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Lions add experience to their secondary with signing of veteran safety Chris Hope

Posted by ttwentyman on June 24, 2013 – 5:00 pm

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The Lions have added more depth and experience to their secondary with the signing of veteran safety Chris Hope.

Hope, an 11-year veteran, has had previous stints in Pittsburgh (2002-05), Tennessee (2006-11) and, most recently, Atlanta last season, where he played in all 16 games with four starts.

A 2008 Pro Bowl selection, Hope has started 113 of the 163 career games he’s played in, including every game for the Steelers in 2005 when the team won Super Bowl XL.

The former third round pick of the Steelers in 2002 (94th overall) has 527 career tackles, four sacks, 20 interceptions, 50 passes defended, four forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and a touchdown.

He joins a safety group that now includes Glover Quin, Louis Delmas, Don Carey, Tyrell Johnson, Amari Spievey, Ricardo Silva, John Wendling and Martavius Neloms.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was Hope’s defensive coordinator in Tennessee for three seasons from 2005-2008. Hope knows the Lions’ defensive scheme and Schwartz should be well aware of what he brings to the table.

Hope is a veteran presence in the back end of the Lions defense and could offer some security to the injury concerns of Delmas.

The Lions released WR Brian Robiskie to make room for Hope on the roster.


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9 Responses to “Lions add experience to their secondary with signing of veteran safety Chris Hope”

  1. By Mike Sudds on Jun 24, 2013 | Reply

    A solid, if not flashy pickup. Where Robiskie had zero chance of making the 53, Hope has…well….hope.

  2. By Mike Barnett on Jun 24, 2013 | Reply

    THE Lions have Hope, Chris Hope that is. Damn good signing Detroit, the backfield is good to go. Let the Lions loose!!!!

  3. By rockbo1955 on Jun 25, 2013 | Reply

    I hope slay is a starter and some of these start you best player and slay has all the to be great player and he is young and has a lot of playing time ahead of him ! the rest fight backup position should be a big turn around in this secondary this year!

  4. By simms on Jun 25, 2013 | Reply

    rockbo1955 put the whiskey down before you make comments. Your grammar is horrible!

  5. By Jon on Jun 26, 2013 | Reply

    Last year Mayhew did not have a backup plan for Best and his inability to come back from concussions and it ultimately hurt the Lions. This year it looks like Louis Delmas could be in for another injury plagued year, but Mayhew has done a terrific job of adding both Glover Quinn and Chris Hope to add talent, depth, and an insurance policy to Delmas knees. On paper, the backfield seems fairly deep and stacked, although after Houston all the other cbs lack experience, they all seem to have some talent and athleticism.

  6. By Mark Sawyer on Jun 30, 2013 | Reply

    To all the comments I have seen about Mayhew and his job on the line. I really dont understand why the negativity, it takes time and patience to be in the right place/time to get what your looking for. This guy gets an A from me, he has done the right things, filled some of our weaknesses, carefully and with thought, the lions have had issues with off field problems and chemistry and they are being addressed as well, yes im sure there is room for improvement but from the news i have been seeing the last couyple of months I think they are doing a good job at trying to turn this around for us fans. GO LIONS!!!!!!

  7. By JOHN R. SANDERSON on Jul 13, 2013 | Reply

    COACH SCHWARTZ,
    I will repeat last years opine’s…..I still like George Steinbrenners way. Tell your players to “GROW UP”, SHAVE…..CUT THE HAIR….LOSE THE CURLEYS AND GIVE US 100%. IF YOU WANT TO LOOK LIKE GIRLEY”S…..WEAR BRA’S and PANTIES….ANOTHER WORDS….BE A MAN >>>OR TAKE A HIKE> You BUMBS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OUT OF JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. ONE OTHER THING…STAY OUT OF BARS UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON…OR “GET OUT RIGHT NOW”…………PLUS…DO DRUGS>>>>>GET LOST RIGHT NOW. SO SAYS BIG JOHN……….SAN DIEGO >>A LION FAN SINCE THE (1950′S)

  8. By straw walker on Jul 20, 2013 | Reply

    Remember CB Wright released last year, whom I thought was the Lions best corner,. Well TB just had enough of Wright and traded him, after drug and police problems. I guess I was really wrong and the lions management knew what was up.

  9. By Black Wolf Standing on Jul 22, 2013 | Reply

    The question becomes, “How many safeties are the Lions keeping?” It looks like we will be cutting talent by the end of preseason.

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