Eagles versus Detroit: 10 Lions that can fuel a Week 1 upset
Here are five Lions (other than Aidan Hutchinson) to be wary of while you watch the Eagles operate on offense.
We’ve heard plenty of discussions about Aidan Hutchinson. We know he’s good. He should be. He was the second player taken during the most recent draft. Put an asterisk by his name, but watch these other guys as well.
Charles Harris, defensive end
Charles Harris just inked a two-year, $13 million contract extension with the Lions on March 18th. He tallied 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles last season and should be Lane Johnson’s responsibility in Week 1.
Amani Oruwariye, cornerback
His name might be difficult to pronounce the first time you give it a try. Evaluating his game isn’t difficult to do at all.
Amani Oruwariye is the best cornerback on the Lions’ roster. An argument can be made that he should have made the Pro Bowl roster last season after tallying six interceptions and 11 pass breakups.
Jeff Okudah. a former first-rounder is on the other side, but he’s been injured a lot. He missed all but ten games during his first two seasons.
Tracy Walker III, safety
Tracy Walker is Darius Slay’s second cousin, and like Big Play, he was blessed with a healthy football IQ and a tremendous amount of athleticism. Drafted during the third round of 2018’s NFL Draft, he already has 319 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions, six pass breakups, and a forced fumble on his resume after his first four seasons.
DeShon Elliott, safety
The Lions added DeShon Elliott on April 14th after injury-riddled seasons in 2019 and 2021. By doing so, they may have assembled quite the one-two punch at safety if he’s fully healthy. Stay tuned!
Malcolm Rodriguez, linebacker
Malcolm Rodriguez got a ton of camera time on Hard Knocks. Let’s see how he fares when the bright lights of the regular season come on. You can best believe the rookie will be looking to make a statement.