As part of our season wrap-up series, we are going to examine how each player on the roster performed in 2013. Next, let's take a look at the Detroit Lions' safeties.
Glover Quin - 16 games (16 starts) | 57 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2 TFL, 9 PD, 3 INT, 1 FF, 1 FR
Quin joined the Lions as a free agent last offseason and graded out as the team's top defensive back on Pro Football Focus in 2013. He was quite reliable in pass coverage, and he was responsible for 4 turnovers over the course of the season.
Louis Delmas - 16 games (15 starts) | 64 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 3 TFL, 8 PD, 3 INT
The Lions did a good job of managing Delmas' practice time in order to make sure he stayed healthy all season. The end result was Delmas' first ever 16-game season in the NFL. He picked off 3 passes during the season, but he graded out lower on PFF than Quin (a +2.0 for Delmas vs. a +6.7 for Quin). Delmas was quite good at times, but his inconsistency was a bit of an issue for the Lions.
Don Carey - 14 games (3 starts) | 30 tackles, 5 TFL, 2 PD, 0 INT, 1 FF
Carey didn't fare well on PFF with an ugly -7.6 grade, but the Lions recently gave him with a three-year extension. They seem to view Carey as a solid special teams contributor and a good backup in the secondary. Carey was called upon to fill in at nickelback toward the end of the season, and he can also fill in at safety if needed. While his PFF grade obviously wasn't good, the Lions value Carey's versatility as a backup.
DeJon Gomes - 16 games (0 starts) | 9 tackles, 0 TFL, 0 PD, 0 INT
Gomes saw a very limited amount of snaps at safety this past season. The majority of his playing time was on special teams, and PFF gave him a +3.0 grade for his contributions on the coverage units. That put him in a tie for the best special teams grade on the Lions if you take kicker, punter and returner out of the equation.
John Wendling - 16 games (0 starts) | 14 tackles, 0 TFL, 0 PD, 0 INT
Wendling also received a +3.0 grade on PFF for his special teams work, and he actually only played a single defensive snap all season. Wendling was essentially exclusively a special teams player in 2013.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - 1 game (0 starts) | 0 tackles, 0 TFL, 0 PD, 0 INT
The Lions added Owusu-Ansah from their practice squad at the very end of the year, and he played strictly on special teams in Detroit's season finale.