Various reports indicate former Lions nose tackle Damon Harrison Sr. is interested in playing professional football in 2020, and is in the process of visiting potential employers. The first credibly reported visit is with the Seattle Seahawks, who are set to meet with Harrison next week:
Former NFL All-Pro DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who openly contemplated retirement last year, has decided to play this season and is scheduled to visit next week with the Seahawks, per source. The 31-year-old Harrison also has received interest from the Bears, Packers and Bengals.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2020
Harrison, who left Detroit in February, was a valuable contributor in 2018 but did not seem to mesh well with the team’s scheme in 2019. Entering the 2020 season, Seattle went with just three defensive tackles on its 53-man active roster, but that depth gamble has gone sour. Jarran Reed is battling a back injury and the team had to promote Anthony Rush from the practice squad in case Reed is unavailable for Week 3 against Dallas. If Snacks eventually signs with Seattle, he would re-join former teammate Quandre Diggs and fill a potentially valuable “true nose” role for that defense:
Seattle has been interested in Damon Harrison throughout the offseason, as @corbinsmithnfl has reported on multiple occasions.— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) September 24, 2020
It appears this was more about Snacks waiting things out until he felt ready than it was about the #Seahawks taking too long or being hesitant.
As a side note, one of the other interested teams mentioned by Adam Schefter in the initial report was the Chicago Bears. Might the Lions end up facing Snacks as a division opponent? If Cordarrelle Patterson gets his way, then yes:
We gonna set one up after my first visit!— Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) September 25, 2020
The Bears lost defensive tackle John Jenkins to injury and placed him on injured reserve on Thursday, opening a need for depth at the position that Snacks could fill. The Lions do not play either the Bears or the Packers (also interested) again until December. Now, on to the rest of today’s Notes:
- A member of the Arizona Cardinals in 2020, Devon Kennard is set to face his former squad in Week 3. Darren Urban at the official Cardinals team site wrote about Kennard’s return to play professional football in his hometown area.
- One shining beacon of positivity on the Lions this year is the tremendous play of Jack Fox. MLive’s Kyle Meinke wrote about the team’s new punter, who currently leads the league in net punting by a ton.
- We have all heard about how the Lions are struggling to rush the passer, but Dave Birkett with the Detroit Free Press decided to write an article about how they are also failing to stop the run.
- Your daily nugget of joy from Around the NFL’s Kevin Patra:
With last night’s 31-13 W, the Dolphins snapped a streak of 38 straight games without a double-digit win.— Kevin Patra (@kpatra) September 25, 2020
Longest active streak now belongs to the Detroit Lions at 18 games (entering Sunday).
- Just one? No, here’s another nugget of joy for the house from USA Today’s Doug Farrar:
For the second straight season, the Lions are playing more man coverage than any other team. For the second straight season, they are getting KILLED in man coverage. In fact, the five teams playing the most man coverage this season have allowed 15 touchdowns and have no INT.— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 24, 2020
- ESPN’s Seth Walder surveyed 26 NFL analytics experts (either current staffers or former staffers) to find out who they thought were the most and least advanced teams when it came to implementing modern data analysis. The Detroit Lions (who recently hired for two full-time analytics positions) were not mentioned at all in the article in any way, though a money quote in the article hints at what might be behind that:
“There’s a handful of teams, probably about 10, that I know essentially nothing about their analytics. Which leads me to believe they’re not doing a whole lot,” one experienced analytics staffer said. “So it could have been any of those 10 teams.”