Allen Park — The Detroit Lions helped address a primary concern in their unstable secondary by signing veteran cornerback Dré Bly to a two year deal — his second as a Lion — early last month.
Three days into training camp, head coach Jim Schwartz sees the 12-year veteran’s value in how he affects the players around him.
“Dré (Bly) is an experienced player that’s had a lot of success in this league,” he said. “Dré is probably closer to the end of his career than the beginning of his career, but he still hasn’t lost any confidence.”
That confidence led Bly to 43 career interceptions — 19 with Detroit — and two Pro Bowl selections in 2003 and 2004. According to Schwartz, Bly is now taking what he has learned and passing it on to the next generation of players.
“Dré is really good at sharing his experiences; if you watch him, he’s always talking to the other players,” he said. “Dré has probably learned from some players when he was young and he’s trying to pass that on to some younger guys.”
Those younger players include rookie Amari Spievey and first-year Lions Chris Houston and Jonathan Wade, all of whom were brought in after a house-cleaning at the cornerback position following last season’s 2-14 record.