russelshepard

I don’t know if you guys have heard this, but Riley Cooper is a jackass. A possibly alcoholic jackass. The choices Mr. Cooper makes in his personal life is making it look more and more likely that he will not be the Eagles #2 wide receiver come Week 1. Enter Russell Shepard.

So, who is Russell Shepard? Here are his measureables per NFL Combine Results.

Height Weight 40 Short Shuttle 3 Cone Vert Broad Jump
6’1 196 4.46 4.37 7.09 38.5 10’02”

Shepard attended LSU, but never received more than 58 targets in any given season and had a .025 Dominator Rating in his final season. It shouldn’t be all that surprising then that Shepard was completely off the radar during the pre draft process. What is surprising, however, is the fact that Shepard is earning reps over Damaris Johnson. While Johnson is no super-stud, he has a superior Dominator Rating to Shepard and has superior lateral agility. So does Shepard matter? Probably not. This is the list of the best rookie seasons by players shorter than 6’1, weighing less than 198 pounds, over the last decade:

Ht & Wt Receiving
Rk Player Year Draft Ht Wt Rec Yds Y/R TD ▾
1 T.Y. Hilton 2012 3-92 5-10 183 50 861 17.22 7
2 Mike Wallace 2009 3-84 6-0 180 39 756 19.38 6
3 Titus Young 2011 2-44 5-11 174 48 607 12.65 6
4 Eddie Royal 2008 2-42 5-10 182 91 980 10.77 5
5 Denarius Moore 2011 5-148 6-0 194 33 618 18.73 5
6 Johnny Knox 2009 5-140 6-0 185 45 527 11.71 5
7 Doug Baldwin 2011 5-10 189 51 788 15.45 4
8 Kendall Wright 2012 1-20 5-10 196 64 626 9.78 4
9 Reggie Brown 2005 2-35 6-1 197 43 571 13.28 4
10 Anthony Armstrong 2010 5-11 175 44 871 19.80 3
11 Chris Givens 2012 4-96 5-11 198 42 698 16.62 3
12 Donnie Avery 2008 2-33 5-11 186 53 674 12.72 3
13 Greg Jennings 2006 2-52 5-11 195 45 632 14.04 3
14 Jordan Shipley 2010 3-84 5-11 190 52 600 11.54 3
15 Anthony Gonzalez 2007 1-32 6-0 193 37 576 15.57 3
16 Chansi Stuckey 2008 7-235 5-10 182 32 359 11.22 3
17 Dane Sanzenbacher 2011 5-11 180 27 276 10.22 3
18 DeSean Jackson 2008 2-49 6-0 178 62 912 14.71 2
19 Santonio Holmes 2006 1-25 5-10 185 49 824 16.82 2
20 Mark Clayton 2005 1-22 5-10 193 44 471 10.70 2
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/5/2013.

Doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. The only useable fantasy seasons on that list come from the top 4: T.Y Hilton, Mike Wallace, Titus Young and Eddie Royal. At this point in their careers, Mike Vick and Nick Foles probably aren’t as good as rookie Andrew Luck, prime Big Ben, All-Pro 2011 Matt ‘I bro iced you, Bro‘ Stafford, and Jay Cutler, pre cigarettes and general disgruntledness.

Even for an UDFA, he doesn’t have the sort of raw attributes or college production that you would like to see for someone destined to produce in the NFL. Given the run-heavy system that Chip Kelly is implementing, Micheal Vick’s general awfulness last year, Nick Foles’ inexperience, in combination with non-impressive college numbers and physical attributes, Russell Shepard probably doesn’t matter. In a dynasty context, the window for Shepard to contribute is pretty small. When Maclin returns from his ACL tear next year, he will either be an Eagle, or be replaced by an early-round Chip Kelly draft pick. If Shepard doesn’t contribute this year, he probably won’t ever.

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Davis Mattek is a 21 year old English Major at Kansas State University. He can be found most days writing about fantasy sports for www.sportswunderkind.com , FantasyInsiders, RotoAcademy and Rotoviz.