or long-term security.While a new contract will cost Detroit

or long-term security.While a new contract will cost Detroit

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A look at who is trending up and down after the Lions’ second preseason game." Detroit Lions OpinionDetroit Lions vs. Houston Texans stock reportNew Trey Flowers Jersey ,51commentsA look at who is trending up and down after the Lions’ second preseason game. EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Detroit Lions vs. Houston Texans stock reportTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Bob Levey/Getty ImagesWhile I had planned on holding the stock report off until after the third preseason game due to the lack of volume of things to praise or criticize fairly, the team’s second preseason game against the Houston Texans provided many players the opportunity to raise and lower their stock. Unlike Week 1, which was a route from the jump, the Lions were competitive throughout their second preseason contest and managed to give plenty of players the type of opportunities that make the preseason worthwhile (allegedly). So here we are, once again taking stock of the team.Stock UpJalen Reeves-Maybin, LB Considered a bubble player to start the offseason after a very weak 2018 in a new defense, Jalen Reeves-Maybin has been pushing for more playing time throughout training camp. Games like this one are the types of stuff that gets a guy not only a role, but increased snaps on defense. Whether it was coverage, setting the edge, or blitzing, JRM was impossible for Texans offensive players to handle. If not for the durability concerns that have plagued him since Tennessee, I’d be trying to slot him in as a possible starter somewhere. As it is, I bet the Lions still try to limit his snaps as they did during his rookie year, but if he can recapture that level of play whenever he’s called upon, then the team is better off.Will Harris, SS If there was a draft pick that has been having the worst training camp compared to his draft selection expectations, it has been Will Harris. We all knew he’d have a learning curve coming into the league out of Boston College, but his training camp has been disappointing. This game, though? Will Harris came to play. Both in run defense and coverage, Harris excelled. His best play of the game was a scoop and score where the rookie pounced on a forced fumble, scooping it on the run, and taking it in for a touchdown. The speed he exhibited on that play was the type of thing the team drafted him for, but his awareness to see the play and make it is an area to build from. Joe Dahl, LG The return of “Good Job” Joe Dahl didn’t come with a lot of fanfare, but while paying special attention to Dahl whenever he was on the field, I came away very impressed. Dahl handled his assignments well and didn’t seem to struggle with much of what he was asked to do. One play saw him pulling from left guard across the formation to seal off the inside of a run, and it’s rare to see a guard with the kind of light feet that Dahl exhibited. It’s a good sign for the Lions to see the line starting to come together, and I can only wonder why he didn’t have this job locked up earlier with as good as he looked.Jahlani Tavai, LB Tavai only had a handful of snaps against the Patriots and one of them was really bad. It wasn’t a good enough sample size to pass any sort of fair judgement upon, however, so I was glad to get an extended look at him against the Texans. Based on his camp, I had expected to see some good things, but Tavai put on a nearly flawless performance as a run defender and as a blitzer. His intelligence on the field is apparent as he deftly follows the ball carrier with his eyes while finding ways to disengage from blockers when he needs to attack.Travis Fulgham, WR The reserve receiver spots on the Detroit Lions roster have been wide open for weeks. With nobody really separating themselves enough to call them locks Damon Harrison Jersey , it was refreshing to see Travis Fulgham having a good game. He did have a drop early, and you don’t want to see that, but the rest of his game saw him adjusting to passes in the same way that made him a draftable prospect out of Old Dominion. It is probably too early to call him a lock, but Fulgham certainly made a case for sticking to the roster and even finding time in certain packages.Stock DownBrandon Powell, WRWith Travis Fulgham showing a lot of positives, Andy Jones catching the longest pass of the game, and Chris Lacy showing value both as a receiver and on special teams, it’s hard to look at the game Brandon Powell put up and not be a bit disappointed. A favorite for many due to his ability to run gadget plays and provide depth in the slot, Powell was blanked on the stat sheet as a receiver until midway through the fourth quarter and struggled mightily in his few reps as a returner. With even Tom Kennedy getting some positive plays as a receiver against the Texans, this was a day of missed opportunities for the slot guy. Powell would pad his stats as the Texans shifted to prevent in the game’s final minutes, but it was ultimately not enough.Andrew Adams, FS I hate to put a guy here who got a superb, heads-up interception in the game, but the rest of the day was bad enough to warrant individual mention. After the pick, Adams was victimized in coverage and was also the recipient of the best offensive highlight from the Texans. Tight end Jerell Adams stiff-armed Adams so bad I’m surprised it didn’t come with its own sound effects and pyrotechnics. Adams has had a very good training camp, but games like this could come back to haunt him if they get strung together.Oday Aboushi, OGStarting camp as a guy some thought could start at guard, Aboushi has seen his snaps dwindle and his role reduced. Throw in some poor blocking and penalties in this one and it’s difficult to find a sure path for Aboushi to the roster anymore. Beau Benzschawel, who has had an incredibly rough training camp and preseason so far, seemed to have a very positive game against the Texans. Add that into Joe Dahl winning a starting role and Kenny Wiggins being swung to multiple positions and Aboushi could be fighting for his roster life at this point.Josh Johnson, QBJohnson got some hype for his play in camp this week, but, man, did he ever not live up to it. He struggled throwing all over the field and coughed up a couple fumbles. Like other backups this year, he held onto the ball too long, and his first fumble was a direct result of that and having poor pocket awareness. Quick HitsStock UpRick Wagner, OT: News of his demise in camp was greatly exaggerated. David Fales, QB: Fales has had a terrible camp, but you’d never know it from watching this game.Graham Glasgow, RG: Glasgow played well with the first team then did some more with second team.T.J. Hockenson, TE: Hock had a very regular season type of hurdle play on his sole catch of the game, which went for 22 yards.Jerome Cunningham, TE: Cunningham probably won’t make the team, but he did put some strong special teams tape on display.Mark Thompson Ricky Jean Francois Jersey , RB: For a while, Thompson seemed to be making play after play that was called back by penalties by his OL. He punched in a touchdown late, though.Zach Zenner, RB: Zenner continued his yearly trend of having strong preseason play.Jonathan Wynn, DE: You don’t hear his name much, but Wynn popped positively as a rusher a few times.Justin Coleman, CB: Coleman has caught some heat for his play in practices of late, but he did really well in this one, especially as a tackler.Chris Lacy, WR: Lacy only had one catch for 8 yards on three targets, but he worked very early in the day and made an excellent play on special teams as well.Stock DownTommylee Lewis, WR: Lewis’ best play of the preseason was a pass interference call on a pass that was uncatchable due to Lewis playing it too far outside. Isaac Nauta, TE: Nauta’s biggest contributions to the game were a penalty and then a drop late in the fourth quarter.Tom Kennedy, WR: Kennedy had a couple of positive routes and catches on offense, but he also fumbled on special teams play—his most notable moment Saturday night.Andrew Donnal, OT: I guess you could argue it’s stock up since he didn’t give up three sacks this week, but he was still bad.Luke Bowanko, OC: Bowanko’s biggest play of the game was a botched snap that killed a drive for Josh Johnson.Malik Carney, DE: Carney was painful to watch both as a pass rusher and in run support in this one.Anthony Pittman, LB: Pittman had several positives in this one, but his negatives were too difficult to ignore.Austin Traylor, TE: Traylor’s only stat for the day was a drop in the fourth quarter.P.J. Johnson, NT: The interior defensive line got pushed around far too much in this one, and while I paid close attention to Johnson, I saw nothing to give me confidence he makes the roster.Dee Virgin, CB: Virgin is a long shot for the roster and games like this one are why.Kevin Strong, DT: Strong has been pushing for a possible roster spot throughout camp, but did nothing to warrant that extra attention against Houston. The corner is skipping out on mini-camp because he wants a new deal, and the Lions should give him one" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhitePride Of Detroita Detroit Lions communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryLionsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsFiled under:Detroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions Film ReviewDetroit Lions film breakdown: Why Darius Slay deserves a new contractNew,76commentsThe corner is skipping out on mini-camp because he wants a new deal, and the Lions should give him oneEDTShareTweetShareShareDetroit Lions film breakdown: Why Darius Slay deserves a new contractAaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsDetroit Lions star cornerback Darius Slay has elected to sit out of the teams mandatory minicamp this offseason, officially taking the first step of a potential hold out. The 2017 first-team All Pro has two years left on the four year, $48 million dollar extension he signed in 2016. His cap hit of nearly $16 million this season makes him one of the most expensive cornerbacks in the NFL in 2019, but with limited guaranteed money left on his deal Christian Jones Jersey , the 28-year-old corner is looking for long term security. One narrative that surrounded the corner in 2018 was that he was in the midst of a “down year.” Some regression was expected after he led the NFL with eight interceptions and 26 passes defended a year ago. But did he truly have a down year, or did he prove to be a victim of high expectations?The corner played 15 games last season. He intercepted three passes and defended 17 others. Slay also scored his first career touchdown late in the year. Much of the regression that many seem to think Slay had in 2018 was because of his lack of production as a playmaker. That is an unfair criticism, though, as the corner never really was supposed to be a playmaker. Since his days at Mississippi State he has been a great cover corner with the athleticism to make plays when need be. The corner only had six career interceptions in his first four NFL seasons and never had more than two in a season before 2018. While he was definitely on another level in 2018, some of his interceptions seemed more like luck, and he obviously was not going to stay lucky forever. In 2019, his playmaking luck seemed to evaporate, but he was no doubt still an elite cover corner. Slay’s most valuable trait has to be his raw speed. He has track star speed and can keep up with pretty much anyone in the NFL. He spent much of the Week 4 game against the Dallas Cowboys matched up against Tavon Austin, a player overflowing with speed, and Slay rarely let him get a step ahead. On this play, he keeps up with the speedy receiver on a go route, and even manages to get his head around and break up the play when quarterback Dak Prescott decides to test him anyways. He has more than just long speed, though. Slay has great closing speed and has the quickness to cover short distances fast. He also has mental quickness. The corner can make quick reads on receivers and react fast when the ball comes out of the quarterback’s hands. This allows him to quickly get the jump on receivers.On this play against the Cardinals, the pass was definitely shallow enough to be completed beneath the corner’s off coverage. Slay’s quickness and reaction time allowed him to get there in time to break up the play, though.Slay is also great with his hands at the point of attack. The corner is excellent at accurately stabbing his hands at the ball when the receiver is trying to bring it in and often jars out catches that seem almost certain.Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones managed to get a step on Slay here, and should have had an easy catch. Slay used his strong, accurate hands to jar the ball loose at the last second, though and forced an incompletion. While his closing speed and great hands make him a great playmaker, he often doesn’t even have to use them because of how great he is at mirroring and covering his opponents. Slay has elite footwork and fluid hips. He is nimble and has great body control. His head and his feet are always on the same page, making it especially hard for receivers to get the better of him on trickier routes. He also manages to fight through a majority of contact that he faces when covering a receiver and is usually able to power through more physical receivers who try to push off on the top of the route. He is also a great tackler for a defensive back. Slay wraps up well and sees out the tackle until the end. While the hard hitting, dangerous style of tackling that many defensive backs —like Quandre Diggs, for example —use is flashy, it is often not as effective as Slay’s tackling. His great tackling and overall impressive instincts help him in run defense as well. Slay is great at helping set the edge to contain run inside. When he sees a chance, he can quickly fly into the backfield and make a tackle to hold the runner for minimal gain.Slay is set to be one of the highest-paid corners in the NFL in 2019, but at age 28 with no guaranteed money left on his deal, he is looking for long-term security.While a new contract will cost Detroit a lot, if they will not pay Slay, who are they saving money for? Not a single player that hit free agency last March was anywhere near the talent that Slay is. Elite corners—which Slay is—rarely ever hit the free agent market, and if Detroit plans to trade for a different elite corner, they would end up having to pay them anyways.It is hard to find a long-term starting corner that can instantly start in the draft. Teez Tabor, Detroit’s 2017 second-round pick, still has not been the guy the Lions thought he was going to be when they selected him out of Florida. Not giving Slay a new deal means that they will need to find a replacement for Slay. That is a tough task for a team whose second best corner over the past five years was Nevin Lawson—a player the Lions are still looking to adequately replace. Giving a 28-year-old player a huge new contract is a risk. Giving a player who still has two years left on his deal an extension is a risk.But when you are one of the least successful franchises in NFL—and maybe North American sports history—you are eventually going to have to take risks to lose that title.
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