Week 15: 5 Lions Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

The losses continue to rack up for the Detroit Lions. This week was no different against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here are some Lions who stood out in both a positive and negative light.

5 Who Impressed:

1. LB Jahlani Tavai

Tavai had five tackles as well as a very nice interception on Sunday. With his PFF grade being only a 30.0 last week against the pass, he went out there and showed he can learn from his mistakes. He was not flawless, but he also had a pass break up on another play. Tavai has shown the flashes you want to see in a rookie and has demonstrated there’s something to work with in the future — he just needs to do so on a more consistent basis.

2. WR Danny Amendola

Amendola had a tremendous game leading the way with eight catches for 102 yards.

Amendola is having a career year in Detroit. He is 49 yards off his season-high with two games to play. Not to mention, he has had a backup quarterback or a third-stringer for six games this year. Not bad at all for the 34-year-old slot receiver.

3. LB Devon Kennard

Kennard made his presence felt against the Buccaneers offense with his four tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack. Kennard has racked up stats in bunches this year — reminds me of Ansah from year past. Few games he will have a ton of sacks, pressures, etc. and then will go away for a few games. This was one of his good games.

4. DT Snacks Harrison

Snacks looked like last year’s version of Snacks for the most part of this game. Can’t give all the credit to just Harrison though, he was, however, a key component. The Lions defense as a whole only allowed 1.7 yards per carry on the ground against Tampa on 29 rushing attempts. Winston had quite a bit of time in the pocket but their run game was shut down.

5. RB Wes Hills

Hills made his first NFL start and he did not disappoint from a power running perspective. Although he only averaged 2.1 yards per carry against the league top run defense, he had both of the Lions’ touchdowns. His two touchdowns tied starting running back Kerryon Johnson’s team lead for rushing touchdowns on the year.

5 Who Did Not:

1. CB Rashaan Melvin

Melvin got burnt on several plays and gave up a touchdown, possibly a second one depending on where you place the blame in the zone scheme. It looked like the Lions finally found their cornerback partner with Slay earlier this year, however, with lack of pass rush, he can’t cover forever. Melvin did get one of only three pass breakups in the game.

2. S Will Harris

This was not the rookie’s best game. Not only did he get beat for a score, but he seemed to take a few bad routes to the ball carrier in the run game as well. With the Lions not playing for much besides draft position, I’d say it was hopefully a good learning experience for the young third-round pick.

3. CB Amani Oruwariye

Oruwariye was brought in to replace Melvin after he got beat a couple of times. The change in corners had no impact besides helping me fill out this side of the list. The rookie out of Penn State got beat for a touchdown and a few other plays. A performance to forget after a promising start to his career.

4. TE Logan Thomas

Thomas was one of my players to watch and if you did take my advice, you saw his worst game of the year. He had no catches on four targets and he missed a block that caused the running back to get hit the moment he touched the ball.

5. QB David Blough

Blough is far removed from his one-game wonder status and is showing why the Lions started Driskel over him. A solid chunk of his yards was on one play to WR Chris Lacey and his slightly above 54% completion percentage is not going to do it. He added two interceptions to go with no touchdowns.

 

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