Week 16: 5 Lions Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

5 Who Impressed:

1. CB Nevin Lawson

Lawson has had a poor season overall, however, he made an impact play by recording his first career sack. After that, Lawson had two tackles for loss. He also held Vikings WR Adam Thielen to under 100-yards for the second straight game when they have been matched up against each other.

2. DE Romeo Okwara

Okwara continues to showcase his pass rush skills and is making his case for coming back next season. He added to his career-high sack total and could be a key part of a defense next year that currently lacks pass rushing threats.

3. K Matt Prater

Prater returned to being automatic on Sunday — hitting all three of his attempted field goals. His longest came from 48-yards out. Prater was the Lions sole source of points.

4. RB Zach Zenner

Zenner led the Lions with 45-yards rushing on eight attempts for an average over five yards per carry. He also was the team’s third leading receiver with 22-yards. Zenner once again outworked Blount and other Lions teammates with fewer touches. Hopefully, his consistent performances will give him more touches in the final game of the year.

5. S Quandre Diggs

Diggs had a team-high seven tackles as well as some big hits. Diggs was not a great slot corner early in his career, but since making the switch to safety, he has proved himself a solid starter. He even got honored as an alternate pro bowel safety this season.

5 Who Did Not:

1. RB LeGarrette Blount

Blount had a total of 13 touches for 24-yards, including losing five yards in the receiving game. Blount was given every opportunity in the receiving department, but dropped two passes alone in the first quarter. After catching a couple balls that resulted in a loss, the Lions may have actually caught a break on the ones he dropped — because they didn’t lose yards.

Blount has not been a good player for the Lions this season and hopefully between Zenner’s emergence and rookie Kerryon Johnson’s return after the offseason to heal, Blount will not be back to vulture carries next season.

2. CB Marcus Cooper

Cooper, although he did not start and had limited expectations, he finds himself on this list for giving up a touchdown. The minute Slay went down and needed to take a play off, the Vikings targeted Cooper and immediately gave up a score.

3. S Tracy Walker III

Walkers has had a phenomenal season so far in his limited action, however he made one big mistake on special teams. Walker arrived early and hit the Vikings return man before he even had a chance to field the ball. The penalty gave great field position for the Vikings. Special teams may be the worst unit on the team this year and young players like Walker need to clean up the miscues.

4. WR Kenny Golladay

Golladay once again could not find his grove on offense. He did lead the team with 58-yards, but Golladay couldn’t come down with two difficult yet catchable passes — one of which was on 3rd down forcing the Lions to punt. In the fourth quarter, Golladay failed to run a good route and was forced to push off the of the defender to create enough separation for Stafford to place the ball. He was called for offensive pass interference and it removed another first down.

5. RB Theo Riddick

Riddick has a very interesting skill set. When lined up in the backfield, he is one of the better receiving backs in the NFL. However, if he lines up in the slot, he does not get the same matchup and is less effective. Unfortunately, he has been horrendous on the ground as well. He proved that once again after a three carries for minus-two yards.

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