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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.

HeightWeight40Short Shuttle3 ConeVertBroad Jump
6’11964.464.377.0938.510’02”

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 & WtReceiving
RkPlayerYearDraftHtWtRecYdsY/RTD ▾
1T.Y. Hilton20123-925-101835086117.227
2Mike Wallace20093-846-01803975619.386
3Titus Young20112-445-111744860712.656
4Eddie Royal20082-425-101829198010.775
5Denarius Moore20115-1486-01943361818.735
6Johnny Knox20095-1406-01854552711.715
7Doug Baldwin20115-101895178815.454
8Kendall Wright20121-205-10196646269.784
9Reggie Brown20052-356-11974357113.284
10Anthony Armstrong20105-111754487119.803
11Chris Givens20124-965-111984269816.623
12Donnie Avery20082-335-111865367412.723
13Greg Jennings20062-525-111954563214.043
14Jordan Shipley20103-845-111905260011.543
15Anthony Gonzalez20071-326-01933757615.573
16Chansi Stuckey20087-2355-101823235911.223
17Dane Sanzenbacher20115-111802727610.223
18DeSean Jackson20082-496-01786291214.712
19Santonio Holmes20061-255-101854982416.822
20Mark Clayton20051-225-101934447110.702
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.