After Detroit Lions cornerback Bill Bentley was placed on IR with a torn ACL. I spoke about the Lions options at cornerback, seeing that they need to add another conrnerback before heading to Carolina, for their match-up against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. While many of the options that I mentioned were free agents like Chris Clemons, Roc Carmichael, Dimitri Patterson and Champ Bailey, who the Lions have all worked out with over the last few weeks.
I stated that the Lions could find that viable cornerback option, right in their own backyard with practice squad member and un-drafted rookie cornerback Mohammed Seisay.
Apparently head coach Jim Caldwell agrees because during Thursday’s media presser, Caldwell all but implied that if he does bring someone up to fill the Lions open roster spot, he would probably bring someone in-house like cornerback Mohammad Seisay or safety Nate Ness, who are both part of the practice squad.
“We do have [roster spot] still available and we’re in the process of determining what we want to do with it. It’s not like we don’t have a plan, we do and we’re working on it. You have to anticipate and understand that we’re at Thursday, so the most likely thing that is going to happen, is that we’re bringing somebody up. No one is coming off the street and coming here to play for us in the next few days. So we’re working on it. We got a couple of guys–young guys we talked about yesterday, we got Seisay, who’s obviously a possibility, Ness is a another possibility. Both guys are working and both guys, we believe in. Whomever you see out there for us filling that spot is really going to do a really good job, we have faith in them.”
“I think that’s how the system should work. Often times or sometimes your strapped a little bit and you may have to go outside to bring in a certain individual with a skill set that fits that it’s either young or youthful on your present team or you practice squad or if you need an older guy or something of that nature. But I do think we have a couple real good candidates in that regard that are in-house.”
If Caldwell does indeed bring up Seisay or Ness, this would obviously be a great opportunity for either player. In fact, it was just the other day that I spoke with Seisay about the possibility of being moved up to the main roster.
“Everyday I come here to work and to prepare like I am going to play the game, so nothing about my work ethic is going to change.” Seisay said on Wednesday while speaking about possibly being called up to the main roster. “I have the vets here that I look up to like Rashean [Mathis], Cassius [Vaughn] and the all the other corners we have here. Like coach [Caldwell] said, ‘someone goes down, next man goes up.’ So I’m very prepared and whatever happens, happens but every week I prepare like I will be playing a game [on Sunday].”
Since the Lions main need is a cornerback, who can also play some nickel-back, I honestly think that Seisay may be the right option for the Lions to bring up here.
As I mentioned in my previous article, he was with the team during training camp. However, due to the fact that he was not able to get past fellow nickel-backs Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson, who the Lions kept as part of the final 53-man roster, Seisay was released by the team during final teams cuts. Even so, the Lions decided to bring him back as part of the practice squad in the hopes that he would continue to develop while being around some of the Lions veteran cornerbacks like Rashean Mathis and Cassisu Vaughn.
At 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, Seisay is already big and athletic with intriguing length and solid quickness which has allowed him to develop into a solid press corner in coverage. In fact, he showed some of those skills, during preseason play, when he caught an interception, while also showing his natural ability and instincts in the open field when it came to make plays on the ball. He is constantly going up against wide receiver Calvin Johnson in practice, which only allows him to get better, seeing that he is going up against the best wide receiver in the NFL.
Plus, he has also proven that he is versatile enough to make an impact on special teams. You may have not noticed but special teams is the other area where Seisay made the most impact during his time with the Lions. Which is not surprising considering at Nebraska, they considered him to be “one of the Huskers’ top special-teams performers,” during his time as a Cornhusker.
Then if that’s not enough, has the drive and desire to dominate his opponent. In a world, where everybody’s likes big cornerbacks, Seisay already brings the size and overall length that coaches love. More importantly, he brings the leadership and “team-first” type attitude which makes him a good player but an even better teammate.
Nevertheless, that’s not to say that the safety Nate Ness wouldn’t be a good option either. Similar to Seisay, Ness also had a good preseason with the Lions, as he earned up two interception and few impressive tackles. However, due to the development and play of other safeties Isa Abdul-Quddus and Jerome Couplin, who were chosen over Ness to join the Lions, Ness’s productive preseason was somewhat trumped.
That being said he could be the one that the Lions bring up, it goes back to Caldwell. Although I haven’t spoken to Caldwell about Ness’s production recently, I did speak with him about Seisay and he had nothing but good things to say.
“Length, speed, toughness and potential.” Coach Caldwell said Tuesday, while speaking on Seisay’s abilities. “He’s got a big upside.”
So again, I think this goes back to Caldwell and who he his staff feel they need to bring up.Nonetheless, be prepared to find out what the Lions decision will be in the next couple days, as their Sunday match-up against the Panthers draws closer.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit
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