Russell Shepard

#19 WR / Carolina Panthers / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 lb Age: 27 College: LSU Bye 11

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  • Shepard nabbed three of seven targets for 40 yards in Monday's 45-21 win over Miami. Carolina's receiving corps is looking mighty different than it did a few weeks ago. Now, not only has Kelvin Benjamin been shipped to Buffalo, but rookie speedster Curtis Samuel faces extended time on the shelf. If Monday is any indication, Shepard might be in line to pick up some of the slack. Monday marked season highs in both catches and targets for Shepard, who flashed some big-play ability in Tampa Bay last season -- five of his 23 catches went for 20 or more yards.

  • Shepard failed to catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons, but he rushed once for 11 yards. Shepard's lack of production was emblematic of the Panthers as a whole, as their mere 137 yards through the air came while only three players caught passes. One of the receivers was Curtis Samuel, who is competing with Shepard for more looks following Kelvin Benjamin's departure. Considering Shepard has only been good for a catch or two per week, the rookie Samuel doesn't have to do much to keep him at bay, but Shepard will still aim to get more involved next Monday versus the Dolphins.

  • Shepard could take on a larger role in the Panthers' passing attack after Kelvin Benjamin was traded to the Bills on Tuesday, John Wawrow of the Associated Press reports. Shepard has primarily operated out of the slot this season, catching 11 of 19 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown in eight games. The trade could free up snaps for him outside, which would in turn allow Curtis Samuel to get more work from the slot. Shepard gets a small boost from Benjamin's departure, but he hasn't shown much ability to turn playing time (284 offensive snaps) into actual production.

  • Panthers' Russell Shepard: Targeted six times
    By RotoWire Staff

    Shepard caught two of six targets for 12 yards in Thursday night's 28-23 loss to the Eagles. Shepard previously had seen only a maximum of two targets in any game since joining the Panthers. Although he was more involved Thursday, his couple of catches matched his high this season, and he's yet to top 15 yards since Week 1.

  • Panthers' Russell Shepard: Makes two grabs
    By RotoWire Staff

    Shepard caught both his targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over the Lions. Shepard's production was about what fantasy owners should expect from him on a weekly basis, as he's yet to catch more than two passes in any of his five games with the Panthers.

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