Russell Shepard

Russell Shepard

Wide Receiver #19
Team:NY Giants
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 195 lb.
College:LSU
Age:28
Born:September 17, 1990
Drafted:2013 / UDFA

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

Russell Shepard: In line for another start

Shepard will start at receiver Sunday against the Titans with Odell Beckham (quadriceps) inactive.

Analysis: While Beckham was sidelined for the first time all season in Week 14 against the Redskins, Shepard entered the starting lineup and played 26 offensive snaps, his most since Week 5. Shepard only drew four targets during the contest, but made his lone reception count, taking it in for an 11-yard touchdown. Though Beckham's second straight absence again opens up extra snaps for Shepard, he doesn't project to see enough volume to make for a comfortable option in fantasy lineups.

December 16, 2018 9:12 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Hauls in touchdown catch

Shepard brought one of four targets for 11 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-16 win over Washington.

Analysis: Shepard benefited from increased targets with Odell Beckham (quadriceps) sidelined, and managed to salvage his fantasy day by reeling in his only catch for a touchdown. With Beckham likely to retake the field against the Titans in Week 15, Shepard will compete with Corey Coleman for snaps as the Giant's No. 4 wideout going forward.

December 11, 2018 8:44 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Starting for injured Beckham

Shepard will enter the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Redskins with Odell Beckham (quadriceps) inactive.

Analysis: Though Shepard will slot in at wideout alongside Sterling Shepard on the Giants' opening snap, the former isn't a lock to be featured in two or three-receiver formations throughout the contest. Bennie Fowler has played more snaps than Russell Shepard in each of the past five games and may represent a safer bet to produce sans Beckham, though none of the Giants' depth wideouts represent high-percentage fantasy plays. Expect Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley to draw the overwhelming share of quarterback Eli Manning's passes on the day.

December 9, 2018 9:08 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Hauls in trick play TD in win

Shepard caught two passes for 59 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 30-27 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Shepard's wide open touchdown grab came on a trick play early in the third quarter, on a 49-yard bomb thrown by wideout Odell Beckham. The 28-year-old also caught one pass for 29 yards Week 12, and appears to be seeing increased usage as a deep threat in the Giants' offense. Still, Shepard's combined 11 targets on the season make him difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.

December 3, 2018 12:57 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Full participant Thursday

Shepard (neck) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Shepard was held out of the Giants' last two games due to his neck injury but his full participation suggests he's now healthy. He'll likely return as the No. 3 receiver behind Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.

October 25, 2018 1:21 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Limited in practice again

Shepard (neck) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Shepard was limited in practice all last week, and was sidelined for Monday's loss to the Falcons. It seems likely that the depth wideout will need to log a full participation in practice for any chance of suiting up for Sunday's game against the Redskins. If Shepard is unable to get healthy for Week 8, expect Bennie Fowler and Quadree Henderson to receive increased offensive snaps.

October 24, 2018 3:50 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Won't play Monday

Shepard (neck) is inactive for Monday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Shepard's lack of availability is no surprise, given that he was limited in practice throughout the week after sitting New York's loss to the Eagles in Week 6. In Shepard's absence, expect Bennie Fowler and Quadree Henderson to suit up in three receiver sets alongside Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.

October 22, 2018 3:57 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Officially questionable

Shepard (neck) is officially listed as questionable for Monday's matchup with the Falcons, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Shepard was limited at practice throughout the week after sitting out last Thursday's loss to the Eagles. If he is unable to go the Giants will only have three healthy receivers in Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Bennie Fowler, as Jawill Davis (concussion) has been ruled out.

October 20, 2018 11:08 AM EST

Russell Shepard: Limited in practice

Shepard (neck) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Shepard sat out Thursday's loss to the Eagles due to a neck injury, and still appears to be working towards recovery. If Shepard is unable to suit up for Monday's game in Atlanta, Cody Latimer and Jawill Davis could once again see increased offensive snaps.

October 18, 2018 12:45 PM EST

Russell Shepard: Ruled out for Week 6

Shepard (neck) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Shepard was limited at Monday's practice and then held out entirely Tuesday and Wednesday. His absence shouldn't have much impact on the New York offense, considering Cody Latimer and Jawill Davis are both healthy. It's unclear which of the two will get playing time alongside Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard in three-wide formations.

October 10, 2018 11:50 AM EST

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