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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lito Sheppard a Jag?

The Philadelphia Daily News is reporting the agent for Jacksonville native Lito Sheppard is working on a deal that would bring his client back home: http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/Jacksonville_interested_in_Lito.html

My question is: Why?

The Jaguars seem to have plenty of cornerbacks in Rashean Mathis, Brian Williams, Drayton Florence, Scott Starks, Trae Williams, Isaiah Gardner, Michael Grant and Brian Witherspoon. Jack Del Rio said Sunday that he'd like to bring eight cornerbacks to training camp. So, it looks to me like he's got his eight.

While Sheppard would make a good addition, you've got to question why the team would bring in another "starting" corner. The team preaches its philosophy of creating a competitive environment. Cool. But by adding Sheppard, it would basically have four corners who could start on most NFL teams. So basically two good players would be on the bench. This doesn't make much sense to me.

A veteran Jags player agreed.

"Wow," he said. "We've got plenty of corners. Why would we want to do that? I'm sure Shep wants to start, Rashean is Jack's stepson and they gave Drayton [Florence] plenty of [money]."

So basically, if the club signed Sheppard, he'd have a tough time of getting onto the field. What do you guys think?

Sheppard's agent, Lamont Smith, isn't commenting on the reports. Contacted this morning at the offices of All Pro Sports & Entertainment in Denver, Smith's secretary said the agent is not commenting on anything regarding Sheppard.

"But you're welcome to check back at anytime," she said.


Should the Jaguars sign Jacksonville native CB Lito Sheppard?
Yes - you can never have too many good corners
Yes - but only if the price is right
No - the Jaguars already have too many corners
No - one good corner will be on the bench this season as it is

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Blogger Michael said...

Lito Sheppard a Jag. That would be nice. Look at our poor secondary tackling last year against the Pats that was horrible. Competition is great. Thats whats making this team a super bowl type team and make the other corners better. I thought most of the year Mathis slacked. Maybe this will fire him up.

April 29, 2008 at 7:28 PM  

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