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The Lions will face yet another rookie quarterback in the season opener." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhitePride Of Detroita Detroit Lions communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryLionsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsFiled under:Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions to face 1st overall pick Kyler Murray in season opener New Eli Harold Jersey White ,58commentsThe Lions will face yet another rookie quarterback in the season opener. EDTShareTweetShareShareDetroit Lions to face 1st overall pick Kyler Murray in season opener Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsFor the second year in a row, the Detroit Lions will open the regular season against a rookie quarterback. Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim announced on this week that the team has every intention on playing Kyler Murray, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, in Week 1.“We didn’t draft him one overall to ride the pine,” Keim told Rich Eisen on Monday. “I know it’s a lot to put on his back, but that’s why we drafted him.”Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury wasn’t quite as adamant when asked the same question on Wednesday while appearing on The Jim Rome Show. “We’ll see,” Kingsbury said. “We’re still working through all those things. We have Brett Hundley here who we’re very excited about, but we’ll see where that kinda goes.”Regardless, it seems highly unlikely the Cardinals go with Hundley over Murray. For Detroit, it means a second chance at kicking the season off right against a rookie quarterback. Last year, Sam Darnold led the New York Jets to 48-17 win over the Lions in their season opener. Darnold threw for 198 yards http://www.lionslockerroom.com/authentic-frank-ragnow-jersey , two touchdowns and a passer rating of 116.8 in the process, despite opening the game with a pick-six. In fact, this will be the third time the Lions face a rookie quarterback in the season opener since the infamous 2008 season, when rookie Matt Ryan led the Falcons to a 34-21 victory on a near flawless day from the Atlanta quarterback.However, there are reasons to believe this go around may be different for the Lions defense. Unlike last year, Detroit isn’t undergoing a complete defensive scheme overhaul. And five months ago, the Lions defense was able to hold the Cardinals to just three points and under 300 yards of total offense. Kingsbury and Murray give the Cardinals a bit of a mystique to them in 2019, but hopefully that won’t result in another embarrassing opener for the Lions.Lions DL Da’Shawn Hand is a bright spot on a dreary Detroit defense The selection of Da’Shawn Hand in the fourth round of 2018 was met with very little fanfare. The Detroit Lions had signed on Bo Davis to be their defensive line coach, so it was pretty much a given that they were going to be paying close attention to the various defenders coming out of Alabama’s program, but Hand was mostly an afterthought. The once highly touted high school prospect had a quiet college career, but the team thought highly enough of him to sacrifice a third-round pick in 2019 to trade back into the fourth round to select him this year. His impact was expected to be as a rotational player Womens Nick Bellore Jersey , but after a strong camp and preseason, he came out swinging as one of the only bright spots during the team’s disastrous opener.Hand was the No. 1 prospect in his recruiting class, above all of the quarterbacks and other players, and landing on the Alabama defense was seen to be a case of the rich getting richer. His college career was mostly forgettable, however, playing second fiddle to guys like A’Shawn Robinson, Jarron Reed, and Da’Ron Payne—all three of which would be drafted in the first two rounds of the draft. A mid-round pick himself, Hand was expected to back up his former teammate in Robinson, along with free agent signees Ricky Jean Francois and Sylvester Williams.During the preseason, Hand was one of the only standouts on defense. Like his time at Alabama Womens Marvin Jones Jr Jersey , he didn’t emerge as a pass rusher but his run defense was often stellar and some—including yours truly—projected him as a starter sooner than later. At the time, that was more due to the weakness of the front seven as a whole than it was Hand himself, but his performance in the opener against the Jets suggests we may have been underselling him.If Hand can maintain performances like that, there’s a strong possibility he steps right into the role vacated by newly benched, former starter A’Shawn Robinson. Playing at a high level on a poor defensive line is tough, but doing so as a rookie that wasn’t considered anything more than a rotational piece is nothing short of extraordinary. The concern with Hand was that “if Bo Davis couldn’t get his enormous potential out of him at Alabama, then why should we expect him to here?” As it turns out, we shouldn’t have expected it. But it looks like it’s still happening anyway. Here’s to hoping it continues.
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