It took a quarter of the season for him to see the field, but as the Detroit Lions head into the December stretch run, second-round pick Teez Tabor has finally settled into a role on defense.

Tabor has played in most of the Lions' dime defensive packages in recent weeks, where the team has used him both in coverage and as a blitzer.

Tabor had one tackle and missed a fourth-quarter sack on Case Keenum in Thursday's 30-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings; last week he had two pressures on rookie Mitchell Trubisky in a win over the Chicago Bears.

"I like it," Tabor said of his expanding role. "You get to do a little bit of everything. It fits my skill set."

A healthy inactive for four of the Lions' six games before the bye, Tabor has earned playing time with the progress he's shown in practice, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said recently.

Against the Bears, the Lions even gave Tabor one series at right cornerback opposite Darius Slay in their nickel defense. Typically, Nevin Lawson and D.J. Hayden have rotated at the position.