MLive will chew over each of the Detroit Lions’ positions heading into the start of training camp July 30. Today we hit on the defensive backs.
Roster locks: Glover Quin, Miles Killebrew, Darius Slay, Teez Tabor, Nevin Lawson, D.J. Hayden, Jamal Agnew
Competing: Tavon Wilson, Quandre Diggs, Adairius Barnes, Johnson Bademosi, Alex Carter, Don Carey
Notable departures: Rafael Bush
Breakdown: The Lions and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin have a scheme built around preventing the deep ball at all costs, so naturally, they weren’t going to emerge from the offseason without something to help the unit out.
Interestingly, though, that help came all at cornerback and none at safety. The signing of 2013 first-round pick D.J. Hayden and the second-round selection of Florida product Teez Tabor bring lively competition to the cornerback spots not manned by Darius Slay, who continues to look like a budding star. The investments are high enough that the pressure isn’t to find a spot on the roster as much as one high on the depth chart. It’s next year that Hayden, Nevin Lawson and others are set to hit free agency.
The competition in camp will help determine who can be here for this year and, in turn, the long haul. That element includes starting safeties Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson, who helped man one of the strongest elements of the Lions roster a year ago but who also enter the final years of their deals. At 31 and 27 years old, respectively, they’re looking to show some staying power. Additionally, their ability to ease second-year hybrid Miles Killebrew into the split-starter role Rafael Bush left in…
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