By the numbers:
6.0: Davis and Kennard became the first set of Lions linebackers to each produce 6.0-or-more sacks in a single season.
17.0: Lions linebackers combined to produce 17.0 sacks last season, the most by Lions linebackers since they combined for 21.0 sacks in the 1993 season.
4.6: Opponents averaged 4.6 yards per rush on first down against the Lions’ defense last season, which ranked 19th in the league. Houston, New Orleans, Indianapolis and Baltimore held opponents to under 4.0 yards per rush on first down.
1,522: Detroit was one of the best tackling defenses last season as opponents amassed just 1,522 yards after the catch all season, the lowest total in the league.
Quotable: “I think we’re getting there. I think we did a good job last offseason with free agency with guys like (Devon) Kennard and Christian (Jones),” Lions GM Bob Quinn said this offseason about the linebacker position.
“It’s really unique that, fortunate I’d say, that we were able to get Jarrad Davis a couple drafts ago. He can really play in any defense, which is great. We drafted him for the previous defense but he’s a really good fit in what we do now. We’re there. I think we’re pretty much to the point where we have good players.”
Published at Sat, 13 Jul 2019 11:04:40 +0000