On Sunday, we discussed which Detroit Lions player was the most disappointing in their preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders on Friday night. I chose to discuss that on Sunday on purpose. I wanted to get that out of the way and focus on the positive to start the work week.
So today, let’s take the glass-half-full approach. While the Lions played at a frustrating level for much of the night, there were plenty of solid performances from the team on Friday, and some of them came out of nowhere. Therefore, today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions player was the most pleasantly surprising against the Oakland Raiders?
My answer; Da’Shawn Hand. After a pretty awful performance from the starting defensive tackles, Hand came in late in the first half and finally brought some hope to a unit that was awfully concerning early in the game.
Hand had two run stops, including one on third-and-1, and was generally disruptive in his 29 snaps. He’s a versatile piece of this defense that can play both defensive tackle and defensive end. Of course, we don’t want to overreact to one game, but Hand has already made a case for being an integral part of the defensive line rotation. I don’t think he’ll make a play for a starting job right away, but for an unpolished defender, he certainly made a pretty strong first impression on Friday night against the Raiders. I certainly wasn’t expecting that so soon out of the Alabama alum.