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Darius Slay’s 2017 season isn’t done just yet. The Detroit Lions’ fifth-year cornerback has a few more practices to go and a Pro Bowl game left on the docket. Once the Pro Bowl concludes, Slay’s 2017 season to remember will be over.

It was a season that saw the former second-round pick tie for the NFL lead with eight interceptions. Slay had six interceptions combined in his previous four seasons with the team.

His 26 passes defended led the NFL this season. His previous high was 17 back in 2014.

Slay was thrown at the third-most times of any cornerback in the NFL this year, yet opposing passers had just a little better than a 55.0 passer rating when throwing his way.

Slay also earned first-team All-Pro honors by the Associated Press. It was his first selection to the All-Pro team.

It certainly wasn’t a bad 2017 for Slay from an individual perspective.

So, what can we expect in 2018?

“Find a way to get better,” Slay said after the season while he cleaned out his locker. “From eight (interceptions), I need to have 10 (next year). So, I’ll just go find a way (to do) little things that make me better and go out here and work and try to be the best in the game.”

The Lions haven’t had a player reach 10 interceptions in a single season since Hall of Famer Lem Barney snagged 10 in the 1967 season. In all, only Barney, Don Doll (twice) and Jack Christiansen (twice) have ever reached 10 interceptions in a single season in franchise history.

Slay is young and beaming with confidence after the season he had this year. He’s wanted to be considered among the NFL’s elite corners for some time, and now that he’s among them, he has his sights set on being the game’s best.

He’s aiming high with his personal goals for 2018. If he hits them, it will certainly be good news for Detroit’s defense next season.

The NFL salary cap is rising another $10 million for the 2018 season, jumping from $167 million last year to $177.2 million.

This marks the seventh consecutive season the cap has increased and fifth straight year it has gone up at least $10 million. Since the league implemented its current collective bargaining agreement in 2011, the salary cap has jumped 47.7 percent.

In addition to the $177.2 million, the Detroit Lions will carryover an additional $4.15 million in unused cap space from the previous year.

With the release of the cap increase, franchise tag amounts have also been calculated. The Lions announced last week the team will use the tag on defensive end Ziggy Ansah. The one-year deal will cost the Lions $17.14 million, slightly less than originally expected.

Vincent makes his choice, headed to LSU

Vincent makes his choice, headed to LSU

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On the heels of a spring filled with offers from top programs from around the country, four-star cornerback Kary Vincent closed the door on his recruitment with an emphatic commitment to LSU wholesale jerseys.

The announcement came via a video reveal he released on Sunday evening.

For a while it seemed as though he was considering a few other serious contenders like Texas, Florida State and Ohio State, but that was all window dressing around the true centerpiece in his collection of suitors.

“Four months ago I took my first visit here, and that’s really when I committed,” he said. “It was really about my gut feeling; it’s the home feeling I have with these guys and these coaches. I really believe in and know that the people here are what I need to progress in all aspects of my life as a person and a player.”

Vincent’s speed and ability to read the game make him a valuable asset as a shark in the secondary. He seamlessly peels off his coverage to where the play flows and is as strong making a play on a ball in the air as he is willing to step up and make a tackle.

He expects that his ability to cover that much ground is what will make him a strong contributor early on with the Tigers’ defense.

“What Coach (Dave) Aranda has explained to me and from what I have seen, he plays to the players that he has,” he said. “He sets up his defense based on the skills that his players have. He told me that he plans to use me in the same way that (they) used Tyrann Mathieu. I can thank my father for that, he’s my DB coach but I’m real versatile, I can play anywhere on the field.”

Vincent’s relationship with Aranda mesh jersey wholesale and the entire staff was crucial in his level of comfort with the program. Following his recruitment, he is seemingly more familiar with the entire Tigers staff than most other recruits are with just one coach from any given program.

“Coach (Les) Miles and me were in real close contact,” Vincent said. “He texts me all the time. Ultimately Coach (Corey) Raymond – the relationship that I have with him, even Coach (Bradley) Peveto, Coach (Ed Orgeron) and Coach Aranda, all those guys are so welcoming and I know that it’s the right place for me to be.”

The Port Arthur, Texas, product had very positive things to say about his relationship with Miles and has moved past the drama of a year ago surrounding his future as head coach wholesale sports jersey. Vincent thinks how Miles and company have been assembling this year’s recruiting class speaks volumes for the future of the staff and program.

“I’ve talked to him about it, I had concerns at first, but I believe that he is going to be here for a long time,” Vincent said. “I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be. I’m real excited about the class we’re putting together – it’s already crazy with the guys that we have now.

“If people are wowed now by what we have, they’re going to be real excited about what’s to come, because we’re just getting started.”

If Vincent’s engagement on social media is any indication, he should be a useful addition to LSU’s efforts landing a few more top-tier recruits to round out an increasingly impressive class. LSU’s is already a top-ten group in the Rivals.com team rankings buy wholesale jerseys.

“I’m going after Marvin Wilson and I have to get Todd Harris and K’Lavon Chaisson from North Shore,” he said. “I’m going to get them.”

Despite the fact that Vincent has been in the fold with LSU for some time, that may not be enough to remove all doubt he’ll stay committed to the Tigers. He said that he still plans on taking official visits in the fall, but that he has no intention of flipping to another program.

“I’m 100% committed to my school, and that’s LSU,” he said. “I’ve talked to many people that have gone on now in the league and they just say that they wish they would have seen everything. I’m committed to LSU, I’ll be going to LSU, but it’s a wonderful opportunity to take visits and I would be crazy to miss it.”