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Unsung hero of the week: Big ‘Beauys’ step up big time

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The Lions’ reserve offensive line made some switches this week, and it resulted in a totally different performance.

NFL: JUL 30 Detroit Lions Training Camp Photo by Allan Dranberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Saturday night, the Lions’ second- and third-team offenses looked like night and day when compared to their initial preseason performances. While newly-signed quarterback Josh Johnson struggled to get in sync with his new team, third-stringer David Fales had all day to go through reads and show off his best self behind a strong showing from the reserve linemen.

Unsung hero of the week: Beau Benzschawel and the second-team offensive line

I couldn’t decide on whether to crown the entire second-team offensive line or just Benzschawel himself, but given the mess that has been the Lions’ offensive guard situation as of late it, was only fitting he got some name-dropped recognition.

Benzschawel hasn’t seen many quality reps with reserves through training camp or the first preseason game, but something seemingly clicked this week. After the duo of Graham Glasgow and Joe Dahl played the majority of first-half snaps at guard, Benzschawel found his way in for the last drive of the first half and thrived.

Beau and the second-team offensive line would continue to show their improved performance through the third quarter, as the second drive of the half went 94 yards for a touchdown and featured plenty of running room, time to throw, and many pockets for David Fales that looked like textbook offensive line play.

It’s worth noting that Benzschawel’s entrance into the game in the second quarter, and ensuing good play, is a significant bump up the depth chart for him.

The loser in this situation. unfortunately. is Oday Aboushi. After a brutal outing with the first team in last week’s matchup against the Patriots, Aboushi didn’t see action until late in the third quarter on Saturday night. He was part of an improved reserve offensive line performance—aside from a bogus blindside block called on him—but not seeing action until that late can’t bode well for him.

It is, however, a sign that the coaching staff is starting to like what they see out of Benzschawel. Having the starters play extensive snaps in the third preseason game could provide him with the opportunity to get time with the first-team offensive line if the situation is right.