There were many questions heading into training camp for the Lions, but perhaps the biggest question was how the secondary would look heading into the regular season. While that question has yet to be answered as training camp is still underway, we have learned this, Bill Bentley has shown tremendous potential and an outstanding work ethic.
Chris Houston has taken Bentley under his wing this off season and has had this to stay about Bentley’s play on the field:
“The main thing is that he’s learning fast and knowing what he has to do. He might make a mistake here and there, but it’s corrected and you don’t see the same mistake over and over.”
Learning from your mistakes may be the most important skill coaches want to see from their players. Bentley seems to be speeding up his development by listening to his teammates and coaches, and by asking questions.
Linebacker Stephen Tulloch had this to say about Bentley after just a few days of training camp:
“I didn’t hear about him until he came here, but he’s definitely a guy that people are going to know about pretty soon.”
Tulloch should be a very good judge of talent as he played with a top cornerback in the NFL at Tennessee in Cortland Finnegan.
Bentley has entered training camp with the right mind set. He asks questions when he gets beat on coverages, sit in the front of the classroom when the team watches film, and plays the physical style of football the Lions desperately need in the secondary.
Fans will need to see Bentley play well in preseason and during the regular season before they completely buy into him, but so far the Lions third round pick looks like a steal.
If he continues with this mind set and works hard, he may prove to be a starting corner for the Lions in the near future.