Bill Bentley didn't get off to the best start to the 2013 season but as many young cornerbacks do he's starting to settle into a groove with more experience under his belt. In the Detroit Lions' nickel-heavy defense Bentley is essentially a starter. He's played nearly 70 percent of the team's defensive snaps through six games. With each passing week he seems more comfortable on the field something he credits to added repetitions. "The repetition of it is making things slow down" Bentley said. "I'm executing my assignments better and knowing what I can't do and what I could do better in certain situations." Bentley is flashing some of the ball-hawking ability the Lions liked in him when they selected the Louisiana-Lafayette product in the third round of the 2012 draft. He's putting himself in position to make big plays but so far he's had those passes slip through his fingers. "I'd like to see him finish some interceptions" coach Jim Schwartz said. "I think you could easily see a situation where Bill has three interceptions maybe even four right now. He just needs to take advantage of the times that he has put himself in good position and finish those plays." Bentley just missed on one in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns last week. He didn't need to hear his coach say it. He knows he has to be better. A pass breakup is nice but turnovers can alter the complexion of a game.
Lions' Bill Bentley putting himself in good position, next step is making the big play
Michigan Live | Oct 19