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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