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INDIANAPOLIS - Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz expects improvement from safety Amari Spievey as the former Iowa player enters his third season with the Lions.
Spievey started 15 games for the Lions last year. He had three interceptions and 70 tackles. He also had a sack and a fumble recovery.
"There's improvements we can make from the guys we already have on the roster, Amari Spievey being one of those," Schwartz said today at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "He's still a young player; he's going into his third year. He's played a lot of football for us and there's steps that he can take."
Spievey, 23, was an all-Big Ten cornerback at Iowa in 2009 but left for the NFL after his junior season. Spievey, who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 195 pounds, was drafted by Detroit in the third round in 2010. He signed a three-year deal that expires after this season.
Spievey started nine games as a rookie.
"I think we would talk about guys that were affected by the lockout last year, Amari fit that profile pretty strongly," Schwartz said. "He was a rookie who was coming off a position change. He was a corner when he came here to the combine a couple of years ago. He got thrown into the mix at safety. He didn't have an offseason last year.
"(Spievey) started off and played well for us, but wasn't as consistent we needed to him be and as he will be. But young players like that need to take big steps in their first couple of years. This is an important year for Amari, and it's an important for our secondary."