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Notes: Top Pro Football Focus grades from Lions vs. 49ers

PFF gives the top Lions performers from Sunday’s game.

NFL: Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions looked better on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. It obviously wasn’t good enough, but it provided some optimism heading into Week 3’s game against the New England Patriots.

Pro Football Focus released the top performers for the Lions this week, and there’s a good mix of surprising names and not-so-surprising names. First, the offense:

No surprise seeing Kenny Golladay atop their list. According to PFF, Golladay has the fourth highest grade among all wide receivers between 10-19 yards downfield (minimum five targets).

It’s a pleasant surprise to see Kenny Wiggins with a solid grade, seeing as he had such a poor preseason and was up against a solid 49ers defensive line. It gives some hope that the Lions offensive line could be okay if T.J. Lang continues to miss time.

On the other end of the spectrum, rookie guard Frank Ragnow continues to struggle. According to PFF, he allowed seven pressures and a sack, resulting in an awful 17.2 pass blocking grade.

Seeing third-round pick Tracy Walker atop the list has got to feel good for Lions fans, who were overwhelmingly skeptical of that draft pick. However, he only played 10 snaps on Sunday, so let’s not jump to conclusions quite yet.

A’Shawn Robinson seems to have adjusted nicely to his Week 1 benching, earning the top grade of any defensive lineman on the team. Meanwhile, Da’Shawn Hand continues to impress in his rookie year. Both former Alabama products combined for six run stops and three quarterback pressures on Sunday, per PFF.

  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press brings up an interesting point regarding Darius Slay, who is recovering from a concussion suffered on Sunday:

  • The NFL has determined that the holding penalty called on Quandre Diggs that negated a potential game-winning interception was indeed the right call.

  • The Lions made a minor transaction on Tuesday and now have an open spot on their roster:

And here are some of the players they worked out this week:

Note: it’s actually Aaron Ripkowski, not Alan.

  • Chris Spielman again joined Mike O’Hara of to discuss three big plays from Sunday’s game:

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