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Deion Sanders: 'Slay can play the game'

HOUSTON - Deion Sanders admits he doesn't catch a whole lot of Detroit Lions football games.

"They don't give me a reason to," Sanders said rather candidly at an NFL Network event down at the Super Bowl.

But when Sanders does watch the Lions, he's a fan of cornerback Darius Slay.

"He's a good corner," Sanders said. "He's a really good corner. I like him a lot."

Slay has turned himself into one of the top cornerbacks in the league over the last couple seasons. He was the second alternate to the Pro Bowl in the NFC after recording 44 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, a sack and 13 passes defended in 13 games.

He made a couple huge plays late in games vs. Philadelphia and Minnesota to help secure wins in those contests.

"Darius Slay can play the game," Sanders said. "I like him a lot. I like his attributes. I know he was hampered with injuries a little bit this year, but he's a very capable corner."

Slay missed three games due to hamstring troubles.

He inked a four-year contract extension before the season, and it's expected that he'll continue to grow and develop into an elite player at the position.

"Just continue to grow, man," Slay said of what his focus will be this offseason. "I've got a lot to improve on. I still have a lot of meat on the bones I can eat off of. Just learn and see who I can go work out with this offseason and just try and get better."

Slay said the offseason is long enough that a player can focus on all parts of his game, if he puts his mind to it, which he plans to do.

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