Cornerback Darius Slay didn't have his best game when his Detroit Lions faced the Denver Broncos in Week 3 of the 2015 season. Although Broncos wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders both burned him for big gains in a 24-12 win over the Lions, they're still big fans of Slay.
Sanders described Slay as a "baller."
Via Josh Katzenstein from The Detroit News:
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Darius Slay is a baller, man. One play doesn't define one guy.
Slay gave up a 34-yard reception to Sanders, which wasn't as bad as the 45-yard touchdown Thomas scored on him. Still, Thomas spoke highly of Detroit's young coverage expert.
Via The Detroit News:
He played good. It was just the one play I made over him, but he's a good player. Watching him play and knowing him for a couple years, he's been doing good.
Aside from these two slip-ups, Slay has rarely let receivers get past him. In three seasons, the former second-round draft pick has developed into a shutdown cornerback with 35 defended passes.
In order to garner the national respect he deserves, Slay must turn a few more of those pass break-ups into interceptions. He only has four career picks, two in each of the past two seasons.