Darius Slay seems to be angling for the title of “NFL’s biggest mouth” these days.
The defensive back spoke out again on Tuesday morning, opening up about what drives him and what he expects from himself going forward.
“My goal is to make a play on every quarterback,” he said (h/t MLive.com), “and make everyone mad at me.”
Interestingly, despite previous evidence to the contrary, Slay isn’t as cocky as he has come across this offseason. He acknowledged that while he does want to be viewed as one of the best in the game, he still has a long way to go.
“I ain’t arrived yet. I still got somewhere to go, man,” he said. “I’m just trying to get to be one of the best, so that when you see 23 out there, you know he’s going to bring his ‘A’-game.
“I want a lot of people to look at me as great, and that’s it.”
Pro Football Focus (subscription required) graded Slay out as the No. 21-ranked cornerback in the NFL last season. He came up with two interceptions and opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 82.9 against him.
Clearly, he still has a lot to prove before he can live up to his own expectations, but at least Slay has the self-confidence it takes to succeed at one of the toughest positions in the NFL.
He, and the Lions, will have another chance to get better this Thursday night when they travel to Washington to face the Redskins.