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Bill Bentley | Defensive Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 176
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
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Bill Bentley is expected to open the season as the Lions' slot corner.
He'll be the nickel back between Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay, likely holding off rookie Nevin Lawson. Bentley has zero INTs through 17 NFL games, and also struggles in coverage. Due to secondary deficiencies, the Lions will be putting a lot of pressure on their front four to generate pass rush this year. Mathis is entering his age-34 campaign, and Slay played poorly in 2013. Jun 26 - 2:16 PM

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Lions CB Bill Bentley suffered a Week 16 concussion.

He was quickly downgraded from questionable to out for the rest of the game. The Lions started Bentley and Chris Greenwood at cornerback Sunday with Chris Houston and Rashean Mathis inactive. Jonte Green will have to play more.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:54:00 PM

Lions CB Bill Bentley was forced from Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a left knee injury, and is questionable to return.

Bentley's injury didn't appear overly serious, but he's been sidelined since early in the first half after testing out his knee on the sidelined. His afternoon is likely through. Darius Slay is now in the game opposite Chris Houston, with Rashean Mathis manning the slot.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 02:52:00 PM

Lions coach Jim Schwartz says second-year CB Bill Bentley has "really improved his technique."

A 2012 third-rounder, a shoulder injury limited Bentley to just four games as a rookie. "Even when we had him last year early in camp, he was a playmaker," Schwartz said. "He got his hands on balls. He plays with a lot of spirit." Bentley is competing with second-rounder Darius Slay for a starting job opposite Chris Houston, but MLive.com considers him a better bet for nickel duties.
Source: MLive.com
Mon, Jun 24, 2013 10:18:00 AM

Lions CB Bill Bentley has continued to stand out in minicamp.

Bentley has been competing with Ronald Bartell for the No. 2 cornerback job opposite Chris Houston. The Detroit News and MLive.com consider Bentley the favorite to earn the job. He has the versatility to cover the slot in nickel packages with Bartell or rookie Darius Slay filling his spot on the outside.
Source: MLive.com
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 04:54:00 PM

The Detroit News considers Bill Bentley the leading candidate for the Lions' No. 2 cornerback job.

Bentley started three games as a rookie last season before being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Ronald Bartell has been working with the Lions' first-team defense throughout OTAs, with Bentley manning the slot in sub-packages. Second-round pick Darius Slay is recovering from knee surgery and is not expected to be available until August.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 10:29:00 PM

Lions second-year CB Bill Bentley is rehabbing from surgery on both shoulders.

Bentley had surgery on his right shoulder in November and an arthroscopic procedure on his left shoulder in January. The Detroit Free Press expects Bentley to be the Lions' nickel back this season behind Darius Slay and Chris Houston.
Wed, May 15, 2013 08:25:00 PM

The Lions' website tentatively projects 2012 third-round pick Bill Bentley as the team's nickel back this season.

Rookie Darius Slay is the favorite to man right corner, and Chris Houston is locked in on the left. In nickel packages, Bentley would replace a linebacker and cover opposing slot receivers. Bentley is recovering from two surgeries to repair a dislocated shoulder. He's expected to be healthy for training camp.
Sun, May 5, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Lions CB Bill Bentley underwent a second surgery this offseason to repair his dislocated shoulder.

Bentley's initial surgery took place in November, and it sounds like he had another in late January or February. He still figures to be ready for 2013 training camp, barring another setback. A third-round pick last April, Bentley flashed ball-hawking ability as a rookie but didn't cover receivers at a starting-caliber level.
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 07:00:00 AM

Lions placed CB Bill Bentley (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Bentley went down against the Eagles in Week 6 and it appears he'll need surgery to repair a dislocation. The Lions will move forward with Chris Houston and Jacob Lacey as their starting corners. Bentley, a third-round rookie, should be healed in plenty of time for the offseason program.
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 11:15:00 AM

Lions CB Bill Bentley (shoulder) felt better on Wednesday but is still "unsure" for Monday night against the Bears.

Bentley was injured against the Eagles in Week 6, as was fellow corner Jacob Lacey (concussion). Detroit has an extra day to prepare and rest up, but this could pose an issue. With Alshon Jeffery (broken right hand) out for the Bears, Brandon Marshall is the only legitimate threat in the Chicago passing attack. The Lions won't practice until Thursday, so we should know more tomorrow.
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 08:14:00 PM

Lions CB Bill Bentley suffered a shoulder injury in Detroit's Week 6 win over the Eagles.

Coach Jim Schwartz was predictably unforthcoming with details, saying the team would "wait and see" on Bentley's status. It's an issue because Jacob Lacey went down with a concussion against the Eagles. The Lions could be extremely shorthanded at cornerback against the Bears next Monday night.
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 02:43:00 PM

Lions CB Bill Bentley (concussion) was cleared for contact Thursday.

It was Bentley's first concussion. "Little weird," Bentley said of sitting out Week 2. "It was just a normal concussion. They were just playing it on the safe side. They just felt it was in my best interests to sit out last week."
Thu, Sep 20, 2012 04:53:00 PM

Lions rookie CB Bill Bentley has been officially diagnosed with a concussion.

It's a big blow for the Lions, as Bentley started Sunday's game in place of LCB Chris Houston (ankle). Bentley will now be in a race against time to get cleared for next Sunday's game with the 49ers. If both Houston and Bentley are sidelined against San Francisco, the Lions will be left with Drayton Florence, Jacob Lacey and rookie Jonte Green as their top three corners.
Source: MLive.com
Sun, Sep 9, 2012 06:12:00 PM

Lions CB Bill Bentley left Sunday's game with a possible concussion, and is questionable to return.

Bentley is officially "questionable," but his afternoon is almost certainly through. The No. 85 pick was seeing major time on the outside with LCB Chris Houston sidelined with an ankle injury. Detroit is now rolling with Drayton Florence, Jacob Lacey and rookie Jonte Green at cornerback.
Sun, Sep 9, 2012 03:44:00 PM

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