Chip Kelly moved quickly to sign Russell Shepard
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Wednesday May 01, 2013
Posted by: Pete Roussel on May 1, 2013
Russell Shepard was once a highly-touted, dual-threat high school quarterback that was expected to add dangerous speed and playmaking ability to the LSU offense.
Four years later, the Tigers' coaching staff was criticized for their inability to get much production out of Shepard, who finished his senior season with only 6 catches for 92 yards.
The former Parade All-American, Shepard ended his career with 10 touchdowns.
While the bar may have been set too high for Shepard by the so-called 'recruiting experts,' the public may not know the exact reasons why the Tigers' coaching staff never could get more production from Shepard.
Regardless, a new opportunity has risen.
Russell is off to join the Philadelphia Eagles' organization under Chip Kelly. In an interesting story, Shepard told ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge that he actually removed himself from the draft in order to sign with the Eagles.
Shepard said, "Teams started calling me probably in the middle of the sixth round asking me 'Is it true that you've signed with a team already?' and I actually got it out of the way before the draft was over, because that was the perfect fit for me."
Chip Kelly even called Shepard during the sixth-round of the draft to expedite the decision.
Kelly likes the versatility the Shepard can provide by way of wide receiver, Wildcat quarterback, punt team gunner, and return man.
In Philadelphia, Shepard will be coached by veteran wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell.
OTA workouts in Philadelphia will be held May 13-15, May 20-22, and May 28-31.
(UPDATE: The Eagles have clarified the Shepard did not 'sign' during the draft. Shepard will take a physical soon and is then expected to sign the agreed upon contract.)
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