“As long as we don’t give up big play touchdowns,” said defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, “we should have an opportunity to win.”
With injuries plaguing the secondary, the emergence of Darius Slay becomes more critical than ever to Detroit’s success.
Eric Ebron, tight end – The idea with the Lions’ offense, under first-year coordinator Joe Lombardi, is to stretch the field to the sidelines and deep, and open up the middle for seam routes.
The Detroit Lions’ struggles last season cost Jim Schwartz his job, and another disappointing season could do GM Martin Mayhew in. When Lions fans and NFL analysts discussed the team’s issues and needs, the secondary came up more often that not.
“I thought he was just going to give it to me to give it to me,” Slay said, laughing.
The Detroit Lions appear to be thin on talent at cornerback, counting on veteran Rashean Mathis and second-year pro Darius Slay to be starters.
It caused a bit of a scare Monday when projected starting cornerback Darius Slay left practice accompanied by a trainer.
Martin Mayhew declined to say whether the Lions would have handled the draft differently had they know Houston would not be an option.
Working with the first team as Houston recovers from a toe injury, Slay is ready to play like he’s the man.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is active against the New York Giants.