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It's a question many fans are asking these days. They expect to see a second-round pick on the field, and that's not unfair. Most players taken that early fill some kind of immediate role.Authentic David Bakhtiari Jersey
But Tabor didn't even dress for the Detroit Lions' first three games, and played just three defensive snaps in the first seven games combined.Authentic Jack Mewhort Jersey,
Then in Week 8, the coaches finally saw enough out of Tabor to hand him a small role in the 30-17 win against the Packers. He played 11 snaps, mostly as a linebacker-type in the dime.Authentic Corey Linsley Jersey,'
Considering the stage of that game -- at Lambeau Field, on Monday Night Football, with their backs against the wall after a three-game losing streak -- the personnel decision reflected a growing faith in Tabor's development.
"He's coming," coach Jim Caldwell said.>Authentic Mason Crosby Jersey "He's been adjusting. He's been doing a nice job in practice, you see the things that we certainly notice during our evaluation process. He's long, he moves, he's smart, and I mean, all those kinds of things. And he displayed that as well during the course of the game. Small sample size but yeah, he's doing well."
Tabor is an outside cornerback out of Florida, plus the return of Quandre Diggs in the nickel and the signing of former first-round pick D.J. Hayden, and the Lions still hope he has a future there. But with returning starters in Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson, the Lions are loaded with experience at the position.womens Jake Ryan Jersey
So they haven't been forced to rush Tabor onto the field, like they did after taking Darius Slay in the second round in 2013. Slay was forced into a starting job to open the season, but was benched in each of his first two games and then lost his job permanently in Week 3.'womens David Bakhtiari Jersey
This year Slay is playing like one of the top cornerbacks in the league. He's already shut down the likes of Antonio Brown,Authentic Nick Perry Jersey, though, Odell Beckham and Julio Jones. It just took time, as it does for almost every young corner. And Tabor knows that.
"I just look at it as we got really talented guys, D.J.'s a former first-round pick,womens Morgan Burnett Jersey,," Tabor said. "Everyone knows Slay,womens Donte Moncrief Jersey, Nevin is super athletic. It's not like I walked into a situation where I was supposed to be starting, or playing as much."
But Tabor has come a long way since some early struggles in training camp, breaking off a small role for the rookie to get some experiencewomens John Simon Jersey according to coaches. Now the Lions are testing the waters a bit with him, while not overloading him with too much information.
Against Green Bay, that meant playing a lot inside the box, womens Mason Crosby Jersey,especially when Randall Cobb was in there.
"He played some nickel in college, so we moved him inside, some flexibility because of his height," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said of the package. "If we run into a situation where we have a receiving tight end, we have some different things, and that gives us an opportunity, maybe a four-wide group that we can play him either inside or out, we have flexibility to do that. And he's smart enough to do it.Authentic Jake Ryan Jersey, That's why we did it."
Tabor said the role was different than what he's used to, since he's playing in close quarters with so many other players, because things happen so much quicker that close to the ball. He also said it's a lot more "noisy" in the box, rather than out on an island. Authentic Davante Adams Jersey,
"Just getting comfortable," he said. "It's fast at first for a rookie corner,' man, so I'm just a lot more comfortable,womens Davante Adams Jersey''just getting better every day. That's it. Just getting better and more comfortable."
It seems he impressed the Lions with his versatility as well, which could bode well for his chances of seeing the field again. Other young players have won roles like that,Authentic Morgan Burnett Jersey,', such as safety Miles Killebrew last season.womens Corey Linsley Jersey,
"(Tabor's) a savvy player,womens Jack Mewhort Jersey," Caldwell said. "He's as a young guy, because he has pretty good working knowledge of what we're doing. But he just needs experience playing,'Authentic Donte Moncrief Jersey,' he's still able to adapt and adjust. There's really not any place on the field I think that he would not be comfortable, and consistently playing, and that kind of thing. And hopefully that continues for him."