Detroit Lions rookie guard Frank Ragnow was a pick that fans quickly got behind. Though he wasn’t on many draft expert’s radar for the 20th overall pick, his reputation at Arkansas—not allowing a single sack in college—won over even the most skeptical of fans.
That optimism continued into training camp, when Ragnow looked almost as flawless as his college days. That seemed wildly impressive considering he was not only adjusting to NFL talent, but because he was playing a position he hadn’t played at all in college: left guard.
Now that the regular season has started, however, it’s been an entirely different story. Ragnow struggled in Week 1 against a decent defensive front, and the story was even worse on Sunday against the 49ers.
Pro Football Focus graded the Week 2 performance of all 32 first-round rookies. Out of those who actually played, Ragnow had the second-worst grade of 43.1.
“Through two games, Ragnow has allowed a sack, four hits and eight hurries on his 109 pass-blocking snaps, which is three more pressures than the next closest guard,” Mark Chichester of PFF wrote. “His efforts as a pass-blocker have earned a dismal pass-blocking grade of just 21.1 – the second-lowest grade that we’ve ever awarded an offensive lineman with at least 25 pass-blocking snaps through the first two weeks of a season.”
It’s obviously still extremely young in Ragnow’s career and he hasn’t exactly had the easiest assignments in the first two weeks of the season. Sunday night’s game against the Patriots should provide a decent opportunity for him to rebound. The Patriots only have three sacks on the year.
- You’ll probably hear about this a lot this week, but Bill Belichick used to be a part of the Lions’ coaching staff. Chris Burke of The Athletic unearthed a game program from that 1977 season:
24-year-old Bill Belichick in the Lions’ 1977 media guide: pic.twitter.com/8UfdOnkjnk— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurkeNFL) September 19, 2018
- The Lions provided some on-field audio from Sunday’s game against the 49ers. It doesn’t appear one specific player was mic’d up, but you get a little of Matt Patricia, Glover Quin and, of course, plenty of Dan Miller.
- Dan Orlovsky’s Twitter film breakdowns are can’t-miss. Here he is breaking down Kenny Golladay’s brilliant first-quarter touchdown:
I loved this creative play design for the @Lions to use tendencies to their advantage and trick some defenders into thinking they knew the play beforehand. Got Golladay to bluff and uncover..@MikeOHaraNFL @davebirkett @PrideOfDetroit @thelionswire #NFLPartner #NFLGamePass pic.twitter.com/lWekOVCmWO— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) September 19, 2018
- Justin Rogers of The Detroit News has his weekly “5 observations” and film breakdown from the Lions-49ers game. I recommend reading this every week.
- Devon Kennard may have just arrived in Detroit this year, but he’s learned the ropes pretty quickly: