June 16, 2015 |
CURTIS MARSH, Trevard Lindley, Jack Ikegwuonu, Rashad Barksdale, Macho Harris. The ongoing disaster at the safety position gets more attention, but Brandon Boykin, taken in the fourth round in 2012, is the only cornerback the Eagles have drafted since 2002 who has made a significant contribution to the team. In 2002, the Birds drafted Lito Sheppard in the first round and Sheldon Brown in the second, so, that season, they had Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor as their starters, Al Harris for the nickel, and Sheppard and Brown just in case.
May 3, 2015 |
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
August 4, 2014 |
LITO SHEPPARD entered that nether region that all aging athletes reach after the 2011 season, during which he played nine games for the Oakland Raiders. Just 30 years old at the time, the 2002 first-round draft pick of the Eagles still believed he had the physical skills, athleticism and game experience to remain a productive cornerback. But as all athletes eventually learn, Sheppard realized it was not going to be he who ultimately would make that determination. None of the 32 teams gave Sheppard - who had played 126 games and had 19 interceptions - a chance in 2012.
January 25, 2010 |
The most noticeable thing about Lito Sheppard yesterday was his absence. And now the former Eagles cornerback is probably about to disappear from the New York Jets' roster. After starting the Jets' previous eight games, Sheppard was benched by coach Rex Ryan in the team's 30-17 AFC championship loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Second-year cornerback Dwight Lowery started in Sheppard's place and had more than his share of problems tracking the Colts' receivers.
January 24, 2010 |
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Lito Sheppard is free. He doesn't wonder anymore, doesn't worry. He knows that there is football, and good football, to be played outside Philadelphia. And Sheppard feels appreciated . It can be the harshest lesson for some, that the NFL is more than just the pinnacle of football, that it is, first and foremost, a business, and decisions are made with heads, not hearts. Sheppard learned that the hard way. He saw the ugliest side. But it's all good.
May 18, 2009
OSTENSIBLY, NONE of the complaints Lito Sheppard had about his final season in Philadelphia was wrong. The other day, Sheppard, the wayward cornerback who was traded to the New York Jets, blistered the Eagles organization to Newsday. Sheppard said he felt betrayed by the Eagles, and that the issues from last season, when he was made persona non grata, happened because he dared to want to reopen negotiations on his contract. "After my second Pro Bowl season [in 2006]
March 1, 2009 |
The city's skyline wouldn't look the same if the statue of William Penn toppled. Eagles fans who attend their first game next season will likely have a similar feeling about their team when they look into the secondary and see Brian Dawkins is no longer there. The cold-hearted business side of the NFL reared up yesterday when Dawkins signed a contract with the Denver Broncos. The five-year deal is worth $17 million if he actually completes it under those terms. That is unlikely, for Dawkins will be 36 during the 2009 season.
January 3, 2009
The only thing close to news coming out of the Eagles' final substantive workout before Minnesota was that Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel sat out with a hip injury that coach Andy Reid said was suffered in Thursday's practice. "We think he's going to be OK, but we'll see," said Reid, who listed Samuel as "questionable" on the injury report. Samuel is tied for first in NFL history with three career playoff interception returns for touchdowns, a mark he shares with ex-Raiders star Willie Brown.
December 18, 2008 |
During the games, he stands among the others waiting for the call that doesn't come. And yet he waits, right where he is supposed to be, helmet in place, chin strap buckled, listening for the name he never hears. The highest praise you can give Lito Sheppard, the Eagles' forgotten cornerback, is that if you didn't know, you wouldn't know. Not as he prepares for the games, not as he moves among his teammates, not as he hears the loud ticking of the countdown clock on his career in Philadelphia.
November 14, 2008 |
Lito Sheppard played one snap for the Eagles last week, when Asante Samuel hobbled off the field briefly. That would make Lito one guy you can't blame for the loss to the Giants. This week, in Cincinnati, Sheppard ought to have a bigger role, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said yesterday, because Sheppard is healthier, and the Bengals frequently use three wideouts. The Eagles envision playing much of the game in their nickel package, with Samuel, Sheldon Brown and Sheppard as the top three corners.