The Detroit Lions are already thin at cornerback with Ron Bartell, Jonte Green and Chris Greenwood having to be held out of Friday’s preseason opener. To help restore some depth, the Lions have added Myron Lewis, who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
Lewis was a 2010 third-round pick and fits the bigger corner profile the Lions are looking for. While he may pass the eye test physically, that hasn’t translated into great results so far. I asked Leo Howell of The Pewter Plank to comment on Lewis to help give Lions fans an idea of what the Lions are getting:
On the surface, Myron Lewis looks like a perfect candidate for the “new school” corner in today’s NFL. He’s tall, he’s got some weight on his frame, and he’s quick enough to keep up with receivers.
But absolutely none of that athletic ability translates onto the football field. Lewis was passed over by street free agents on the Buccaneers’ depth chart in 2012, and was unable to find the field on one of the worst pass defenses in NFL history.
He was targeted less than a handful of times over the course of the season, and still managed to allow a touchdown. He’s just not very good, and is going to need to take a huge step forward to be useful for even a bad defense.
But changes of scenery have helped players in the past. I will be watching to see if the Lions can extract anything from Lewis.
The Lions have nothing invested in Lewis so if he doesn’t work out, no skin off their back. That being said, the opportunity is there, the Lions staff will just have to see if they can get what they need out of him.