Matt Patricia: “No message” behind starting Darius Slay Thursday

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The Lions did not play quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Kerryon Johnson or safety Quandre Diggs against the Patriots on Thursday night, but they did play some of their other starters in the first preseason game of the summer.

One of those starters was cornerback Darius Slay, who played one series before heading to the bench. Slay began practicing last week after a stint on the non-football injury list and an offseason spent away from the team in a push for a new contract.

Head coach Matt Patricia was asked if Slay’s presence in the lineup was designed to send a message. Patricia said there was “no message” before pointing out other first-string players who were on the field.

“There was the entire offensive line was out there to start the game. Tracy Walker was out there. Romeo Okwara was out there. Justin Coleman was out there,” Patricia said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Anybody that we felt could play and would be beneficial for them to get some snaps in a game, we tried to play.”

Slay didn’t have a pass thrown his way or make a tackle in six snaps of work.

13 responses to “Matt Patricia: “No message” behind starting Darius Slay Thursday

  1. Matt Patricia is either a genius or a buffoon. I understand the notion when he speaks of re-tooling this team to be great instead of just good but they got absolutely boot-stomped last night. At home. If their regular season starts as bad as last year’s did, he officially is not preparing this team well enough for games

  2. Different New Lions says:
    August 9, 2019 at 9:31 am
    Matt Patricia is either a genius or a buffoon. I understand the notion when he speaks of re-tooling this team to be great instead of just good but they got absolutely boot-stomped last night. At home. If their regular season starts as bad as last year’s did, he officially is not preparing this team well enough for games

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    It’s preseason game 1. Do you know how many times NE has gotten tuned up like that in a preseason game, especially when they then go on to have a SB winning season?

    It’s where you go from there, not how you look in the first preseason game.

    Not to mention, none of the Lions starters played and there is no gameplanning. Sure, they got out-competed, but it happens in preseason.

  3. Good Move by Patricia. Always let the Backups get humiliated by the other teams backups instead of your starters. That would be a real Morale Breaker!

  4. Different New Lions says:
    August 9, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Matt Patricia is either a genius or a buffoon. I understand the notion when he speaks of re-tooling this team to be great instead of just good but they got absolutely boot-stomped last night. At home. If their regular season starts as bad as last year’s did, he officially is not preparing this team well enough for games

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    Well, there were a LOT of buffoons coaching yesterday then, because a LOT of guys didn’t suit up that weren’t exactly playoff teams last season…

  5. Jamie Collins started for the Pats. I don’t think BB was trying to send a message either. In fact I think it was a complement. I think BB wanted to put Collins in a leadership role with the 2’s.

  6. Bob Quinn is in over his head and Matt Patricia has no business being a head coach in the NFL.

  7. BB talked this week about being better on the road than last season, and that this week was good prep for that. The Patriots had more emphasis in this game.

    Lions were 4-0 in preseason the year they went 0-16. I think the Browns were as well.

    Preseason game results mean nothing.

  8. “Preseason game results mean nothing.”

    True. Except they looked just as atrocious in last year’s preseason opener against Tampa Bay. How’d that year work out? I’ll wait…

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