Rashean Mathis

Rashean Mathis #31 of the Detroit Lions tackles Jerick McKinnon #31 of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of the game on October 12, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Mathis Confident Defense Can Stay At High Level Despite Losses Of Suh, Fairley

“Familiarity is key,” Mathis said. “Having guys that you’re familiar with, already be in sync, that’s huge.”

CBS Detroit–03/20/2015

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 07:  Latavius Murray #28 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by Chris Borland #50 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at O.co Coliseum on December 7, 2014 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Borland’s Surprise Retirement Begs The Question: Will More In The NFL Leave Over Concussion Concerns? Lions Player Weighs In

Mathis believes concern about head trauma might keep some people away from football, but he doubts it will tangibly impact the league.

CBS Detroit–03/19/2015

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28:  Rashean Mathis #31 of the Detroit Lions carries a ball that was ruled down after a completion to  Eddie Lacy #27 of the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter at Lambeau Field on December 28, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Rashean Mathis Keeps Defying Age, Prepared To Again Contribute On The Field And Off

“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.”

CBS Detroit–03/19/2015

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 12: Rashean Mathis #31 of the Detroit Lions tackles Jerick McKinnon #31 of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter of the game on October 12, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Report: Lions Re-Sign Rashean Mathis

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said last month at the NFL combine that Detroit wanted to hold onto Mathis, 34,

CBS Detroit–03/18/2015

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 20:   Lance Moore #16 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball in the fourth quarter against Kareem Jackson #25 of the Houston Texans during their game at Heinz Field on October 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Kareem Jackson, Cary Williams Among Cornerbacks Who Could Make Sense For Lions

If Rashean Mathis signs elsewhere, the Lions will need to find a another starter to pair with Darius Slay.

CBS Detroit–03/06/2015

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29:  Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Minnesota Vikings attempts to pull in a pass while Darius Slay #30 of the Detroit Lions blocks it on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Slay Making Strides, Says Being Around ‘Best Vets Ever’ Has Helped

Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay adopted his trademark “finger wave,” as he calls it, from longtime NBA star Dikembe Mutombo.

CBS Detroit–12/04/2014

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Kerry Taylor #13 of the Jacksonville Jaguars can't hold onto the ball against Cassius Vaughn #29 of the Detroit Lions in the third quarter during a preseason game at Ford Field on August 22, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Caldwell On Secondary Injuries: ‘Nothing We Can’t Overcome’

“As long as we don’t give up big play touchdowns,” said defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, “we should have an opportunity to win.”

CBS Detroit–09/19/2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 17 : Rashean Mathis #31 of the Detroit Lions breaks up a pass intended for Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 17, 2013 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Lions Appear To Be Thin On Talent At Cornerback

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.

97.1 The Ticket–08/06/2014

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 10: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears catches a  touchdown pass in front of Darius Slay #30 of the Detroit Lions during the first quarter on November 10, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Slay Feeling Fine After Leaving Practice, Talks About Johnny Manziel

It caused a bit of a scare Monday when projected starting cornerback Darius Slay left practice accompanied by a trainer.

CBS Detroit–08/04/2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 29:  Cordarrelle Patterson #84 of the Minnesota Vikings attempts to pull in a pass while Darius Slay #30 of the Detroit Lions blocks it on December 29, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Caldwell On Slay: ‘We Feel Good About Where He’s Heading’

Working with the first team as Houston recovers from a toe injury, Slay is ready to play like he’s the man.

CBS Detroit–06/11/2014

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