Bo Scarbrough was one of the best success stories of the 2019 Detroit Lions. His first year in the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick was a rough one. He was cut from the team that drafted him—the Dallas Cowboys—then hopped around to the Jaguars and Seahawks, but never saw the field. The Lions came swooping in during the middle of the 2019 season, and just 10 days after signing to their practice squad, he was put on the active roster—and into the starting lineup. He proceeded to rush for an impressive 301 yards in his first four NFL games, averaging a solid 4.2 yards per carry along the way.
And while Scarbrough continues to work towards keeping that NFL dream alive, ESPN’s Michael Rothstein uncovered a different passion of Scarbrough’s: criminal justice. Rothstein has the story of how Scarbrough has taken this offseason to finish his college degree at Alabama (now virtually) and, perhaps, set himself up for a post-football career of criminal investigation.
Inspired by binging episodes of “Forensic Files” Scarbrough calls, Scarbrough believes this could be his career path after football.
“I like hands-on and like to be out in the field,” Scarbrough told ESPN. “I like to help people and I’m caring. I just figured that it would be the right thing for me. That it would be comfortable for me.”
- It’s easy to forget just how dominant Da’Shawn Hand was just two years ago. If he can recapture what he had that season after an injury-filled year, he could transform the defensive line. Just look at the company he’s keeping from that rookie season:
Highest graded rookie DTs since 2006— PFF (@PFF) June 7, 2020
1. Aaron Donald - 90.2
2. Da'Shawn Hand - 85.9
3. Dalvin Tomlinson - 81.0
4. Geno Atkins - 80.5 pic.twitter.com/OniRH5r8BQ
- The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers concludes his solid film breakdowns with new safety Duron Harmon, summarizing that the former Patriots defender “can replace Will Harris in the starting lineup while simultaneously mentoring the the 2019 third-round pick.”
- I joined the Die Hard Den podcast to talk about issues of systemic racism and the NFL’s response last week:
- How will the Lions get pressure from their 3-3-5 formation? Does Miles Killebrew’s contract make him a lock for the roster? Will Jahlani Tavai take over as the full-time Mike linebacker? Erik Schlitt of Lions Wire gives his answers to these questions and more.
- The NFC North could be without its best running back this year...
Pro-Bowl RB Dalvin Cook no longer will participate in any team-related activities until and unless he receives a “reasonable” deal, a source said Monday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2020
“He’s out,” a source told ESPN. “Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond.”
- Over at Pro Football Network, they looked at the teams with the lowest RAS score since 2001. Thanks to the horrific Matt Millen era, the Lions placed fourth on the list.