Shepard secured his lone target for a four-yard touchdown in Sunday's 45-17 victory over the Eagles. It was only the third catch of the season for Shepard, who was unable to garner any appreciable playing time stemming from the recent knee injuries to fellow wideouts Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy. However, Shepard did see a spike in opportunity Sunday as the fourth receiver, with rookie Donteaa Dye inactive for the Week 11 contest. With Jackson now back on the field, it will be interesting to see how the bottom of the Bucs' receiver depth chart shakes out week to week for the duration of the season.
Shepard was only on the field for four snaps in Week 8, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Despite a decimated receiving corps, the second-year pro was passed over for the start in favor of rookie Donteea Dye. Shepard then saw undrafted rookie Adam Humphries surpass him in playing time during the game, and received most of his work on special teams, where he was in on 15 snaps. It remains to be seen if his role from scrimmage will see an uptick in Week 9, but Shepard appears to be trailing Dye and Humphries at present.
Shepard (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game at Atlanta. The Buccaneers will choose between Shepard and Donteea Dye to start at wideout opposite Mike Evans, as Vincent Jackson (knee), Louis Murphy (knee), and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) are all absent. Used primarily on special teams in two-plus seasons, Shepard has just five catches (on 10 targets) for 69 yards in 33 appearances.
Shepard (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Atlanta. A full practice participant throughout the week, Shepard is all but assured of returning from a one-game absence. With Louis Murphy (knee) done for the season and Vincent Jackson (knee) listed as questionable, Shepard will likely get the nod in two-wide formations alongside Mike Evans. Undrafted rookie Donteea Dye should also have an expanded role.
Shepard (hamstring) practiced in full for a second consecutive day Thursday, Joe Kania of the Buccaneers official site reports. Shepard's progress is worth monitoring closely, given that he would likely take the field as a starter in Week 8 should Vincent Jackson (knee) remain on the sidelines. After also having had a solid practice week leading into Week 7, Shepard appears to be clear of any restrictions stemming from his hamstring ailment. Full participation in Friday's session would further confirm that Shepard should be ready to return to the field Sunday.
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