It is so much easier to bring you my my studs and duds after a win! For the second time this season, we are on a victory Monday. The Lions took it to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Florida on Sunday 34-16. Could this be enough to keep the coaching staff around a little while longer? My six studs and duds each helped and hurt their cause, let’s see who they are.
1. RB D’Andre Swift
Swift had his breakout game of the season on Sunday, with over 100 yards on the ground as well as two rushing touchdowns. He is the first Lions rookie to do that since Barry Sanders. He is also the first Lions player, rookie or not, to accomplish the feat since Kevin Smith did so in 2011.
2. WR Kenny Golladay
Golladay led the Lions in receptions with four as well as 105 yards and a touchdown. Ever since Golladay has come back to the offense, he has been the best player on that side of the ball, despite his lack of separation. He only manages a little over one yard of separation from his corner per route run. That is actually the second lowest on the team, behind a receiver that will make an appearance later on this list.
3. DE Trey Flowers
Flowers, after being called out by me in my five to watch article, responded exactly how I wanted him to– by making a big play on defense. His strip sack was recorded as the fastest sack in the NFL in week six at 2.7 seconds. If he can continue to make big plays like this he will give opposing offenses someone to focus on.
4. CB Amani Oruwariye
Oruwariye flew under the radar for many. Not only in this game, but all season long. The young corner just continues to improve and made multiple pass break-ups on Sunday.
1. DE Romeo Okwara
Okwara had two sacks slip out of his grasp as he simply could not tackle the quarterback. If he can learn how to wrap up and finish the plays he starts he will find himself in a pro-bowl sooner or later. The young pass-rusher just needs a little more time to season, as most young lineman do. Not everyone can be Chase Young and come into the league as an instant impact player.
2. RB Kerryon Johnson
Johnson continues to get out-worked and out-performed by the other two backs. He had just nine yards on his four attempts on Sunday. He does continue to see some work on 3rd down, because of his pass protection ability, but I can see Johnson being fazed completely out of the offense soon.
3. WR Marvin Jones
Jones had only eight yards on his two receptions, while having five targets. Having an under fifty percent catch rate on targets is not good. This may be due to the fact that he is last on the Lions roster in terms of yards of separation from his corner. Jones’ 1.18 yards of separation per route run are even worse than Lions seldom used tight end Jesse James.
Not many other duds in this game, sometimes it is difficult to call someone out when the team wins by three scores. The Lions played a hell of a game and deserve the praise. That being said, leave a comment below or on Twitter @Gullett_James and tell me who you think should have made the studs or duds list.
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