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Can the backup CB continue to step up?
There wasn’t much good happening for the Lions ’ secondary in their season opener. First, rookie Jeff Okudah was ruled out with an injury. Then starting cornerbacks Justin Coleman and Desmond Trufant injured their hamstrings. Coleman ’s was severe enough to land him on injured reserve.
One of the few bright spots was Darryl Roberts . The former New York Jet was thrust into the starting lineup after the injury bug took down two starters.
The bad news (there’s always bad news, isn’t there?) is Roberts landed on the injury list on Wednesday .
It’s unclear whether Roberts will play on Sunday, but the question of the day is:
Is Darryl Roberts the real deal?
Answer: Not real
According to Pro Football Focus, “Roberts was targeted five times, allowing just one catch for 22 yards while breaking up one of the incompletions…[he] may not have a large role once the Lions get healthy, but this was an excellent performance in relief anyway.”
Roberts may be type of player who can excel in spot duty, but he’s not someone I would count on being a week-in-and-out contributor—especially with upcoming games against Aaron Rodgers , Kyler Murray , and Drew Brees .