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.
“Still being evaluated,” head coach Jim Schwartz said. “We’ll just see where that takes us. It was sort of a freak thing.”
Many big, strong, manly football players do yoga, including superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and almost all of them – yes, Burleson included – initially resisted taking up the practice.
Far from being resentful of his declining status, the 33-year-old Mathis takes care to build up his young teammates.