After two preseason games of not being picked on much by the New York Jets or Cleveland Browns,
It was the fourth play of the game, Brady read that Slay was in man coverage with no help over the top. He checked the play at the line of scrimmage and changed receiver Kenbrell Thompkins's route to a go route. It was completed for 37 yards.
"Had some bad technique at the line of scrimmage," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "Particularly on the first play.
"Brady checked to that play. That's something that Slay needs to learn from. No. 1 to play his technique a little better, but No. 2, just have an awareness of what was going on in the offense and what he was showing to the offense that made them check to that particular play."
That, Slay says, is the next progression in his game.
"I was in man (coverage) and I saw Brady looking at me," he said. "He was checking, so I should have backed off and played off-man, but with my confidence, I wanted to compete, so I stayed and I see what happened to me."
Those are things rookies can only gain through experience and Slay experienced it first hand. Hopefully he learns from it.
Delmas played two series vs. the Patriots (12 snaps) and told reporters walking past him in the hallway of the practice facility that he came out of the game fine.
REIFF SETTLING IN
Riley Reiff says he still gets nervous on game day.
Even after playing in all 16 games for the Lions as a rookie – with one start – the former first-round pick by the Lions says the competitor in him leads to some anxiousness and some nerves.
"That's that competitive nature," he said.
Maybe that has something to do with his play early in the preseason, which was just okay. But Reiff settled into his left tackle spot much better vs. the Patriots.
"I feel a lot better out there," Reiff said of his comfort level in the offense. "A little less nervous. I feel more comfortable."