Only one of every three reps were Sheppard and Brown together.
"That's how we're going to do it," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said after yesterday's single, no-pads practice at Lehigh. "It gives you good competition, and it's a good chance to see Will with the first group. He's going to play a lot in the nickel and (dime), so he'll be on the field a lot."
It almost seems there that Johnson has contradicted himself. He says that James is getting first team time because he'll play so much as the nickel corner on this team, which really is true. Rod Hood always played a lot of snaps as the team's 3rd corner.
This has kinda seemed to rattle Sheldon Brown a bit, who doesn't feel his job should be in in jeopardy. He's spoken several times on the subject this offseason, always careful to say he understands the need for competition but always making sure to note that he won't happy to lose his starting job.
"At the end of the day, I'm going to play football in the National Football League. It doesn't matter where, I'm going to play the game."
Lito was more diplomatic.
Sheppard smiled again, and said, "But as camp goes on, you'll see a change in that, I'm pretty sure."
So what is Jim Johnson up to? Is he just trying to push the starters to raise their game, or does he really think a guy that has spent the last 3 years injured is going to come in and start?
My guess is that he's playing some head games, specifically with Sheldon who had admittedly is coming off a subpar year. In the end you'll see Sheppard and Brown starting with James taking Rod Hood's former role.