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In Minnesota, Lito Sheppard falls behind Asher Allen at cornerback

Last month, veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard claimed that he hasn’t lost anything.

Well, now he has.

Sheppard has lost his spot in the starting lineup in Minnesota, which everyone assumed he’d hold while Cedric Griffin continues his recovery from a torn ACL.  The team’s first unofficial depth chart has Sheppard behind Asher Allen, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Elsewhere on the depth chart, Tyrell Johnson has the early lead over Jamarca Sanford at strong safety.  And kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd, one of the few veteran free agents signed by the Vikings, has fallen behind Ryan Longwell in the battle for the kickoff duties.

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29 Responses to “In Minnesota, Lito Sheppard falls behind Asher Allen at cornerback”
  1. SBS0311 says: Aug 10, 2010 10:21 PM

    Philadelphia was a bad situation. New York was a bad situation. He’s now down to #3 and will be #4 when Griffin comes back. Supposedly Cook, the rookie, is pushing him too.
    I guess Minnesota is another bad situation.

  2. Leroy'sButler says: Aug 10, 2010 10:25 PM

    Schism.

  3. Percy the Purple says: Aug 10, 2010 10:28 PM

    Asher Allen has a year in the system, and Lito is coming off an injury. Asher is naturally the leader coming in to the first preseason. If any change at all, look for it after game 2.

  4. Larry David says: Aug 10, 2010 10:31 PM

    I don’t care if Favre plays or not, how are the Vikings a Superbowl team with an average secondary with no difference makers?

  5. Brewdogg says: Aug 10, 2010 10:53 PM

    # Larry David says: August 10, 2010 10:31 PM
    I don’t care if Favre plays or not, how are the Vikings a Superbowl team with an average secondary with no difference makers?
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    And what was said about New Orleans’ secondary going into camp last year? With Griffin out and Winfield and Sheppard limping in, Allen, Cook, and Sapp all have a chance to prove they have it. Not saying they do, but CB is not my concern. Someone will step up out of that group. And considering the secondary and the pass rush go hand in hand, forgive me if that is not my chief concern.

  6. sven_ftw says: Aug 10, 2010 11:12 PM

    heard chris cook had 3 picks in practice one day, and it’s great to hear that asher’s doing well. along with sanford’s progression, the secondary is going to rock when antoine and cedric come back.

  7. bbq says: Aug 10, 2010 11:16 PM

    Hell yeah, Asher was awesome at UGA.

  8. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Aug 11, 2010 12:08 AM

    “I don’t care if Favre plays or not, how are the Vikings a Superbowl team with an average secondary with no difference makers?”
    are you asking how they got to ot of the nfc championship game last season with that secondary? or how they finished #6 in defense last season with that secondary? try watching the games.

  9. Packers Swallow says: Aug 11, 2010 12:16 AM

    Lito was a great pick-up or the Vikings. You can’t have enough depth at the position. There is always a great need for a veteran corner and once the season starts there are none to be found.

  10. ItalianStallion says: Aug 11, 2010 12:34 AM

    don’t care if Favre plays or not, how are the Vikings a Superbowl team with an average secondary with no difference makers?
    —————————————————
    Because the best defensive line in football makes the defense as a whole effective against the pass.

  11. SkolVikings says: Aug 11, 2010 12:38 AM

    I don’t care if Favre plays or not, how are the Vikings a Superbowl team with an average secondary with no difference makers?
    —————————————————-
    Did you watch football last year?

  12. 2DawkinsWillEatYou0 says: Aug 11, 2010 1:38 AM

    no wonder the eagles could only get a 6th rounder for him..

  13. kinghill says: Aug 11, 2010 6:56 AM

    One more guy Andy Reid was correct in dumping. He always seems to cut or trade guys at the right time.

  14. Bill In DC says: Aug 11, 2010 7:42 AM

    # sven_ftw says: August 10, 2010 11:12 PM
    heard chris cook had 3 picks in practice one day, and it’s great to hear that asher’s doing well. along with sanford’s progression, the secondary is going to rock when antoine and cedric come back.
    ======
    does that mean he’s good or the Vikes current QB crop sucks tho?

  15. prinzcharlez says: Aug 11, 2010 8:05 AM

    Hmmmmm…”One more guy Andy Reid was correct in dumping. He always seems to cut or trade guys at the right time.” Coach better be right with the QB decision or the Eagles are going to find themselves sinking very fast. Cardinal rule: Never, ever trade your ex-QB to an divison rival knowing you have to play them 2 games. Hell those 2 games may well be the only 2 games he wins…..I’m just saying.

  16. sand0 says: Aug 11, 2010 8:50 AM

    Maybe Asher is just coming on that strong. Allen was a 3rd round draft pick expected to win a spot at some point. Most people feel he slipped based on his size. He is kind of like a little Winfield junior with size and tenacity.
    People forget that Benny Sapp will be healthy soon and he was the top backup last season. He may play an important role in this as well.
    When Griffin gets back they will have some serious depth at CB.
    But really safety is the concern in the secondary. They were bad last season.
    And before any Vikings fans get too worried remember that this defense dominated in the playoffs. Saints managed their points due to officiating and short fields produced by turnovers. Vikes defense really didn’t give them much. Probably the least yards Brees managed all season.

  17. nshoffman24 says: Aug 11, 2010 9:06 AM

    I agree. I think the chief concern shouldn’t be the pass defense. With all this competition for the starting spots, it’s making everyone better. Lito is a veteran. No matter who starts, he’s going to help the team tremendously once september 9th roles around. I can guarantee that. But his presence starting at OTA’s to now has made all the backs better and the Vikings will profit from his presence.

  18. Vee says: Aug 11, 2010 9:08 AM

    Asher Allen isn’t real big, but he was a near lock down DB in the Southeastern Conference at the University of Georgia. And everybody knows that the SEC, plays defense almost as good as they do in the NFL.
    Yeah, he’s ready for the job. Dang it! I’m a Saints fan, so I hate to see Allen step into this role.

  19. JimmySmith says: Aug 11, 2010 9:56 AM

    I am guessing Lito has found his spot on this team because Col Klink has fond memories of his play in Philly years ago. Trouble is, time has passed, Lito has lost a step or two and Klink has lost his mind (despite no evidence that he had one to begin with) or is distracted by what dress to wear when he goes to the airport to pick up the acting GM of the Vikings.
    Either way, the secondary play will be the downfall of the 2010 Viking season. If Jay Culter can light you up with the poor season he had, other more capable QB’s are waiting in the wings.
    Everybody thinks its the Viking’s O line with the problems, I predict its the secondary.

  20. justin says: Aug 11, 2010 10:28 AM

    wow jimmysmith cutler wouldnt have lit the vikings up if Winfield was healthy , did u forget he has playing with a broken foot…and now that hes healthy and asher allen plays just like winfield(hard tackler and will hit anyone ) but is a lil quicker than winfield , plus chris cook is a 6’2 4.43 corner that has hands of glue , i wouldnt be surprised if cutler threw 4 or 5 picks to the vikings this season

  21. RC IV says: Aug 11, 2010 10:35 AM

    JimmySmith says:
    August 11, 2010 9:56 AM
    I am guessing Lito has found his spot on this team because Col Klink has fond memories of his play in Philly years ago. Trouble is, time has passed, Lito has lost a step or two and Klink has lost his mind (despite no evidence that he had one to begin with) or is distracted by what dress to wear when he goes to the airport to pick up the acting GM of the Vikings.
    Either way, the secondary play will be the downfall of the 2010 Viking season. If Jay Culter can light you up with the poor season he had, other more capable QB’s are waiting in the wings.
    Everybody thinks its the Viking’s O line with the problems, I predict its the secondary.
    ============================
    Dude:
    You have your head so far up your ass you can count the cavities in your teeth.
    packers pass defense was a measly 276 yards better than the vikings thats a whopping 17 yards per game.
    That was also done with winfield out or hobbled nearly all the season.
    Go digitally manipulate yourself.
    What a waste of oxygen you are.

  22. prinzcharlez says: Aug 11, 2010 10:37 AM

    @JimmySmith…..The most dangerous teams to play regardless of ones record are teams within your division so Da Bears Cutler lighting up the Vikes was not a declaration of what a team can do to beat the Vikings. Don’t forget the final score of that game was 36-30 in OT hardly a rout.

  23. JimmySmith says: Aug 11, 2010 10:53 AM

    Oh you forgot to mention that this is the year the Vikes win the Superbowl. I don’t know what is greater, your excuse making or your gullibility?
    Judging from the Viking fans response to BrINT’s big INT and AD’s fumbles, I would say excuse making by a pubic hair.

  24. CaneMatador says: Aug 11, 2010 11:04 AM

    Chris Cook will be starting with Asher Allen
    they the FUTURE!!!!!

  25. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Aug 11, 2010 11:11 AM

    the vikes offense finished #2 in points scored and the d finished #6 in yards against even with ej and toine hurt and the vikes brought back all their starters from last year’s team that went into ot of the nfc championship game and outgained the saints 2-1 back so i think we can all agree that the vikes will own the division and make a deep playoff run again.
    the real question as far the division is who challenges the vikes and finishes 2nd this year. 2 years ago it was the bears, last year it was the packers. i don’t wanna play favorites about who it’ll be this year but right now i’m leaning toward the bears just cause i have very grave concerns about the packers defense especially their lack of pass rush and also their horrible special teams play and also because the bears signed some players whereas thompson never does, he only drafts and he’s average at drafting.
    i am also concerned about the packers o-line again this season. nobody believes clifton or tauscher will make it through a season again at their age and with how fragile they are, and bulaga who was drafted to be a lt they have already given up on due to his freakishly short arms and footwork so they’ve moved him to lg.
    also, mcfatboy is too pass happy and there’s not much of a running game and mason crosby can never make any kicks from the right hash and the packers kick coverage is heinously bad so packers opponents always have a short field. and the injury situation looks really bad, they have to start a 3rd round rookie at safety and matthews has another mangled hammy and he was the only real pass rusher the packers had and the depth at olb is frighteningly shallow because thompson neglected it again.
    however, rodgers and their wr’s should be all right if they can stay healthy and rodgers doesn’t get destroyed by his o-line and always hold onto the ball too long again.
    adam-chris schefterson if you read this don’t start trying to pretend that i’m being too alarmist and negative about the packers again because i already said that rodgers and the wr’s should be all right.

  26. cobrala2 says: Aug 11, 2010 11:54 AM

    Lito was an overrated punk in Philly. Glad to read this.

  27. prinzcharlez says: Aug 11, 2010 12:15 PM

    @JimmySmith…..LOL….Dude, I do not have to make excuses for any pro football team the fact of the matter is at the beginning of every season every team has a shot at the super bowl. I do one thing is for 100% certain 1 team from the AFC will play 1 team from the NFC. I digress.

  28. Brewdogg says: Aug 11, 2010 3:35 PM

    # JimmySmith says: August 11, 2010 9:56 AM
    I am guessing Lito has found his spot on this team because Col Klink has fond memories of his play in Philly years ago. Trouble is, time has passed, Lito has lost a step or two and Klink has lost his mind (despite no evidence that he had one to begin with) or is distracted by what dress to wear when he goes to the airport to pick up the acting GM of the Vikings.
    Either way, the secondary play will be the downfall of the 2010 Viking season. If Jay Culter can light you up with the poor season he had, other more capable QB’s are waiting in the wings.
    Everybody thinks its the Viking’s O line with the problems, I predict its the secondary.
    ====================================
    Wow… A Packers fan mentioning Oline problems…. I won’t bother.
    But you have a point. What will the Vikings do against quality QBs?!?!? If Cutler can put up 143 and 273 against the Vikings (as opposed to 209 and 277 against the Packers stalwart secondary), what will they do when Carson Palmer (94 yds), Eli Manning (141), or Ben Roethlisburger (175) come to town?? And what about the playoffs?!!!?!?!? What if there’s a repeat of when Romo (198) and Brees (197) tee off on them???
    By all means, bring up Rodgers’ showings against the Vikes in those two Viking wins now.
    Wait, let me save you the trouble of the next response…. “Yards don’t matter, look at how many TDs they gave up.” Sure thing. Vikings:26, Packers:29.
    Next……

  29. Brewdogg says: Aug 12, 2010 9:56 PM

    Thought so…..

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