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Darius Slay | Defensive Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
College: Mississippi State
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Lions CB Darius Slay has allowed just 15 receiving yards on throws into his coverage over his last three games.
Slay has spent time shadowing Jeremy Maclin (3-35-1), James Jones (0-0), and Amari Cooper (1-4) during that span. Slay only gave up one of Maclin's catches, and didn't allow any receptions to Cooper on three targets in Week 11. Nov 23 - 3:52 PM

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Lions CB Darius Slay is being evaluated for a concussion.

Reporters were not able to interview Slay following the Week 8 loss to the Chiefs, indicating he is in the concussion protocol. With the Lions on bye next week, Slay has plenty of time to recover before facing the Packers Week 10.
Nov 1 - 1:38 PM

Lions LCB Darius Slay (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 2.

Slay left last week's loss to San Diego and didn't return. He got in a "limited" week of practice and is on track to start against the Vikings.
Sep 18 - 4:01 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay exited the team's Week 1 game against the Chargers with an ankle injury.

Slay exited during garbage time late in the fourth quarter. With Rashean Mathis getting burned all day, the Lions need Slay healthy moving forward. The Lions' defense looks like it has taken a big step back from last season.
Sep 13 - 7:02 PM

Lions president Tom Lewand mentioned LCB Darius Slay and RE Ziggy Ansah as candidates for extensions.

Slay is coming off a breakout season in his first year under DC Teryl Austin, grading out as PFF's No. 19 corner. He's signed through 2016, but the Lions could get ahead by signing him to a sub-prime extension. Ansah has 15.5 sacks through his first two seasons.
Apr 8 - 5:59 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew praised CB Darius Slay's improvement in his sophomore season.

"This is a guy who came in highly drafted, struggled some as a rookie, showed some flashes of what he could do, but didn’t do it all consistently," Mayhew said. "He took it upon himself to say, ‘hey, I’m going to be a better player than that’ and he found a way to get that done." After getting torched in limited playing time as a rookie, Slay played 1,039 snaps and graded out as a top-20 corner according to Pro Football Focus last season. With veteran Rashean Mathis likely returning for one more run, Detroit's secondary should continue to be a solid unit.
Feb 28 - 8:57 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team's "expecting a good performance" from second-year CB Darius Slay this season.

Mayhew has put all his eggs in Slay's basket after not drafting a cornerback high and releasing "top" CB Chris Houston last month. Slay is atop the depth chart after an up-and-down rookie season. He'll be bookended by soon-to-be 34-year-old Rashean Mathis. The Lions are really going to need a lot out of their pass rush to help mask potential secondary problems.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 12:27:00 PM

The Lions plan to use Darius Slay in more man-coverage this season.

Slay struggled with zone and off-man coverages as a rookie, and should benefit from playing closer to the line of scrimmage. The Lions are expected to run a more aggressive, press-man scheme under DC Teryl Austin. Slay had just five pass breakups and 34 tackles in 13 games last year. Slay and Rashean Mathis are Detroit's starters on the outside, with Bill Bentley the favorite for nickel duties.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 06:37:00 PM

Darius Slay lined up as the No. 1 corner on the Lions' first-team defense during minicamp.

Friday's release of Chris Houston has cleared things up in Detroit's secondary. Slay will be counted on to take a huge step forward as a the top corner, while Rashean Mathis steps in opposite him and Bill Bentley slides in as the No. 3. In other words, the Lions will be relying on their fearsome defensive line to hide their defensive backs once again. Slay couldn't even hold his starting job as a rookie, repeatedly getting demoted into sub-packages.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website believes the starting corner jobs are Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis' to lose.

Chris Houston was a trainwreck last season and recently underwent toe surgery. Once healthy, he should compete with Mathis for a starting job, but Mathis was Detroit's best corner in 2013. Bill Bentley is the favorite for slot duties. Slay is healthy after experiencing knee troubles as a rookie. Corner remains the chief concern for the Lions. They only drafted Nevin Lawson in the fourth round.
Fri, May 23, 2014 09:29:00 AM

Lions CB Darius Slay (knee) is 100 percent healthy.

Slay tore his meniscus in December. He also underwent a knee scope shortly after last year's draft. This offseason is considered a big one for the second-year corner. The Lions are banking on Slay taking the next step and possibly developing into their No. 1 corner. LCB Chris Houston was a disaster in 2013, and veteran stopgap Rashean Mathis hasn't been re-signed.
Sun, Apr 6, 2014 09:58:00 AM

New Lions DC Teryl Austin compared Darius Slay to Ravens CB Jimmy Smith.

Austin spent the last three seasons as the Ravens' secondary coach, helping Smith develop from an initial disaster to a plus starter with upside. There's similar appeal in Slay, a size/speed freak that was benched repeatedly during his rookie year. The Lions' annually leaky secondary desperately needs Slay to emerge as a consistent asset opposite shaky top corner Chris Houston.
Mon, Feb 10, 2014 12:20:00 PM

Lions rookie CB Darius Slay had his torn meniscus surgically repaired last Friday and is considered "week to week."

The Lions aren't placing Slay on I.R., likely in hopes of a postseason return. The 36th overall pick in April's draft, Slay lost his starting job to Rashean Mathis early in the season, but has still been a significant contributor in Detroit's sub-package defense. He has 30 tackles and five pass breakups.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 01:21:00 PM

Lions CB Darius Slay has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in his knee.

Slay suffered the injury in Thursday's practice and is listed as doubtful for Week 14. The Lions are calling him "week to week" for now, but Slay underwent knee surgery this offseason for a similar issue and could be shut down for the final four games. After sitting out Detroit's Thanksgiving victory over the Packers, Chris Houston (questionable, ankle) is expected to return this week and will start opposite Rashean Mathis.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 03:03:00 PM

Lions rookie CB Darius Slay (knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 14.

The Lions are tentatively expected to get back Chris Houston from an ankle injury, but won't have second-round dime back Slay against Philadelphia.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 04:09:00 PM

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