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Snap counts, PFF grades: Lions’ Malcolm Rodriguez will get love in return to meaty function

DETROIT — Detroit Lions linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez noticed his most work since Week 8, rising because the workforce’s highest-graded defender from their loss to the Buffalo Payments on Thanksgiving.

Professional Soccer Focus had the sixth-round rookie with an elite 90-plus total grade, with robust marks throughout the board. Rodriguez performed 38 defensive snaps within the loss, the primary time the rookie linebacker has seen that a lot work since struggling an elbow damage. The linebacker completed with six tackles and one go deflection that led to Alex Anzalone’s red-zone interception. Thanksgiving represented Rodriguez’s top-graded sport of his first season, topping his robust marks from Weeks 1, 2 and 4. PFF had him permitting one catch on two targets in protection for under 6 yards.

Anzalone led the linebackers with 77 reps, by no means leaving the sector for the protection. He added a team-leading 9 tackles and one go breakup along with his interception. Derrick Barnes performed 28 snaps, notching three tackles in a quiet exhibiting.

Anzalone was hit with two missed tackles, driving him to a not-so-great grade from PFF. Derrick Barnes graded all proper, rating ninth among the many workforce’s defenders. Neither Barnes nor Rodriguez missed a sort out whereas chasing Payments quarterback Josh Allen and working again Devin Singletary.

Rodriguez was restricted to 19 snaps in Week 9, then eased again into motion with 28 performs final week in New York. The rookie logged a minimum of 46 defensive snaps by way of his first seven video games, so it will be attention-grabbing to see the place the rotation goes.

The Lions (4-7) misplaced 28-25 to the Payments (8-3) on Thanksgiving, snapping their three-game profitable streak. Detroit’s protection allowed Allen and Buffalo’s offense into field-goal vary within the remaining seconds on solely three performs for the game-winning kick.

See under for extra observations from the PFF grades and snap counts earlier than digging right into a full rundown:

— John Cominsky led all defensive linemen in snaps, beginning for the second straight week. Cominsky had 63 reps, whereas Aidan Hutchinson (61), Alim McNeill (46), Isaiah Buggs (45) and Benito Jones (25) had been subsequent in line. Buggs and McNeill had 4 tackles, with Cominsky including two and Hutchinson getting blanked from the field rating. PFF had Cominsky with a whopping eight pressures, whereas Hutchinson contributed two. The Payments ran 29 occasions for 164 yards and one landing. Josh Allen was sacked 3 times, throwing an interception, too. However Allen added 78 yards and one rating on the bottom, with this protection greater than a few alternatives within the backfield.

— James Houston left his mark on this sport with solely 5 defensive snaps. He had two sacks, with every approaching third down, and recovered a fumble on one in every of his 10 performs on particular groups. PFF had Houston ranked third on Detroit’s protection, with these two sacks on solely 5 snaps an excessive amount of to disregard.

— Benito Jones, whereas seeing 25 defensive snaps, was the workforce’s second-highest graded defender. Jones was credited with creating three pressures from the within of Detroit’s defensive position. Isaiah Buggs and Alim McNeill every added two pressures from the within, too.

— And, as anticipated, it was a tough report card for the offensive guards. Kayode Awosika (47.1) and Dan Skipper (35.1) had been on the backside, every permitting two pressures and never wanting a lot better on the bottom. On the brilliant facet, it isn’t the 0.0 pass-blocking grade for Skipper we noticed final week. Taylor Decker and Frank Ragnow had been on the prime, with the left sort out stringing collectively a pair of all-around strong days. Decker has allowed no pressures or sacks for 3 straight video games. And Matt Nelson was dependable in his return from him because the workforce’s further blocker, even out-ranking Penei Sewell by PFF’s requirements.

— Jared Goff was docked with just one turnover-worthy play, delivering the third-best grade of the season within the loss. Most will keep in mind Goff’s day for the missed go on third-and-1 down the stretch. However the quarterback operated Ben Johnson’s offense and managed the sport effectively. Goff accomplished 23 of 37 passes for 240 yards with two touchdowns.

OFFENSE

QB Jared Goff — 71 (100%)

C Frank Ragnow — 71 (100%)

T Taylor Decker — 71 (100%)

T Penei Sewell — 71 (100%)

G Dan Skipper — 71 (100%)

G Kayode Awosika — 71 (100%)

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown — 62 (87%)

WR Kalif Raymond — 54 (76%)

WR DJ Chark — 52 (73%)

TE Brock Wright — 48 (68%)

RB Jamaal Williams — 30 (42%)

RB D’Andre Swift — 24 (34%)

RB Justin Jackson — 18 (25%)

TE James Mitchell — 17 (24%)

TE Shane Zylstra — 17 (24%)

OL Matt Nelson — 12 (17%)

FB Jason Cabinda — 9 (13%)

WR Josh Reynolds — 8 (11%)

WR Tom Kennedy — 4 (6%)

DEFENSE

CB Will Harris — 77 (100%)

S Kerby Joseph — 77 (100%)

LB Alex Anzalone — 77 (100%)

S DeShon Elliott — 76 (99%)

CB Mike Hughes — 72 (94%)

DL John Cominsky — 63 (82%)

CB Jerry Jacobs — 63 (82%)

DE Aidan Hutchinson — 61 (79%)

DL Alim McNeill — 46 (60%)

DL Isaiah Buggs — 45 (58%)

DE Austin Bryant — 39 (51%)

LB Malcolm Rodriguez — 38 (49%)

LB Derrick Barnes — 28 (36%)

DL Benito Jones — 25 (32%)

DE Julian Okwara — 21 (27%)

CB Amani Oruwariye — 19 (25%)

LB Chris Board — 7 (9%)

S C J Moore — 5 (6%)

DE James Houston — 5 (6%)

LB Anthony Pittman — 3 (4%)

SPECIAL TEAMS

Josh Woods — 22 (85%)

Anthony Pittman — 22 (85%)

C.J. Moore — 22 (85%)

Chris Board — 22 (85%)

Justin Jackson — 17 (65%)

Derrick Barnes — 15 (58%)

P Jack Fox — 12 (46%)

Chase Lucas — 12 (46%)

Kerby Joseph — 11 (42%)

Will Harris — 11 (42%)

James Houston — 10 (38%)

Brock Wright — 9 (35%)

Amani Oruwariye — 9 (35%)

Ifeatu Melifonwu — 9 (35%)

James Mitchell — 9 (35%)

Jason Cabinda — 7 (27%)

LS Scott Daly — 6 (23%)

Benedict Jones — 5 (19%)

Kalif Raymond — 5 (19%)

Austin Bryant — 5 (19%)

Aidan Hutchinson — 5 (19%)

John Cominsky — 5 (19%)

Okay Michael Badgley — 4 (15%)

Penei Sewell — 4 (15%)

Kayode Awosika — 4 (15%)

Dan Skipper — 4 (15%)

Logan Stenberg — 4 (15%)

Ross Pierschbacher — 4 (15%)

Matt Nelson — 4 (15%)

Shane Zylstra — 4 (15%)

Malcolm Rodriguez — 2 (8%)

Jerry Jacobs — 2 (8%)

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