I was looking at my fantasy football roster this morning deciding whether or not I should keep Roddy White, and it made me think of Dre Bly. Last season Dre Bly intercepted a Matt Ryan pass and took it back the other way. In typical Dre Bly fashion, he began holding the ball in one hand and high-stepping a good 40 yards away from the endzone. Roddy White ran Bly down from behind, stripped the ball and the Falcons recovered it.
I am not a big Dre Bly fan, so I was pondering how fitting that would be if that was the last Dre Bly “highlight” as he was still unsigned in July and he received little playing time after that mistake.
Lo and behold, Dre Bly signed a two-year deal with the Lions a few short hours after I was thinking about him. Perhaps I need to think about Lombardi trophies instead.
As I said before, I have never been a big Dre Bly fan. He is an undersized finesse corner that lacks elite speed. He does have a nose for the ball, but he gave up several big plays in attempts to make big plays. His “look-at-me” attitude combined with his propensity to throw teammates under the bus is my biggest gripe.
Bly’s contract is for two-years, but it probably has little to no bonus money which means if Bly doesn’t make the roster the Lions aren’t going to have to pay him anything. Bly could be a decent dime back if he has anything left, but I watched several 49ers games last year and he has dropped off significantly the last two years.
Bly gives the Lions a veteran presence at cornerback and he can help out as a punt returner too. Overall, it’s a low risk signing and Bly could be a solid mentor for the young corners on the roster, hopefully Bly sticks with coverage and technique advice and leaves the showboating at the door.