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Jim Caldwell: Darius Slay has “grown” this offseason

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The Lions opted to part ways with cornerback Chris Houston last week, a move that left Darius Slay in an even more important position in the Lions’ secondary.

Slay looks like the starter across from Rashean Mathis and his ascension comes at the end of an offseason that featured General Manager Martin Mayhew and defensive backs coach Teryl Austin each saying that Slay had a lot of work to do in order to improve his game. The offseason program has run its course and coach Jim Caldwell says that he’s seen progress from Slay in his first full offseason as a pro player.

“It’s been a couple months now we’ve been working and he’s grown,” Caldwell said, via the team’s website. “He’s gotten a little bit better. He’s coming along. He’s more confident. It’s a new scheme, but he’s making good progress. We feel good about where he’s heading.”

The new scheme calls for more man coverage — “even when you’re off the ball, it’s still man,” Slay said — and the Lions think Slay’s mix of size and speed make him the right man to do the job. He’ll have to prove them right or the cornerback position could prove to be a sore spot for Detroit again in 2014.

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13 Responses to “Jim Caldwell: Darius Slay has “grown” this offseason”
  1. mazenblue says: Jun 16, 2014 5:03 PM

    A pinch to grow an inch?

  2. ariani1985 says: Jun 16, 2014 5:09 PM

    Slay will enjoy lining up against the slow putrid WR that green bay pukes out there on Sundays.

  3. lionswinsuperbowl says: Jun 16, 2014 5:10 PM

    Lions need him to step up. I hope he learns to keep his man in front of him because him and all the Lions corners got beat over their heads all of last year.

  4. trebor64 says: Jun 16, 2014 5:32 PM

    Wider or taller?

  5. hyzers says: Jun 16, 2014 5:39 PM

    He should excel playing man, not having to read Cutler’s double chin anymore and all.

  6. lionsdraftguy says: Jun 16, 2014 6:41 PM

    I called the Slay pick last year.

  7. matthewmegabush says: Jun 16, 2014 8:12 PM

    Bring in Brandon Flowers

  8. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 16, 2014 9:01 PM

    And, he’s 6′ 5″ now.

  9. vik3z says: Jun 16, 2014 10:44 PM

    On Slay’s first NFL play he unfortunately happened to meet Adrian Peterson one-on-one in the hole. He couldn’t touch the future HoFer but he did get his ankles broken as AP blew past him and the rest of the Lions defense for a 78 yard TD.

  10. jaglazer says: Jun 17, 2014 12:16 AM

    The remaining 959 minutes of the Vikings’ 2013 season was spent swirling around the toilet bowl

  11. charlesanakin says: Jun 17, 2014 1:06 AM

    Wasn’t that the game where AP had like 19 yds for the entire rest of the game and the Lions won??

  12. drewby79 says: Jun 17, 2014 6:51 AM

    vik3z says:
    Jun 16, 2014 10:44 PM
    On Slay’s first NFL play he unfortunately happened to meet Adrian Peterson one-on-one in the hole. He couldn’t touch the future HoFer but he did get his ankles broken as AP blew past him and the rest of the Lions defense for a 78 yard TD.

    Yep! That happened. Then Peterson rushed for 15 yards the rest of the game on 17 carries. And the Vikings lost.

  13. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 17, 2014 9:25 PM

    thetruthcampaign says:
    Jun 16, 2014 9:05 PM
    It’s true. I’m Lion’s Blue all the way. The last part of my statement is true though. The Lions will destroy you this season…again.

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    bearshaterseverywhere says:
    Jun 17, 2014 9:23 PM
    Year Lg Tm W L T Playoffs
    2013 NFL Detroit Lions 7 9 0
    2012 NFL Detroit Lions 4 12 0
    2011 NFL Detroit Lions* 10 6 0 Lost WC
    2010 NFL Detroit Lions 6 10 0
    2009 NFL Detroit Lions 2 14 0
    2008 NFL Detroit Lions 0 16 0
    2007 NFL Detroit Lions 7 9 0
    2006 NFL Detroit Lions 3 13 0
    2005 NFL Detroit Lions 5 11 0
    2004 NFL Detroit Lions 6 10 0
    2003 NFL Detroit Lions 5 11 0
    2002 NFL Detroit Lions 3 13 0
    2001 NFL Detroit Lions 2 14 0
    2000 NFL Detroit Lions 9 7 0

    The only thing the Lions destroy is themselves, you finished behind us after beating us twice, how is that destroying us. Our offense is better also, wake up to reality.

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