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A week ago, with that goal of getting the ball back quickly in a one-score game.>womens Ronnie Stanley Jersey His chasing and failing to catch JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 97-yard touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers was a highlight played over and over and over again., Quandre Diggs was on the wrong end of the worst of big plays. It was the kind that came after his offense was stopped near the goal-linewomens Austin Hooper Jersey?

But the Detroit Lions have shown continued faith in what the third-year nickel cornerback can do ever since he won the position battle in training camp this year,>Authentic Ronnie Stanley Jersey, almost every single play when the defense went to a nickel alignment.womens Brandon Williams Jersey, and that was never more evident than Monday night in Green Bay. The Lions not only kept Diggs in his normal position but they also made him one of the foundational parts of their defensive game plan. He played a career-high 85 percent of the snaps

Diggs certainly made that pay off in Detroit's 30-17 romping of the Packers. He brought the wood against the run, including a tackle for loss. And a week after giving up 97 yards on a single play, he was targeted one time, Diggs only surrendered 10 receiving yards on one catch against the Packers.,Authentic Deion Jones Jersey, In 50 total snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

who spent several downs throwing to nobody despite receivers that were breaking open. All cornerback stats are going to look better against him than even the average quarterback. But Diggs' ability to stay active and fend off any competition from DJ Hayden for work showcases what the Lions continue to really like about him: He's a force against the run and can be effective in coverage when he isn't stuck in it all day.,Authentic Robert Nkemdiche Jersey,It's to be kept in perspective against a quarterback like Brett Hundley

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-- The Lions have found a new member of the pass rush. Jacquies Smith was playing in just his second game of 2017 and first with the Lions after signing,Authentic Brandon Williams Jersey even more than Cornelius Washington's 41 percent. He was in the game early and often,womens D.J. Humphries Jerseydeparting and signing again over the past couple weeks. The sixth-year defensive end was not only active over rookie Jeremiah Valoaga but played 49 percent of the snaps, and he finished with a game-high two quarterback hits. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said last week that he was going to have to try some new avenues to generate a pass rush after Detroit failed to find a single sack against Drew Brees or Ben Roethlisberger. In addition to dialing up some blitzes,Authentic Keanu Neal Jersey, this was the new approach, and it worked some in a game where Hundley made pressures a little easier. At 6 feet 2 inches and 260 poundswomens Deion Jones Jersey Smith is the oddball in the defensive end room as a lankier, faster player. He had 13.5 sacks combined in 2014 and 2015 before his 2016 ACL tear,and he can provide a little different form of a pass rush for the Lions if he can stay healthy and the rest of the defense can defend the run well enough to give him a legitimate number of snaps.

-- The blowout helped give a little bit of rest for Golden Tate, who is still recovering a bit from his shoulder injury, which was even less than what he had against New Orleans, even if it's difficult to tell. He played 51 percent of the snaps, when he got hurt. womens Keanu Neal Jersey w To lead the game with seven catches and 113 yards in half the game says plenty about the kind of zone he's in in this offense.'Authentic Jalen Collins Jersey,

-- Darren Fells outsnapped Eric Ebron again, 43 plays to 35. This isn't anything new, especially since the Lions are going to go with Fells' blocking at the goal line (and those plays add up with their continued inability to convert in that area). Fells is also a better help for Brian Mihalik at left tackle given that blocking prowess. It'll be interesting to see how this approach changes, when first-round left tackle Taylor Decker is backwomens Robert Nkemdiche Jersry? if it changes,Authentic MarkusGolden Jersey, which could potentially happen this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

-- Second-round rookie Teez Tabor snagged 11 plays at cornerback,womens MarkusGolden Jersey,'ho played 30 snaps, which are eight more than he's had in the other seven games combined. He traded off with DJ Hayden to provide some relief for Nevin Lawson. Tabor is making a little progress at the positionAuthentic Austin Hooper Jersey,and the less Hundley could rely on just tossing it up and asking them to make a play in coverage, but this also showed a desire to match up to the size Green Bay presented out wide with 6-foot-3-inch Jordy Nelson and 6-foot-1-inch Davante Adams. Those body types just make it difficult against 5-foot-9-inch Lawson,womens Jalen Collins Jersey, the more the Lions could force him to create. That obviously didn't go that well for the Packers.
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