Shepard hauled in 23 of 40 targets for 341 yards and two touchdowns over 14 games during the 2016 season. He also rushed once for nine yards.
The LSU product had primarily cut his NFL teeth on special teams over his first two seasons, but a plethora of injuries at the receiver position in 2016 provided him with his most extensive opportunity from scrimmage yet. Shepard displayed a knack for getting downfield, notching at least one reception for double-digit yardage in each of the last nine games of the season, even as his wideout reps were capped due to his importance on the special teams units. After playing under a one-year, $1.6 million contract this past season, Shepard is now an unrestricted free agent. However, his relative emergence as a receiver, diverse skill set and the likely modest cost to retain him render him a likely candidate for a return to Tampa in 2017.
Shepard hauled in two of seven targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Panthers.
Shepard was quiet the majority of the game before notching a pair of second-half receptions. The special teams ace served in the complementary receiving role he's gotten accustomed to filling in the latter half of the campaign, an expanded opportunity that led to career highs in receptions (23), targets (40), yards (341) and touchdowns (two). While his performance this season was certainly encouraging, the Bucs will likely be looking to upgrade their receiving corps behind Mike Evans through free agency and/or the draft in the offseason.
Shepard gathered in three of five targets for 61 yards in Saturday's 31-24 loss to the Saints.
The fourth-year pro was second only to Mike Evans in receiving yards on the day, posting his second-best total in that category on the season in the process. Shepard's game-long reception of 24 yards was also his longest of the season, and he continues to display proficiency getting down the field during his relatively limited opportunities. He'll try to finish out the season on a positive note when the Panthers come to town in Week 17.
Shepard continues to moonlight at wideout in addition to his main role as a special teams captain, now having notched at least one reception for seven straight games. The 26-year-old has seen multiple targets in each of those contests despite his part-time role, and has established new career highs in receptions (18), yards (251) and touchdowns (two) in 2016.
Shepard hauled in one of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 16-11 win over the Saints.
Shepard contributed one reception for the second straight week, as he was unable to capitalize on the absences of Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion). The LSU product's snaps on offense are capped due to his importance to the special teams units, so his fantasy upside is typically limited. However, the fourth-year pro has shown an ability to get downfield in previous games, so he's always an option in extremely deep formats and as a DFS dart throw.
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||4||63||15.8||23||0||2||0||3|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||2||3||28||9.3||18||1||0||0||3|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||4||23||341||14.8||24||2||5||0||19|
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||2||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||4||1||9||9.0||9||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||6||6.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||14||14.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||10||9.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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