“Familiarity is key,” Mathis said. “Having guys that you’re familiar with, already be in sync, that’s huge.”
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Mathis believes concern about head trauma might keep some people away from football, but he doubts it will tangibly impact the league.
“I don’t think any other team I considered too strongly,” Mathis said. “I wanted to remain in Detroit if I was to play again.”
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said last month at the NFL combine that Detroit wanted to hold onto Mathis, 34,
If Rashean Mathis signs elsewhere, the Lions will need to find a another starter to pair with Darius Slay.
Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay adopted his trademark “finger wave,” as he calls it, from longtime NBA star Dikembe Mutombo.
“As long as we don’t give up big play touchdowns,” said defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, “we should have an opportunity to win.”
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.
Working with the first team as Houston recovers from a toe injury, Slay is ready to play like he’s the man.