Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Date of Birth:  09/17/1990
Age:  27
Height  6'1"
Weight:   195
College:  LSU
Drafted:  2013 | Undrafted
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Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard is signing with the Giants.

Shepard made the announcement on his Instagram page, posting the Giants logo. This is a good spot for the former Buccaneers and Panthers receiver, as the Giants have a wide open depth chart behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard at wide receiver. Shepard is likely to compete with Cody Latimer, Roger Lewis, and others for the third receiver spot.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

The Panthers are releasing wide receiver Russell Shepard, according to the Charlotte Observer.

According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Shepard requested his release, which the team granted. It will become official later today. Shepard is a key special teams player that probably wants a bigger role at receiver, which isn't going to happen in Carolina. Last season, Shepard caught 17 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, and he spent his first four NFL seasons in Tampa Bay. He is likely to receive interest as a good amount of interest as a free agent.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard doesn't catch a pass in Panthers' playoff loss.

Shepard was targeted on a pass over the middle where it looked like he might have been interfered with, but the officials didn't throw the flag. Shepard is a good player to chip in on offense and special teams, but he's not a recommended 2018 fantasy option.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard caught three passes for 29 yards in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Shepard has had a nice role to himself since Curtis Samuel went down for the season, but he hasn't surpassed 40 receiving yards or scored since the season opener. Keep Shepard on the waiver wire for the fantasy playoffs.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard catches three passes versus Miami.

Shepard didn't have a great start to the game, as he dropped a pass in the flat on a would-be first down on a third-down attempt. He did bounce back on the next series, though, making a nice catch for a first down. Overall, Shepard caught three of seven targets for 40 yards in the Monday night victory. With Curtis Samuel (ankle) potentially out beyond the team's Week 11 bye, Shepard might need to step up as the number two behind Devin Funchess, and he'd be a FLEX option in deeper leagues.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard sees just one touch in Week 9 win.

It was an 11-yard carry. Rookie Curtis Samuel looks like the biggest beneficiary of the Kelvin Benjamin trade, but even he had just four touches on a day where Cam Newton completed just 13 passes. Shepard should remain on the waiver wire.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard catches one pass in Week 8 win.

It went for 14 yards. Shepard was in a good spot against a banged-up secondary, but the overall offensive struggles for Carolina held the receivers back. He's not a fantasy option against the Falcons next Sunday.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard gets three targets against the Bears.

Shepard caught two passes for 20 yards. He's a valuable part of the offense for Cam Newton behind primary receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess, but Shepard's role isn't big enough to be a reliable fantasy option.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard catches two passes in Week 6.

Shepard was targeted six times in the game, but he only caught the two for 12 yards total. He's a contributor in real life to Carolina, but Shepard is not a recommended fantasy option.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard catches only target in Week 4.

Shepard gained 13 yards on his lone reception, and he's not a recommended fantasy option right now despite his contributions to the Panthers.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard catches 40-yard touchdown in win over the 49ers.

Shepard also had another 13-yard catch, but the highlight was obviously the score, as he found himself wide open on a cross, made a defender miss with a nice spin move, and sprinted to the end zone. The 26-year-old always seems to make some plays, but he's not a fantasy option in Week 2 against Buffalo.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard's deal with the Panthers can be worth $13 million over three years, according to Ian Rapoport.

With Carolina losing Philly Brown to the Bills, Shepard might be able to carve out a role in the Panthers receiving group. Shepard will surely be a help on special teams for Carolina.

Shepard catches two passes for 23 yards in Week 12.

It was actually good for third on the team for receiving in the game. Shepard should not be on fantasy rosters.

Russell Shepard | Giants WR

Russell Shepard caught three passes for 54 yards in the Bucs’ win over the Chiefs.

Shepard didn’t play the previous two weeks, and despite returning with a nice game, he shouldn’t be rostered for fantasy purposes.