It was a tough day at the office for Darius Slay as the Detroit Lions ran a joint practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Steel City. At one point, Antoino Brown was having his way with the Lions cornerback, to the point where he told his teammate Darius Heyward-Bey, “I’m killing him”.
Slay was beaten deep on three consecutive plays against Brown, who had the second most receiving yards in the NFL last season with 1,834.
“It’s a big measuring stick,” Slay told the Detroit Free Press. “Just a different type of guy and just go make the plays. That’s it. I just got to make more plays. I made a couple today, I just need to make more.”
Although Slay is no stranger to lining up across from dynamic wide receivers in practice, the matchup against Brown is unique to him.
“I’ve never seen that kind of guy in my division.” Slay said. “Nobody that, I don’t know how tall is – 5-9, that guy that’s just shifty and can make big-time plays. It’s a new little look, but I’m prepared for it.”
Slay was recently signed to a four-year, $50 million contract extension by the Lions, as he continues to attempt to cement his claim as one of the best corners in football. But, today he did little to help the cause, against one of the best receivers in the NFL.
“Oh man, the first one I said I expected that for the crowd, that was cool,” Slay said. “But three of them in a row I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m already fitting to die here.’ Like, ‘Come on, you’re going to run another deep route?’ He said, ‘I’m going deep all day Slay.’ I said, ‘No you cannot. I’m not fitting to go with you more today. Not today.’
“He tried to kill me, man.”
In the team drills portion of the practice, the Steelers opted not to throw Slay’s way very often, but Brown was also able to haul in several passes while matched up against Nevin Lawson.
“Oh, I’m ready for his ass tomorrow,” said Slay. “I’m ready for his butt tomorrow with all that.”