Detroit Lions Options at Cornerback

The big questions surrounding the Detroit Lions after their week one victory is what they are going to do to replace the injured Bill Bentley. Bentley was widely considered first string talent, and he showed that by earning the Lions number one right to nickelback. Nickelback is a cornerback hybrid position that is added to the defense in passing situations. This means that Bill Bentley was one of the better pass defenders on the Lions, and that he is not going to be easily replaceable.

Champ Bailey is the most polarizing name on the market at the cornerback position, but that does not mean that the Lions are a lock to sign the veteran. Bailey has obviously played his best football in the past, but many people feel that he could give the Lions a better chance at defending the pass than they already have. Jim Caldwell has not said much about the visit that Champ Bailey had in Detroit, but he did say that signing the veteran corner is a possibility.

Another polarizing free agent the Lions have brought in for workouts is Dimitri Patterson. Patterson is most known for bailing on the New York Jets during their training camps, but before that he was known for his pass defensing skills. The big question for Patterson is not his ability, because he is definitely a talented cornerback. The question with Patterson is if he will bail on his next team, too.

Nevin Lawson did a fantastic job filling in for the injured Bill Bentley. He played on 82% of the Detroit Lions’ defensive plays, as the Lions implemented their nickelback early and often. Lawson has not been given much of a chance by the Detroit Lions fan base, but the rookie cornerback played great. He spent much of his time in the slot defending the Giants’ best wide receiver, Victor Cruz, and he kept Cruz quiet all night long.

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On the back end of the Lions roster is their practice squad, which holds another rookie cornerback that could be the best immediate option to replace the injured Bill Bentley. Mohammed Seisay has been trying to prove his worth to the Lions ever since they signed him as an undrafted free agent. Now, he just may get his chance. Seisay has a size advantage over Nevin Lawson, but that doesn’t mean he covers receivers better. If Seisay wants to lock up the open position on the Detroit Lions roster, then he is going to have to prove to his coaches that he can be a play maker.


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17 thoughts on “Detroit Lions Options at Cornerback”

  1. Just sign champ. He’s got one good year left. Give the new guys some time to get where they need to be. Hate on this all you want, but he’s a multiple pro bowler and could mentor the cbs

  2. This staff has done a great job this season thus far and until they prove otherwise I say just trust that they know what they are doing.

  3. Cb top picks never pan out hell lions drafted a few CBS earlier rounds in the 90s how did they turn out oh wait you don’t remember there names. My point exactly. Ebron will end up being a great pick. Our corners played well. Cb doesn’t cover the tight end that was the safety. If you remember it was win quinn was out with cramps. Our cbs played solid. With the new def scheme there is more pressure on the qb. I’ve said it all off season the wide four crap is why our secondary looked like garbage. You can not cover wr for 7 plus seconds doesn’t matter how good the corner is. The new def scheme puts more pressure on qb which cuts down time cb have to cover.

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