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Unsung hero of the week: The big man... but not the one you think

Taylor Decker is the obvious candidate for this week’s award, but it’s a different offensive lineman whose efforts went unnoticed.

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It’s draft season if you’re a Detroit Lions fan. There’s little reason to hope for something magical to come of the remainder of the Lions’ season—unless you’re Mike Payton and you’re still thinking about how the Lions can end up in the playoffs. As for the rest of us, it’s all about trying to see the bright spots on the team. On Sunday, the brightest of spots came from a much-needed big-man touchdown, as Taylor Decker strolled into the end zone following an easy pitch and catch from quarterback Matthew Stafford. The most important part of that play came in the aftermath.

Unsung hero of the week: OT Tyrell Crosby

The touchdown catch by Taylor Decker was much needed, don’t get me wrong. With Kerryon Johnson and Marvin Jones Jr. sidelined, and the Lions offense sputtering once again against the red-hot Rams, points were needed no matter how they happened. Props to Decker for executing and getting the job done.

But the real MVP here was Tyrell Crosby, who follows Decker into the end zone seemingly even more excited than Decker himself. The man is jumping up and down with joy; he literally cannot contain himself. That kind of energy and passion is just what this team needs.

The biggest takeaway is how selfless this was. Rarely do you ever see a receiver get this excited when another receiver scores a touchdown; for a lineman to do so is amazing to see. It’s the kind of optimism that the Lions’ locker room needs more of in the face of a disappointing season and questions regarding the future. Long-term it’s a good sign too; with the Lions’ most vocal leader in Golden Tate gone from Detroit, it’s important that others step up and give the locker room some semblance of identity. Maybe as he gains experience, Crosby can be that guy.

Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee seemed to agree:

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All in all, it was great to see that kind of selflessness from Crosby, and it was refreshing to see such excitement coming from Lions players for the first time in a while. Hopefully in the weeks to come there will be more cause for celebration.

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