Despite a rough season as a team overall, a few Lions have been playing pretty dang well.
With NFL Pro Bowl voting underway as fans pick their favorite players, Pro Football Focus announced their own rosters based on skill over the past 14 weeks of play. Three Lions made the cut.
First — tight end T.J. Hockenson.
“The big production at tight end comes from the AFC, but T.J. Hockenson has been impressive for the Lions this season in his own right, generating a passer rating when targeted of 97.3,” Sam Monson writes.
Next up — center Frank Ragnow.
“The Lions center has allowed nine pressures all year and has grades north of 74.0 as both a run-blocker and pass-blocker,” Monson writes.
Last but certainly not least — punter Jack Fox was selected with a 86.7 grade.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- “I just had to do what I had to do to make sure that I was OK, physically and mentally.” Justin Rogers for The Detroit News offers a look at how D’Andre Swift is feeling after a tough couple of weeks.
- ESPN’s Mike Rothstein explains what does and what doesn’t make the Lions coaching job look appealing.
- Pro Bowl votes count double on Twitter today:
- “I haven’t said this in a long time: I absolutely love the direction of the Detroit Lions.” The Detroit Free Press’ Jeff Seidel offers his thoughts on hiring Chris Spielman.
- While we’re on the subject, Dave Birkett for the Freep writes how Spielman’s TV career prepared him for his new role as special assistant to Lions president Rod Wood and owner/chairman Sheila Ford Hamp.
- In case you missed sights and sounds from Sunday’s game and had an interest in seeing and hearing them:
- Bidding is open now for some Lions memorabilia in the team’s holiday auction. Proceeds benefit Detroit Lions Charities.