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.
— Patrick Crawley (@pecrawleynfl) August 6, 2013
So, who is Russell Shepard? Here are his measureables per NFL Combine Results.
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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:
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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.