Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis (31) before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions: RaShean Mathis, Darius Slay Projected To Start

The biggest perceived needs going into the 2014 NFL Draft was secondary. But the Lions were not nearly as concerned about the secondary as fans after waiting until Day 3 of the NFL Draft to select a CB. The Lions must have confidence the players on the roster will get the job done.

So the last question in regard to the secondary, especially corner back, is who will start.

After the years first OTAs early projections are showing the Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay will start on the wings with Bill Bently backing them up.

Chris Greenwood is also facing a make it or break it year in 2014. With a couple of years on and off  the active roster, Greenwood is poised to make an impact in the Lions secondary this season.  If he can continue his developement and gain a permanent spot on the roster he could work his way into a back-up role.

Of course Chris Houston is not completely out of the mix. But with surgery pending to fix the ongoing issue with his toe it is not likely he will be ready for the start of the season much less training camp.

When the Lions refused to address the secondary early in the draft it made the corner and safety positions the biggest story in training camp. Fans and media pundits alike will be watching to see if the Lions confidence in the roster was misplaced or on target.


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