Did Sam Shields Regress?

Sam Shields: Shields regressed in his second season as the nickel back. Time after time he'd lose contact with the receiver because he'd peek into the backfield looking for the interception. If anything, his ability to leverage receivers and use proper technique slipped. Shields was able to outrun some of his mistakes because of that blinding speed. Still, he gave up nine passes of 20 yards or more and 4½ TD passes. Shields also didn't seem the least bit embarrassed about turning down tackles and keeping an arm's length away from piles. Remember, he was a wide receiver at Miami through the 2008 season. Shields is 24. Either he'll become more of a pro or his career will fizzle out. Grade: C-minus.

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