Detroit Lions rookie cornerback Darius Slay was the fastest defensive back at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, but that speed hasn’t helped much as he’s been torched consistently throughout the first two weeks of the season.
As a result of his struggles, Slay has been benched in each of the first two games.
However, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has used a more friendly term for his decision to pull Slay from the games.
“I think ‘benching’ is a little bit too much of a negative connotation there,” Schwartz said, via detroitlions.com. “I know it’s sort of all sport, but I prefer a ‘call to the bullpen’ there.”
Unfortunately for Slay, the reality of the situation is that his play just hasn’t cut it.
We will have to wait and see if he gets another crack in the starting line up in Week Three against the Washington Redskins, but if he does it could be a short day. Redskins wide receiver is coming off of a big game against the Green Bay Packers and there is no reason to believe that Slay will slow him down.
It looks like Schwartz will be making a call to the bullpen again sooner rather than later.