Darius Slay: Breaking Down the Lions’ Rookie Cornerback

October 2, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With injuries to Detroit Lions starters Rashean Mathis and Chris Houston leaving their availability for the Green Bay contest in question, the next man up is Darius Slay. 
Thus far, the second-round pick from Mississippi State has not lived up to the billing. While he won the starting corner position during the preseason, Slay quickly lost that role to Mathis because of several bad plays. 
Slay did not play at all in the Week 3 win over Washington. Mathis and Houston both fared well, and Bill Bentley is right at home in the nickel slot role. 
Last week, injuries to both Mathis and Houston during the Chicago game forced Slay back onto the field. For the most part, he looked a lot better than he did in his earlier outings. 
The most notable improvement came in his patience. Let's look back to the Arizona game, where his impatience really cost the team. 
As the outside corner with no wideout on his side, Slay's responsibility is outside th...

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