Lions' CB play opposite Houston issue to watch

Mike Wilkening
May 18, 2012
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A Lions story line to watch is the CB play at the spot opposite starter Chris Houston. There's some feeling that third-year pro Aaron Berry, the nickel back in 2011, is the favorite to replace Eric Wright, but the Lions have a host of other options. Ex-Colt Jacob Lacey could also draw consideration, and three rookies — third-round selection Dwight “Bill” Bentley, fifth-rounder Chris Greenwood and sixth-rounder Jonte Green — were added to the mix in April. Veterans Alphonso Smith and Don Carey are also on the roster.

At the Lions’ recent rookie camp, head coach Jim Schwartz said the draft picks were talented but unseasoned.

“All three of those guys showed the athletic ability that got them drafted, but they’ve all got a long way to go, just understanding the whole defense and where their help is and how they’re expected to cover and just doing things a little different than they did in college,” Schwartz said after the first day. “Their heads are all swimming right now; we’ve thrown a lot at them. Again, we want to get them exposed to as much as we can because those guys next week are going to be in our offseason program with our vets; the week after that, they’re going to be on the practice field with our vets. If they roll up against Calvin Johnson, they’re going to have to be ready. So they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them these next two weeks.”