EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants have added another wide receiver named Shepard.
Russell Shepard, who has played five seasons in the NFL, today signed with the Giants, one week after he was released by the Carolina Panthers. He joins his namesake, Sterling Shepard, as well as his former teammate at LSU, Odell Beckham, Jr., in the Giants’ receiving corps.
Russell Shepard, 6-1 and 195 pounds, was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2013-16 and Carolina last season. He has played in 72 regular-season games with nine starts, and caught 47 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns. Shepard has also played in one postseason game.
In 2017, Shepard played in 15 games with three starts for the Panthers. He finished with 17 receptions for 202 yards and one touchdown and averaged 21.7 yards on three kickoff returns. The previous season, he had career-high totals of 23 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns for the Bucs.
Shepard entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Philadelphia in 2013. He was released at the end of training camp and claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. Shepard joined the Panthers last year as a free agent.
At LSU, Shepard played wide receiver, running back and quarterback.
To make room on the 90-man roster, the Giants waived first-year cornerback Tim Scott, who played in one game for the Giants in 2017. He made his NFL debut as a reserve safety vs. the Rams on Nov. 5.