The biggest question mark about the Detroit Lions remains their secondary, but for all the questions from outside, inside the Lions’ facilities they’re continuing to insist that the secondary is just fine.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz has previously said he’s confident in the cornerbacks. And Chris Houston, who returns as one of the starters at cornerback, says that even though last year’s other starter, Eric Wright, went to Tampa Bay in free agency, the secondary will actually be better this year than last year.
“We are better,” Houston told the Detroit News. “We got veteran players. Everybody is under the radar.”
If one of the veteran players is starting across the field from Houston, the options are Aaron Berry, who struggled last season in Detroit, or free agent signing Jacob Lacey, who struggled last season in Indianapolis.
“Aaron Berry is a highly competitive guy and he is going to be better,” Houston said. “And he will show what he can do to the people who criticize him. If he stays healthy, he is going to be an asset to this group.”
The Lions drafted three cornerbacks, Dwight Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green, and they’re hoping one of them (probably Bentley) will be ready to start as a rookie. The Lions gave up a total of 946 yards and nine touchdowns through the air in their Week 17 loss to the Packers and their wild card playoff loss to the Saints, so they have to get better in the secondary. Houston is confident that they will.