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Monday, June 17, 2019

Damon Harrison and Trey Flowers land on PFF Top-50 list











By: Erik Schlitt | June 14, 2019

Pro Football Focus’ released their Top-50 players entering the 2019 season and the Detroit Lions’ defensive linemen Damon Harrison and Trey Flowers were featured on the list.
“Snacks (Harrison) continued his reign over the NFL as the league’s top run defender across what was a 17-game season for the seven-year veteran having played seven games with the New York Giants and another 10 with the Lions post-trade,” The PFF analysis team wrote. “He earned a 92.0 overall grade and a 93.8 run-defense grade across his 606 defensive snaps split between the two teams, ranking third and first, respectively, among qualifiers at his position. He’s now earned an 89.9-plus overall grade and a 91.6-plus run-defense grade in four of his last five seasons in the league – utter dominance, if you will.”
Harrison was the catalyst that took an average defense and elevated them into a top group. His PFF numbers are impressive on their own but his impact had a ripple impact through the Lions defense and others around him saw their efficiency improve with his presence.
“Trading for Harrison before the in-season deadline proved a brilliant move for the Lions this year,” said PFF’s Josh Liskiewitz, “and considering his consistent track record of complete dominance against the run; the move should continue to pay dividends in 2019 and beyond.”




















“Even though Bill Belichick & Co. were reluctant to pay him his due to stay in New England, Flowers is still a premier talent in this league and should very well live up to the expectations tied to his new five-year, $90 million deal with the Lions,” the PFF analysis team said. “Improving steadily every year of his career, Flowers earned career-high marks in overall grade (89.7), run-defense grade (84.9) and pass-rush grade (79.9) a year ago. He also finished the 2018 season ranked tied for eighth in pass-rush win percentage (17.4%) and sixth in pressure percentage among the 61 NFL edge defenders with 300 or more pass-rush snaps played.”
With the amount of money the Lions are paying Flowers, it’s safe to assume they are expecting a Harrison-type impact on the Lions defense in 2019. Flowers familiarity with the Lions scheme will shorten his learning curve and with his track record showing yearly improvement, we have likely yet to see his ceiling.
“Flowers eats away at his good-not-great pass-rushing ability with his run defense and versatility, specifically his ability to rush the passer from ranging pre-snap alignments as mentioned above,” said PFF’s Austin Gayle on Flowers pre-free agency. “He’s a movable chess piece with consistent, high-end play in several areas over the years, a piece that teams should and will jump to move into their system if given the opportunity this offseason.”
Flowers has the skill set to take this defense to another level beyond where Harrison took them last year. Lions fans should be excited to see how things unfold in the upcoming season.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Training Camp Roster Preview: OT George Asafo-Adjei









June 12, 2019

What you need to know about offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei.

Background

Asafo-Adjei played in 48 games with 23 starting assignments, often practicing across from edge rusher Josh Allen and holding his own. Thanks to that experience, Asafo-Adjei was part of an offensive line that blocked for All-American Benny Snell Jr., the first Wildcat to rush for 1,000 or more yards in three straight seasons.

A 2018 team captain, Asafo-Adjei was a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, earning his first honor following a 90% grade in the Wildcats' 24-10 win over South Carolina, a game in which he had two knockdown blocks and 19 blocks at the point of attack, did not miss an assignment and did not allow a quarterback pressure.

Looking Ahead

Asafo-Adjei, who goes by the moniker "Big George," has a bubbly personality and what seems like endless energy and enthusiasm, and can 't wait to get to work when the pads go on.

But in reading between the lines of what offensive line coach Hal Hunter had to say about the young man last month, it sounds as though Asafo-Adjei is a developmental project.

"You watch him on tape and see that he has a lot of athleticism and power. He has a lot of toughness and plays in the best football conference in the country," Hunter said.

"We have some technical work to do. He is a rookie and you have to tell him to do something once and he goes on and does it right the next time. He picked up the offense much quicker than I thought he was going to. When you compare our offense to their offense, we have a lot more volume to it with a lot of the things that we were doing. We need to continue to work with him technically to get him up to speed but you have to like everything about him.

"He has some developmental potential. "

Asafo-Adjei, who could be the future at right tackle if the Giants decide to move on from Mike Remmers after his one-year deal is up this season, could very well have practice squad written all over him if he falls victim to the numbers game (the Giants will likely keep just one swing tackle on the roster unless there is an injury concern).

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Riley Reiff headlines Celebrity Golf & Walleye Classic















Posted: Wed 6:24 AM, Jun 12, 2019  | 
Updated: Wed 7:14 AM, Jun 12, 2019
You can join some local and national celebrities at the 4th Annual Celebrity Golf & Walleye Classic. It's a premier event supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire. Riley Reiff of the Minnesota Vikings, and MMA fighter Devin Clark will be among the celebrities at the event this year.























Golf Classic
Friday, June 14th
Lake Region Golf Course
Shotgun start at 12:00pm
After Party to follow at Lake Region Golf Club
Walleye Classic
Saturday, June 15th
Lake Thompson
6:45am – 7:45am Registration
8:00am – 4:00pm Tournament
Flight #1 - 8:00am
Flight #2 - 8:20am
Flight #3 - 8:40am
Weigh-in, Awards and Celebrity After Party to follow at Lake Region Golf Club

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