Cornerback Nevin Lawson is trying to distinguish himself in a crowded depth chart. One of the ways he's doing so is by showing his versatility, as noted by Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website:
One of the reasons I really liked Lawson was that he comes to the NFL with significant experience in the slot. As I wrote at Detroit Lions Draft right after the Lions picked him in the fourth round:
Lawson is a slot corner, but what makes him a great pick is that he’s already played in the slot. Most times, the slot corner is a guy who played outside in college but has to learn how to play inside. Not Lawson.
If he can also demonstrate the ability to play outside, that greatly augments Lawson's value. He's locked into a battle with Bill Bentley in the slot, and they are similar talents.
Lawson has a real opportunity to cement himself a prominent role if he can show he can carry the slot receiver motioning outside and hang with him down the field.
The Utah State rookie is also learning to be less grabby, trying to clean up the holding that plagued him in college. As he told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press,
In the NFL, you can’t touch them past 5 yards so that’s something I’ve definitely been working on and something I take pride in. I’ve been doing a great job so far.
Judging from that quote, confidence will not be a problem for Lawson. That's a positive; the Lions need some swagger and outward confidence in the secondary. Former safety Louis Delmas offered that in spades, but nobody else really brings that element. That's a niche Lawson can fill.