Davante Adams Says Lions' Pass Defense Too Easy To Predict

"They never trick it, and I don’t know why." 

Will Burchfield
July 01, 2020 - 2:28 pm
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Darius Slay didn't hide his frustration with Matt Patricia's defense last season.

He said the Lions were "putting the pieces to the puzzle in the wrong spot." He said they were getting beat on the same plays "since probably the first week of the season" because "everybody knows the way we play." Detroit wound up allowing the most passing yards in the NFL. 

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Sounds like Slay had some legitimate gripes. According to Packers receiver Davante Adams, who caught seven passes for 93 yards and a touchdown against Detroit in the season finale, the Lions never disguised their pass coverage. Adams even told Slay himself. 

This comes from a recent conversation between Adams and NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger. While highlighting a 10-yard catch Adams made against Slay in Week 17, Baldinger asked the receiver if he knew beforehand whether the Lions were playing zone or man. 

"I absolutely do, and I’m glad you asked me that," Adams said with a grin. "And I just told Slay, so I don’t know if they’ll make some adjustments."

Adams said he picked up on the Lions' tendencies while watching tape. 

"I had to let him know that on film, I watched maybe 200 clips, and Slay is following receivers in man-to-man coverage, in zone coverage he’s not following. So I know if he’s following me, then I know the coverage essentially. They never trick it, and I don’t know why." 

It's not Slay's problem anymore. But it will remain a problem for the Lions if Patricia and new defensive coordinator Cory Undlin don't make some changes.