Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has been yelling it for the last week.
"Locate the ball," he's been screaming to his defensive backs when balls are in the air in practice.
Too many times in the first couple preseason games, Lions defensive backs were in good position to make a play on the football but didn't locate the ball or read the receiver's body language to make a play on them when the ball got there.
That's why Schwartz must have been happy in the first quarter when he saw rookie cornerback
It was really the only time Slay was challenged on the night. He's locked down the starting right cornerback spot opposite
Slay was picked on a little bit last week by Tom Brady and Co., but came back with a very good game Thursday. He was sound in his technique and physical at the line of scrimmage.
"Now I'm ready for the real season," Slay said after the Lions, 35-13, win.
"(My confidence level) is always going to stay high. It'll never go down. I'm a real confident guy about what I do and how I prepare for games and I'm ready."
FISHING FOR QUARTERBACKS
It was back.
Young casted his line out twice Thursday after recording two sacks. But the sacks weren't the most impressive play Young made on the night, according to Schwartz.
"I think the most impressive thing that Willie did was he walked away from a shot he took," Schwartz said. "I thought that showed major improvement for him."
Remember that it was just a week ago that Schwartz benched Young after a taunting penalty vs. New England.
It was good to see the production and the control from the talented defensive end.
It was his drop on the Lions' first possession that led to an interception.
Burleson was running a slant route and let a
Burleson owned up to the drop when talking to the media in the locker room, but made a public declaration on his Twitter account for the upcoming season.
"4 yrs as a Lion...droppin the ball isn't me!" he wrote. "Won't happen again & if it does, I'll donate 100 for each drop to a different elementary school."
4 yrs as a Lion...droppin the ball isn't me! Won't happen again & if it does, I'll donate 100 for each drop to a different elementary school— Nathaniel E Burleson (@Nate13Burleson) August 30, 2013
The Lions were without a number of key starters in the preseason finale.
On defense, both starting safeties
Starting defensive tackle
Schwartz said after the game that Ansah and two other players didn't even make the trip to Buffalo.