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Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:55:05 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said rookie WRs Russell Shepard and Ifeanyi Momah are learning the ropes. Shepard has done a great job and is working closely with Eagles WR Jason Avant, while Momah is shaking off the rust after missing his senior season at Boston College.
"He got better during the rookie camp, and you saw him improve over that," Kelly said, speaking of Momah. "So I'm excited about both of those guys. But we've got some competition out there. And they add to that."
Thu, 23 May 2013 15:21:26 -0700
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly confirmed that he prefers larger and taller players at most positions on his team, but he's in favor of protecting his smaller players like WR DeSean Jackson. Jackson touched the ball progressively less in each of his five NFL seasons in part because the team worried about keeping him healthy. Jackson only played in five games last year because of fractured ribs and only scored one touchdown. He hopes he can go back to being extremely productive in the team's new offense with larger players creating mismatches for their opponents. "I'm challenging myself to be able to play every position," said Jackson, who's been hinting all offseason that he could be lining up in the backfield as well. "There might be a play or a different position where I normally would not line up or be in, but the leeway of the offense gives us the opportunity to go inside and outside and things like that, so I'm taking advantage of the opportunity to learn the whole offense and be in different spaces throughout the game."
Twelve of the team's receivers on the roster are 6-foot-1 or taller, including WRs Arrelious Benn (6-foot-6), Greg Salas (6-foot-1) and Riley Cooper (6-foot-3). Kelly hopes to make opponents pay if they decide to double team Jackson or jam him at the line of scrimmage. Having bigger receivers outside to block should also help the running game. WR Russell Shepard, an undrafted rookie, will have the same opportunity as Benn to prove himself. "I was on the front line on kickoffs, I played running back, I played quarterback, I played receiver," Shepard said. "So (the versatility) is giving me more of an opportunity of making this 53-man roster."
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners should expect Kelly to try and involve Jackson more in an offense that should cater to Jackson's wishes to touch the ball more often and score more frequently. Jackson has been a frustrating play in point-per-reception formats in his career, but that could be changing. Until we know more about how he may be involved in this new scheme, consider him a midrange No. 3 wideout.
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:11:59 -0700
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed undrafted free-agent LB Jake Knott (Iowa State), RB Miguel Maysonet (Stony Brook), C Kyle Quinn (Arizona), DL Isaac Remington (Oregon), WR Russell Shepard (Louisiana State), DL Damion Square (Alabama), OG Matt Tobin (Iowa), RB Matthew Tucker (Texas Christian) and P Brad Wing (Louisiana State). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Mon, 08 Apr 2013 08:50:56 -0700
The New England Patriots sent running backs coach Ivan Fears to Louisiana State University to work out RB Spencer Ware, RB Michael Ford and WR Russell Shepard.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:27:31 -0700
The Buffalo Bills met with North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon, Louisiana State WR Russell Shepard, Southern Miss LB Jamie Collins and Clemson S Jonathan Meeks Wednesday, April 3.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:48:25 -0800
LSU WR Russell Shepard posted on his official Twitter account Friday, Jan. 13, that he is returning to school for his senior season, apparently at the behest of his family and head coach Les Miles. "I would like to tell everyone that I had a great talk with my family and Coach Miles and I will be attending LSU for my season season," he tweeted.
Wed, 11 Jan 2012 17:32:15 -0800
Louisiana State WR Russell Shepard posted on his official Twitter account that he won't be back with the team. "Thanks for your support Tiger Nation, but I have to do what's best for my family and myself. Geaux Tigers," Shepard posted Wednesday, Jan. 11.
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