Kelvin Sheppard LB IND Apr 29 '13

Colts acquired LB Kelvin Sheppard from the Bills in exchange for LB Jerry Hughes.

The 2011 third-round pick started 24 games the past two seasons, including 15 at MIKE linebacker in 2012. Sheppard may compete with Kavell Conner at left inside linebacker in Indianapolis, but played just 521 snaps despite "starting" last season, and fared poorly against the run. He won't be a factor in IDP leagues.

Kelvin Sheppard LB IND Jun 04 '12

Bills MLB Kelvin Sheppard is down to 240 pounds after playing in the 250-255 range as a rookie.

Sheppard's rookie season got off to a slow start in no small part because he pulled his hamstring in training camp after arriving roughly 20 pounds overweight. "He showed up in great shape [for OTAs]," said new DC Dave Wannstedt, "and his attitude is good and I think he's excited about this scheme."

Kelvin Sheppard LB IND May 30 '12

Kelvin Sheppard is practicing as the Bills' starting middle linebacker at OTAs.

The Bills have identified last year's third-rounder as a "nucleus" player on defense, after Sheppard racked up 61 tackles in the final nine games. He's quite likely to be an every-down player and impact IDP contributor. The Bills' starting weak-side backer is Nick Barnett, with Kirk Morrison currently at SAM.

Kelvin Sheppard LB IND Feb 16 '12

New DC Dave Wannstedt has singled out MLB Kelvin Sheppard as a nucleus player on the Bills defense.

"I've got all the confidence in the world with Shep," said Wannstedt. "To me he's about what you're looking for in a 4-3 middle linebacker. ... I think it's going to fit his skills to a 'T'. I think he's going to be a very, very productive player for us." Sheppard is going to be a player to target in IDP formats in 2012.

Kelvin Sheppard LB IND Jan 30 '12

The Bills will use Kelvin Sheppard at middle linebacker in their new 4-3 defense.

Nick Barnett will likely play the weak side. Sheppard racked up 70 tackles in only nine starts as a third-round rookie and will be an IDP to target fairly early in 2012 drafts. He averaged over 6.5 tackles per start in 2011.

Kelvin Sheppard LB IND Jan 18 '12

Coach Chan Gailey wants 2011 third-rounder ILB Kelvin Sheppard to eliminate rookie mistakes next season.

"He's aggressive and he got better at his reads," said Gailey. "He got a lot more comfortable playing every day and I think that he is going to be a good player as time goes on. I saw improvement each week in him." Sheppard closed out the season with 70 tackles in 16 games and nine starts.

Kelvin Sheppard LB IND Oct 17 '11

Bills coach Chan Gailey confirmed Monday that rookie ILB Kelvin Sheppard will be a starter moving forward.

Gailey confirmed Sheppard will begin taking the "majority of reps" at the position, replacing Andra Davis. Davis wasn't getting it done on the interior, and Sheppard has flashed in limited snaps so far. He has 10 tackles on the season, but will be a candidate for 6-8 per week moving forward.

Kelvin Sheppard LB IND Aug 27 '11

Bills ILB Kelvin Sheppard (hamstring) will miss his third straight preseason game on Saturday.

A third-round pick, Sheppard was originally expected to miss only a week when he hurt his hamstring on August 1. He should likely begin the season as the Bills' fourth-string inside linebacker behind Nick Barnett, Kirk Morrison and Andra Davis.