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Lito says he hasn't lost anything

As Lito Sheppard prepares to suit up in purple after a failed season with the Jets, the former Pro Bowler thinks he’s the same guy that he once was in Philly.

“The only thing that has changed between then and me now is some bad
situations
,” Sheppard recently said, per Tom Pelissero of 1500espn.com.  “That can affect a player.  That affected me,
as far as being comfortable and knowing what my role is on the team.

“I feel very comfortable here,” Sheppard said regarding his offseason preparations with the Vikings, “and the coaches told me what it was
from the beginning, and I think that’s going to allow me to definitely
get that mentality back and show it.”

Not everyone agrees.  “He’s not the player he used to be,” an unnamed AFC scout told Pelissero.  “You’re also not talking about a player who’s 33, 34 years old either.  I
don’t think he’s at the back end of his career — I just don’t think
he’s got the same fastball that he used to.” 

Still, for the Vikings to be where they were in 2009, Sheppard needs only to be as good as Cedric Griffin was a year ago.  Given that Griffin tore an ACL on the opening kickoff of overtime in the NFC title game, Sheppard likely will be in better shape than Griffin to contribute when the Vikes return to the Superdome for a rematch with the Saints.

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  1. SBS0311 says: Jul 24, 2010 10:06 PM

    Nice taking of responsibility for your poor play, Lito. You weren’t in bad situations. You were just bad. Best defense in the league is a bad situation? For you, maybe. Laughable.

  2. PhillyRulez88 says: Jul 24, 2010 10:17 PM

    “Lito says he hasn’t lost anything”
    Umm Lito, how about losing a starting job?

  3. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jul 24, 2010 10:38 PM

    Journeyman, at best.

  4. eastboogieillinois says: Jul 24, 2010 10:58 PM

    LMAO

  5. Ambrose says: Jul 24, 2010 11:08 PM

    You joined the Vikings didn’t you? You lost your self-respect.

  6. justin says: Jul 24, 2010 11:29 PM

    well i guess im a homer but i believe he could have a sharper like season for the vikings , he didnt fit the system that the jets were playing and he fits the 1 the vikings have , i hope and truly believe he can get back to his pro bowl form and if so watch out

  7. PurpleRaid12 says: Jul 24, 2010 11:35 PM

    “Lito says he hasn’t lost anything”
    ____________________________________
    Funny, JimmySmith said the same thing… only he was talking about his virginity.

  8. CRM0055 says: Jul 24, 2010 11:53 PM

    poor lito sky was the limit for him in philly but he let it get to his head and thought it was all him another player that was a product of JJ and the Eagles D he went elsewhere just like many others and just wasn’t the same player

  9. jma9 says: Jul 25, 2010 12:10 AM

    once again, another brilliant player drop by the eagles. mcnabb is the only guy they will regret letting go.

  10. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jul 25, 2010 12:46 AM

    ustin says: July 24, 2010 11:29 PM
    well i guess im a homer but i believe he could have a sharper like season for the vikings , he didnt fit the system that the jets were playing and he fits the 1 the vikings have , i hope and truly believe he can get back to his pro bowl form and if so watch out
    —————–
    Two teams dumped him in 2 years. That’s all you need to know when it comes to Lito Sheppard. You’re right, you are a homer!

  11. brasho says: Jul 25, 2010 8:20 AM

    It doesn’t matter if he’s lost a little, he’s now playing in the veteran CB friendly Tampa-2 where he will have help over-top 75-95% of the time. Considering both the Eagles and Jets leave their CBs on an island a large portion of the time, Sheppard will likely thrive with the help provided to him in the T-2.

  12. stetai says: Jul 25, 2010 8:31 AM

    Get ready to eat your words. If anyone has learned anything from watching years of the NFL is that the situation your in influences about 75% of your ability to play well.
    It’s partially the system, and partially your mental mindset, but it always makes a difference. Everyone on the Vikings is in a strong mindset to win this season and I expect everyone to have career years.
    And remember how a few years ago Charles Woodson was seen as washed up, with only two teams having any interest. While Lito was never as good as Woodson’s peak years with the Raiders, he was probably one notch below him. If Lito can get one notch below Charles now, then Lito’s going to be pretty darn good.
    Throw in a healthy Cedric Griffin and the tall rookie CB, and the Vikings’ “achilles” might be fixed after all.

  13. JimmySmith says: Jul 25, 2010 10:09 AM

    He not only lost his starting job, he will lose a chance to play in the Superbowl because we all know the Vikings can’t get over the hump even if they do make it as far as the NFC championship game given their 0-5 record.
    The new Vikings are different than the old Vikings. The old Vikings choked in the Superbowl (0-4 record) while the new Vikings are far less patient preferring to choke two weeks earlier

  14. sand0 says: Jul 25, 2010 10:21 AM

    Almost every move the Vikings office has made lately has turned out well. I expect this to be no different. Underrated move.

  15. habibfromnewdehli says: Jul 25, 2010 10:56 AM

    While it’s not a good sign if you can’t succeed on a Rex Ryan defense…
    This guy is still a starting corner in the NFL. Teams like the Ravens definitely could have used Lito.

  16. Vikingsfan7 says: Jul 25, 2010 11:20 AM

    Jimmy and you Packers seem to be unable to make it to either. Otherwise if you’re a Lions or Bears fan, then I don’t know why you even show your face around here. Why don’t you worry more about the Packers because it seems like they’re having trouble making it out of the 1st playoff game to a team that has no defense. Oh yeah, don’t be such a sourpuss since Favre came back last year and took 2 from you, 2 of which I might say were rather pathetic and embarrassing for you.

  17. pervy harvin says: Jul 25, 2010 3:24 PM

    Some great “coming out” tips for Ted and Aaron by great American Olympic diver Greg Loosanus.
    1-Don’t have your lover with you. This is not “Let’s Make a Deal” more surprises are not good.
    2-Be blunt. Don’t pussy-foot around the issue. There’s no easy way to do it than gay, “Hey! I’m gay.”
    3- Help make the identity of the gay community as diverse as possible by getting involved and being visible(such as wearing boxer briefs, preferably Versace, stuffed with foam packing peanuts) and walking a poodle.
    4-Put a rainbow sticker on your car or wear a gay pride button.
    5- The best selection of gerbil sizes are always at PetSmart

  18. badfish69 says: Jul 25, 2010 3:42 PM

    # Vikingsfan7 says: July 25, 2010 11:20 AM
    Oh yeah, don’t be such a sourpuss since Favre came back last year and took 2 from you, 2 of which I might say were rather pathetic and embarrassing for you.
    —————————————————–
    Wow imagine that. Another Viking fan holding on tight to that glory of beating the Packers twice last year. I guess Viking fans in the end really measure their teams success by two regular season games instead of a championship.
    “Who cares that we choked away another chance at the Super bowl. We beat the Packers twice!!! Best team EVAHHHH!!!”

  19. whodaywhodat says: Jul 25, 2010 6:45 PM

    While the vision of kicking Brett’s old ass is still fresh in my mind, I completely forgot we kicked Griffin to the curb also. If you want to run with the big dogs, don’t piss like a puppy.
    TWO DAT!!!

  20. Vikingsfan7 says: Jul 27, 2010 12:11 AM

    Wow imagine that. Another Viking fan holding on tight to that glory of beating the Packers twice last year. I guess Viking fans in the end really measure their teams success by two regular season games instead of a championship.
    “Who cares that we choked away another chance at the Super bowl. We beat the Packers twice!!! Best team EVAHHHH!!!”
    ________________________________
    Haha are you really that incompetent to understand what i am trying to say. Haha im trying to tell you dumbass cheeseheads that the way you lost was pathetic. The fact that a 41 year-old quarterback who you Packer fans seem to say is “washed up” absolutely destroyed your so-called “incredible” defense. Favre threw for 7 TDs and over 500 yds in 2 games against you guys. And poor Rodgers couldn’t help but get torn a new asshole from Jared Allen. Why don’t you actually try understanding my post before you write a post.

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