While there has been plenty of rightful focus on the failures of the Detroit Lions’ coaching staff over the past few weeks, there has been one player that has consistently played at an elite level over the past month.
Lions offensive Taylor Decker has quietly locked down the blind side of the Lions offense over the past four games. For the third time in four weeks, Decker was named to Pro Football Focus’ Team of the Week following his zero-pressures-allowed performance against Washington this Sunday.
“Decker earned an impressive 82.7 overall grade along with an 81.4 pass-blocking grade and a 79.7 run-blocking grade against the Redskins in Week 12,” per PFF. “He allowed zero total pressures across 45 pass-blocking snaps in the contest.”
This week, Decker will get a chance to repeat his performance against Khalil Mack and the Bears on Thanksgiving. In the last game, Decker, again, allowed zero pressures and earned a whopping 89.2 pass-blocking grade.
According to PFF, Decker has now entered the top-15 graded offensive tackles in the entire NFL.
Decker will be entering the final year of his rookie deal in 2020: a fifth-year option worth $10.35 million. Though none of that money is guaranteed and Detroit could simply cut their losses with him without any dead money, if he continues this kind of performance into the final month of the season, the decision to retain him will be an easy one, and an extension may even be worth considering.