Bill Bentley upbeat about his recovery, status in 2015

Posted Jun 1, 2015

Cornerback Bill Bentley is grateful to be back on the field with his teammates fighting for a role in the Lions' secondary.

This offseason has been especially long for cornerback Bill Bentley.

It began on a Monday night back in September of 2014, when he planted wrong on his left leg in the season opener against the New York Giants and tore the ACL in his knee.

His offseason consisted of surgery, rehab and strength training in an effort to get back on the field.

Bill BentleyCB Bill Bentley (Photo: Detroit Lions)

Eight months later Bentley is back working with his teammates and fighting for a role in the Detroit Lions’ secondary.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling just to be back out here doing it again,” Bentley said of being able to participate in OTA practices. “I’m taking everything one (day) at a time and being thankful for everything.”

Bentley won the starting nickel cornerback spot out of training camp last year, but the former third-round draft pick by Detroit in 2012 has much stiffer competition for that role this offseason.

He’s currently taking part in individual position drills at practice, but not team drills. It’s important he’s ready to go in August, not in May, but that’s allowing others like rookie Quandre Diggs and veteran Josh Wilson to get quality reps in the slot this offseason.

Still, Bentley remains upbeat about his recovery and status heading into 2015, having a renewed focus after having football briefly taken away from him.

“Things happen, but sometimes they happen for the better,” he said. “You just have to continue grinding and can’t let no one come between that.

“You have to appreciate every moment you come out on this field. Don’t take it for granted. Every rep. Even when I’m tired, just go hard. I don’t feel sorry for myself at any point, even when I’m gasping for air, just because I’m out here doing it. When it gets taken away you just feel lonely and like you don’t have anybody.”

Bentley said the coaches will decide when he’s ready to resume full activity, but just being back on the field and back with his teammates is good enough for right now.