Week 17: 5 Lions Who Impressed and 5 Who Did Not

5 Who Impressed:

1. RB Kerryon Johnson

Johson looked well in his limited role on Sunday. He had 11 attempts for 53 yards and a touchdown. Johnson averaged 4.8 yards per attempt and demonstrated he still had some explosiveness to make it through the hole when there was one.

2. RB Bo Scarbrough

Scarborough had another strong week as well, with nine carries for 42 yards for an average of 4.7 yards per attempt. Nipping at the heels of Johnson, Scarbrough came up just short of passing the running back for the team lead in yards for the season. However, after playing two fewer games, Scarbrough did lead the Lions in yards per game.

3. DT Damon Harrison

Harrison has been a ghost for most of the year. He did say he was dealing with injuries throughout the season which has him contemplating retirement. At any rate, he had a solid game against Green Bay in week 17. Harrison had four tackles and looked like the Snacks of old making run stops at the line of scrimmage.

4. S Will Harris

Harris had a nice overall game for the rookie third-round pick. He had a very nice pass break up, a tackle for a loss on Green Bay running back Jones as well as a sack on Rodgers. Between Harris, Walker, and Oruwariye, the Lions have a nice group of young players in their secondary.

5. CB Amani Oruwariye

Oruwariye had an up and down game until the young rookie intercepted Aaron Rodgers. One of only four interceptions on the season for Rodgers, so let’s not act like it is some small feat. Oruwariye was also the team’s second-leading tackler with four. In addition to that, he also had another pass break-up.

5 Who Did Not:

1. QB David Blough

Blough only had four yards per attempt this game, which is beyond low. I understand Golladay went down and he did not have Marvin Jones, but the Lions have enough options that he still should not have been that low. Blough also threw an interception, and only had a completion percentage of 41 percent. Blough’s QBR was a 39.7. Needless to say, it was a game to forget.

He did manage to catch a touchdown on a trick play.

2.TE Jesse James

I’ll keep this section short. James did not do much of anything. Between Hockenson, Jones, and in this game, Golladay going down, James could have easily helped the void of weapons. He ended the game with two catches for five yards.

3. Offensive Jamal Agnew

Agnew is not all that new to the offensive side of the ball. He has been used on gadget plays his whole career. However, on Sunday, Agnew was used as a receiver on a few different plays — not just as a decoy.

Between his lack of ability to play defense, but his ability to return kicks, it seems the Lions are going to possibly switch him to the offensive side of the ball long term like the Chicago Bears did with Devin Hester. Agnew only had one punt return for 11 yards which is fine, but he made the list for his offense, or lack thereof, with one catch for minus-two yards.

4. DE Trey Flowers

Flowers definitely stepped up over the last eight weeks of the season but this was not one of those games. He only was able to accumulate an assisted tackle in the game and that is it. Flowers does set the edge and do things the stat sheet does not always show, however, more than half a tackle is required.

5. RB J.D. McKissic

McKissic is the forgotten running back for the Lions. Scarbrough came in and took over his spot. Ty Johnson has seemingly also taken snaps away as well. While others got 25 rushing attempts, McKissic’s number was called not once. In the passing game on 29 throwing attempts, McKissic was targetted twice and he gained only four yards. He was dealing with an injury, but looked like he was healthy enough to play.

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