Darius Slay
Darius Slay
28-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Detroit Lions
Injury Hamstring
Fri Practice: Limited
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $48.15 million contract with the Lions in July of 2016.
Done for day
CBDetroit Lions
October 20, 2019
Slay (hamstring) won't return to Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Slay aggravated his hamstring injury in the first half of the game, and the injury will force him to miss the remaining quarter and change. Now that he's officially out, Tavon Wilson seems likely to work in the slot, while Justin Coleman and Rashaan Melvin handle outside duties at cornerback. Expect the team to comment on Slay's status following the game or in the coming days.
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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.
6' 0"
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Aggravates hamstring injury
CBDetroit Lions
October 20, 2019
Slay exited Sunday's game against the Vikings with a hamstring injury.
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Ready to go Sunday
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October 20, 2019
Slay (hamstring) is active Sunday against the Vikings.
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Expected to play Sunday
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October 20, 2019
Slay (hamstring) is expected to play Sunday versus the Vikings, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Officially listed as questionable
CBDetroit Lions
October 18, 2019
Slay (hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional tilt against the Vikings.
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Limited showing Wednesday
CBDetroit Lions
October 16, 2019
Slay was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's practice.
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