Our latest series on the Detroit Lions roster continues with a comparison of the safety position from 2014 to 2015. Did the Lions improve at safety? Let's take a look.
2014 safeties: Glover Quin, James Ihedigbo, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Don Carey
2015 safeties: Glover Quin, James Ihedigbo, Isa Abdul-Quddus, Don Carey, Nate Ness, Isaiah Johnson, Brian Suite, Taylor Mays
The Lions haven't subtracted any safeties from last season. In fact, they even brought back Nate Ness, who was on the practice squad for most of the year, and they also added Isaiah Johnson and Brian Suite as undrafted free agents. On top of all that, the Lions signed Taylor Mays this week, giving them an awful lot of depth at the safety position.
Did they improve?
The Lions' safeties were quite good last season, but I definitely think they've gotten better on paper. Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo have had an entire season to develop chemistry, and Isa Abdul-Quddus looks like a player who could really step his game up this season. Plus, when you add in all of the other players battling for a roster spot, there could be a pretty interesting competition at this position during training camp.
What about compared to 2013?
2013 safeties: Glover Quin, Louis Delmas, Don Carey, John Wendling, DeJon Gomes
Ihedigbo definitely seemed like an upgrade over Louis Delmas last season, and Abdul-Quddus is probably a more talented top backup than Carey. Of course, it's important to remember that the Lions' scheme change under Teryl Austin seemingly put the safeties in a much better position to succeed, but either way, this position has come a long way in recent years.