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ALLEN PARK, Mich. A popular line around NFL camps these days is that the preseason games dont count but they matter.
For Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Darius Slay, this next one counts and matters.
It appears that Slay has a chance to lock down a starting job for the regular-season opener with a strong performance in Thursdays exhibition against New England at Ford Field.
Hes taken a jump this week, coach Jim Schwartz said. Hes going to have an opportunity to get more reps against some pretty good competition, a top-notch quarterback (Tom Brady of the Patriots) and a very good passing offense. Its a very important week for him.
Slay replaced nine-year veteran Ron Bartell with the first-team defense after last weeks exhibition loss at Cleveland.
Bartell has struggled since returning from a shoulder injury suffered earlier in training camp.
The Lions coaching staff has been particularly impressed with Slays man-to-man coverage skills.
It didnt give me any more confidence, Sl...
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It's the third exhibition game, which means more playing time for the starters, the closest the preseason comes to simulating the regular season.
The Detroit Lions take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Thursday night at Ford Field.
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