Monday, June 26, 2017

Detroit Lions Training Camp Preview Linebackers


The Lions LBs were awful in 2016. Lions defense was ranked last in the league by football outsiders. The draft brought Jarrad Davis and JRM. Levy and Bynes were not retained.

2016 STATS
PLAYERGAMESTACKSOLOSACKSINTFF
Tahir Whitehead15132990.000
Paul Worrilow+1221140.000
Antwione Williams1427170.000
Nick Bellore#1483601.011
Thurston Armbrister1415140.000
Steve Longa1000.000
Jarrad Davis*960292.000
Jalen Reeves-Maybin*420120.000

2016 Leaders

Stuffs
Bynes 3
Whitehead 2
Van Noy 1
Williams 1

TFL
Bynes 4
Whitehead 3
Williams 2

PBU
Whitehead 5
Bynes 4
Van Noy 3


Returning:
Tahir Whitehead
Antwonie Wiliams
Thurston Armbrister

Key Additions
Jarrad Davis 1st round pick
Paul Worrilow UFA
Jalen Reeves-Maybin 4th round pick

Lost
DeAndre Levy
Josh Bynes


Tahir Whitehead 6th year in Detroit
5th round pick 2012
Regular Season: 77 games 38 starts 288 tackles 3 int 2 sacks
Post season: 2 starts 19 tackles 1 sack
preseason: 60 tackles 3 sacks
College; Temple 50 games 24 starts
Combine: 6012 233 4.7 21 37 1007 7.14 4.16
Contract: 1 year $4.987 mil
PFF rank: #86
Si.com Rank: #343
Snaps: 1000 D 71 ST

Analysis:
Awful year for Tahir. Could not cover anyone and his run fits were terrible. One of the lowest ranked players in the NFL by PFF. Moving back to Will.




Jarrad Davis Rookie 1st round pick
College: Florida 44 games 23 starts 205 tackles 20 TFL 5.5 Sacks 10 PBU 1 int
Pro day: 6010 238 4.62 23 38.5 1009 7.39 4.29
Contract: 4 years $1.994 mil



Analysis:
Struggling with tackling at Florida. I asked LB coach Bill Sheridan about Davis he said he liked his aggression. Sheridan said everyone over runs tackles in college. Should start at Mike.


Antwione Williams 2nd year in Detroit
5th round pick 2016
Regular Season: 14 games 3 starts 27 tackles
Preseason: 20 tackles
College: Ga Southern 50 games 28 starts 205 tackles 10 PBU 6 FF
Pro Day: 6026 240 4.8 23 35 910 7.03 4.58
Contract: 3 years $591,115
Snaps: 204 D 196 ST

Analysis:
Moves full-time to Sam. He told me he weighs 255 and wants to stop the run.


Thurston Armbrister 3rd year in the NFL 2nd year in Detroit
Waivers 2016 Jags
Regular Season: 14 games 2 starts 15 tackles
Post season: 1 game
College: Miami 38 games 23 starts 129 tackles 7 sacks 2 FF 2 FR
Pro day 6016 235 4.69 20 33.5 908 6.89 4.44
Contract: 1 year $615,000
Snaps: 63 D 275 ST

Analysis:
Struggled at LB after being claimed on waivers after camp. Looked confused. Actually was kept active on gameday over Williams.



Paul Worrilow 5th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
UFA 2017 Falcons
NFL Career: 59 games 44 starts 385 tackles 4 sacks 2 int 3 FF 3 FR
College: Delaware
Pro day: 6020 239 4.59 30 34.5 1004 6.5 3.97
Contract: 1 year $ 3 mil

Analysis:
A man to watch. a three year starter in Atlanta but sat the bench on 2016. He will be in the right place. I expect him top see a lot of time at LB.


Nick Bellore 7th year in the NFL 1st in Detroit
UFA 2017 49ers
NFL Career: 94 games 10 starts 161 tackles 5 PBU 1 int 3 FR
College: CMU 472 tackles
Pro day: 6010 245 4.76 23 32.5 901 6.98 4
Contract: 1 year $695,000
PFF rank: #61

Analysis:
a Career special teamer. Started last year at San Fran. Could make the team as a back up.


Jalen Reeves-Maybin Rookie 4th round pick
College: Tennessee 39 games 240 tackles 8 sacks 1 int
Pro day: 6010 238 4.62 23 38.51009 7.39 4.29
Contract: 4 years $619,721



Analysis:
A strong special team player who struggled to tackle at LB. Can run and could play in the Nickel.




Steve Longa 2nd year in Detroit
Practice Squad 2016 Seattle
Regular Season: 1 game
College: Rutgers 37 GS 335 tackles 7 sacks 5 FF 7 PD
Pro day: 6005 241 4.73 21 1000 7.35 4.21
Contract: 2 years $465,000
Snaps: 15 ST

Analysis:
Not a great athlete but can find the ball. a dark horse to make the team. Has a future in the NFL.



Brandon Chubb 2nd year in Detroit
Practice Squad 2016 Rams
College Wake Forest 313 tackles 3.5 sacks 1 int
Contract: 2 years
Pro Day: 6001 235 4.68 23 34 1001 6.85 4.22

Analysis:
Bounced around the practice squad last season. Signed a two year contract then hurt himself during OTAs. Placed on Injured Reserve.






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