“I Wish We Still Had Him”

October 26th, 2017

Jameis yearns for an old Buccaneers friend

As the Buccaneers appear to be in the midst of an internal leadership crisis and seemingly have forgotten how to close out games in victory, they will be reuniting Sunday with a guy who was at the center of their 2016 revival.

America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, was talking Russell Shepard with Carolina media this week.

Shepard was a Bucs captain last season, a special teams ace and a quality No. 5 receiver who was overmatched when called upon for full-time duty.

Shepard loves Jameis, per the Charlotte Observer.

“Just to see his career, to see how it’s playing out, I’m extremely proud of him,” said Shepard. “He played a big part of me taking the next step of my career. We have man-crushes on each other.”

And James adores Shepard.

“One thing, he’s a leader. He’s a leader by example and he’s a leader vocally,” said Winston. “Another thing he brings is passion. He is one of the most passionate players I’ve ever been around, ever had the honor to play on a team with. He just loves this game of football.

“And the third thing he brings is his energy. He’s one of the hardest workers that I know. When it’s time to play football, he really loves this game and he’s always pumped and he’s always ready to take advantage of any moment that he gets.”

Jameis went on to say of Shepard, “I wish we still had him.”

As the Bucs appear to be imploding on level, it’s easy to wonder whether the Bucs were wise to let Shepard walk. Joe’s not delusional; Shepard doesn’t play defense. But maybe he was the type of guy who would have helped Bucs players not come out flat.

20 Responses to ““I Wish We Still Had Him””

  1. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    He was one of those glue guys, Licht shoulda kept him.

    If he had no qualms about keeping Robinson, a Corner, that literally never plays corner. He should have been fine with keeping a WR that would never have to play WR.

  2. mike n Says:

    No question we should have signed him! We had the money and he is a proven special teams ace and servicible 5th wr. Man, Mr Lict has a tough time in free agency

  3. JonBuc Says:

    Went with the sure handed Adam Humphries instead…

  4. Not there yet Says:

    I disagree he was overmatched. The few times he was called upon he would show up with a critical catch and they should have kept him. Over reedy

  5. InJameisWeTrust Says:

    @JonBuc- dude leave Humphries alone. He’s an undrafted gem, I don’t care that he fumbled. That game is on the defense.

  6. Lamarcus Says:

    That FLAT word tho

  7. R.O. Says:

    Yeah.. the reason we lose this game will be because of Shep. C’mon.

  8. Blake_Bucsfan Says:


    Not really the point of this article.

    No one is worried that we are going to get shredded by the guy, but he was clearly an emotional leader of this team. And this locker-room is sorely missing his presence.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Woulda coulda shoulda

    Shepard had injury issues, and frankly, I’m pleased with our TRs and TEs. I don’t miss him one bit.

  10. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    JonBuc Says
    “Went with the sure handed Adam Humphries instead…”

    I get your sarcasm, but Humphries really is the better choice. Every player has the occasional bad play. Hump has had one.

    It hardly makes him a bad WR.

  11. C eh N eh D eh Says:

    yes,yes,yes!….”character player” let go…i said this in the spring…big mistake letting him walk…filled the final game day positions without any questions…a perfect #5 WR and special teams standout…i predict he’ll make a big play against the Bucs on Sunday…Payback time 🙁

  12. buc it Says:

    Shot at Desean maybe?

  13. JonBuc Says:

    InJameisWeTrust Says:
    October 26th, 2017 at 10:58 am
    @JonBuc- dude leave Humphries alone. He’s an undrafted gem, I don’t care that he fumbled. That game is on the defense.

    Shep was an undrafted gem as well…and an emotional leader…which this team lacks.

    Not sure if I agree with Buccaneer BrownEye calling Hump a better overall player…but I do agree that Shep will have a big play or two vs. the Bucs

  14. Tb2055 Says:

    We didn’t let him walk. He went where there was opportunity. He wasn’t going to play WR here. Not sure why we are pretending the Bucs just have him the cold shoulder or something…

  15. Jim Says:

    Nice story, but I’ll take Godwin.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Coulda/Woulda/Shoulda…Great book title for the history of the Tampa Bay Bucs!

  17. Supersam Says:

    Sorry I like the Godwin kid and all, but we should’ve kept Shepard and drafted Kareem Hunt instead of Godwin. Boy what could’ve been. WR was NOT a need.

  18. Pickgrin Says:

    Carolina promised Russell Shepard more playing time at WR than the Bucs would have been able to give him. That + $10M for 3 years which is beyond reasonable for even a very good ST player.

    Also we have Robinson and Ryan Smith at positions of greater need than WR who are both killing it as gunners and cost less combined than Shepard.

  19. LakeLand Says:

    I wish we still had Bradley McDougald. We have nothing but trash at FS this season.

  20. Miguel Grande Says:

    Wasn’t Shepherd on the Arizona trip last (40-7) year?