ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Bill Bentley thought he was just OK in the Detroit Lions’ exhibition opener. Coach Jim Schwartz would prefer that his rookie cornerback leave the criticism to him.
The third-round selection had an interception in Friday’s 19-17 loss to Cleveland and broke up another pass Schwartz thought he should have picked off. He broke up two passes in the game and had a tackle after starting opposite six-year veteran Chris Houston.
He’s the likely starter after supplanting veteran Alphonso Smith. Bentley and Houston have seen most of the reps as the starting corners as Detroit works to upgrade a defense that was 22nd against the pass last season.
Bentley was one of three defensive backs the Lions drafted in April to bolster a secondary that struggled late in the season and in Detroit’s 45-28 wild-card loss to New Orleans.