ALLEN PARK, Mich. Its not easy to keep track of all the defensive backs who have made their way into the Detroit Lions lineup in recent years.
Injuries and mediocre results led to six different cornerbacks and six different safeties getting at least one start just last season.
Cornerback Chris Houston, in his fourth year with the club, has seen it all.
Ive probably played with like 40-something (defensive backs), he said. I dont even remember half the guys who were in here.
That lack of continuity has been a big part of the reason for the overall ineffectiveness of the defense in recent memory.
The Lions, who play their next preseason game Thursday at Cleveland, have drafted four cornerbacks in the last two years with hopes of fixing some of the problems in the secondary.
The staff has put players in here who can be here for a while, said Houston, who signed a five-year, 25-million free-agent deal during the off-season to remain in Detroit.
The Lions still have had to sign t...