A lot can happen between now and Week 1, but Tabor at least seems on track to secure the starting spot on the outside opposite 2017 first-team All-Pro corner Darius Slay. As long as he continues to hold off Nevin Lawson for the job, Tabor could receive quite a bit of attention from opposing signal callers in 2018 given the presumed likelihood that team's try to avoid Slay's side of the field.
Tabor is in the mix for the starting cornerback job opposite Darius Slay, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.
Tabor was brought along slowly during his rookie season after the Lions selected him in the second round of last year's draft. Some were even quick to label him a bust when he was frequently made a healthy inactive during the first half of the campaign, but Tabor's role expanded as the season went on and the Florida product ultimately found himself in the starting lineup for the season finale with Nevin Lawson nursing a concussion. While Tabor was unable to finish that game after being knocked out with an arm injury of his own, there's been no indication that ailment is still a problem. It won't be easy, but the ascending cornerback will now have to compete with Lawson and the newly-acquired DeShawn Shead for the lone starting job available. In that very role last season, Lawson accrued 47 tackles and four pass breakups in 15 games.
Tabor accrued 14 tackles over 10 games in 2017.
Tabor, selected in the second round out of Florida in 2017, was slow to acclimate to the professional game considering then-head coach Jim Caldwell frequently made him a healthy scratch during the first half of the campaign. However, the rookie slowly but surely carved out a bigger and bigger role as the season unfolded, ultimately earning a start by year's end after Nevin Lawson sustained a concussion. While it's unfortunate that an arm injury knocked him out of the season finale against Green Bay, Tabor didn't sustain any sort of fracture and isn't expected to be facing a long recovery, according to Nate Atkins of MLive.com. With Lawson set to hit free agency at the end of the league year, Tabor seems positioned to open the 2018 season as a starter opposite 2017 All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay, a role that could lead to high production if opposing teams avoid Slay's coverage.
Since the Lions have missed the playoffs, Tabor has completed his rookie season. The nature of his injury wasn't clear, so updates likely will be available soon regarding how the injury might affect his eligibility for offseason programs.
The rookie second-round pick has seen an increase in defensive snaps the last two weeks, recording nine tackles (eight solo). If he doesn't return Sunday, Jamal Agnew likely will fill in for the time being. Fantasy owners in IDP leagues should keep an eye on Tabor in the offseason, though, as the youngster could move up the depth chart to start the 2018 season.
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