Lions' Teez Tabor has little to say as struggles continue

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Vikings receiver Chad Beebe runs with the ball in the first quarter with Lions cornerback Teez Tabor in pursuit on Sunday.

Minneapolis — Coming out of college, after his draft stock slipped due to a poor showing at the scouting combine, Detroit Lions cornerback Teez Tabor adopted the slogan, "Press play, watch the tape." 

A standout for the University of Florida, Tabor's college tape was outstanding. But halfway through his second season with the Lions, the tape shows Tabor hasn't been able to find his groove as a professional. 

A second-round pick a year ago, Tabor played just 14 snaps in the Lions' 24-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, yet managed to have a noticeably negative impact on the defense's performance. 

Tabor was bested by undrafted rookie Chad Beebe, who was making his pro debut, to convert a fourth down on Minnesota's opening drive, which ultimately ended in a touchdown.

"The guy just won," Tabor said. 

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The second-year corner also got hit with two penalties, one for holding and another for pass interference, not that it stopped Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph from hauling in a 24-yard reception on third down in the fourth quarter.

Tabor had little insight to offer about his game or season-long performance.

How do you feel you're playing right now? 

"Not playing good enough," Tabor said. 

What do you need to do to get to where you need to be?

"Just keep coming to practice every day," he said.

What's your confidence level like right now?

"You've got to stay with the same confidence," he said.

How bad has Tabor been this season? Entering Sunday's game, he was the only cornerback in football allowing opposing quarterbacks to post a perfect passer rating when targeted in coverage, according to Pro Football Focus.

Additionally, after the loss to Minnesota, he has now been hit with six penalties, one behind cornerback Nevin Lawson for the team lead.

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