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Notes: Levi Onwuzurike makes PFF’s preseason All-Rookie Team

The defensive lineman is already attracting some eyes.

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An impressive preseason showing landed one Detroit Lions rookie on PFF’s All-Rookie Team, which seems like a good sign for the future of the team.

PFF’s Michael Renner created his own roster of rookies he believes are leading the pack, giving deference to players who ran with the first string and played more snaps. On that list is the Detroit Lions’ own Levi Onwuzurike.

Renner notes making this list is particularly impressive because Onwuzurike hasn’t stepped on a field since 2019 after opting out of his senior season.

“It’s often hard for a defensive tackle to make an immediate impact because of how physically demanding it is, but Onwuzurike did just that. The Washington product earned an 84.5 overall grade on 43 defensive snaps in two games,” he writes.

Onwuzurike missed the preseason opener due to a lingering back injury that caused Lions coaches to play it a little safe. But after seeing a back specialist, he put those worries to rest and had a strong preseason that hopefully indicates a bright future on the line.

For a Detroit team that has defensive woes out the wazoo, pardon my language, this is a promising sign.

And onto the rest of your notes.

  • Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson joined the Pat McAfee show for an entertaining interview:

  • In light of the Lions (temporarily) having no kickers on the roster, Jack Fox has been getting inquiries on whether he can punt AND kick field goals. He answers that question:

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