Last week , we noted that Kerryon Johnson finished third

in Rookie of the Womens
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Nation platforms. But it’s not just fans that are noticing the year the Detroit
Lions running back is having. ESPN handed out midseason NFL awards this week,
and while Johnson didn’t finish first in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting, he
was among the finalists—finishing fourth overall. He only received two votes
from the eight-analyst panel at ESPN, but one of those writers, Football
Outsiders’ Aaron Schatz www.lionscheapstore.com ,
gave him a first-place vote. It would make sense for Schatz to back Kerryon,
because his statistics support that choice. Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric
ranks Johnson as the third most valuable running back in the NFL—behind just
Phillip Lindsay and Todd Gurley. Johnson current ranks third in rushing yards
(503) among rookies but first in yards per carry (5.7). Wide receiver Andy Jones
didn’t spend all that long off the team. After getting waived from the Lions
following their game against the Vikings (in which he played two offensive
snaps), Jone is back on the team’s practice squad. He replaces tight end Hakeem
Valles, who was waived by the team Wednesday for the second time this year.For
whatever reason, opposing teams aren’t blitzing the Lions very often this
season: Matt Patricia was mentioned on CBS Sports’ Hot Seat Power Rankings this
week because of what was a pretty awful week from Monday to Sunday.
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, they conclude that “this doesn’t feel like a one-and-done
type of situation.” Here are your game sound and radio calls from the
Lions-Vikings game: After firing special teams coordinator Joe Marciano, Matt
Patricia said that assistant special teams coach Devin Fitzsimmons would be
taking many of the duties, but it would be a team effort to fully replace him.
Your daily Bruce Irvin update: The former Raiders edge rusher signed with the
Falcons on Wednesday. The biggest surprise: Look at the teams he passed
on:DeShawn Shead sits out of Wednesday’s practice Detroit Lions cornerback
DeShawn Shead did not participate in the team’s practice on Wednesday. He was
spotted working with a trainer on an undisclosed injury. This comes following a
variety of moves the Lions made in the secondary the past couple of days,
including the additions of safety Marcus Cromartie and cornerback Sterling
Moore. This is the first time that Shead has sat out of practice following
Detroit’s preseason game against the New York Giants last Friday where he did
not play a single snap.The race for the Lions CB2 role has been heating up in
recent weeks. Incumbent Nevin Lawson has been seeing a majority of the first
team reps in practice and has been listed as a starter in both of the team’s
opening games. Shead was signed by the Lions last spring on a one-year deal
worth just over $3 million and has been competing with Lawson and former
second-round pick Teez Tabor for playing time across from Darius Slay. The
corner has suffered from injuries in the past as well. He was a member of the
Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks secondary that earned the “Legion of Boom”
moniker and was a regular starter in Seattle until he tore his ACL in the
divisional round of the 2016 playoffs. He spent much of the 2017 season on the
physically unable to perform list before being released by Seattle this past
March. While we still do not know the severity and cause of Shead’s injury, this
could prove to be a blow to his chances to be named the Day 1 starter in the
upcoming season. With the Lions clearly set on bringing in more talent to
compete for a roster spot and Shead still not having shown that he can be a
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, his roster spot may also be in jeopardy. Guard T.J. Lang,
wide receiver Jace Billingsley and defensive tackle Toby Johnson also did not
participate on Wednesday.
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