Lions stock watch: CB Slay, RB Zenner up, LB Levy, S Carey down

Dave Birkett
Detroit Free Press
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Lions cornerback Darius Slay tackles Packers receiver Jordy Nelson during the second half of the Lions' 31-24 loss Sunday at Ford Field.

Three up

• Darius Slay – Slay returned to action after missing one game with a hamstring injury, and it was easy to see how much the Lions missed him. It wasn’t the eight tackles Slay made, but rather the way he held Jordy Nelson in check in the first half (one catch, 8 yards). Nelson had a big third quarter, but most of that production came against defenders other than Slay.

• Zach Zenner – Ordinarily, a 20-carry, 69-yard rushing day wouldn’t turn heads, but given the state of the Lions running game, Zenner certainly deserves a mention. Zenner had 110 total yards from scrimmage and put together a big first half (16 carries, 63 yards) for the second straight week. He is clearly the team’s No. 1 running back for as long as they’re alive in the playoffs.


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• Marvin Jones – Jones has been very much up-and-down this year, and mostly down since early in the season. But he seems to have the Packers' number. After torching Green Bay for 205 yards in Week 3, Jones had five catches for 76 yards Sunday. It was his second best game since the first Green Bay loss, and the Lions will need more of that come the playoffs.

Three down

• Don Carey – It’s been a rough couple weeks for the Lions’ nickel cornerbacks. Carey, filling in for Asa Jackson (ankle) much of Sunday, was in and out of the lineup with what appeared to be a leg injury. When he was on the field, he got called for a defensive holding penalty and gave up a touchdown to Davante Adams.

• DeAndre Levy – Levy had a relatively quiet day with just three tackles, and he was the culprit when the Lions had too many men on the field on the Lions’ final touchdown drive. Levy was steps away from the sideline when Aaron Rodgers called for the snap, and Jim Caldwell indicated he could have gotten off the field. “I think that one was as much our fault as it was their preparation,” Caldwell said.


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• Corey Robinson – Robinson made his first career start at right tackle in place of an injured Riley Reiff and had an up-and-down performance. The second-year blocker allowed a third-quarter sack to Nick Perry, who's given the Lions fits all year. The Lions have a decision to make on Reiff, a free-agent-to-be after the season, and Robinson didn't do anything Sunday to convince team brass that he's ready to take over as full-time starter.

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