Cassius Vaughn (32) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions sign Cassius Vaughn


The Detroit Lions have added some cornerback depth today, as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions have signed former Indianapolis Colts No. 3 corner Cassius Vaughn to a one-year deal today. Vaughn was never going to receive more than a one-year pact, as he struggled last season when replacing the injured Greg Toler (nagging groin injury) as the team’s CB2 across from star Vontae Davis.

Vaughn visited the Lions earlier today, and the fifth-year pro is just 26 and figures to be the team’s fourth cornerback on the roster. It will be interesting to see if the Lions decide to bring back Rashean Mathis, and it will also be interesting to see if he plays over Bill Bentley. At this point in time, Chris Houston and Darius Slay are locked in as the starters until further notice.

One thing that’s always stood out about Vaughn is his speed, but there’s little else to praise. He lacks concentration, displays below-average technique, and is burned surprisingly often for a player with his wheels. Vaughn should bring special teams value to the Lions as a kick-off returner, but his roster spot won’t be guaranteed going into training camp. He has some ball skills with 15 passes defended and four interceptions combined in the past two seasons, so he has that going for him as well (it isn’t much, though).


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  • William Rhoads

    And how interceptions/fumbles/sacks/knockdowns! 6 INT/ 4 Fumbles/ 8 knockdown/ 3 sacks! well let us a look what we have the only person coming close was one of our linebackers with six! between slay and indegio/ and this guy will do his share to helps and he does have speed! be side we have drafted four corners in the last two drafts three our going on there third yr and that is when the light comes on and slay has been working with Woodson over the off season to try to speed up his process! The offense we have two wr CJ/Tate if one of them gets injured we will be back to one WR that’s not baby Stafford it getting him WR that can catch! Trade up get the best in Watkins and is not hype his mother was a running coach who taught him how to run that why his speed on the field is even faster and he has lowest drop percentage of any WR so that the reason we take him Durham/Oglebtree were a waste to resign they had terrible production! so you saw it last year when CJ was out how bad our offense without and they our tinkering with Stafford right now working on accuracy you won’t see it that’s how little there will be but he will really light up the sky with those three players and our run game will double and the defense will be rested because the three and out will go down big time! you our also looking last year defense which was bad by scheme and they flat gave up on the scheme and they finally said enough because nothing was working well when you have players ten yards off the WR advantage WR! we stayed in the defense and teams figure us out it was a lame duck defense with no scheme! the fact remains Watkins is the guy! then go all def the rest of the draft/!