Packers’ Davante Adams reveals how Lions never disguises coverage on defense
The Lions boasted one of the worst defenses in the entire league during the 2019 campaign. Adams revealed during a film breakdown with NFL analyst Brian Baldinger that he could tell what coverage the Lions were in based on the actions of cornerback Darius Slay, via Peter Bukowski of SB Nation:
Davante Adams said the Lions never disguise coverage. Adams watched 200 clips and Darius Slay never followed WRs if it was zone but always did in man.
Adams clearly did his homework when it came to finding an edge on Slay and the Lions. After all, the three-time Pro Bowler had been one of the few bright spots of this porous Lions defense in recent years.
However, it was only a matter of time before a player of Adams’ caliber would start to notice the traits of head coach Matt Patricia. Now that Slay has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Packers star went ahead and decided to do his NFL North rivals a favor ahead of the 2020 NFL season.
The Lions gave up over 400 yards per game to opposing offenses and boasted the worst pass defense in the NFL after allowing teams an average of 284.4 yards per game. The onus will now fall on new defensive coordinator Cory Undlin to spark a potential resurgence amid all the turnover they experienced this offseason.
Although the Lions may have lost Slay, they did manage to beef up the secondary with the addition of former New England Patriots safety Duron Harmon and former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant.