(Eds: With AP Photos.) By SCOTT HELD Associated Press Chris Houston appears to have one of the cornerback spots locked up in the Detroit Lions' secondary and the franchise has several options on the other side of the field.
Bill Bentley, who missed most of last season with an injury, joins veteran Ron Bartell and rookie Darius Slay in a competition for the other starting job. No matter who gets it, Bartell, entering his ninth season, likes the group he'll be playing with.
''We're definitely battling out there, but there's a lot of depth here,'' he said Friday. ''I feel like this can be a strong secondary.''
The Lions allowed 437 points during last season's 4-12 run, third-worst in the NFC, and 233.1 passing yards per game.
Houston started last season's final 14 games after recovering from an injury and Bentley showed early promise but missed the final half of the season with a shoulder injury.
Bartell, who played the first seven years of his career in St. Louis, was signed late...