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Sheppard Getting Ready For 2010

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When Cedric Griffin got hurt during the NFC Championship Game, the Vikings knew they might need somebody to step in and start while Griffin rehabbed his injured knee. They signed former Philadelphia Eagle and New York Jet Lito Sheppard to a one-year, $2 million contract. Sheppard played in a similar system to Minnesota’s from 2002 to 2008, and says he’s getting re-adjusted to the system again now.

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"I think I’m about 80-85 percent in the system right now as far as the different techniques and what I needed to work on to make that transition," Sheppard said following the Vikings minicamp this month. "I feel comfortable with my progress at this point, but there’s still a lot of work to be done and I’m looking forward to it."

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If Sheppard can step up, it would give the Vikings’ pass defense a big boost until and after Griffin returns to the line-up, whenever that may be.

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