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Notes: Lions CB Darryl Roberts earns PFF ‘standout performance’ of Week 1

The Lions may have a solid backup in Roberts... if he can stay healthy.

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The Detroit Lions were in a bit of a desperate situation at the end of their Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears. With Jeff Okudah already scratched from the lineup, the Lions were thin at cornerback and only got thinner as the game went on. First, nickel cornerback Justin Coleman went down with a hamstring injury. Shortly thereafter, No. 1 corner Desmond Trufant also limped off the field.

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky responded by throwing three fourth-quarter touchdowns en route to a 27-24 comeback victory over the Lions.

But amidst that disaster, one of the Lions’ fill-in cornerbacks rose to the occasion. Veteran corner Darryl Roberts first slid in at nickel when Coleman went down. Then, when Trufant was out, Roberts moved to the outside. According to PFF, Roberts had a hell of a performance. In fact, it was good enough to land on their list of the top 10 standout defensive back performances of Week 1.

Roberts was targeted five times, allowing just one catch for 22 yards while breaking up one of the incompletions,” PFF’s Sam Monson wrote. “Roberts may not have a large role once the Lions get healthy, but this was an excellent performance in relief anyway.”

Unfortunately for Detroit, Roberts also joined the injured list. He missed Wednesday’s practice with a calf injury. But when/if he gets healthy, the Lions can be feel confident in his ability to step in and give a solid performance.

  • The Lions may have gotten conservative with a big lead in the fourth quarter, but earlier in the game—with the win percentage between 25 and 75 percent—they actually threw the ball more often than almost every other team in Week 1:

  • Marvin Jones Jr. won this week’s “Angry Run of the Week.” Watch this... interesting segment from “Good Morning Football.”

  • It was an up and down day for rookie guard Jonah Jackson, but former Lions offensive lineman T.J. Lang pointed out a nice finish from the former Buckeye: