After his sophomore campaign, Slay stands as an example of a player taking initiative to improve his game and deliver on his potential.
Mayhew, while not displeased with the offense in 2014 given the team won 11 games, expects more from the unit in the upcoming season.
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“A lot of guys are under contract, they’re in the same situation,” Mayhew said. “It’s really about the value you bring to the organization.”
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“It’s difficult to replace his production,” Mayhew said. “Obviously it would be a setback not to have him on our football team.”
Should the Lions bring back Suh? Even if they do, the defense may not replicate its impressive 2014 production.
“Winning the games is the most important thing,” Mayhew continued.
“The good players tend to get paid more money,” Mayhew said. “You have to be willing to pay those guys.”
“There are some 4-3 outside backers who are outstanding players,” Mayhew said. “I think they should be recognized as such.”
“We have to step up in terms of pursuing him financially,” Mayhew said.