The Detroit Lions have had bad luck injury in recent weeks going on, but the good news is that their fortune could start to turn in a big way starting Week 6.
Taylor Decker, who started the season on the injured spare thanks to a bizarre hand injury in the first week of training, can return. But where will the left-wing match play? According to coach Dan Campbell, the answer could be easy for the team.
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Speaking to the media, Campbell said the possible decision would be the move of Penei Sewell to the right and the return of Decker to the left, a view that was shared on Twitter by Chris Burke of The Athletic.
During the press conference on Monday, Oct. 11, Campbell admitted he was optimistic the team would bring Decker back on the field and hoped to see him on the training ground on Wednesday recovering from injury.
“I think there is hope. We will see where Decker will be on Wednesday, and at least there we will start,” Campbell said.
Sewell has played on the right side for the best part of a month to calculate Decker’s loss, but it looks like the team is confident he will make a quick pass.
Campbell Explains Sewell’s Recent Fighting
Without Decker, the Lions have to rely on Sewell on the left side. The rookie has been strong, but in recent weeks, he is struggling. On Sunday, Sewell gave a pair of important sacks to Everson Griffen to help block some Lions discs, and overall, the sample size suddenly did not look great for treating youngsters.
Campbell explained that Sewell has still been learning on the job and dealing with various hustlers, but he can still use a little help from the coaching staff to overcome this tough part.
“I think when he got into that game early, he was getting out of his position so fast that he was overdoing it. Look at Griffin, he still has a lot of curve balls left,” Campbell said. “He may not be able to play 60 games, but for 20 that gets in there, he has a racing ability and he is another type of racer and he is low on the ground. He is completely different from him (Robert) Quinn last week.So I’m back to, for each of these shots he gets it will be better for him.Now, he should be able to adjust much faster than he did in that game.It took a while and then he thought he had it and then he got beaten up.I think we need to do some things to help him a little bit to make him go again.I think he will learn and be good for her. “
As Campbell said, Sewell has a winning mindset which proves to him that he will continue to be on the right track as a professional.
“I can say last week that I knew he wanted to play because he wanted redemption. That’s the way it’s built and I love it for that, “said Campbell.” He was crazy. And I know he’s going to be crazy about it, and if you talk about helping him he will be angry about it, ‘I do not need help.’ But I think we have to put it back in. he will be better for her. “
Former Offensive Linemen Thought Sewell was the “Left Face” for the Lions
The former line-ups may disagree with this team decision to potentially move Sewell to the right side. NFL Network analyst and former league striker Brian Baldinger jumped on Twitter and gave a quick analysis on what makes Sewell so good in advance. Specifically, he said he believes Sewell looks more comfortable on the left side than on the right thanks to his game against Bosa and the 49ers.
“Penei Sewell looks much better on the left side than on the right side,” Baldinger says in the clip. “He will bring Nick Bosa back here and he had some tough moments in the game, but this is Penei Sewell at his best here. The boss has a small influence on him, but he has his hands in the right place, pulls them out. (Jared) Goff is throwing the ball and look where Bosa is. He has it in the Lions logo there and he stays with it. Sewell, I know they got him on the right side and I know why he is on the left. But he natural blow, the athlete, using his strength right here, knocking down the anchor. No doubt he had some tough moments, but he also had some good moments like him. “
Baldinger is by far the only one who believes Sewell should play on the left side of the line in Detroit. In the opening, the Lions had to move Sewell in an emergency to tackle on the left, his natural position in college. According to former manager and offensive analyst Geoff Schwartz, they may have found something with this shift. After just a quarter played for Sewell, Schwartz had seen enough to say he believed the team had their new face of the future at the former Oregon Duck.
What the Lions decide to do with Sewell will remain a question because the team has Taylor Decker embedded on the left side, and Decker just signed an extension with Detroit last year and played well in 2020. Decker has only played on the side left since then being selected by Detroit in the 2016 NFL draft, so whether or not he would move on at this stage of his career remains to be seen. However, it is an interesting thought to remember.
At this point, the Lions seem determined to put Sewell back on the right side when Decker returns. If so, it will be interesting to see in the long run.
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