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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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Lions CB Darius Slay expected to miss minicamp, wants new contract

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Darius Slay is not planning to attend the Detroit Lions’ mandatory minicamp as he seeks a new contract.

Slay missed the Lions’ offseason team activities because of his contract status. On Monday, he was talking with fans on Instagram Live and was joined by former teammate Crezdon Butler. During an exchange with Butler, Slay said he would not be going to minicamp.

Here’s how the exchange went, via Pride of Detroit:

Butler: Where you at? You in Brunswick?

Slay: No, I’m in Detroit, man. Finally get some heat.

Butler: What y’all got? OTAs? I mean, minicamp?

Slay: I don’t know, I ain’t goin.

Butler: Why you ain’t goin, bro?

Slay: Hey man, I’m chillin’, man.

Butler: You chillin? You ain’t gonna get no money at OTAs anyways.

Slay: Y’all know. Tell me about it.

Slay and recently-acquired defensive lineman Damon Harrison share an agent who encouraged both players to skip OTAs and forfeit their $250,000 workout bonuses in hopes of new contracts.

Slay signed a 4-year $48.15 million contract extension with the Lions three years ago. He is owed $12.5 million in base salary for 2019 and $10 million for 2020. He probably saw the contract Xavien Howard received from the Dolphins and said he needed an upgrade.

Slay, 28, had 43 tackles, three interceptions and 17 passes defended last season. He led the league with eight interceptions in 2017.

Lions’ Darius Slay had funny reaction to intercepting Tom Brady

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Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay had one of the biggest plays of his team’s Sunday night win over the New England Patriots, and it’s a memory he won’t soon forget.

Slay intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the fourth quarter of the 26-10 Lions victory, a turnover that didn’t clinch the victory but all but wiped out New England’s realistic chances of making a comeback. Slay, as it turned out, was mentally ready to make the interception, and he even has some memorabilia that he wants Brady to autograph.

“I saw that thing, I said, ‘Ooooh, I have me one,'” Slay said, via Chris Burke of The Athletic. “I was already thinking, ‘It’s from the GOAT? I get this from the GOAT?’ When he done and retired, I’m gonna keep that ball and … I’m gonna ask him to sign it. He’s the GOAT and there’s nothing like having the GOAT’s signature on your picked ball. I doubt if he’d do it, but if he do want to do it, I would gladly send it to him so he could sign that thing.”

Slay is a confident corner, but even he’s a bit awed at picking off someone of Brady’s caliber. Given how good a win it was for Detroit, this one will stick with him.

Lions’ Darius Slay, Bears’ Chris Prosinski evaluated for concussion

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The first quarter of Saturday’s Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears game saw two defensive backs get checked for concussions.

Detroit Lions playmaking cornerback Darius Slay went into the medical tent after a hit to his head on a tackle. He was eventually taken into the locker room to be checked for a concussion.

Additionally, Bears safety Chris Prosinski was placed in concussion protocol after a hit to his head while tackling Eric Ebron.

Prosinski was credited with two tackles in the game before departing, while Slay was credited with one.

Each NFL team’s best defensive player so far

Von Miller

Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, several popular names still lead the fray when it comes to defensive production. However, key injuries to superstars like J.J. Watt have created a void that has been filled by some surprising players, many of whom are having career years.

Here’s a look at each NFL team’s best defensive player so far in 2017.

Arizona Cardinals — Tyvon Branch, S

There are a lot of talented defenders on Arizona’s roster, but through six weeks, it’s hard to argue that Tyvon Branch — who has been called a “wolverine” complement to the “honey badger” — isn’t the very best. He not only leads the team and is tied for the league lead with 55 tackles, but he’s also defended four passes, forced a fumble and was named to the Pro Football Focus First Quarter All-Pro Team. Branch getting the nod says a lot about his impact this season when you consider Arizona also has Chandler Jones and his six sacks.

Atlanta Falcons — Deion Jones, LB

Deion Jones has filled out the box score this year, leading the Falcons with 38 tackles. He’s also recorded a sack, three passes defended and an interception. Jones is also among Pro Football Focus’ top 15 graded linebackers this season, alongside teammate De’Vondre Campbell, who has also landed very high grades for Atlanta. Jones is blossoming well for Atlanta in his second NFL season.

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15 biggest standouts of NFL Week 3

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It was a big day for star performers across the NFL, with several quarterbacks and wide receivers in particular putting up very big days. We also witnessed a rookie nailing a game-winning 61-yard field goal and a few big defensive performances, even in losing efforts.

Here’s a list of 15 standout performers in Week 3 of the NFL season.

Atlanta’s running backs

In a contest where quarterback Matt Ryan threw three interceptions in one game for the first time in two years, it was the Atlanta running game that stepped up and drove the offense forward. The Falcons picked up 151 rushing yards as a team, with Devonta Freeman contributing 106 of them, plus a touchdown. Tevin Coleman was no slouch either, racking up 46 yards on just six carries, good for an average of 7.7 yards per carry. Their contributions opened up the passing game and allowed Ryan to get the job done despite his three picks.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Giants

OBJ is back, and so is the drama — but when he’s playing like this, the Giants will be happy to tolerate it. The Giants’ star receiver reeled in nine catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns, including an excellent one-handed grab in the back corner of the end zone for his second touchdown catch. He also had a rather controversial celebration on his first grab. He deservedly got flagged, but New York will deal with the consequences if he’s putting up stat lines like this one.

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Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay trash talks Mitchell Trubisky

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Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t even a member of the NFC North for a whole two minutes before being welcomed with some trash talk.

Upon learning of the Chicago Bears’ draft pick of Trubisky, Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay sent this tweet:

You think Slay is licking his chops to face the Bears rookie quarterback? Slay is known for speaking his mind even if if it’s done so without tact, so this tweet isn’t too surprising. But the first Bears-Lions game in Week 11 is looking like it could be fun. The only problem is with Mike Glennon entering the season as Chicago’s starter, we may have to wait to see if Slay can live up to his tweet.

Darius Slay uninterested in going to Pro Bowl now that it has left Hawaii

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The Pro Bowl isn’t exactly appealing to some players, and Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay is one of them.

In fact, now that the game has been moved from Hawaii to Orlando, he’s not keen on going at all.

“As long as my teammates really see me as a Pro Bowl player, I ain’t really worried because I feel it’s a politic thing anyway,” Slay said, via Michael Rothstein of ESPN. “But I would just like to. But, I’m mad. Is the Pro Bowl even in Hawaii no more? It’s really pointless. That’s what I really wanted to do.

“That’s why I wanted to go. I’d rather just get the All-Pro status and don’t go Pro Bowl. Because I just really wanted to go to Hawaii, really wanted to just to go to Hawaii for the free.”

The Pro Bowl just doesn’t carry a lot of prestige and, by and large, players don’t really care about it. Attitudes like this one are part of why so many people have called to scrap it.