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Not a huge signing that will shake up the landscape of the NFL by any means, but it was a quality pickup to add depth to a group of young CB's that needed some veteran influence.

Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson will most likely start the season as the 2 CB's, but Sheppard gives Oakland a nickel back. Sheppard is a 2-time Pro Bowler who is more than capable to step in and start in case of injury if Johnson is not ready the first game of the season.

He played in 13 games last season with the Vikings. He had 18 tackles and 4 PD in limited action. He only started 2 games for Minnesota.

In 2006, he made the Pro Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles. His stats were pretty impressive that season: 30 tackles, career high 19 PD with a  career high 6 INT's.

No, it won't shift the balance of power in the West, but the Raiders just got a little deeper at a position they were vey weak at.

GO RAIDERS!!!! 

August 26, 2011  04:28 PM ET

I agree. We need some depth at CB. Obviously without Nnamdi we've taken a step back in this area, but Sheppard should provide some depth and a veteran presence.

August 26, 2011  05:19 PM ET

Real talk.

August 26, 2011  05:32 PM ET

This is good news. Feel a little better with Sheppard available to step in should the young players need more time to grow in the position.

August 27, 2011  07:20 AM ET

Lito will be a perfect, nickel back/emergency starter. Solid addition.

August 27, 2011  10:37 AM ET

all agreed - Lito will be a contributer right out of the gate. here's to hoping that we are not done dealing - need o line

August 28, 2011  10:14 AM ET

This is a solid pickup. The guy has been through the wars and can provide needed stability in a limited role.

August 30, 2011  04:11 AM ET

Lito Sheppard is still a good pick up for any team.

September 3, 2011  01:37 AM ET

So what's the consensus after pre-season? Other than the Chargers, I think the Raiders have a good shot at the division. Not sure if 2nd in the division will get them into the playoffs though. Pryor, still scratching my head...

Anybody heard from Kagan lately?

September 3, 2011  06:04 PM ET

Oakland released Lito Sheppard today. Odd move.

September 3, 2011  11:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

So what's the consensus after pre-season? Other than the Chargers, I think the Raiders have a good shot at the division. Not sure if 2nd in the division will get them into the playoffs though. Pryor, still scratching my head...Anybody heard from Kagan lately?

Can I get back to you on that? LOL.

Seriously, I think 2nd is reachable but I agree it probably won't be enough for the playoffs. Baby steps are good as long as they are forward and not backward.

 
September 3, 2011  11:48 PM ET
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Oakland released Lito Sheppard today. Odd move.

Not at all sure what to make of that. I would have kept him even if only for leadership and mentoring. Maybe he wasn't happy in that kind of role? It's a very curious move.

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