Slay, a second-round rookie who was picked despite a knee problem, has vaulted into the starting lineup for the Lions. Via Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com, Slay spent the weekend practicing as the first-team corner, across from Chris Houston.
Coach Jim Schwartz praised Slay to reporters on Sunday, explaining that Slay has been impressive in man-to-man coverage and “patient” with the press technique.
“We really don’t have depth charts right now, but we do have rotations,” Schwartz said, per Seifert. “He’s getting some good reps and that’s because of his play in the preseason games. The greatest reward is the opportunity to do more.”
Slay will get a chance to do more against a team that can do plenty in the passing game. The Patriots are next up on the preseason docket for the Lions.