A few weeks ago the Detroit Lions signed cornerback Darius Slay to a four year, $48 million contract extension. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown attempted to show that the Lions overpaid the former second-round draft pick
Several reports from Tuesday’s joint training camp practice between the Steelers and Lions indicate that Brown slayed Slay quite easily and that included the wide receiver beating the cornerback deep three straight times in one-on-one drills. After the practice was over, Slay talked about that sequence of plays.
“Oh man, the first one I said I expected that for the crowd, that was cool,” Slay said, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “But three of them in a row I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m already fitting to die here.’ Like, ‘Come on, you’re going to run another deep route?’ He said, ‘I’m going deep all day Slay.’ I said, ‘No you cannot. I’m not fixing to go with you more today. Not today.’
“He tried to kill me, man.”
Suprising? No, not in the least and hopefully Steelers rookie cornerback Artie Burns was able to see this happen in order to show him that it isn’t only him who has problems covering Brown.
Slay will likely get more opportunities to cover Brown again on Wednesday when the two teams meet again on the practice fields of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe and again Friday night at Heinz Field in the two team’s first preseason game of 2016.
“It’s a big measuring stick,” Slay said of practicing against Brown. “Just a different type of guy and just go make the plays. That’s it. I just got to make more plays. I made a couple today, I just need to make more.”