Russell Shepard

Russell Shepard

Wide Receiver #19
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 195 lb.
College:LSU
Age:30
Born:September 17, 1990
Drafted:2013 / UDFA

Russell Shepard: Calls end to playing days

Shepard announced his retirement Thursday in a post on his personal Instagram account.

Analysis: Shepard, who turned 30 years old Thursday, spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers, Panthers and Giants after going undrafted out of LSU in 2013. He served as a depth wideout throughout his career, making his biggest statistical splash with the Bucs in 2016, when he hauled in 23 of 40 targets for 341 yards and two touchdowns over 14 games. He was limited to three games in his final professional season in 2019 after a sprained foot resulted in him landing on injured reserve last September.

September 17, 2020 8:20 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Minimal usage before injury in 2019

Shepard (foot) caught three of eight targets for 25 yards over three games in 2019.

Analysis: Shepard sustained a foot sprain in Week 3 and ended up spending the rest of the year on injured reserve. The 29-year-old had minimal fantasy value anyway, especially after rookie Darius Slayton took over a starting role. Shepard is set to be an unrestricted free agent in March, and even if he re-signs in the Big Apple, he'll need other receivers to get injured to have fantasy relevance.

February 4, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Could return from IR

Coach Pat Shurmur said Shepard (foot) may return from injured reserve with Golden Tate suffering a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Bears, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard was placed on IR with a foot sprain, so it's likely he's healthy enough to play by now. The 29-year-old is eligible to be activated from IR for this Sunday's matchup against the Packers, and he could fill in as the No. 3 wideout behind Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. If Shepard indeed returns, his fantasy value is low, especially if Evan Engram (foot) returns.

November 25, 2019 9:50 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Lands on injured reserve

The Giants placed Shepard (foot) on injured reserve Wednesday, Michael Elsen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Shepard sustained a foot injury during Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, the severity of which will now cause him to miss at least the next eight weeks on IR. His absence will make additional offensive snaps available for Darius Slayton, TJ Jones and Cody Core.

September 26, 2019 2:42 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Still not practicing

Shepard (foot) is not practicing Thursday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Shepard has yet to practice this week due to a left foot sprain. He appears to be in danger of missing Sunday's contest against Washington, in which case rookie wideout Darius Slayton could see increased snaps on offense.

September 26, 2019 8:33 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Absent from practice

Shepard (foot) is not practicing Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Shepard is managing a left foot sprain. He'll likely need to step up the level of his practice participation Thursday or Friday for any chance of suiting up Week 4 versus Washington. If Shepard is forced to miss any time, Darius Slayton could benefit from increased available snaps.

September 25, 2019 10:26 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Battling foot sprain

Shepard is dealing with a left foot sprain, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.

Analysis: Shepard couldn't find chemistry with rookie Daniel Jones in Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers, hauling in just one of five targets for six yards. He's now facing an injury that could keep him out of Week 4's contest versus the Redskins, so expect his practice status to be monitored closely throughout the week.

September 23, 2019 10:39 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Snags two passes

Shepard caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Shepard played 41 of 70 offensive snaps (59 percent) since Sterling Shepard was out with a concussion, but he couldn't turn the opportunity into anything relevant. He was out-produced by TJ Jones (3-38-1) and Cody Core (3-28-0), although both played less snaps. Still, Shepard could see his role increased even more if Cody Latimer (concussion) can't play Week 3 versus the Buccaneers.

September 16, 2019 10:37 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Limited role in Week 1

Shepard was not targeted in Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: The Giants had 48 pass attempts between Eli Manning and Daniel Jones on Sunday, but Shepard still saw zero action on his nine offensive snaps. The 28-year-old was significant behind No. 3 wideout Bennie Fowler (50 snaps and five receptions for 40 yards) but was clearly ahead of Cody Core, who was limited to special teams. Shepard's outlook seems unlikely to change against a quality Bills defense in Week 2.

September 9, 2019 1:38 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Scores 51-yard TD

Shepard caught both of his targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 31-22 preseason opening win over the Jets.

Analysis: Shepard got free on a second-quarter slant and took it 51 yards to the house. With Golden Tate suspended to start the regular season and Sterling Shepard battling a fractured thumb, Russell has an opportunity to not only lock down a roster spot but be a sizable contributor when the games start to count.

August 8, 2019 8:46 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Looking healthy

Shepard has been participating in team drills during spring workouts.

Analysis: Before re-signing with the Giants in March, Shepard missed the final two games of the 2018 season with an ankle injury. It doesn't seem as if the receiver's rehab extended into OTAs, though. In advance of training camp, Shepard is looking to win one of the final roster spots at receiver under Sterling Shepard (wrist) and Golden Tate.

June 6, 2019 9:15 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Staying with Giants

Shepard (ankle) is re-signing with the Giants on a one-year contract, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Shepard played more snaps on special teams (203) than offense (183) in 2018, catching 10 of 19 targets for 188 yards and two touchdowns. His value on special teams gives him a decent shot to stick on the 53-man roster for another season, and he might even compete with Corey Coleman, Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler for the No. 3 spot at wide receiver. It's unclear if Shepard has made a full recovery from the ankle injury that held him out for the final two weeks of 2018.

April 10, 2019 7:54 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Won't play Week 17

Shepard (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Shepard suffered the ankle injury Week 15 against the Titans and will finish 2018 by missing the final two games of the season. The 28-year-old caught 10 of 19 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games for the Giants this season.

December 28, 2018 9:03 AM EST

Russell Shepard: No practice reps Thursday

Shepard (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Shepard has yet to practice since hurting his ankle Week 15, missing out on additional opportunities to impress the Giants brass with Odell Beckham (quadriceps) sidelined. In the first two games sans Beckham, though, Shepard hauled in just three of his eight targets for 39 yards and one touchdown, so he wasn't exactly efficient with looks prior to the injury. Friday's practice report will impart whether Shepard has a chance to return Sunday against the Cowboys.

December 27, 2018 11:16 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Doesn't return to practice

Shepard (ankle) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Shepard was held out of Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Colts and now seems to be in danger of missing the season finale against Dallas. With Odell Beckham (quad) also missing practice and Sterling Shepard (hip) a limited participant, the Giants should have some opportunities available for Bennie Fowler, Cody Latimer and Corey Coleman. It was Fowler who led the way in terms of playing time (54 snaps) last week, but he only caught one of three targets for 26 yards.

December 26, 2018 2:15 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Out for Week 16

Shepard (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Shepard was unable to practice all week because of his injury, and he will not play in Week 16 as a result. Shepard was on the field for over 50 percent of the Giants' offensive plays last week, so his absence will open up some opportunities for his fellow receivers. Those snaps figure to be allocated in some fashion to Bennie Fowler, the returning Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, and Jawill Davis.

December 21, 2018 9:17 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Missing another practice

Shepard (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Shepard was in attendance for the session, but was relegated to working out on the side on a stationary bike. The wideout's back-to-back absences from practice to begin the week have him trending in the wrong direction heading into Sunday's game in Indianapolis. Odell Beckham (quadriceps) was also a spectator for Thursday's practice and may be in line for a third consecutive absence this weekend, potentially leaving the Giants shorthanded at receiver.

December 20, 2018 8:25 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Not ready to practice

Shepard (ankle) won't take part in Wednesday's practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Both Shepard and Odell Beckham (quadriceps) appear in jeopardy of missing Sunday's game against the Colts, which prompted the Giants to activate Cody Latimer () from injured reserve to provide the team with another healthy body at receiver. Shepard, who had started the past two games while Beckham was sidelined, didn't draw significant volume in either contest, hauling in three of eight targets for 39 yards and a score. The Giants should have a better read on Shepard's Week 16 outlook based on what he's able to do in practice Thursday and/or Friday.

December 19, 2018 9:07 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Hurts ankle Sunday

Shepard injured his ankle during Sunday's 17-0 loss to the Titans, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com reports.

Analysis: Shepard said he's not worried about missing time, despite leaving the locker room in a walking boot, per Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record. With Odell Beckham (quadriceps) absent the last two games, Shepard has been targeted eight times, hauling in three of them for 39 yards and one touchdown. It's unclear if Beckham is trending toward a return, but Shepard now seems to be in danger of sitting out with his own injury.

December 16, 2018 2:48 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Wildly inefficient in loss to Titans

Shepard caught two of nine targets, collecting 37 receiving yards during Sunday's 17-0 loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Shepard has struggled mightily efficiency-wise over the past two weeks, hauling in just four of his 15 targets with Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) out of the lineup, compared to a catch rate of 68.4 percent through Week 13. The absence of OBJ has helped bolster Shepard's involvement in the passing game somewhat -- 7.5 targets per game over the past two weeks, 6.3 season average prior -- but that uptick in volume has failed to cultivate fantasy production, as he's gone for single-digits in PPR scoring in both of those outings. The third-year wideout has been anything but explosive of late, failing to exceed 37 receiving yards in seven straight games after five times exceeding 45 yards through his first seven outings of the year. In Week 16, he and the Giants receiving corps will face off against a Colts defense that refused to allow a single Cowboys pass catcher to eclipse 45 receiving yards in its last time out.

December 16, 2018 2:19 PM EST

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