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Notes: Jonah Jackson gaining admirers among NFL experts

Finally, someone to be excited about besides Jack Fox

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Jonah Jackson has started all four games for the Lions and played well enough in them that he is already getting some attention. On Thursday, Pro Football Focus’ Michael Renner named Jackson to his first quarter all-rookie team at right guard. In the blurb for the Lions rookie, Renner pointed out how impressive it was that Jackson was moved from the right to the left side of the line (due to the loss of Joe Dahl to injured reserve) and still played well.

According to PFF’s review of the Lions film, the former Buckeye has only given up five pressures in his four starts. His solid play has garnered praise from former Lions guard T.J. Lang, The Film Room’s Brett Kollmann, and NFL Network’s Ben Fennell:

After setting aside a certain punting samurai to maintain credible objectivity, Pride of Detroit’s head punting stan Hamza Baccouche thought Jackson was the most pleasant surprise of the season so far. While we here at this site have been high on the third-round selection since training camp, it is nice to see the big guy getting some play outside the local market.

Only four games have been played, but so far it looks like Jackson is every bit the draft steal PFF thought the team got back in April when the Lions picked him. At the least, it is nice to have something other than an all-universe punter to be excited about this season. With that, let’s move on to the rest of today’s Notes:

  • This is pretty cool. I hadn’t seen the term Pirate stunt used before.

  • According to Sharp Football Stats, through four games the Lions are right in the middle of the league in terms of offensive explosive plays (15th).

  • Ugh:

Our thoughts go out to Kellie Rowe and the rest of Bills Mafia. Stay strong:

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