Detroit Lions: Who Will Stop the Bleeding at CB and Other Training Camp Battles

NFL Draft 365Official AccountMay 24, 2012

Matt Flynn has 19.5 million reasons to thank the Detroit Lions secondary. You see, Flynn had the good fortune of starting versus Detroit on January 1st. The Packers were resting Aaron Rodgers for the playoffs. Flynn promptly torched the Lions secondary for 480 yards and six TDs in a 45-41 season-ending win for Green Bay. Flynn cashed in big-time with the Seahawks at the expense of the Lions secondary. 

The following week, the Lions got beat by Drew Brees and the Saints, 45-28, in the first round of the playoffs. Brees methodically threw for 466 yards and 3 TDs.

If you’re keeping score, the Lions defense gave up 90 points in the last two games of the year last season. They also gave up nearly 1000 yards passing in those games. 

So, what do the Lions need to do in training camp? Ah, you guessed it: improve their secondary. One of the biggest battles will be at cornerback.  Aaron Berry will hopefully show that he can improve upon last year. However, the Lions drafted Dwight “Bill” Bentley in the third round to wrestle the job from Berry.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Lions ranked 29th in the NFL in rushing.  Although the Lions live and die with the pass, there should be a nice battle with two injured running backs. Jahvid Best missed 10 games in 2011 with a concussion, and Mike Leshoure missed the entire season with a torn Achilles.

Meanwhile, there may be a bigger battle for the second WR position than most think, thanks to Titus Young sucker punching Louis Delmas in an offseason workout. The Lions have not suspended Young, but have not welcomed him back yet to their facilities.