Grades for Lions-Redskins

Here are the top takeaways and graded players from the Lions-Redskins preseason game.

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(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Grades for Lions-Redskins

Here are the top takeaways from Thursday night’s preseason game between the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins, including the top 5 graded players for each team:


–First-round pick Brandon Scherff (-3.0 grade) started at right guard for the second week in a row and struggled with Lions defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker. The former Saint beat Scherff for a sack and worked through and around Scherff for disruption in the running game as well.

–Rookie running back Matt Jones impressed on his eight carries last night, breaking a tackle to pick up a 24-yard gain through the heart of the Lions defense. He capped that drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

— Pressured on six of his eight dropbacks, Robert Griffin III’s three incompletions came about by way of a dropped pass, a batted pass and being hit as he threw. His supporting cast ensured that aside from ball security (two fumbles — the primary reasons behind his -3.8 grade), there was little or nothing to draw from his performance.

Top 5 graded players:

Shawn Lauvao (+2.0)

Ty Nsekhe (+2.0)

Jason Hatcher (+1.9)

Josh LeRibeus (+1.7)

Robert Thomas (+1.6)


–The Lions walked away with a defeat, but will be pleased with the work of their first-team offense. Matthew Stafford (+1.6) led the way, completing all three of his intermediate targets for 43 yards.

–The biggest concern for the first-team offense right now is the interior off the offensive line. All three starters earning a negative grade this week, after Travis Swanson and Larry Warford earned negative grades in their preseason opener as well.

–Ezekiel Ansah (+1.5) only played eight snaps, but he left his mark on the Washington offense registering a hit, a hurry and a defensive stop in spite of his limited playing time.

Top 5 graded players:

Kerry Hyder (+3.6)

Travis Lewis (+3.3)

Julian Stanford (+1.9)

Matthew Stafford (+1.6)

Ezekiel Ansah (+1.5)

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  • Malachi

    manny ramirez could replace swanson in a heartbeat

    • Kent Lee Platte

      Manny Ramirez isn’t good. So I guess if you think Swanson isn’t good, you’re statement is true.

      • gregg rice

        Manny Ramirez isn’t great, but he’s decent Kent. Kinda ironic he was a lion before. But I agree with Kent(1st time for everything) on this, let the former razorback iron out his kinks. Ramirez is serviceable, and a decent starter, but I can’t help but think of the snap that sailed a mile high (see how I did that) over Manning’s head in the Superbowl before last. Hes good depth, but asking him to be our starter is giving up on Swanson too early