Chris Houston returns to the Lions as their top cornerback this season, but after Houston there are some questions at the cornerback position in Detroit. At least, many observers would say there are questions. Houston doesn’t see it that way.
Houston told the Detroit Free Press that Aaron Berry, who was the nickel cornerback last year, is ready to be a starter on the opposite side of the field from Houston.
“Berry started last year in some games,” Houston said. “He came in and he was the third corner after Eric [Wright]. He came in and held his own. I know he’s hungry and ready to get out there and show people what he’s got. He’s a little underrated. But I like it like that because that’ll get some balls thrown to him and let him make some plays.”
Houston also noted that the three cornerbacks the Lions drafted — Bill Bentley, Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green — give Detroit depth at the position.
“They drafted and added a lot of guys, so there’s talent in the room,” Houston said. “They just have to learn what to do in the playbooks. Then, once things start slowing down for them, then once they understand that playbook, then they can start concentrating on offenses and learning the game.”
As we noted recently, the Cowboys’ approach to the cornerback position is that you can’t have too many of them. The Lions have a similar approach. The difference between the Lions and the Cowboys, however, is that the Cowboys spent big money on a free agent in Brandon Carr and traded up to draft a cornerback in Morris Claiborne. The Lions don’t have that kind of talent, no matter what Houston sees.