oct 5, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Promoted from practice squad

Shepherd was promoted to the Packers' active roster Saturday, Jim Owczarski of the Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Shepherd will add some depth to a wide receiver corps that's likely to be without top option Davante Adams (hamstring), who is listed as doubtful. Even if Adams sits, Shepherd isn't expected to play a significant role in Week 3 against the Saints.

Sep 26, 2020 3:32 PM EST

Joins practice squad

The Packers signed Shepherd to the practice squad Sunday.

Analysis: Although he failed to make the initial 53-man roster, Shepherd will remain in Green Bay as one of 14 practice squad members. The Packers decided to carry only five wideouts on the roster, so Shepherd could get an opportunity should any injuries arise.

Sep 8, 2020 7:30 PM EST

Waived Saturday

Shepherd was waived by the Packers on Saturday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Shepherd ended the 2019 campaign on the practice squad and it's entirely possible he could wind up there again to begin this season following Saturday's waive. Primarily a special teams player, it's unlikely Shepherd would be forced into any sort of major offensive snaps even if injuries were to whittle away at the team's depth.

Sep 5, 2020 8:02 AM EST

Staying in Green Bay

The Packers signed Shepherd to a contract Tuesday.

Analysis: Shepherd will stay with the Packers heading into 2020 after finishing the 2019 season on their practice squad. The 24-year-old saw action in six games with the team in 2019, most notably finishing with negative-9 yards and a muffed punt in the return game in Week 6's game against the Lions.

Jan 21, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Night to forget

Shepherd caught one pass for one yard in Monday's victory over the Lions. He also returned five kickoffs for 87 yards but lost a fumble attempting to return a punt.

Analysis: Shepherd made his first reception as a pro in Monday's game, but he otherwise had a night to forget, losing a fumble on special teams and also having a pass thrown his direction just outside the end zone bounce off his helmet and turn into an interception. It remains to be seen what Shepherd's role will be in Week 7, but fellow wideout Allen Lazard's fourth-quarter showing presumably bumps Shepherd to the bottom of the depth chart at the wideout position.

Oct 15, 2019 10:02 AM EST

Fewer snaps than Week 4

Shepherd played four snaps on offense in Sunday's victory over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Shepherd was not credited with an official target, but he did have a ball thrown his direction in the end zone that he could have caught had he not been held on the play. Despite the red-zone look, Shepherd did not come close to matching the 15 snaps he played in Week 4, even with fellow wideout Davante Adams (toe) inactive. He continues serving as the Packers' punt returner, but is mainly receiver depth on offense for now.

Oct 7, 2019 12:20 PM EST

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