As the Detroit Lions head into the bye week blues, there are still plenty of headlines to peruse. Let’s go over some of the best in our review.
The Detroit Lions are heading into their bye week with a 2-3 record in the standings. But coming off a big win over their divisional rivals, the Green Bay Packers in Week Five, the Motor City has to feel go about their momentum swing heading into the bye.
With five games in the books, and an off-week to review the mistakes of the past, Detroit certainly hopes their arrow is pointing upward with the 3-2 Miami Dolphins in their sights. With that said, let’s dive into today’s best Lions-related headlines.
The Lions offensive line has been playing better as of late, specifically starting right tackle Ricky Wagner. The above article from Pro Football Focus points out how Wagner was the highest rated lineman for Detroit in their big win over the Green Bay Packers this past weekend. And how he’s been steadily improving since being inked as a free agent out of Baltimore last season.
We are seeing the creation of a superstar wide receiver right before our eyes in Golladay, who has emerged as a consistent playmaker after a relatively quiet rookie campaign.
In 2017, the third rounder posted 28 receptions for 477 yards and three scores. Golladay has nearly matched those same numbers through his first five games this year.
Following Jamal Agnew’s knee injury, the Lions claimed waived cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, who was released by the Indianapolis Colts. Pipkins just made his debut for the Colts in Week Five, starting against the New England Patriots and recording nine total tackles.
Without familiar names like Anthony Zettel, Tahir Whitehead, and Ziggy Ansah, the Lions defensive front seven has started to show some signs of growth under this Matt Patricia-led defensive scheme. New names like Devon Kennard, Da’Shawn Hand, and Romeo Okwara have taken their place and are starting to make some big plays for Motown.
Professional athletes often struggle to figure out their lives after football. Not the 31-year old Ricky Jean-Francois. He’ll be making donuts. Jean-Francois currently owns nine Dunkin’ Donuts outlets with four more on the way next year and a total of 26 stores planned. The company itself recently made headlines when it announced its name change, dropping the Donuts and going with Dunkin’ alone.