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    Explaining Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah’s busted coverage

    When Jeff Okudah got beat deep for a 43-yard catch by Diontae Johnson in last week’s preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, it gave some Detroit Lions fans flashbacks of Okudah’s rough rookie season.

    But Lions secondary coach Aubrey Pleasant said Monday he was happy with Okudah’s overall performance.

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    “Started a little slow, rebounded very well,” Pleasant said. “To me, it’s not about how you start, it’s about your finish. That’s why they’re in the preseason and that’s why you see our starters out there trying to get better.”

    Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah on the field during training camp in Allen Park on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

    Okudah, the No. 3 pick in last year’s draft, has had a strong training camp to establish himself as the Lions’ No. 1 cornerback a season after he allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 77.4% of their passes in his coverage area.

    He made three tackles against the Steelers and broke up a fade route to Juju Smith-Schuster in the end zone, but “got a little greedy with his eyes” on the big third-down pass play he allowed on Pittsburgh’s second drive.

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