CLEVELAND – Teez Tabor officially exploded in Detroit.
The Detroit Lions broke away from the former second-round pick on Friday, as they began to move to the limit of 53 players, according to the NFL network. Security Andrew Adams and offensive lineman Micah St. Andrews are also among the first casualties, according to the Detroit Free Press. Cornerback Andre Chachere of ESPN is also among the first to be released. The deadline is 16 hours. Saturday.
Tabor was ballhawk in Florida, where he became one of the country's best lock-down half-defenders. A slow run in the 40-yard race at the combine, and then an even slower day on her professional day, pushed her to leave the first round of the 2017 draft session, but the general manager Lions, Bob Quinn, loved what he saw on tape. He said he watched more Tabor videos than any other prospect in his career, and convinced himself that Tabor's speed was faster than his reading speed.
The bet has never paid off.
Tabor struggled to see the pitch during his rookie season, and struggled to force him back last year because of injury. He allowed 22 shots on 27 targets and quarterbacks accumulated a score of 158.3 when they tackled him. It's a perfect score. And Tabor was finally chosen in favor of unprepared rookie Mike Ford.
A year later, Tabor seemed to have found the solution off the field. In the spring, he recounted how he had worked so hard all his life to make the NFL, and then fell in love with everything else – the celebrity, the fortune and the lifestyle that goes with it – a time that he created it. He knew his career was bad and was determined to change course.
"Everything I wanted when I was younger, I had," Tabor said. "I fell in love with money, jewels, women, everything. I fell in love with everything outside of sport. (I told myself) either you will fall in love with the game, or you will be gone as if you never arrived.
"So at the end of last year, I evaluated everything I 've done during the year. I have evaluated all my everything. I had to lose weight, I needed to lose body fat, I had to go faster, get stronger. I needed to better play the situations. I think that after last season, I made the decision to start doing these things so that I could get back to the game. I fell in love with the game and I became fond of the game again. Thu. "
The new Tabor certainly looked different in the spring. Rebounding with the first team because of the Darius Slay contract dispute, Tabor recorded steady gains in the field. He was still beaten on the occasion, especially when he was isolated down the field, but played a lot more times than he had had two seasons.
On August 1, Tabor was injured in the leg, which prevented him from gaining momentum early in the training camp. He was only able to return to the field on Monday, after which he had only two practice sessions to convince Detroit to deserve another chance. He told MLive this week that he was still feeling so good with his shot.
"Nah," he said, when asked when he was nervous before being cut. "I'm cool, brother."
But when Tabor arrived, Rashaan Melvin was already stationed at Slay. Justin Coleman can play hard, while rookie Amani Oruwariye is safe and Jamal Agnew too. Another cornerback, Dee Virgin, could also be part of the squad because of his abilities in special teams. It was a healthy scratch for the pre-season finale, the mark of a player who has already finished his job.
Tabor did not play in the game either, but coach Matt Patricia made it clear later that health was his main concern. And one day later, the Teez Tabor experiment is over in Detroit.
In two years with the Lions, Tabor has cleared 32 catches on 44 targets, five touchdowns and a 144.5 smuggler rating.
And now that his release is official, he will be entering the books as the worst choice of the Bob Quinn era.