Winston shows progress in Bucs victory over Bengals
AUG 24, 11:28p ET | AP
Rotowire: Sep 16 / 6:06p ET
News: Shepard logged considerable playing time in Sunday's 42-14 loss to the Titans, seeing the field for 40 of the Bucs' 74 offensive plays, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The extended action did not reflect on the stat sheet however, with Shepard securing his lone target for six yards. The third-year pro's Week 1 snap count total was equivalent to almost 27 percent of the 154 offensive plays he logged in all of 2014, an anomaly largely dictated by Mike Evans' inactive status for the opener. Shepard's place in the game participation pecking order in the opener was otherwise reflective of his fourth receiver slot behind veteran Louis Murphy, who outpaced him by 20 plays. Shepard could potentially see his snap count cut by as much as half when Evans returns to the field.
Rotowire: Aug 24 / 8:35p ET
News: Shepard caught two passes for 44 yards and a touchdown on two targets, adding another 12 yards on one carry, in Monday's preseason game against the Bengals.
Impact: Shepard recorded all three of his touches before halftime, getting extensive work with the first-team offense, partially because Mike Evans (hamstring) left the game early. Louis Murphy, the favorite to enter Week 1 as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wide receiver, caught just two of five targets for 11 yards. Shepard should see at least a few snaps per game once the season starts, but one strong performance in the preseason probably won't be enough to supplant Murphy.