Thursday was safety
Delmas, who had a fumble recovery and tackle-for-loss vs. the Patriots, contributes far more than his on-field play and, in the span of four plays, rookie cornerback
First came a vote of confidence from Delmas. Next was a play that ended a scoring opportunity on the Patriots' first possession
Delmas got in Slay's ear when he was beaten for a 37-yard completion on the third play of the game.
"He just told me to forget it -- keep playing ball," Slay said after Sunday's practice.
A fumble recovery by Delmas at the Lions' 10-yard line ended the threat.
"(He has) a lot of energy – very good communication," Slay said. "He brings a lot of energy to the defense and to the whole team. He's a playmaker. He communicates to the whole defense when he talks. Everybody hears him."
BELL BETTERING HIMSELF
One of the primary storylines to come out of Thursday's game vs. the Patriots was the play of running back
The buzz surrounding that production is that Bell is the favorite to be the team's No. 2 back instead of former third-round draft choice
"I'm not just competing against whoever you think I'm competing against," said Bell after Sunday's practice. "I'm competing against all the other running backs. It's a job. I'm out here trying to earn a job.
"You have to compete out here and it's not just about competing, it's about making yourself better. The better we are as a group, the better the team is."
ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A RECEIVER?
The absence of
Last year's No. 2 and No. 3 receivers -
Does this lack of production through three preseason games mean the Lions are going to go after a complementary outside receiver to Johnson?
"I think every position we'll keep an eye on (available players)," said head coach Jim Schwartz following Sunday's practice. "I think there's no difference if it's a wide receiver, running back, offensive line, defensive line, corners, and everything else, every player that becomes available, our front office does a really good job of evaluating.
"If they think it might be a good fit then we're not afraid to make those kind of moves."
COMPETITION CONTINUES AT RIGHT TACKLE
The Lions' offensive tackles continued to be moved around during team periods.
Asked how tough it was not to have a clear-cut front-runner, Schwartz contested that assumption.
"We have a lot of chances to evaluate the offensive line," he said. "You can get good evaluations in one-on-ones and our team periods, pass rush periods and things like that. You don’t really have to wait for 15 reps in a preseason game.
"That's one of the advantages we have in that case. I think that regardless of our positions on the offensive line, whoever ends up being our starting five we’re going to be in a good position. We have good competition there. We have a lot of different options and a lot of guys that can potentially get the job done."
A NUMBERS GAME
The Lions cut ties with former fourth-round pick Ronnell Lewis prior to Sunday's practice.
Schwartz acknowledged the desire to take advantage of every draft pick every year, but recognized the numbers game that simply didn't work out in Lewis' favor.
"We have done a good job of adding other players," said Schwartz. "You draft a guy like Ronnell, you don't know that you're going to draft Ziggy (Ansah) the next year. You don't know a guy like Devin (Taylor) is still going to be available. You don't know you're going to sign
"The only thing we can do right now is try to evaluate who are best starter is right now and go that way. That's the decision we made. You can never think too far ahead and you can't think too far behind when it comes to draft picks."