It’s early, but it seems that Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay is already getting used to defensive coordinator Teryl Austin’s new aggressive defensive scheme.
Slay with two good plays in a row in one-on-ones with WR’s. Went up over Broyles and jumped a Tate route to break both passes up
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 28, 2014
Slay struggled as a rookie last year and was given the opportunity to start, but was just too inconsistent and ended up being benched several times. A lot of that has to do with playing off-man coverage.
“When young guys come in the toughest thing for them to do is play off because they are in space,” Lions secondary/cornerbacks coach Tony Oden told detroitlions.com. “All guys come in and think they’re better toward the line of scrimmage because you can have contact with a guy and feel a guy a little better. It’s a little more stressful when you play off because you don’t know exactly where he’s going and you’re still learning how to line up.
This year Slay will be asked to play more man coverage with a more aggressive defensive front-seven. He has the athleticism to stay with any receiver at the NFL level, but it remains to be seen if he can stay consistent with his techniques.