Sheppard is a former third-round pick that took over a starting job just a little over a month in to his rookie season. He started all of 2012 as well, but didn't seem to have the skill-set new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was looking for. Sheppard had 80 tackles and two sacks last season.
Hughes struggled out of the gates after being selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Failing to get on the field all that much, Hughes finally got some chances in 2012. He had a career high in both tackles (41) and sacks (4) last season. Hughes is 6-foot-2, 254 pounds and turns 25 years old in August.