Darrius Shepherd

Darrius Shepherd

Wide Receiver #20
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 185 lb.
College:North Dakota State
Born:November 1, 1995
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Darrius Shepherd: 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.

October 6, 2020 8:44 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: 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.

October 5, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: 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.

September 26, 2020 3:32 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: 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.

September 8, 2020 7:30 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: 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.

September 5, 2020 8:02 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: 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.

January 21, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: 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.

October 15, 2019 10:02 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: 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.

October 7, 2019 12:20 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Plays 15 snaps

Shepherd played 15 snaps on offense in Thursday's loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Shepherd played just two snaps on offense in his Week 3 debut, but he saw a noticeable increase in Week 4 with fellow wideouts Jake Kumerow (shoulder) inactive again and Davante Adams leaving Thursday's game with a toe injury. Shepherd was not targeted in either game he played, but he may be needed for more work if Adams' injury forces him to miss more action.

September 27, 2019 10:00 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Appears in first NFL game

Shepherd made his NFL debut in Week 3 and played two snaps on offense in the Packers' victory over the Broncos.

Analysis: Shepherd missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury, but he was able to take the field Sunday for the first time as a professional. He worked as a depth option at receiver and also served as the Packers' punt returner, but Denver punted only once, and that resulted in Shepherd calling for a fair catch. Shepherd made some noise during the preseason despite being an undrafted free agent, and he could get more involved moving forward now that he has put the injury behind him.

September 23, 2019 9:14 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Will play Week 3

Shepherd (hamstring) will make his regular season debut Sunday against the Broncos.

Analysis: The rookie wideout has been on the shelf with a hamstring injury through Weeks 1 and 2, but Shepherd will finally get a chance to suit up in Week 3. According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Shepherd will effectively take on the role previously occupied by Jake Kumerow, who is on the sidelines this week due to a shoulder injury. Kumerow had seen just seven offensive snaps while serving as wide receiver No. 4 over the first two weeks, so unless an injury were to occur above Shepherd on the depth chart, the ceiling here appears limited.

September 22, 2019 8:43 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Questionable for Sunday

Shepherd (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's Week 3 matchup with Denver, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Shepherd was limited in each practice this week. The 23-year-old has yet to see any snaps this season, although he's now expected to split work in the return game with Tremon Smith following the release of Trevor Davis.

September 20, 2019 2:14 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Opportunities await once healthy

Shepherd (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice estimate, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Packers didn't hold a practice Wednesday, but Shepherd would've been able to participate in a limited fashion if they had. Shepherd appears to have a decent chance of making his NFL debut Sunday versus the Broncos, which is supported by the Packers trading Trevor Davis to the Raiders on Wednesday. Davis was the team's punt and kick returner, so his departure opens the door for Shepherd to take over both positions and add depth to the wideout corps.

September 18, 2019 2:36 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Deemed unable to play

Shepherd (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Shepherd was able to participate in Friday's practice in a limited fashion, but he'll still need to wait until at least Week 3 versus the Broncos to make his NFL debut. His absence will only affect the depth of Green Bay's receiver corps and special teams.

September 13, 2019 12:10 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Still not practicing

Shepard (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Shepard's hamstring injury caused him to miss practice all last week and sit out Week 1. He'll need to make significant strides forward in his recovery over the next two days for a chance of suiting up Sunday versus the Vikings.

September 11, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Not practicing Monday

Shepard (hamstring) is not practicing Monday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Shepard missed practice all last week and was sidelined during Thursday's win over the Bears. While Monday's injury report isn't official, Shepard's lack of participation nonetheless makes his chances of suiting up Sunday versus Minnesota murky at best.

September 9, 2019 9:23 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Out for season opener

Shepherd (hamstring) won't play in Thursday's game versus the Bears, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: After missing all three practices this week, it's not surprising Shepherd will have to put his NFL debut on hold. The North Dakota State product had an impressive preseason -- eight catches for 68 yards and two scores -- to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Allen Lazard was called up from the practice squad to add depth to the Packers' receiving corps.

September 4, 2019 10:27 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Missing Week 1 practices

Shepherd (hamstring) didn't practice Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Shepherd earned his 53-man roster spot throughout the preseason, racking up eight catches (on 12 targets) for 68 yards and two touchdowns across four games. It helped that Equanimeous St. Brown (ankle) landed on IR, but Shepherd's own status for Week 1 at Chicago now is in question after missing sessions both Monday and Tuesday. Shepherd may have to make an appearance at Wednesday's practice to have a shot to suit up Thursday.

September 4, 2019 10:00 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Continues showing up

Shepherd caught three passes for 40 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Shepherd opened eyes for the third time in as many exhibition games, hauling in every pass thrown his direction and making a nice toe-tapping catch 22 yards downfield for his longest gain of the night. Thursday's contest included a couple notable developments in the race for the final receiver positions on the Packers' roster, as Trevor Davis seemingly sewed up a spot, but Equanimeous St. Brown may have dropped out for the time being due to a potentially-serious leg injury. As a result, Shepherd is still in a similar spot he was in last week: not a lock to make the roster, but in good position to do so.

August 23, 2019 9:28 AM EST

Darrius Shepherd: Makes plays in preseason game two

Shepherd had three receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens. He also had two kickoff returns for 51 yards and two punt returns for 15 yards in the contest.

Analysis: Shepherd made a nifty catch for a touchdown in the Packers' first preseason game, and he made a couple more plays in the second exhibition contest, taking back a kick 36 yards on the Packers' first possession of the game, and finding paydirt for the second game in a row later in the contest. Shepherd has made far more of an impact than most of his receiver counterparts through two games, and there's a real chance he is on the roster for Week 1 at this point.

August 16, 2019 9:20 AM EST

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