Steelers Sign CB JaCorey Shepherd, Waive DE Nelson Adams

With several cornerbacks currently dealing with injuries during training camp, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed cornerback JaCorey Shepherd ahead of the team’s Saturday practice. To make room on the roster for Shepherd, rookie defensive end Nelson Adams was waived.

The Steelers felt the need to sign Shepherd with cornerbacks Artie Burns (undisclosed), Cameron Sutton (hamstring) and Senquez Golson (hamstring) all currently dealing with injuries. Burns is the latest of that group to go down as he was injured during the team’s Friday Night Lights practice. After the session was over, head coach Mike Tomlin said he thought Burns’ injury was minor in nature.

Shepherd, who played his college football at Kansas, was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. A torn ACL in August of 2015 quickly ended Shepherd’s rookie season and he was ultimately waived by the Eagles just ahead of the 2016 regular season and spent a few weeks on their practice squad.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Shepherd last season and waived him this past May.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound cornerback tried to run his pro day 40-yard dash with an injured hamstring and he feels that caused him to slip into later rounds of the draft that year.

A converted wide receiver, Shepherd played in 24 games during his final two seasons at Kansas. He intercepted five passes for 32 yards and a touchdown and also returned 61 kickoffs for 1,320 yards during those two seasons. He was credited with 75 total tackles.

In 11 games with the 49ers in 2016, Shepherd recorded 21 kickoff returns for an average of 21.7 yards a return.

  • Steelers12

    Camp body no disrespect

  • JB Burgess

    This is typical of a Mike Tomlin team. They stay injured and that affects the roster decisions adversely. Don’t forget the fiasco with not playing Boykins. Mike Tomlin can’t be trusted.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Welp I called that they’d sign a cb or two. Nailed it. I’m still annoyed we didn’t pick up Eric Rowe last year.

    What’s funny to me is both this guy are opposites of cj Goodwin. All 3 started as wr but are trying cb. Goodwin has been the only successful one to date.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Yes because it’s tomlins fault BOYKIN wasn’t properly screened by the medical staff. Just stop troll.

  • falconsaftey43

    You are right, Steelers are the only team ever to suffer an injury. I can’t believe they didn’t play Boykin, after all he has been a probowl player ever since he left.

  • falconsaftey43

    Philly was projecting him to be their starting slot CB his rookie season for what it is worth.

  • Walt Dongo

    why are you always here complaining about how the people associated with this team arent good enough in some way?

  • Jaybird

    How is it Tomlin’s or anyone within the organization’s fault that three CBs got minor injuries all at once? All three will be back , they didn’t blow out a knee or anything. I don’t get your point?

  • Jaybird

    It’s a good thing he’s not a Ravens fan. He’d be having a cow right now with their TE situation.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Great call Dave – you were predicting the Steelers would make a move to sign a new CB early this morning.

  • spicyitln

    Pays more than stocking shelves why not???

  • Rocksolid20

    Golson slide further down the depth chart .

  • Steelers12

    Doubt that

  • Steelers12

    Great point

  • AndyR34

    This guy is a TROLL with nothing to add to any conversation…I don’t know why you ( Or anybody) waste time responding to him.

  • AndyR34

    He has no point…just TROLL looking for responses. Makes him feel older than 11.

  • dany

    So much Boykin talk in here, coincidentially Shepherd is the guy the eagles were comfortable enough with to replace Boykin that they traded him

  • Shane Mitchell

    If he is healthy this is a good pickup, he could push Sutton as the 6th CB on the active roster.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Never heard of the ingoing or outgoing guy.

  • Steelers12

    Lol

  • Shane Mitchell

    After watching his film I think he has a good shot at making this team, good football IQ, can play inside or out and can play zone or press man, we should have had this kid in camp earlier.

  • I.P. Freeley

    See Dave, some of us offer acknowledgement when you get it right. . .

  • I.P. Freeley

    Could this move suggest a more serious injury to Artie?

  • spicyitln

    Really for this guy not getting to a camp pretty much ends his NFL career!!! Getting to an NFL camp maybe playing in a couple pre season games even if cut gives him enough legitimacy to be picked up later in the season to cover an injury or get on a P.S!!!! Camp body= able to hang around NFL another year!!!

  • jsteeler

    Who cares? Did that make you feel good to type that and send this into the universe. So damn negative. Your comment= Your life sucks.
    Good Luck Sheppard. Don’t listen to these internet bully clowns. I hope your dream comes true. and If they do you can the Steelers were a part of that. Making dreams come true.

  • jsteeler

    Huh? What?

  • jsteeler

    No He was a Pro bowler in Philly before he came! Lol. Wow.

  • spicyitln

    The intent of my blog wasnt negative but the truth Im actually happy the guy gets a chance!!! As far as Bullying take a look at your personal attacks a#######!!!!!

  • spicyitln

    He has a right to his opinion I dont necessarily agree with it, getting to a camp is huge for this guys career moving forward…. Regardless did you have the right to personally attack the man???

  • Steelers12

    calm down he is being compensated well either way

  • Charlie Fry

    yeah.. I live in Jacksonville florida .. from Pittsburgh in the 60’s and 70’s.. People in Jax would I think trade for Pittsburgh Steelers organization and their record in Tomlin’s era as would most other teams with a few notable exceptions i.e. Patriots.. Just saying