Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/16/14
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Will the last Detroit Lions defensive back standing please cover the receiver? Its become an absolute revolving door for this teams depleted secondary. The Lions have played only six games, but theyve already started five different cornerbacks and five different safeties. Welcome to life as a defensive back in the NFL, the absolute most brutal job in professional sports. Think about what theyre asked to do. A cornerback must cover big and fast receivers, such as Detroits 6-foot-5, 236-pound Calvin Johnson and Houstons 6-3, 230-pound Andre Johnson, and then come up and tackle physical running backs, like Houstons 228-pound Arian Foster and San Franciscos 217-pound Frank Gore. Thats why theyre paid so well, Lions safety Erik Coleman said of cornerbacks. Thats why theyre in such high demand. You have to have world-class speed and you have to have toughness. When cornerback Alphonso Smith got released a week before the season opener by the Lions, he knew he wou...
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