The Detroit Lions have filled their 53rd program spot, asserting cornerback Corey Ballentine off waivers by means of the New York Jets. Ballentine experienced a knee injury returning a dismiss in the preseason and was deferred from harmed save by the Jets recently.
This expansion comes after second-year corner Jeff Okudah arrived on harmed save with a season-finishing Achilles injury. Ballentine joins Amani Oruwariye, Ifeatu Melifonwu, Jerry Jacobs, A.J. Parker and Bobby Price in the cornerback room. Oruwariye sits on the room while Parker began at nickelback in the opener. Melifonwu, the fourth-balance freshman of Syracuse, is relied upon to see an expanded job off the bat.
Ballentine, 25, has showed up in 28 games with four beginnings across three seasons between the Jets and the Giants. He has 46 handles, no capture attempts and two pass separations in three years. The majority of his work has come in unique groups in the return stage, with a 24.5-yard normal on 31 opening shot returns. Ballentine didn’t see a cautious snap in the six games he played for the Jets last year. Godwin Igwebuike took care of the four opening shot returns in Week 1 for the Lions. He arrived at the midpoint of 13.8 yards on those four has a go at, battling to keep it clean all the while.
The Lions face the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Monday Night Football in Week 2, an overwhelming assignment for their unpracticed optional. Jacobs and Parker are undrafted free specialists. Value, an undrafted free specialist from 2020, as of late did the change to cornerback from wellbeing. Melifonwu saw 12 cautious snaps in the opener, recuperating a late bungle in Detroit’s 41-33 misfortune to the 49ers.
The Lions have cornerbacks Nickell Robey-Coleman, Daryl Worley and Parnell Motley on their training crew. Robey-Coleman and Worley are clear possibility to get the call to the fundamental program in front of Monday night.
“We signed Daryl Worley to our practice squad. All things are on the table right now,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said. “So, there’s a chance he can go to the game. But, there again, he just walked in the door, so, I’m not going to say that he is until we really get a good look at him and let him kind of process what we do defensively.”