Sometimes a fresh start and new scenery is just what a player needs. That's certainly what new Detroit Lions cornerback Myron Lewis is hoping for.
"That's going to depend on him. Change of scenery itself doesn't do a whole lot of good, but I think we found a good fit," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's a tall guy with great length. He can run. If he can do the things we need in the defense, it will certainly be a good fit for him."
The team signed Lewis Sunday to add depth to their secondary and waived/injured linebacker
"We liked him in the draft a few years ago," Schwartz said. "He's got great size and great speed and it was a chance to add a corner. We've had some injury situations there and he was a good fit for us."
Lewis played in 28 games over the last three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after they selected him in the third round of the draft in 2010.
He has been plagued by injuries, but is hoping to get a new lease on his career with the Lions and put all of that behind him.
"Sometimes things don't work out with what was your current situation and being able to have the opportunity to be somewhere new and having a fresh start and a clean slate is always good," he said.
"I know it's a business and I know how the game works and they always bring guys in to replace you. Once those guys come in and they do good, they roll with the punches and stick with those guys."
In one-on-one drills with the receivers Sunday, Lewis showed off the physical nature of his game at the line of scrimmage and was able to knock a few footballs away from receivers.
"Defenses like this need big corners who can run," he said.
NOT A STELLER OUTING FOR SECONDARY
The Lions did a lot of good things against the Jets, but the overall play of the secondary can't be considered one of them.
There were way too many holes in the secondary and the Jets took advantage to the tune of 317 passing yards. All four Jets quarterbacks who played in the game had a quarterback rating over 94.5.
"I think this was definitely one of those cases where it wasn't as good as we thought it was," Schwartz said of the play of his secondary. "Couple of plays that you saw we had bad leverage and missed some tackles in the secondary. That's critical. You can't do that."
"We had a couple plays on third down where they made plays into the strength of our defense," Schwartz said. "We didn't play physical enough at our corner position when it came to man-to-man coverage."
WILLIS IMPRESSES COACHES
Over the last three seasons of his career,
He might just be right after making two terrific catches vs. the Jets, including a diving 15-yard touchdown, and finishing with three catches for 51 yards.
"They don't hurt," Schwartz said when asked Sunday what the two acrobatic catches did for Willis' resume.
"They were big plays for us, two big plays, pretty much back-to-back that got touches. That's sort of what I meant with, when the lights come on, somebody's going to go make plays, and I think that we had a couple wide receivers that did, including Matt.
"You guys noticed those catches, he's also played a lot of special teams for us, did a nice job."
But it's one of those two open receiver spots Willis has set his sights on.
"I haven't had a big opportunity on offense," Willis said after practice Sunday. "I've been playing special teams buried behind guys that are better than your coaches feel are better than you and that's what happens, you play special teams.
"I'm going to make a push for playing time on offense like I always have and my performance will decide."
He's certainly off to a good start.
A couple noteworthy items on the participation chart from Friday's win:
- Coaches weren't joking when they said they'd give both
Jason Foxand Corey Hilliardequal opportunity to win the starting right tackle job.
- Hilliard started the game and played 26 snaps. Fox was second in and finished with 25.
- Expect Fox to start and play with the first-team offense Thursday in Cleveland and Hilliard to come in second. We can probably expect their snaps to be similar again, too.
- Rookie tight end
Joseph Fauriaplayed 39 snaps, the second most behind Larry Warford's 53. The Lions are going to take a long look at the big receiving tight end.
- Curiously, rookie sixth-round pick
Corey Fulleronly played seven snaps at receiver. Why so few?
Darius Slayplayed 28 snaps or 44 percent of the total plays on defense. He didn't get thrown at a whole lot and didn't record a tackle.
- He did, however, have an illegal blindside block in the second quarter that negated a 24-yard
Patrick Edwardspunt return.
John Wendlingwas the only player to play all 20 special teams snaps. Linebacker Cory Greenwoodplayed 19.