Rough start for Sam Shields

A day after third-year cornerback Sam Shields talked about how he’s in a fight for his job, he did little to help himself.

In the first padded practice of training camp, Shields gave up a long touchdown to James Jones and another deep completion against the third-string offense, when rookie QB B.J. Coleman threw over the top of Shields and found rookie receiver Dale Moss.

Shields has held down the No. 3 cornerback job for most of the last two seasons, but he opened this training camp well down the depth chart. He hasn’t been part of the No. 1 nickel package and also isn’t getting the first shot to replace Charles Woodson when he goes to safety in the base. Jarrett Bush has that role for the time being.

“I think every year you have to fight for your job,” Shields said. “They’re bringing in new guys, that’s part of it. Each year you’ve got to grind no matter what.”
To make matters worse for Shields, by the end of practice he was replaced in the dime package by second-year pro Davon House.

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