The Detroit Lions may have finished the preseason winless, but that doesn’t mean that it was a complete failure, and there are plenty of positives to look back on for the team. For one, this is a young team that is rebuilding once again, and while it’s still too early to tell, this year’s rookie class is already shaping up to potentially be one of the best in recent memory.
I’m betting the Lions and their fans can also feel pretty good coming out of preseason that there aren’t too many serious injuries to the core of the team. Established starters like Trey Flowers, Romeo Okwara, Jared Goff, Taylor Decker, and Frank Ragnow all just played one game and for no more than 25 or so snaps.
This left plenty of snaps open for guys that are fighting for their roster spots and while the team performance was lacking, many individuals stepped up in a big way to make roster decisions tougher on the coaches.
Today’s Question of the Day is...
Which Lions player impressed you the most this preseason?
My answer: AJ Parker.
My expectations were very low for the 23-year old undrafted free agent out of Kansas State. But every time I noticed him on the field it was because he was making a positive impact. I don’t know if he’s going to make the team, but he sure made it hard for the coaches if they do decide to cut him or not.
According to PFF, Parker was the sixth-highest graded defender on the team with the third-highest coverage grade. That will be great for his confidence, and I sure hope he sticks around with the team for the foreseeable future.