The Detroit Lions are going to be relying on young cornerbacks
Slay, the team’s second-round draft pick in April, has earned the starting right cornerback spot opposite
Bentley, a third-round pick in 2012, is the team’s starting nickel cornerback.
Both players made plays in the first half, which was good to see.
Slay showed terrific speed in staying with Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin down the left sideline on a play early in the first quarter and was able to knock the ball away at the last minute.
Two things were impressive on the play.
One, Slay showed his speed staying step-for-step with Goodwin, who was a NCAA champion sprinter and a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the long jump.
Two, Slay turned around and located the football at the last minute. That’s been an emphasis with head coach Jim Schwartz over the last week. He’s been constantly telling defensive backs to turn their heads in practice.
Slay wasn't thrown at the rest of the half.
As for Bentley, he made a terrific interception undercutting a Lee Smith route. The interception set up the Lions’ offense at the Buffalo 8-yard and receiver
Bentley made another good play knocking a third-down pass out of the hands of receiver Brad Smith on the next Bills possession.
Granted, the Bills aren’t exactly a juggernaut in the passing game, but it’s still good to see young cornerbacks making plays.