NFL dream still alive for WR Sheppard -- in Green Bay

NFL dream still alive for WR Sheppard -- in Green Bay
July 31, 2014, 9:45 pm
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The NFL dream remains alive for former Ravens and Towson wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard.

A day after being cut by the Ravens, Sheppard was claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers.

Sheppard, a Baltimore native and McDonogh graduate, played at Towson after beginning his college career at Connecticut. He joined the Ravens as an undrafted rookie last summer but failed to make a move up the depth chart in a very competitive receiver field. He was then cut last August and signed back to the Ravens practice squad, where he spent last season.

Sheppard again faced long odds this summer in a crowded, competitive Ravens receiver group featuring, among others, Steve Smith, Torrey Smith, Marlon Brown, Jacoby Jones, Michael Campanaro and Deonte Thompson. Sheppard was let go by the Ravens earlier this week to make room for defensive back Marrio Norman.

Sheppard is one of 11 Packers receivers in camp, so his road to a 53-man roster is still a long one. But now it will run through Lambeau Field instead of his hometown M&T Bank Stadium.

"God gets the Glory in each & every situation," Sheppard wrote via Instagram. “The fans of the Purple and Black will always have a special place in my heart. However, tomorrow I will be in a new city, wearing diff colors. Much Love to my supporters. #ItsAJourney”

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