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Detroit responded to Suh's departure by trading for defensive lineman Haloti Ngata.
Mathis spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars before joining the Lions.
"Familiarity is key. That's never a minus," Mathis said.
"I'm very confident in the guys who we have," Mathis said on a conference call Thursday. "I'm also confident in our personnel department and getting people here to help us. That's what the NFL is all about. You've always got to lose someone."
"Having someone plug in that gap — that's always the key," Mathis said. "In any business field,Wholesale World Cup Jerseys, regardless of whether it's sports or not, if you lose a big, key piece of what made you successful, having someone step up and plug in that gap, that will be the only way that you're able to be as successful as you were before."
Suh may have left via free agency,Cheap Sports Jerseys, but Mathis is back,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, having signed a two-year contract to stay. Detroit now can expect to return its entire starting secondary from 2014, when the team had one of the top defenses in the NFL.

Not every position group can plan on that type of continuity,Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic. The Lions lost Suh and fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley to free agency,Cheap Jerseys. That raised plenty of questions whether Detroit will be able to repeat the defensive effort that helped the team earn a wild card last season for its second postseason berth in four years,Cheap Jerseys From China.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Rashean Mathis is returning to a Detroit defense missing its biggest star from last season.
The 34-year-old Mathis has been a steady part of Detroit's secondary since the Lions signed him two years ago. He had 42 tackles and nine assists last season, as well as an interception he returned 41 yards for a touchdown in an October loss to Buffalo.
He still has high hopes for the Lions in the post-Ndamukong Suh era.