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Updated: August 10th, 2010 1:52pm
Vikings' depth chart puts Asher Allen, not Lito Sheppard, as starting RCB

Vikings' depth chart puts Asher Allen, not Lito Sheppard, as starting RCB

by Tom Pelissero
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MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings finally released a training-camp depth chart on Tuesday afternoon, and there was one particularly notable listing.

Asher Allen, not Lito Sheppard, is listed as the starter at right cornerback.

Sheppard has gotten the majority of reps there with the starters in camp, but Allen has been impressive throughout the offseason and seems to be making a push.

It should be noted that reading too much (if anything) into depth charts is silly, especially at this time of year. For instance, the Vikings seem in spots to have listed players based on when they joined the team -- such as Logan Payne being a fourth-team receiver behind undrafted rookie Marquis Hamilton.

But it's nonetheless a quasi-official indicator on where players stand as preseason games loom, not to mention a catalyst for some debate.

One other important note: no, Brett Favre hasn't been demoted to fourth string. He's listed there because the Vikings placed him on the reserve/did not report list at the start of camp.

Here's the Vikings' full chart:


WR1: Bernard Berrian / Greg Lewis / Marquis Hamilton / Logan Payne / Marko Mitchell
LT: Bryant McKinnie / Patrick Brown / Chris Clark
LG: Steve Hutchinson / Chris DeGeare / Adrian Battles
C: John Sullivan / Jon Cooper
RG: Anthony Herrera / Ryan Cook / Thomas Austin
RT: Phil Loadholt / Drew Radovich / Bill Noethlich
TE: Visanthe Shiancoe / Jimmy Kleinsasser / Jeff Dugan / Garrett Mills / Mickey Shuler
WR: Percy Harvin / Jaymar Johnson / Taye Biddle / Ray Small
QB: Tarvaris Jackson / Sage Rosenfels / Joe Webb / Brett Favre*
FB: Naufahu Tahi / Ryan D'Imperio
HB: Adrian Peterson / Albert Young / Toby Gerhart / Ian Johnson / Darius Reynaud / Ryan Moats


LE: Ray Edwards / Jayme Mitchell / Mike Montgomery
NT: Pat Williams / Jimmy Kennedy / Fred Evans
UT: Kevin Williams / Letroy Guion / Tremaine Johnson
RE: Jared Allen / Brian Robison / Everson Griffen
SLB: Chad Greenway / Heath Farwell / Kenny Onatolu
MLB: E.J. Henderson / Jasper Brinkley / J Leman
WLB: Ben Leber / Erin Henderson / Nate Triplett
LCB: Antoine Winfield / Benny Sapp / Chris Cook
RCB: Asher Allen / Lito Sheppard / DeAndre Wright / Marcus Sherels
SS: Tyrell Johnson / Jamarca Sanford / Eric Frampton
FS: Madieu Williams / Husain Abdullah / Colt Anderson

Special teams

P: Chris Kluwe
K: Ryan Longwell / Rhys Lloyd
LS: Cullen Loeffler / Jared Allen
KO: Ryan Longwell / Rhys Lloyd
H: Chris Kluwe
KR: Percy Harvin / Darius Reynaud / Jaymar Johnson
PR: Darius Reynaud / Jaymar Johnson / Percy Harvin / Bernard Berrian

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Husain Abdullah, Asher Allen, Jared Allen, Colt Anderson, Thomas Austin, Adrian Battles, Bernard Berrian, Taye Biddle, Jasper Brinkley, Patrick Brown, Chris Clark, Chris Cook, Ryan Cook, Jon Cooper, Ryan D'Imperio, Chris DeGeare, Jeff Dugan, Ray Edwards, Fred Evans, Heath Farwell, Brett Favre, Eric Frampton, Toby Gerhart, Chad Greenway, Everson Griffen, Letroy Guion, Marquis Hamilton, Percy Harvin, E.J. Henderson, Erin Henderson, Anthony Herrera, Steve Hutchinson, Tarvaris Jackson, Jaymar Johnson, Ian Johnson, Tremaine Johnson, Tyrell Johnson, Jimmy Kennedy, Jimmy Kleinsasser, Chris Kluwe, Ben Leber, J Leman, Greg Lewis, Rhys Lloyd, Phil Loadholt, Cullen Loeffler, Ryan Longwell, Bryant McKinnie, Garrett Mills, Jayme Mitchell, Marko Mitchell, Ryan Moats, Mike Montgomery, Bill Noethlich, Kenny Onatolu, Logan Payne, Adrian Peterson, Drew Radovich, Darius Reynaud, Brian Robison, Sage Rosenfels, Jamarca Sanford, Benny Sapp, Lito Sheppard, Marcus Sherels, Visanthe Shiancoe, Mickey Shuler, Ray Small, John Sullivan, Naufahu Tahi, Nate Triplett, Joe Webb, Kevin Williams, Madieu Williams, Pat Williams, Antoine Winfield, DeAndre Wright, Albert Young