When your top WR goes down to an ACL tear and his backup gets caught up in controversy, it’s time for the next man up. In Eagles’ camp that guy is Russel Shepard and the undrafted rookie is impressing.
Vick: “I told one guy today, Russell [Shepard] , I told him today that he’s got to step up,” said Vick. “It’s time to see what he can do. He specifically is the one that stands out for me. I like all the young guys but I challenged him today.”
If Shepard can continue to impress and improve his hands and route running, don’t be surprised to see him start week one opposite D-Jax. Although there is uncertainty in the Chip Kelly offense and how it will translate to the NFL, you have to believe that Kelly will get the ball in the hands of his playmakers. Shepard could be well on his way to being the guy who replaces Maclin.
Shepard: “I look at it as, one of our guys went down, a mentor of mine, and I look forward to making him proud,” said the 6-1, 195-pound wideout. “Making him proud is being able to fill in until he comes back, catching footballs, being able to make plays. My thing is, I want to make Jeremy proud, and being able to make plays is the way I’ll do that.”
“I have an opportunity to play,” Shepard said. “This year all our receivers are going to play, especially in this offense and just having the depth that we have now.”
Someone to keep a close eye on in the upcoming weeks and someone that Dynasty League players should have their radars.
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