The Detroit Lions will head down to Miami this week to face a Dolphins team with some familiar faces. Akeem Spence, whom the Lions traded away earlier this offseason, will be down there waiting, as will be reserve interior offensive lineman Wesley Johnson.
But perhaps the biggest former Lions player on the Dolphins now is center Travis Swanson. A four-year starter with the Lions, Swanson was not retained by the Lions this offseason, and after a stint with the Jets, the Dolphins swooped him up in September as a backup.
However, Miami’s starting center Daniel Kilgore left Week 4’s game against the Patriots with an injury and the starting job has been Swanson’s ever since. In the two-and-a-half games Swanson has played at center, he’s done pretty darn well:
According to @PFF Travis Swanson is the 11th ranked Center in the NFL after Week 6 with an overall grade of 71.6. 73.3 overall in Pass Protection and 68.8 overall in Run Blocking. Very impressive against the two of the toughest defensive fronts Miami has played so far this year.— PHINDAMONIUM (@phindamonium) October 15, 2018
Swanson had an up-and-down career in Detroit, but he was never considered a horrible player, so it doesn’t come as much surprise that he’s doing well in Miami. Detroit will have an up-and-close look at him on Sunday, as Kilgore was placed on IR earlier this month.
- Dave Birkett revisited the question about franchise tagging Ezekiel Ansah. Obviously the move looks bad in retrospect, but Birkett looks at the other seven players franchised this year to see if the Lions are alone in their lack of production so far.
- Check out the top 10 plays from the Lions defense over the first five games of the season:
View the top plays from the #Lions defense during the team's first five games of the 2018 season.— Detroit Lions (@Lions) October 12, 2018
- Another day, another article suggesting the Lions should trade one of their players away. This time, Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton thinks Detroit should consider trading away Ameer Abdullah.
- Bad news for the Minnesota Vikings. Their first-round pick, cornerback Mike Hughes, tore his ACL in Sunday’s game and will be placed on IR:
Coach Zimmer confirms Mike Hughes tore his ACL yesterday and will go on IR. pic.twitter.com/1dzJpJoe3V— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 15, 2018
Hughes had two starts, one fumble recovery and one interception—a pick-six—in six games played.
- Too early for the draft? The Athletic’s Chris Burke put together at top 40 prospects big board for the Lions as it pertains to the 2019 NFL Draft (subscription required).
- Turns out adding LeGarrette Blount, using a first-round pick on an offensive lineman, and changing your offensive line coach may actually do some good:
The #Lions are the No. 1 power running team in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders -- 100% success in power situations. They were dead last for most of last season.— Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) October 15, 2018