Darrius Shepherd

Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #20
Denver Broncos
Wide Receiver #20

Darrius Shepherd News

Cut from practice squad

Shepherd has been let go from the Broncos' practice squad, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepherd enterd Denver as an undrafted free agent in early August. He failed to earn a spot on their 53-man roster during final cuts, but subsequently reverted to their practice squad. He has seemingly not shwoed enough to hang on to a spot, and will now be free to look for a new opportunity.

Oct 11, 2022 3:29 PM EST

Winds up on Broncos' practice squad

Shepherd was signed to the Broncos' practice squad Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Shepherd originally joined the team in early August as an undrafted free agent out of North Dakota State, but he was subsequently waived. Denver opted to keep the rookie in the organization with a spot on the practice squad, but Shepherd's unlikely to be elevated to the main roster in 2022.

Sep 1, 2022 9:24 AM EST

Headed to Denver

Shepherd signed a contract with the Broncos on Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Shepherd's signing comes a day after the Broncos placed Tim Patrick (knee) on IR. He last saw NFL action in 2020 with the Packers, making five catches on eight targets for 46 yards in eight contests. Last season he bounced around between the Steelers, Vikings, Cardinals and Chiefs' practice squad, then spent the summer playing with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL.

Aug 4, 2022 7:03 AM EST

Cut from practice squad

Shepherd has been released from the Steelers' practice squad, Teresa Varley reports.

Analysis: Shepherd signed with the Steelers' practice squad last week. This came after he was released by the Vikings' practice unit. The 26-year-old has yet to appear in a regular-season game this year and will continue to look for another opportunity.

Jan 3, 2022 1:07 PM EST

Joins Steelers' practice squad

The Steelers signed Shepherd to their practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Shepherd was cut from the Vikings' practice squad last week, but he'll now serve as organizational depth for Pittsburgh. The 26-year-old hasn't yet appeared in a regular season game this year.

Dec 30, 2021 10:49 AM EST

Cut from Vikings' practice squad

Shepherd was cut from the Vikings' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: The 26-year-old was signed to the team's practice squad on Friday, but with fellow wide receiver Trishton Jackson (illness) returning from the COVID-19 list, it appears like the team no longer need his services. Shepherd will now look for another opportunity to prove himself elsewhere.

Dec 21, 2021 3:50 PM EST

To Vikings' practice squad

Minnesota signed Shepherd to the practice squad Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Vikings also inked wideout Damion Ratley to the scout team. Shepherd spent time with the Cardinals' practice squad earlier this year, and he got to develop with Kansas City during the offseason.

Dec 16, 2021 6:16 AM EST

Cut from practice squad

Shepherd was cut from the Cardinals' practice squad Monday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepherd was signed to Arizona's practice squad Wednesday but will part ways with the organization less than a week later. The 26-year-old has yet to make a regular-season appearance in 2021.

Nov 15, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Heads to desert

Shepherd was signed to the Cardinals' practice squad Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Shepherd spent training camp in Kansas City but was unable to make the initial 53-man roster. The 26-year-old appeared in 14 games for Green Bay over the previous two seasons and has six catches for 47 yards while also operating as a return man.

Nov 10, 2021 10:24 PM EST

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 ESPN.com 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

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