Two Detroit Lions have made two separate lists of NFL players who could become Pro Bowlers for the first time in 2022.
Although it’s only Penei Sewell’s second season in the league, Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr believes this year is already the year for the young tackle. Orr explains that each of his 10 picks is in a unique position to play their best football this season.
“I like Sewell to make the leap because the Lions ran the ball between their right tackle and guard last year more than almost any team in football at a rate of 5.1 yards per carry, which was good enough for seventh in the league. Sewell allowed just one sack last year and finished the season incredibly well,” he writes.
Orr notes that naturally name recognition is a part of it and Sewell’s draft status at seventh overall in 2021 made him a well-known name. I would guess the Lions being the stars of this year’s Hard Knocks on HBO will proooobably contribute to that as well.
Meanwhile, Around The NFL’s Nick Shook chose wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown for his list of potential first-time Pro Bowlers. He chose a candidate for each NFC team.
Shook points out St. Brown’s strong finish to the 2021 season has likely given him solid momentum into 2022. In that final stretch, he was named Offensive Rookie of the Month, set the Lions rookie record for receiving yards and receptions, and was up for Rookie of the Week five times.
“St. Brown quietly flirted with 1,000 yards last season, and although it’ll be difficult for him to crack a position group that’s always loaded on both sides of the conference split, he has one of the best chances of any Lion to do so,” he argues.
All hail The Sun God.
And onto the rest of your notes.
- The best thing you’ll see all day. Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams... not artists.
NFL rookies attempt to paint their team logos from memory pic.twitter.com/rB4LxzWTOC— NFL (@NFL) June 30, 2022
- Some history for you. At least the Lions *began* their journey as a franchise on top.
#OTD in 1934, the NFL's Portsmouth Spartans moved to Detroit and were renamed the @Lions.— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) June 30, 2022
Under their new name, the Detroit Lions won their first seven games of the 1934 season, ALL BY SHUTOUT, outscoring their opponents 118-0. pic.twitter.com/zINtdCMCRp
- Without even a single NFL game under his belt, Aidan Hutchinson is a top pick for this NFL.com 2022 All-Rookie Team (very early) projection.
- The Lions social media team >>>>>>>>
We had a lot of fun putting this together for Social Media Day. Thanks for rocking with us! pic.twitter.com/T3NqQiAANz— Detroit Lions (@Lions) June 30, 2022
- At this point, where does the Detroit Lions roster rank among all NFL teams? Right about the mid-20s, according to PFF’s Ben Linsey.
- Also from PFF — Which 2023 NFL Draft prospect should the Lions already be keeping an eye on? Michael Renner suggests this wide receiver from TCU.
- ALSO from PFF — does anyone sleep over there? — Which contract offers the best value for the Lions? Brad Spielberger has that one.
- Jerry Jacobs sending out a big thank you to Lions fans for all the support. #OnePride