WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Darrius Shepherd just keeps doing it.
The former North Dakota State receiver, now a rookie with the Green Bay Packers, made another catch that caught the eye of NFL watchers on Thursday, Aug. 22. This time it was a 22-yard reception from quarterback Tim Boyle in Green Bay's 22-21 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders at IG Field.
It was the third time Shepherd has gained attention this preseason for making a good catch. The first time was an acrobatic TD snag in Green Bay's preseason opener against the Houston Texans as Lambeau Field. The second was a nice touchdown catch in the back of the end zone last week against the Baltimore Ravens.
This time Shepherd stretched out along the left sideline to haul in a catch on third-and-11 in the second quarter. It set up Tra Carson’s 2-yard touchdown run, giving Green Bay a 21-10 halftime advantage. It was Green Bay's longest completion of the game.
Shepherd remains in the hunt to earn a spot on the Packers' 53-man roster. He had three catches for 40 yards and a 15-yard punt return.
In three preseason games, Shepherd has seven receptions for 65 yards and two touchdowns.
"He’s unbelievable," Boyle said after the game, according to the team's website. "All four of us quarterbacks love him. His catch radius is unreal, as you guys see. Smart player, knows where to be. He’s really putting himself in a good spot to make the 53."
Shepherd went undrafted after a stellar career at NDSU. He was given a tryout by the Packers and has impressed the team with his hands and versatility.
He was a key component of the Bison's offense for four seasons. Shepherd had 62 catches for 1,065 yards and nine touchdowns for the Bison last season as a senior. He helped NDSU win a seventh NCAA Division I FCS national championship in the past eight seasons.
Shepherd had five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns in last January's FCS title game in which NDSU earned a 38-24 victory against Eastern Washington in Frisco, Texas.
Tramon Williams, who’s seen just about everything in his 13 NFL seasons, remembers the buzz in Green Bay when Randall Cobb arrived back in 2011. These days, Williams wonders if he’s watching Cobb 2.0 with Packers rookie Darrius Shepherd https://t.co/ly0FljA7P8 pic.twitter.com/sPkDjncJCB
Tramon Williams, who’s seen just about everything in his 13 NFL seasons, remembers the buzz in Green Bay when Randall Cobb arrived back in 2011. These days, Williams wonders if he’s watching Cobb 2.0 with Packers rookie Darrius Shepherd https://t.co/ly0FljA7P8 pic.twitter.com/sPkDjncJCB— Forbes SportsMoney (@ForbesSports) August 18, 2019