Chris Houston out, Nevin Lawson in for the Detroit Lions?

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When Chris Houston was released two weeks ago, Lawson immediately had a better chance to pursue playing time than he had in May when the Lions drafted him in the 4th round. Houston was the top cornerback on the team, but a poor 2013 and an offseason toe surgery led to what Houston said was a “mutual release” and helped every cornerback move up on the depth chart.

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“When asked out how he thought the Houston release would affect him, Lawson replied, “at the end of the day, I have no control over that. “The only thing I can control is what I do.” Even if he was here, he would still have to compete for a job because everybody has to compete for a job. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t really affect me, and I’m glad we have the group and the leadership that we have in that secondary that I have met already that have been there every day.””

As of now during the offseason, Lawson worked primarily in the nickel cornerback role, a position currently held by Bill Bentley, so he will have to beat him out if he wants to earn playing time on defense this season.

When the Lions drafted Lawson, he said he felt plenty comfortable playing outside, but for now, Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis and Cassius Vaughn will most likely earn those jobs.
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