Darius Slay will get right to work
Detroit Lions’ new cornerback Darius Slay has no doubts about his physical ability to be ready to go at the start of the regular season. Jim Schwartz has no doubt that Slay will be mentally prepared and properly Lionized before the start of the regular season. The Lions’ head coach made no bones about the fact that the team sees Slay as a contributor right away.
“We didn’t draft him as a redshirt” Schwartz said. “We didn’t draft him as a guy for further on down the road. We think he can get up to speed pretty quickly, both physically and mentally and help us on the field this year.”
‘Nuff said. Slay is fairly confident in his ongoing physical recovery from a torn meniscus.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll be ready for training camp” Slay is quoted as saying. He also expects to be present for the Lions’ rookie mini camp The quotes flying about put some pressure not only on Slay to back up the confidence, but also on recent draft picks like Bill Bentley, Jonte Green and the untried Chris Greenwood to hang on to any available slots in the ranks of the secondary.
The drafting of Darius Slay makes the Lions secondary younger and gives it the opportunity to better itself. I remember a secondary back in 1981 that was made up of relative unknown, but talented young men. The San Francisco 49ers corners and safeties went on to great things, over and over again in the years that followed. Now, the Lions’ new secondary may not be the equal of those men right now, but then again, with some work they could eventually very well be.
Earl Richmond is a long-suffering Detroit Lions fan and division writer for TPF. He can be reached at ERichmond@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com