Snice his NFL debut on Sunday, Detroit Lions seventh overall pick Penei Sewell has gotten wide praise for his performance against Nick Bosa and the talented San Francisco 49ers defensive line. His day was far from perfect, and he’d be the first to tell you that. He gave up six pressures, and while none of them got home, he told the media after the game that he needs to be better.
“I gotta get better at a couple things. My hands were out of whack, pad level came too high on a couple, so I gotta go back to the drawing board and get better for next week,” Sewell said.
While you love to see that kind of attitude out of a young player, the truth is Sewell’s debut was phenomenal all things considered. It was his first NFL game, he was going up against a premier pass rusher, and up until the Thursday before the game, he had been adjusting to life as a right tackle, only to immediately slide back to left at the last second.
Sewell has received praises from local and national media. Future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas said he was “awesome.” PFF ranked him in the top 10 of left tackles.
But why trust their words when you can watch Sewell’s performance on your own? Thankfully, Brandon Thorn—who somehow got his hands on the elusive All-22 film of this game—provided a nice highlight reel of Sewell’s NFL debut. Yes, these are only the good moments, but they highlight what Sewell is capable of and how much he’s already progressed.
Yeah, there's some things to clean up, but Sewell was tremendous considering the circumstances & competition. The explosiveness out of his stance, overwhelming power at the POA, & instant anchoring ability were all over the tape. pic.twitter.com/sfHdNlzyT3— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) September 14, 2021
And here’s one more to enjoy:
Penei just eating this attempted hump move from Bosa. That's what 330 will do for you. pic.twitter.com/tkjJuFwl1K— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) September 14, 2021
And you know what? Because you’ve been good, here’s Amon-Ra St. Brown racking up two pancakes for dessert:
Amon-Ra St. Brown chip x 2 pic.twitter.com/ElQrdBX2zZ— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) September 14, 2021