Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Bill Bentley has been a hot name during training camp. He’s repeatedly been called out by coaches and media alike as one of the top performers at this year’s camp and it has resulted in an apparent move up the depth chart.
Chris Houston, the team’s unquestioned number one cornerback, left practice early on Saturday and that allowed Bentley to get some first team reps opposite Jacob Lacey. Even before Houston left, Bentley was getting first team reps in nickel packages with Jacob Lacey sliding inside.
Houston is back at practice today at his left cornerback position but instead of Lacey getting the reps on the other side it is Bill Bentley. With Bentley already getting on the field in nickel packages it was obvious he is positioned to play a big role for the Lions this season, but that role might still be growing.
With today’s development, the Lions depth chart at cornerback looks something like this:
1. Chris Houston
2. Bill Bentley
3. Jacob Lacey
4. Alphonso Smith
5. Jonte Green