Curiously, though, his name didn't show up anywhere on the final stat sheet, except for a penalty he received blocking on a punt return.
He wasn't listed in the defensive stats chart because the rookie second-round pick wasn't thrown at one time.
"Not all," Slay said after practice Monday. "Not one time. I was kind of surprised. I thought they'd pick on the rookie and I thought I'd get a little more action. But the game played out how it did and we came away with the win and that's the only thing that matters."
Slay got the start vs. the Jets because veteran
Monday, Slay was running with the first-team defense once again, but this time taking
That's kind of how training camp has gone for Slay. He's been healthy and available and has gotten a lot of reps with all the injuries the Lions have suffered in the secondary.
"It's a great opportunity and I've taken advantage (of it)," Slay said. "The more reps, the more opportunity to learn the system and the game plan, and it's great to be out there."
Bartell missed time early in camp because of that shoulder and second-year players
Those injuries, and the resulting increase in reps for Slay, has allowed him to creep up the depth chart and establish himself as an early contributor in the secondary.
After watching the film of his first preseason game, Slay thought he played "pretty well" but needed to get to the ball and finish plays better.
"He's doing his thing," Houston said of Slay. "Trying to get better at his technique and get better every day. Great start for him (vs. Jets)."
Slay shouldn't expect Cleveland to ignore him like the Jets did and that's okay by him. He's ready to compete.