Who Will Step Up for the Detroit Lions at Cornerback?

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Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis (31) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With the sudden release of starting cornerback Chris Houston, Lions fans are left wondering how things will shake out in the secondary.  By initial accounts, second year player Darius Slay appears poised to play the role of the team’s number one cornerback, with veteran Rashean Mathis lining up as the number two.

But what happens if either player gets injured?  Bill Bentley and rookie Nevin Lawson have size limitations, will struggle matching up versus bigger receivers on the outside, and are better suited to work from the slot as the nickel.

Let’s put on our GM hat and take a closer look at possible options on the current squad who can play on the outside if Slay or Mathis gets sidelined by an injury.

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Tags: Cassius Vaughn Chris Greenwood Chris Houston Darius Slay Detroit Lions Jonte Green Rashean Mathis

  • Chris Wyman

    Not putting into account the Lions weaknesses in the secondary, these 2014 Lions will beat the Miami Dolphins in week 9 and finish the second half of the season 1-7 with a 1-15 record overall.

    • Herman Moore

      Get a life, trollboy…

  • Derek Mack

    I fear the cornerback position today is destined to mirror the wide receiver position. The quest to find a #1 receiver began with Millen drafting receivers in the first round in successive years until he finally struck gold with Calvin Johnson. After CJ cemented himself as a true #1 receiver, Mayhew spent most of his tenure trying both in free agency and the draft to find a worthy #2 receiver. We’re all hoping Golden Tate will live up to his name and be Golden as a #2 receiving threat. So too is the case at corner. The Lions have been looking for a #1 corner for what seems to be a decade. Though Slay is not likely to become as dominant a corner as CJ is a receiver, Slay looks on pace to emerge as the Lions’ top cornerback. The question now becomes who emerges as a viable #2 corner? Mathis is a very short term solution. Greenwood and Bentley haven’t shown enough durability to be trusted as yet, and there is reason to be suspicious of Green’s and Vaughn’s talent.

  • ddddd5

    Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that Slay and Mathis stay healthy. I agree that Green is probably our best bet, but it will be a sad day for our secondary if we have to rely upon him as our #2.

    • Kent Lee Platte

      Judging by how frail our CBs have been in general the past five years or so, I think it’s more a matter of when than if…

  • GDH7-5