Will Harris and Ifeatu Melifonwu have officially switched positions

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There has been a shakeup of the depth chart in the Detroit Lions secondary, one that reflects the expected reality of who is playing where. The Lions have officially changed the positional designations of Will Harris and Ifeatu Melifonwu.

Harris has started at safety for most of the last three seasons, but he is now officially listed as a cornerback on the Lions’ own depth chart. Meanwhile, Melifonwu is now on the safety section of the roster instead of the cornerback role he played as a rookie.

Neither change is a surprise. Harris took first-team reps at outside CB in minicamp this summer and has not aligned at safety once this offseason in practices open to the media. No. 25 finished the 2021 season playing primarily at cornerback due to injury issues at the position and played better at CB than he had at safety. He was backing up Jeff Okudah at outside CB to kick off training camp.

Melifonwu took some first-team reps at safety in Wednesday’s training camp, though much of his morning was spent with the second-team defense.