Sheppard Signing Adds More Stability At CB

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 22, 2010 – 9:29 am

Many football followers woke up Wednesday morning still anticipating the Vikings would select a CB in the 1st round of the 2o10 NFL Draft on Thursday evening. But by Wednesday evening, the Vikings had already added a 1st round CB – former Philadelphia Eagle and New York Jet Lito Sheppard.

Drafted by the Eagles in the 1st round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Sheppard has had a solid 9-year NFL career that has included Pro Bowl selections in 2005 and 2006 and then an All-Pro selection in 2004. In 104 career games and 70 starts with the Eagles and Jets, Sheppard has 19 career INTs and 3 TDs and he is also the 1st player in NFL history to post 2 INTs with returns of 100-plus yards.

Credentials such as those make Sheppard a great fit for the Vikings because both starting CBs – Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield – are recovering from significant injuries sustained in 2009. While Asher Allen and Benny Sapp filled in well last season, there’s no doubt the addition of Sheppard adds stability to the position as well as a player with vast starting experience in the NFL. Sheppard started every game for the Eagles from 2004 to 2007 and was a starter on teams that won 4 NFC East Division titles and appeared in Super Bowl XXXIX.

“He’s a hard worker and he wants to be the best at his position and his craft,” said Vikings WR Greg Lewis, who played with Sheppard in Philadelphia from 2003 to 2008. “He likes competition, so any time you put all of those traits together you have a good player.”

Lewis, who said Sheppard is a good teammate who will fit in well with the Vikings, recalled practicing against and playing with the CB often in Philadelphia.

“He’s willing to do whatever it takes to win games,” Lewis continued. “He was on a Super Bowl team and he wants to get that ring just like everybody else here.

“Hopefully Antoine and Ced come back as soon as possible, but having Sapp and Lito and Ash there is always good. They are guys with experience. I think it’s a great signing.”

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15 Responses to “Sheppard Signing Adds More Stability At CB”

  1. By rap99 on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Still poss. 1st rd pick will be in the secondary, depends who’s there. Good signing.

  2. By medcineball on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    This is a good guy to get. Glad to have Lito Sheppard on the Vikes.

  3. By hmm on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    He was good a few years ago. Wonder why philly gave up on him.

  4. By Malte on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    to “hmm” it is philly! :b – when a guy is over 26 years old the cut him because of ageing :b – they don’t care much about their players there. look what the did to dawkins, McCnabb :b they got no pride

  5. By Dj on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    Its a good to pick up Lito… he’ll be a good fit for us here in MInnesota..

  6. By Shawn on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I am not looking at this as our long term solution for our CB problems, however I think it will take some of the pressure off of Ced to come back before he is 100%, and even when he does come back, we have some extra depth in case of more injuries. I think its a great pick up. I still think we may need to address CB in the 1st round.

    My Wishlist is. Iupati, Pouncey, Colt McCoy, McCourty.

    If we take Tebow, I may fall into depression.

  7. By Swag4Lyfe on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    i think this should shift our attention to taylor mays i hear the eagles are trading u for earl thomas or berry i think Taylor Mays would all but sure up our Secondary woes as far as lito if he can stay healthy i still think he can produce hes only 29 thers still time for him to be atleast a serviceable corner i look in the 2nd round we can get Chris Cooke from Virgina who i have rated 4 on my CB board right now hes an absolute ball hawk but i love this the vikings are spending low and filling needs!!!!!

  8. By LadySkillz on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    @Malte: I totally agree with you on this one. I don’t know why they do that when the players are still fit and able to play football. Look at Favre! He’s still the best!

  9. By Jake on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    mays can’t cover! we’d have the same problem next year that we do now!

  10. By andrew on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    know we got sheppard lets get al harris

  11. By Caveman on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    I was thinking the Vikings would go CB or S but with this they may go QB if available. If they still go CB or S then we are going to have a big QB question next year because no matter what happens this year I don’t see Favre returning again for 2011. Our current back-ups are just not good enough to do the job.

  12. By kyweaver on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    they should gake a QB, to have a young guy watch favre WHEN he comes back

  13. By Jake on Apr 22, 2010 | Reply

    With the best DBs gone, QB seems like a no-brainer. Tavaris is not an NFL-caliber QB and he never will be. He’s not decisive and lacks innate leadership skills. Compare him to other young QBs like Flacco and Matt Ryan. He’s not in the same league.

    The Vikings have a unique opportunity to grab a high-caliber college QB, either Clausen or McCoy, who have fallen to dirt-cheap levels. He can study under Favre–like Jackson has–but actually develop into the future Viking QB–which Jackson has not been able to do. He still looks lost.

  14. By marcus on Apr 23, 2010 | Reply

    we need line help gaurd and Center help to take pressure of brett get the run game back on track! that the key on how far the vikes go again this year with all the teams going cb an safty happy this year we got to go back to some black and blue classic football with some air game flashes(got to protect better against past rusher on the edge and stonger at center the pocket get pushed back on the QB way to much! Even with that said, let have a great draft this year vikes lets SKOL!!!!!

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