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

There is always a lot to like in a division rivalry win. This game in particular had some players really stand out in a positive light, some even wowed.  There’s always good, but there is also some bad that comes with it. Let’s take a look at five players who impressed and five who did not.

5 That Impressed:

1. RB LeGarrette Blount

Blount managed to only have 22-yards on 12 carries which would have been the usual disappointment this season if it was not for that fact he found the end zone twice.

Blount was used perfectly and he delivered in a role the Lions had cut out for him in the offseason. It is really nice to finally see Blount being used as a goal-line back and it paid off in a big way.

2. WR Kenny Golladay

Golladay came just shy of a 100-yard game, ending with 98-yards and a touchdown.

Golladay has been emerging as the Lions best receiver this season and he continues to prove it week in and week out. Seems Stafford has taken notice as well with Golladay leading in targets this game with nine. Golladay has not only worked on his route running and getting open more, but he also seems to be taking after fellow WR Golden Tate with his bYAC yards. He showed a nasty stiff arm on Packers safety, Haha Clinton- Dix.

3. DE Romeo Okwara

Okwara was a great waiver wire pick up by the Lions. He has seen more playing time in recent games and has demonstrated bwhy he deserves it. Okwara had two sacks this week –one of which forced Rodgers to fumble. The fumble was recovered by another former New York Giant, linebacker Devon Kennard. With the Lions lacking a pass rush from their D-Line in past weeks, it was really nice to see a defensive end get to the quarterback, let alone multiple times.

4. DT Da’Shawn Hand

Hand has been the steal of the NFL draft this year in my opinion. The fourth-round pick out of Alabama has been nothing short of amazing. He is consistently making plays — including the play of the game. Not only did Hand get a sack, force Rodgers to fumble the ball, but Hand also recovered it himself after being double teamed off the line. This amazing play can be found below.

5. LB Devon Kennard

Kennard has been a terrific bargain for a free agent signing. He leads the Lions in sacks and vadded another one against the Packers. Kennard is not a one trick pony either, he is often in a great position to make a play even if he is not the first guy to the ball. An example of this would be his fumble recovery on Okwara’s sack of Rodgers.

Kennard is up to five sacks on the year in five games.

5 That Did Not:

1. LG Frank Ragnow

Ragnow did not have a great game on Sunday. In addition to struggling to protect Stafford, Ragnow had a (soft but enough for the call) hands to the face penalty that erased a 46-yard touchdown to Golladay.  The Lions got lucky on the next play to punt in which the ball went off a Packers player and back to the Lions on the one-yard line. However, this does not take away from the fact that Ragnow took away a scoring play from the offense.

2. CB Teez Tabor

Tabor had a rough game yet again. Tabor allowed a 16-yard catch on a first and 15 — a situation normally a defense can keep the opposing offense from getting a first down in three plays, let alone one.  Later on, Tabor got beat again and was called for a holding penalty resulting in a 21-yard gain for Green Bay.

Tabor was in on a fair amount of snaps and only recorded a single tackle for his stat line.

3. WR Marvin Jones

Jones has been falling to the wayside in terms of targets lately. He only saw four in this game while Golladay and Tate saw at least seven each.  Jones may not be getting open or coming down with the difficult catches as much as he did last year. To be fair, he still plays the most snaps and teams still may see him as the Lions number one receiver, so he is covered with the opponents best corner. Or maybe Stafford, like the rest of us, sees Golladay’s emergence and wants to keep feeding him. Whichever it is, Jones is seeing fewer targets.

Jones did manage to grab an impressive touchdown, however, that was his only catch of the game. In addition to just that one catch on four targets, Jones also added two pass interference penalties and a dropped pass in the end zone.

4. CB Darius Slay

Slay struggled all game long against a hobbled Davante Adams. Adams had nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown — mostly on Slay. This is not what we are used to seeing out of the All-Pro corner. Slay got banged up a little as well, although he did return just a few plays later.

5. CB Jamal Agnew

Not to add insult to injury, but Agnew was having a bad game before he got hurt. This year, Agnew has not shown too much in terms of pass coverages skills. Although he is normally a threat in the return game, he did not return a single punt or kick. Let’s just hope his injury is not as serious as it looked and sounds.

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