Travis Swanson sat out of Thursday’s practice, as he continues to go through the concussion protocol. He has now missed two consecutive practices this week and has a very good chance of missing the contest against the Chicago Bears.
If Swanson cannot go, it’s almost a certainty that rookie Graham Glasgow will slide over from the left guard position to take over center duties and Laken Tomlinson will plug in at the left guard spot.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
How confident are you in Graham Glasgow at center?
My answer: A 4/10. Glasgow has done an adequate job at left guard, but center is an entirely different role. There’s the shared responsibility with the quarterback in identifying and adjusting to pass rush. There’s the inherent snapping chemistry that must be had. That, and an entirely new blocking scheme, is all a lot for a rookie to take on, especially for one that has spent the regular season working mostly as a guard and not a center.
Add on that the Bears actually have a formidable defensive line, and that’s enough to make me legitimately worried about the Lions’ offense with Glasgow snapping the ball. The one thing that gives me hope is that Matthew Stafford has been excellent under pressure this year, so it may not matter if he’s on the run more than normal on Sunday.