There’s an adjustment that needs to take place for all first-year players going from college to the pros. The football part of it is one thing, but there’s also adjusting to a new city, new place to live, getting comfortable to new surroundings and teammates, and other factors people sometimes forget rookies have to navigate through in their first year in the league.
“I was just trying to gain my routine,” Hand said of his rookie season. “Learning my way around the building.”
Hand is now settling into his routine. He bought a house and is much more comfortable with his surroundings and his role on the Lions’ defense. It’s all about football now for Hand, and that could mean good things for Detroit’s defensive front.
“Now … I can kind of just hone in on my craft,” he said.
Hand is expected to be an important piece of a defensive front that finished 10th in the NFL in run defense last season. Detroit returns Damon Harrison Sr., A’Shawn Robinson and Romeo Okwara from last year’s unit, and added the top defensive lineman on the free-agent market this offseason in Trey Flowers.
“It’s a great addition,” Hand said of Flowers. “He’s an amazing player. I can’t wait.”
Hand missed the last two games last year due to a knee injury, but says he’s 100 percent for the offseason training program.
Detroit’s defensive front is expected to be one of the real strengths for this team in 2019, and Hand is likely to play a key role in that.
Published at Thu, 16 May 2019 18:58:12 +0000