Detroit Lions Aidan Hutchinson James Houston NFL rookie grades
Detroit’s The trio of rookie defensive linemen, Aidan Hutchinson and James Houston, delivered a dominant performance against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. They each received high marks in this week’s edition of All Lions. “Rookie Report Card.”
After the Lions’ Week 17 win against Chicago, here are the grades of the rest of the Lions rookie class.
EDGE James Houston:
It becomes more and more difficult to understand how this happens every week. Houston The Lions’ practice squad was the first to start the season.
The Jackson State product His impressive start to his NFL career was maintained Sunday. He recorded three sacks and one forced fumble against Bears quarterback Justin Fields. In addition, he sat for a record-breaking 63 percent of Detroit’s defensive snaps. Houston became the fifth NFL player to achieve this feat, and the first since Von Miller in 2011.
Houston also received an 85.1 overall grade by Pro Football Focus for his efforts in Week 17. It was the second highest mark among all Lions defenses for the week.
Let’s hope he can get at least one sack of Aaron Rodgers during Sunday’s regular season finale against the Packers.
EDGE Aidan Hutchinson – A
In Week 17 Hutchinson He added another memorable performance in his dominant rookie campaign.
The 2022 No. 2022 No. The divisional matchup was completed with a half-sack and an interception.
The Michigan product now has seven and a half sacks, and three interceptions for the season. This makes him the first rookie to have at least seven sacks, and three interceptions in a single year since 1982.
He is also the only NFL player to have at least five sacks and three interceptions this season.
Particularly, Sunday’s performance. Hutchinson The highest grade among all Detroit players was 90.7, which earned him a PFF grade.
The standout pass rusher also has the third-highest grade in PFF among all EDGE defenders (89.7) since Week 11.
He and the aforementioned Houston They have created a dynamic pass-rushing team for the Lions’ upstart team. The first-year pros are the first to have seven or more sacks each since 1982.
This is the latest in a long list of achievements for the rookie duo This season.
EDGE Josh Paschal: A
Paschal In Sunday’s contest, he recorded his best game as an amateur.
He had the first two sacks in his NFL career. He also had a career-high four combined tackles, which included two for loss.
It was a positive step from the Kentucky productHe had four tackles in the three previous weeks.
Paschal and Houston, his rookie defensive linemen, had a combined total of 11 tackles. They also had four tackles for loss.
It was a dominating performance by the trio going into Detroit’s crucial Week 18 tilt in Green Bay.
WR Jameson Williams:
The rookie wideout did not catch a catch for the third consecutive week.
Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson However, he did try to get the ball. Goff gave Williams three targets.
Also, Williams Although he didn’t receive a single reception in Week 17, he did manage to gain 40 yards on an End-around, which was a highlight of his game-changing speed.
It was definitely an impact play Williams. The 2022 No. To earn a higher grade than a “C”, the 2022 No. 12 overall selection must make his presence felt in the passing game.
TE James Mitchell: B-
The third consecutive week has seen the Virginia Tech product It was a catch.
Goff has done a great job getting Detroit’s tight ends involved with the passing game this season. Mitchell In recent weeks.
Mitchell’s fellow tight ends Brock Wright, Shane Zylstra, and Shane Zylstra have made an impact that is hard to ignore. It’s a positive sign, however, that Goff continues to make an effort to look Mitchell in the eye.
He was commended for his efforts in Week 17 and received a “B” grade.
LB Malcolm Rodriguez:
Rodriguez He didn’t put in a great performance against Justin Fields & Co. He did a better job against the Panthers than he did last week.
The Oklahoma State product For the second consecutive week, he had at least four tackles and did a good job in stopping Chicago’s run game.
I’ll give him a C for his efforts in Week 17.
S Kerby Joseph: C.
Joseph His production has been declining over the past few weeks. It could be an indication that the Illinois product is at the rookie wall.
He did, however, record his first pass defensed against the Giants since Week 11. He also received a PFF grade of 47.9, the fourth-lowest score among all Lions defenders.
Let’s hope he gets on the right track. Detroit’s Regular season finale with the Packers
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