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89 Russell Shepard WR

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
1%0%
Key Stats
GPCatchesYdsAvgTDsFirst Downs
142334114.8219

Player Updates

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Buccaneers' Russell Shepard: Emerges as receiving option in 2016
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Buccaneers' Russell Shepard: Tallies 29 yards receiving in Week 17 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Buccaneers' Russell Shepard: Totals 61 yards receiving in Week 16 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Buccaneers' Russell Shepard: Snags only target in Week 15 loss
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Shepard hauled in his only target for 19 yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Cowboys.

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.

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Buccaneers' Russell Shepard: Contributes one reception in Week 14 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.RecYdsLgTD
19/11/16ATL0000
29/18/16ARI216100
39/25/16LAR1660
410/2/16DEN0000
510/10/16CAR0000
710/23/16SF577201
810/30/16OAK224191
911/3/16ATL0000
1011/13/16CHI0000
1111/20/16KC354190
1211/27/16SEA223180
1312/4/16SD115150
1412/11/16NO117170
1512/18/16DAL119190
1612/24/16NO361240
171/1/17CAR229200
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Receiving
YearTeamGGSRecYdsAvgLgTD20+40+1st
2013Tampa Bay Buccaneers14000---00000
2014Tampa Bay Buccaneers16046315.8230203
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers1323289.3181003
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers1442334114.82425019
TOTAL5763043214.42437025
Rushing
YearTeamGGSAttYdsAvgLgTD20+1st
2013Tampa Bay Buccaneers14000---0000
2014Tampa Bay Buccaneers16000---0000
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers13200---0000
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers144199.09000
TOTAL576199.09000
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2013Tampa Bay Buccaneers1466.000000.0000
2014Tampa Bay Buccaneers161414.000000.0000
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers13109.010000.0000
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers1422.000000.0000
TOTAL573231.010000.0000
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2013Tampa Bay Buccaneers1400100000
2014Tampa Bay Buccaneers1600000000
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers1300000000
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers1400001010
TOTAL5700101010
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/195
Birthdate:
9/17/1990
Age:
26
Hometown:
Houston, TX, USA
School:
Louisiana State
NFL Experience:
4
Awards:

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