Russell Shepard has an outside chance to win a job in Carolina. He showed some ability with the Bucs last year, catching 5-of-6 balls thrown his way for 77 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers in October. He’s only 26, and the Panthers don’t have an established WR2 on the roster.
Shepard isn’t a lock to make the roster, and he’ll need to play well in camp and in the preseason to convince the Panthers to give him snaps over former second-rounder Devin Funchess. His opportunity may be low even if he does win a job, as TE Greg Olsen and WR Kelvin Benjamin will get the bulk of targets.
2017 Bottom Line
Keep an eye on Shepard. If you’re in a deep league and drafting late, he may be worth a flier due to his potential. More likely, he could be an early waiver grab if he makes the roster and Funchess struggled early. Watch his snap count for potential.