Darius Slay
Darius Slay
30-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Philadelphia Eagles
2021 Fantasy Outlook
For the most part in 2020, Slay did what he was paid to do, and that was shut down opposing No. 1 receivers. He did so while also producing his best tackle mark in years, coming just two shy of his career-high 61. The now 30-year-old could begin to slow down with age, but he remains a good bet to continue to produce given the relative dearth of talent around him in the Eagles secondary. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $50 million contract with the Eagles in March of 2020.
Contract update
CBPhiladelphia Eagles
March 5, 2021
The Eagles restructured Slay's contract Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The Eagles gain $9.14 million in salary cap room with this move and will likely continue building the secondary around Slay. After an effective 2020 season during which he posted 59 tackles, six defended passes and one interception, the corner is now set to to return as a cornerstone of the defense in 2021.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Darius Slay's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
190 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
192.00 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.90 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
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Opposing teams have picked on Eagles corners for years, and GM Howie Roseman finally decided to put a stop to that by acquiring one of the league's premier shutdown corners in Slay. The 29-year-old immediately signed a three-year, $50 million extension, and the Eagles will look to him to shut down the bevy of top receivers on their schedule in 2020 while they hope the rest of their secondary holds up. Slay should be up to the task, as he leads the NFL with 99 passes defensed since becoming a full-time starter in 2014.
Slay doesn't get enough credit for how well he played the past few years despite getting little help from the pass rush. While his 2018 campaign (43 tackles, 17 PBUs, three interceptions) was a slight statistical letdown from his 2017 season when he racked up 60 tackles, 26 PBUs and eight picks over 16 games, Slay still put up impressive numbers - and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he bounces back to his 2017 first-team All-Pro form in 2019 given the improvements Detroit made to other areas of its defense. Not only was $90 million defensive end Trey Flowers added to a defensive line that already included Damon Harrison and A'Shawn Robinson, the Lions also beefed up a solid linebacking corps with the addition of third-round rookie Jahlani Tavai and also signed cornerback Justin Coleman to a lucrative to bolster the secondary. Add it all up, and the 28-year-old Slay once more checks in as one of the best bets for production at the cornerback position.
Finally recognized as one of the elite cornerbacks in the league, Slay was named an AP first-team All-Pro for a performance in 2017 that saw him rack up a league-leading 26 pass breakups - which is four more than the next closest player. Moreover, Slay's eight interceptions were tied for the league lead while his 55.6 quarterback rating allowed was sixth-lowest among all defensive backs. Racking up 60 tackles along the way, Slay ultimately turned in his first top-10 fantasy campaign among defensive backs. While it could be hard for him to reach these kinds of numbers again, Slay remains firmly on the IDP radar ahead of the 2018 campaign.
The Lions spent a second-round pick on another cornerback in this year's draft, but Slay remains atop the depth chart. Coming off a third straight season with at least two picks and 13 passes defensed, the ultra-consistent Ole Miss product possesses a high floor as an IDP prospect ahead of the 2017 season.
Slay has averaged 60 tackles, 15 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions during his two healthy seasons in Detroit. Last season, those numbers were just enough to finish as the 81st-ranked defensive back in IDP scoring. Barring an uptick in production, Slay will remain a better real-life cornerback than fantasy player, and is best left on the waiver wire.
The 2013 second-round pick took a big step forward in 2014, where he emerged as the team's top corner. While he picked off just two passes on the season, he got his hands on plenty more, ranking in the top 10 in the league with 17 passes defensed. He also chipped in 61 tackles. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin made his rise in the league as a defensive-back guru and so Slay could see his stock continue to rise, especially if he is able to turn a few of his passes defensed into interceptions
Slay will backup the Lions' corners this season, but there will be some competition in camp after the Lions were mediocre against the pass last season.
Slay is one of the draft's elite athletes at any position, not to mention cornerback. Slay, however, was not especially polished at Mississippi State and wasn't as effective as several of the corners he was selected ahead of. He will likely compete with Bill Bentley to start opposite Chris Houston.
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Still effective in eighth year
CBPhiladelphia Eagles
February 4, 2021
Slay notched 59 tackles (53 solo), six defended passes and one interception across 15 games in 2020.
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Clears concussion protocol
CBPhiladelphia Eagles
December 23, 2020
Slay gained clearance from the concussion protocol Wednesday, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
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Won't play Sunday
CBPhiladelphia Eagles
Concussion
December 19, 2020
Slay (concussion) will not travel with the team to Sunday's game in Arizona.
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Officially listed as questionable
CBPhiladelphia Eagles
Concussion
December 18, 2020
Slay (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
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Remains in concussion protocol
CBPhiladelphia Eagles
Concussion
December 18, 2020
Slay is still in the concussion protocol Friday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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