Safety Becoming Big Need For Lions with Amari Spievey Still Out

Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Detroit Lions strong safety Amari Spievey (42) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

An October concussion ended Amari Spievey‘s season when he was placed on injured reserve. Concussions are tricky as there can never be a timetable assigned to the recovery process, the situation with Jahvid Best proves that.

Spievey has a history of concussions and the recovery from the most recent one looks like it will be a long road. Jim Schwartz said today that Spievey has not yet resumed workouts. Depending on Spievey to be an important part of the defense in the future is a risky bet.

Improving the secondary has to be a primary focus for the Lions over the offseason. Many early mock drafts are sending Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner to the Lions but it might turn out that safety, not cornerback, is the bigger need.

The Lions drafted three corners last April – Bill Bentley, Jonte Green and Chris Greenwood. Bentley showed promise before being placed on IR, Green has shown improvement throughout the season and Greenwood never got a chance to show what he can do after falling behind while on the PUP list. Re-signing Chris Houston has to be a priority but if they can get that done, they will be able to look at the safety position.

The uncertainty of Spievey’s recovery combined with the fact that Louis Delmas has never played a full 16-game schedule in his first four years should have the Lions looking to solidify their safety depth chart in a big way. A draft pick ready to contribute immediately and a free agent veteran would be a good way to start.

Topics: Amari Spievey, Detroit Lions

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