Russell Shepard runs after a reception in the third quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

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Giants Sign WR Russell Shepard

May 22, 2018 - 11:58 am
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By WFAN.com

The New York Giants have signed wide receiver Russell Shepard.

Shepard is yet another ex-Panther brought in by general manager Dave Gettleman, the former GM in Carolina who signed the receiver to a three-year, $10 million contract in March 2017 while still with the Panthers.

The 6-foot-1 receiver had 47 receptions for 432 yards and three touchdowns over four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he also contributed on special teams.

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In 15 games last season, Shepard recorded just 17 receptions for 202 yards and one touchdown.

The 27-year-old receiver was released from the Panthers last week after declining to take a pay cut.

Despite the limited offensive production, the LSU product is still considered to be one of the league's better gunners on special teams. Shepard will likely serve in that role with the Giants, where he will be reunited with his college special teams coach Thomas McGaughey, who currently serves as the Giants special teams coordinator. 

Shepard will compete with Cody Latimer and Roger Lewis Jr. for the No. 3 role in New York's receiving corps.

To make room for Shepard on the 90-man roster, the Giants waived cornerback Tim Scott.