Darius Slay’s breakout season happened a whole year after it was originally scheduled.
In 2016, the Detroit Lions signed Slay to a four-year, $48.1 million contract extension, making him one of the NFL’s highest-paid cornerbacks. He proceeded to have a good season, helping the Lions make the playoffs, but not great.
In 2017, Slay really showed why Detroit made the big investment in him. Continue reading
A.J. Bouye, Jalen Ramsey
When free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in March, penciled in to start opposite 2016 rookie sensation Jalen Ramsey, it gave the Jaguars arguably the NFL’s best pair of corners — on paper.
This week, that status was all but confirmed, as Bouye and Ramsey were selected as the starting cornerbacks for the AFC in the 2018 Pro Bowl. The NFL’s annual all-star game is scheduled for Jan. 28 in Orlando.
Bouye had six interceptions this season to go with 17 pass breakups and 49 tackles. Ramsey registered four interceptions, 17 pass breakups and 53 tackles. Continue reading
Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
1. Adoree Jackson, CB, USC (NCAA) — Defense was actually the least impressive of Jackson’s multi-faceted feats in USC’s 45-27 win over Notre Dame on Saturday.
Jackson had two tackles and two pass breakups against the Irish. He also had a 52-yard touchdown catch while playing offense, a 55-yard punt return touchdown, and a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown.
The junior cornerback and track star will either be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, or he’ll be a preseason pick to contend for the 2017 Heisman Trophy. And don’t be surprised if he also competes in the 2020 U.S. Olympic trials as a long jumper. Continue reading
In a sense, there is no such thing as an “accurate” ranking of the NFL’s best players — either overall or at any particular position.
Despite the best efforts of the people who create advanced statistics, there is no official formula. Ranking football players is rooted too deeply in the personal preferences and style choices of the person doing the ranking. And when you get into positions like offensive line and defensive back — where the numbers truly do not tell the whole story — you’re even less likely to come up with a universal order on which most people can agree. Continue reading
Already considered the most glaring weak spot on the team going into the 2014 NFL season, the Detroit Lions’ secondary threatened to be spectacularly bad after injuries plagued the group throughout the exhibition schedule.
And yet two games into the regular season, Detroit’s DBs are holding their own. Cornerbacks Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis, free safety Glover Quin and strong safety Isa Abdul-Quddus have led a unit that has the Lions ranked ninth in the league in pass defense. Continue reading
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