Shepard consistently got open and caught the ball from his slot position during offseason practices, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Shepard joined the Panthers this offseason to help replace Ted Ginn and Philly Brown, and it appears he's gotten off to a great start in his bid to do so. After career highs of 23 catches for 341 yards and two scores with the Buccaneers last year, Shepard will hope to keep his momentum going when Carolina opens training camp. As it stands, the 26-year-old is expected to compete with rookie second-rounder Curtis Samuel and fellow offseason signing Charles Johnson for pegging behind the Panthers' top wideouts, Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.

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