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Lions notes: Devon Kennard spending offseason studying best pass rushers

The Lions’ other edge defender is working on refining his game.

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While expectations are high for the free agent signing of defensive end Trey Flowers, the Detroit Lions’ other edge defender, Devon Kennard, shouldn’t be forgotten. A year ago, Kennard was the Lions big splash in free agency, as the Lions handed him a three-year, $17.25 million to be a key part of their new defensive corps.

His first year in Detroit was a modest one. In 15 games, Kennard tallied 46 tackles, 7.0 sacks and a fumble recovery. Kennard didn’t get much help from the rest of the defensive line—especially early in the year—and as a result, he wasn’t creating much pressure on his own. Pro Football Focus credited him with just 36 pressures all year, good for 47th among all NFL edge defenders.

But Kennard is hoping to make a big jump in his second year in Detroit. With a year of experience under Matt Patricia and an improved supporting cast, Kennard is already putting in the homework to be the impact player the Lions were hoping to find when they signed him last year. According to his own Twitter, he’s been studying some of his favorite pass rushers to hone in his technique:

(Note: He later clarified he mean Melvin Ingram, not Mark Ingram.)

That’s a good sign for the 27-year-old defender who should be entering the prime of his career. We’ll see if the hard work pays off this September.

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