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Darius Slay named to third consecutive Pro Bowl

Darius Slay is Pro Bowl bound for a third straight season.

The seventh-year cornerback has been Detroit's most consistent defender the last three seasons, and obviously garners a lot of respect from his fellow players and coaches around the league. Slay wasn't in the top 10 in fan voting at cornerback, but still earns the nod with his fellow players and coaches having a third of the vote each.

Slay leads Detroit with 12 passes defended on the season and two interceptions, and is typically tasked with traveling with the opponent's best receiver week after week.

Opposing passers have just a 56.7 completion percentage throwing Slay's way this season, with a 80.9 passer rating.

Slay was the only Lion to make the Pro Bowl team this year, but two of his teammates have been named alternates.

Kenny Golladay has had a breakout third season for the Lions, and he's a third alternate at wide receiver. 

Golladay leads the NFL with 10 receiving touchdowns, and his 1,052 yards are the 10th most.

The former third-round pick out of Northern Illinois is enjoying his second consecutive 1,000-yard season for the Lions. He's the first receiver in franchise history to have two 1,000-yard seasons in his first three years in the league.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, who's missed the last six games due to a back injury and was just placed on IR Tuesday, is the fifth alternate at quarterback. He was leading the league in 20-plus-yard pass completions at the time of his injury.

Stafford finished the year completing 187 of his 291 passes (64.3 percent) for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns and just five interceptions. His passer rating (106.0), yards per completion (13.4) and yards per attempt (8.1) were all career highs at the time.

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