Rashean Mathis to visit with Lions

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The Lions secondary had a rough time of it against Brandon Weeden and the Browns on Thursday night, which may be just the impetus they need to add another option to the roster.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Lions will host veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis for a visit on Saturday. Mathis was a second-round pick of the Jaguars in 2003, but Jacksonville decided to move on without him when Mathis became a free agent this offseason and there hasn’t been much public interest from other teams in bringing Mathis aboard.

Mathis, who turns 33 on August 27, didn’t have his best season in 2012 as he struggled in his return from a torn ACL the previous season. With the Lions looking for someone to solidify the depth chart at corner outside of Chris Houston — Ron Bartell’s been starting with Bill Bentley and rookie Darius Slay doing nickel duty — there’s not much reason for them not to see if Mathis might be an upgrade over what’s already on hand.

The Browns completed 20-of-26 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday, an efficient and productive performance that also exposed the Lions’ weakness at safety when Louis Delmas is out of the lineup.


14 responses to “Rashean Mathis to visit with Lions

  1. It’s hard to imagine the Browns’ young QB is really as good as he looked last night, which makes you wonder about the Lions’ re-vamped secondary.

  2. As a Lions fan who has actually been paying attention (and not an internet troll who is simply talking garbage) I’ll tell you that the Lions secondary is looking much better than in years past. Bartell does worry me a little bit but other than that they look solid. Quinn was a great pickup and Darius Slay was great second round pick.
    I bet none of your teams have weaknesses at any position right? Like maybe Christian Ponder’s your quarterback or almost all of your receivers are injured as a couple examples.

  3. Lions play the Browns during the season. They weren’t showing them anything. They just want to see how players stood up in different situations.

  4. The biggest issue with the Lions’ secondary is at Safety, not Corner. Until they fix that piece, it’s going to be very ugly on the backend.

    Also, LBs are abysmal.

  5. Seriously!?!? Another dang ex-Jaguar? We are acting like Jacksonville North… No scratch that, these guys don’t make their team… We are Jacksonville’s minor league team!

  6. bigmikeatl says: Aug 16, 2013 10:37 AM

    So much for the vaunted D-line disrupting the passer…


    if you watched the game you would’ve saw the Lions Dline collapse the pocket quickly on almost every play. Weeden go the ball out very quickly last night. Bartell sucks, he should be cut today. Even when he got the penalty for illegal contact he got burned on the play. How can you get beat so bad when you are molesting the receiver down the field?

  7. Mathis was one of my favorite Jaguars in his prime but he was done two years ago. If he does sign and try to play, it will be a disaster.

  8. Bartell is just bad. If you’re going to get that kind of play out of that side, you might as well start Slay. We should be looking for some LB help as well.

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