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Reviews Mixed On New Lions CB Jacob Lacey

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The Detroit Lions' move to sign cornerback Jacob Lacey has generated quite a bit of discussion. While Lacey is viewed as being a replacement for Eric Wright on the roster, he isn't necessarily expected to be somebody who comes in and is required to start. In that regard, I'm surprised there has been so much discussion about a player who will likely be a backup.

In any case, the reactions to the Lacey signing have generated a lot of discussion amongst Lions fans. What do others have to say about him, though? Here's an interesting tidbit from Justin Rogers about Pro Football Focus' grades for cornerbacks from last season:

NFL analytics site Pro Football Focus actually graded Lacey higher than Wright last season, in both pass coverage and run support. According to their film review, Lacey was a reliable tackler, making 53 solo stops with just eight missed tackles.

That sounds promising, but what did Indianapolis Colts fans think about Lacey last season? I got Stampede Blue's Brad Wells to chime in with his take on Lacey, and let's just say it's not too positive.

Quite honestly, he stinks. Horrible man-to-man coverage guy. Decent at zone. He's an undrafted player, which means that pretty much any kind of decent production is gravy. In Lacey's case, most Colts fans were happy to see him go. Just didn't play well for the Colts. Aside from his talent, an all-around good guy.

It's important to remember that Wright was none too popular among Cleveland Browns fans when he left and joined the Lions. The change of scenery turned out to be a very good thing for him, and perhaps being on a new team will be a good thing for Lacey as well.

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