Wilson started at strong safety during Friday's preseason game against the Giant and recorded a team-high five tackles.
Wilson is trying to fend off Quandre Diggs for the starting role at strong safety, a role the former has held down for a few seasons now. The Illinois product did allow a third-down conversion to Giants tight end Evan Engram, but overall Wilson had a good showing Friday and certainly looks to be moving around well after missing parts of the offseason program recovering from shoulder surgery. The veteran will look to continue his stellar play in Detroit's third preseason game next Friday against the Buccaneers, which will likely be Wilson's last appearance before Week 1.
Wilson (shoulder) did not participate in the team portions of mandatory minicamp, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.
Wilson's 2017 campaign was cut short by a shoulder injury that planted him on injured reserve for the season's final six games. While there's been no indication that the veteran will remain limited when training camp rolls around in late July, it wouldn't be a complete surprise if he's prevented from taking part in select drills, either. Should he continue to miss time, Quandre Diggs will likely continue to fill in with the first-team defense, though Miles Killebrew could also see some snaps there as well.
Wilson averaged 5.8 tackles per game while serving as Detroit's starting strong safety the past two seasons, adding three sacks and three interceptions in 25 games. Quandre Diggs impressed in the same role after Wilson landed on injured reserve in late November, but the Lions could move Diggs back to slot corner if they want to keep both players on the field. It's also quite possible new head coach Matt Patricia believes Wilson fits best as a third safety rather than a starter. It'll be hard to recommend either Wilson or Diggs for IDP purposes until there's some clarity regarding Patricia's intentions. Wilson should have plenty of time to recover from last season's shoulder injury before the start of training camp.
Wilson was playing well before being sentenced to injured reserve in late November. However, Quandre Diggs stepped in and performed admirably in his place, perhaps making Wilson expendable in the process. It doesn't help Wilson's chances of returning to Detroit that head coach Jim Caldwell and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin were fired.
Wilson (shoulder) was officially placed on injured reserve Monday.
After Wilson aggravated a shoulder injury for a third time this season in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day loss to the Vikings, the team decided to shut the safety down so he could undergo surgery. Rolan Milligan was signed off the practice squad in a corresponding move to fill Wilson's spot on the 53-man roster and restore depth in the secondary.
|4||9/30/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||41||28.0||13||0||4||87||21.8||45||0||6|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||3||3.0||0||0||1||74||74.0||74||1||1|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||22||19.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2015||New England Patriots||9||13||10.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
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|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New England Patriots||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|