Slay has currently been playing a lot better as of late, nabbing 10 passes defended in his past six games, including a pick-six against the Arizona Cardinals.
Slay has battled through several injuries this year, including a knee, ankle and concussion this season. He’s currently ranked 31st among all NFL cornerbacks with a solid 72.8 Pro Football Focus grade (76.7 grade in coverage, 17th best).
Slay isn’t the only member of the Lions secondary to get Pro Bowl honors. Safety Quandre Diggs has been named the fourth alternate to the all-star game, the first time he has been given those honors.
Unfortunately, easily the best defender on the Lions team this season, defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr., did not make the Pro Bowl, and still hasn’t made a Pro Bowl in his eight-year career. Not only has Harrison made the Lions’ run defense infinitely better, but he’s also thrived as a pass rusher unlike any other time in his career.
“Snacks” was victimized by being on two different teams, both of which were pretty irrelevant this season. Look his stats up and they’re split between two teams, making it look a lot less impactful than he was. In total, he has 74 tackles, eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Those 74 tackles would rank first among all defensive linemen, but NFL.com lists him just with his Detroit stats (43 tackles... still 30th).
“Snacks” is currently the No. 3 rated interior defender according to Pro Football Focus, and his 93.8 run defense grade is first.
Harrison is not very happy with the snub.
Still no pro bowl ♂️ what y’all really want from me— Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) December 18, 2018
But Harrison isn’t alone. Many of his teammates came to his defense, knowing that Harrison’s collective resume—not just even this season—is well deserving of a Pro Bowl nod.