|Team:||Green Bay Packers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 185 lb.|
|College:||North Dakota State|
|Born:||November 1, 1995|
|Drafted:||2019 / UDFA|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shepherd scored a 14-yard touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener.
Analysis: The touchdown catch was Shepherd's lone reception of the game, but it was an impressive grab, as it was not a crisp pass from DeShone Kizer and came in traffic. Shepherd joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent in May, and he has at least given himself a shot to hold onto his roster spot after the preseason comes to a close.
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