The Detroit Lions chose to shore up their tight end unit in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft when they selected T.J. Hockenson out of Iowa. Hockenson is projected to slide into the starting role this year, meaning that the team has limited his involvement this preseason in order to keep him fresh for when the games actually matter.
Despite that, NFL analytics site PFF still liked what he has done so far, relative to other first round picks. They gave him a grade of 67.1 for his first three weeks of preseason. While that grade does not seem great on it’s own, it comes in at eleventh among all first round picks this preseason.
With the countdown to the regular season winding down, the Lions’ faithful have to be happy with what they’ve seen from Hockenson after the catch — he currently leads all tight ends in receiving yards after the catch (39) and yards after the catch per reception (9.8).
The rookie will most likely sit out of the team’s preseason finale, so the next time fans will get to see Hockenson in action will be in the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals.
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press went in depth on the details of the contract extension recently signed by Lions defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. on Tuesday.
- PFF Detroit Lions highlighted former Lions running back Zach Zenner in the wake of his release Tuesday:
RB Zenner played 5 preseasons with the #Lions, recording 245 snaps and a 69.6 OVR— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) August 27, 2019
That's right on par with his 69.4 OVR in his 495 regular season snaps
His 3.9 yards per carry and 2.9 yards after contact/attempt both rank 2nd behind K. Johnson in the regular season#OnePride https://t.co/aXQV7zou79
- A panel of ESPN experts ranked the top 100 players of the upcoming 2019 NFL season. Only one Detroit Lion made the list, and it was cornerback Darius Slay at #100.
- Former Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence was released by the Miami Dolphins today. Spence was traded from Detroit to Miami late last offseason—and went from one former Patriots coach to another in Brian Flores.