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It always feels weird handing out figurative Game Balls when the Detroit Lions put up a subpar performance Marvin Jones Jr Jersey , but the entire point of this weekly article is to recognize players that are performing well, whether the rest of the team is keeping up or not.The Lions did not play well as a team against the 49ers, but there were more good individual play than there was last week. Before we get into those players, let’s take a look at our Game Ball standings through one game.[Reminder: 1st place in voting gets 3 points, 2nd place gets 2, 3rd place gets 1]Game Ball standings through Week 1:Kenny Golladay - 3Quandre Diggs - 2Devon KennardThis week’s candidates:Devon KennardStats: 4 tackles, 2.0 sacksFor the second straight game, Devon Kennard looked like Detroit’s biggest free agent signing, as advertised. The Lions linebacker remains both one of the best pass rushers on the team and one of the better edge setters, as well. For a player that entered the season with just 9.5 sacks in four years, Kennard looks like the kind of player that was just waiting for the right coaching. He already has 3.0 sacks in two games. Kenny GolladayStats: 6 catches, 89 yards, 1 TDNotice a pattern yet? Golladay built off a strong Week 1 performance with another solid game against the 49ers. His touchdown was a thing of beauty not only because of the play he made after the catch, but look at the way he sells the play action so convincingly:That’s some impressive stuff from a second-year player. Slowly, Golladay appears to be budding into an all-around talent.LeGarrette BlountStats: 8 carries, 38 yards; 1 catch Authentic Graham Glasgow Jersey , -3 yardsLet’s put his ejection aside for the moment, as everyone seems to disagree about whether it was a good or bad thing, but Blount’s day was much better than his statline suggests.Three of his eight carries earned first downs, and many of his yards came after first contact. He was a big reason there is still optimism surround the Lions’ running game, another big reason is...Kerryon JohnsonStats: 8 carries, 43 yards; 5 catches, 23 yardsWith an increased workload, the Lions’ second-round pick rose to the occasion. Not only did Johnson average an impressive 5.4 yards per carry on just eight rushes, but he proved valuable as a receiver. Through two games, only three players have more receptions than Johnson: Kenny Golladay, Golden Tate and Theo Riddick. If the trend continues, the Lions may not have to wait much longer to get that 100-yard rusher monkey off their back.Da’Shawn HandStats: 5 tackles, 1 tackle for lossIt’s hard to get too excited over any performance from the defensive line when they produced zero sacks combined and were part of the Lions’ very troubling run defense problem, but Da’Shawn Hand has now been a bright spot in two consecutive games:Before you know it, this guy is going to be a starter, if he isn’t considered one already.VOTE:2019 NFL Draft Watch: Week 1 (Thursday edition) College football is back! Well Youth Sam Martin Jersey , I guess it already has been because apparently it started last Saturday and no one told me about it. Anyway, we’ve got some pretty solid matchups on the slate for Week 1, and to start things off, we’ve got an early conference showdown between last year’s National Champions (they are in our hearts) and the UConn Huskies on Thursday night. If you’re not very interested in watching the Lions’ fourth and final preseason game tonight (If I didn’t have obligations to write about it, I probably wouldn’t be) then here’s a look at some draft-eligible prospects that the Lions should keep an eye on, moving forward, during Thursday night’s games.#21 UCF at UConn | 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU/WatchESPNDT Trysten Hill (UCF) 6-foot-2, 315 pounds | RS JuniorHill is a big, grown adult boy that looks every bit of his listed 315 pounds. He is primarily a run stuffer and an anchor in the trenches that is virtually unmovable even against double teams. Orlando Sentinel / Chris HayesHe doesn’t appear to be an elite athlete even for his size and definitely could use some work shedding tackles as a pass rusher, but that’s why he’s likely to go in the mid-to-later rounds barring any unforeseen changes to his game. Obviously, needs can change and maybe we won’t have to worry about the run defense, but as of now, A’Shawn Robinson looks nothing like we’d have hoped entering his third year and no one else has really stepped up as a run stuffer for the defensive line. QB McKenzie Milton (UCF) 5-foot-11, 185 pounds | JuniorDespite his stature, Milton is a baller and ranks 23rd on Pro Football Focus’ top 50 players heading into this year.Milton can sling it and isn’t the dink-and-dunk type passer that Jake Rudock is. He’s accurate on all levels of the field, has plenty of arm strength and has the mobility to tuck and run if need be. If he declares , I think Milton could slide pretty far due to his size and funky mechanics, but would be a steal if he makes it past the second or third round. He could be the perfect backup QB for the Lions, who are looking for someone who can actually throw a football to back up Matthew Stafford.Northwestern at Purdue | 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPNLB Paddy Fisher (Northwestern) 6-foot-4, 245 pounds | RS SophomoreFisher looks like your typical old-school linebacker with his imposing physique and punishing play style, but his athleticism relative to his size might be what’s most impressive about him on first watch. As just a redshirt freshman, Fisher quickly became the heart and soul of the Wildcats defense, accumulating 111 total tackles over the course of 13 games—good for fourth in the Big Ten conference. He’s also quite the playmaker, notching four forced fumbles, one interception and having nine of his tackles go for a loss. Fisher has a knack for getting into the backfield and has a great feel for the game. He uses his heavy hands to push his way through the first level and is constantly the first to meet the ball carrier. In coverage, he shows discipline as a zone defender and rarely is at fault for a big play, but his lack of reps in man coverage makes it hard for me to give him a full seal of approval for Patricia’s defense just yet. With Jarrad Davis continuing to struggle heading into his second year and Matt Patricia’s heavy usage of linebackers, it’s not out of the picture for the Lions to draft another linebacker early in next year’s draft, especially one with experience as an inside backer.

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