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Former Carolina Panthers WR Russell Shepard to visit Buffalo Bills this week

The 27-year old receiver could make the roster as the fifth option for the Bills with contributions to special teams

Russell Shepard, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers, is set to visit the Buffalo Bills later in the week, Buffalo News reporter Jay Skurski tweeted. The Bills are looking for help in the receiving corps, as it is one of the thinnest positions on the roster.

Shepard has been in the NFL since 2013, when he entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana State University. The 6’1”, 195-pound Shepard hasn't had much productivity as a receiver, with his best season coming in 2016 with the Buccaneers. That season, he reeled in 23 receptions for 341 yards and two touchdowns. Last year with the Carolina Panthers, Shepard caught 17 balls for 202 yards and a touchdown.

At his pro day in 2013, Shepard ran a 4.46 second 40-yard dash, a 38.5 inch vertical and a 10-foot-2 broad jump.

Shepard would likely spend the majority of his time on the team as a special team player and a situational player on the offense.