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Postby elaine95 » Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:18 pm

The young Lions cornerback appears to have his mind in the right place." Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions QuotesTeez Tabor opens up on past mistakes: ‘I fell out of love with the game’New Matthew Stafford Jersey ,88commentsThe young Lions cornerback appears to have his mind in the right place. EDTA few years back, the Detroit Lions committed to several different social outreach programs after the protests during the national anthem got owner Martha Ford’s attention. One of those programs was the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative: The Brotherhood & Sisterhood.Last Thursday, five Lions players—Teez Tabor, Devon Kennard, Tavon Wilson, Da’Shawn Hand and Charles Washington—traveled to the most dangerous part of Detroit to take part in that program, which aims to create opportunities for young people with help from the local police department.Also there was MLive reporter Kyle Meinke, who wrote this fantastic story about the different side of Teez Tabor he saw that Thursday evening. Meinke may be understating things. Tabor didn’t just open up, he put his entire heart on the line and admitted some vulnerable things to the room of kids. Tabor admitted as recently as last year, his heart just wasn’t in the game and his career was close to ending.“I was last one in the building and first one out, when I should have been the first one in and last one out,” Tabor admitted about last season. “Like, this past year, it was like, ‘Am I ever going to be what they want me to be? What they brought me here to be?’ The questions were, like, ‘Man, can I still do this? Am I still good?’”Tabor traced his attitude problem back to his college days at Florida. Tabor notably failed a drug test, faced a suspension for not taking another test at Florida and had a “serious altercation” with a teammate. There were plenty of character concerns with Tabor after his rocky career at Florida, and the young cornerback didn’t shy away from those during his time with the kids on Thursday.He got caught in the weed culture and it nearly cost him his college career.“So I started smoking Womens Kerryon Johnson Jersey ,” Tabor said. “Maybe like four months into my freshman year, I was cool with all the seniors, they taught me how to cheat the drug tests. ... That was the thing — you smoke, you ball, you play good, you get the girls. That’s what I was in.”But after another run-in with the cops—in which they nearly caught him with a full brick of marijuana—Tabor said he changed his ways. He had to cut off things with his best friend, he had to move on from his street life, and he had to change his ways.Now, Tabor faces a similar conundrum. Two years of an NFL career and nothing to show for it. It’s another dire wake-up call for Teez and he has sprung into action. We’ve already seen some of that pay of for the Lions cornerback. With Darius Slay sitting out minicamp and OTAs, the Lions trusted Tabor to take first-team reps with the defense. Early on, he’s been making a lot of plays. But Tabor isn’t flaunting this time around. In fact, he’s not all that happy with his play thus far.“I ain’t doing too good right now,” Tabor admitted after an up-and-down practice last Wednesday. “It’s a lot of things I need to work on still, and I’m glad that the offense is giving me a great look out here so I can just work on a lot of things.” Tabor has been far from perfect this offseason, and he still faces an uphill battle to make the Lions’ 53-man roster, but if this “new” Teez is any indication, his mind is finally in the right place. Please do yourself a favor and real the entirety of Meinke’s piece here. Ndamukong Suh is looking forward to facing the Detroit Lions for the first time, giving him a chance to visit with friends and to dine at some new restaurants they have told him about.“I love the city of Detroit,” said Suh, who spent the first five years of his career with the Lions. “I spend my time in the offseason there. Got great people that I communicate with and see. Great business town. There’s a lot of people that I consider mentors that are there.”While Suh was quick to share his genuine affection for the Motor City Michael Roberts Jersey , he chuckled when asked for his feelings about the franchise.“I’ll refrain from my comments about the organization,” he said.Detroit drafted Suh second overall eight years ago and gave him a $68 million deal with $40 million guaranteed , hoping he would lead the defense while Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson starred on offense.Suh was the only rookie to earn All-Pro honors in 2010 and he was an All-Pro two more times with the Lions. He helped Detroit end an 11-year postseason drought in 2011 and reach the playoffs again in 2014.Miami, though, was willing to give Suh much more than the Lions were in 2015. The Dolphins signed him to a six-year, $114 million deal with $60 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history at the time.Suh’s stay in Miami didn’t last long. He was cut earlier this year with three years left on his contract, freeing him up to sign a $14 million, one-year deal with the Rams to play alongside star defensive tackle Aaron Donald.Suh has fit in well, playing inside and on the edge for defensive coordinator Wade Philips.“I pride myself on being able to play any position on the defensive line,” said Suh, who has 34 tackles and 3陆 sacks. “And, if I need to go play linebacker, I’m happy to do so. We’re winning games, so that’s most important to me.”The 31-year-old Suh has not won a division title, but that can change as soon as Sunday.Los Angeles (10-1) can clinch the NFC West championship with a win over the slumping Lions (4-7) at Ford Field.Here’s some things to watch:NEVER SATISFIEDWhile Suh enjoys his homecoming of sorts, Donald will remind the Lions what they’re missing. Detroit drafted tight end Eric Ebron No. 10 overall in 2014, passing on a chance to take Donald. The Rams selected Donald No. 13 overall and he has become one of the league’s best players. Donald has a NFL- and career-high 14陆 sacks, surpassing the 11 he had last season when he was the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.“The best part about Aaron is the first thing he’ll say is that he can always improve,” Rams coach Sean McVay said.RUN AROUNDDetroit’s defense has had a dramatic turnaround against the run , becoming the league’s only team to hold three straight opponents to fewer than 60 yards rushing this season.After ranking last in rushing defense earlier this year, the Lions are No. 14 and Damon “Snacks” Harrison seems to have a lot to do with the turnaround. Detroit acquired Harrison from the New York Giants for a fifth-round pick.“The problem is that as the season goes on, it becomes more and more difficult to stop the run,” Lions coach Matt Patricia said.“We obviously have another huge problem this week with the run game with the Rams. Todd Gurley is one of the best backs in the league.”READY TO ROLLGurley has 1,043 yards rushing, trailing only Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott. He had a touchdown in 13 consecutive games, setting a franchise record, before not scoring Nov. 19 during the Rams’ 54-51 win over Kansas City. He is expected to be healthy after having a minor ankle injury early against the Chiefs.SAY WHAT?Lions receiver Bruce Ellington gave a startling answer when asked if his hamstring was healthy.“I don’t know if it’s fully recovered because they removed it,” he said. “I don’t have it anymore.”Ellington had a severe injury that kept him out for all of 2016 and limited him earlier this season in Houston. Ellington said he had one of his hamstring muscles removed two years ago, following a procedure recommended by former Texans receiver Andre Johnson .“They say if you keep it, it’s going to keep scarring up,” Ellington recalled doctors telling him.The 5-foot-9 Ellington said he’s explosive enough to dunk a basketball and to do his job with the Lions, who signed him after they traded Golden Tate to Philadelphia. He has ended up playing an even larger role because Marvin Jones is on injured reserve. Ellington has matched his career high with six catches in each of his two games in Detroit.HELP ON THE WAYDetroit is preparing to play against veteran cornerback Aqib Talib , who has been out since Week 3 with an ankle injury.“They have great players on the defense, and are getting another great player back this week,” Patricia said.
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