Week 7 Rookie Report - Dallas at Detroit.
LB Boss Bailey -- Despite being destroyed this past Sunday by Quincy Carter and the Cowboys, Lions defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer has something small to build on. His rookie outside linebacker Boss Bailey recorded 3 solo tackles and assisted in 3 others.
Boss' best play of the game was being the initial Lions tackler on Cowboys' running back Troy Hambrick's fumble returned for a touchdown. Strong safety Corey Harris is credited for causing the fumble, but Boss clearly had a hand on the ball, too.
Later in the game, Boss was able to penetrate the Cowboys massive offensive line and drop Hambrick for two losses on the same drive. The first was assisted by defensive end James Hall; the second was all Boss as he stopped Hambrick at the Lions' 3 yard line. Boss is tied for fourth on the team in tackles with 29 total. He has 2 passes defended and no sacks.
CB Rod Babers -- Because he looked good in practice all last week, the team promoted Babers to the 'nickel' position ahead of incumbent Jimmy Wyrick. However, the former Giants' fourth round selection would probably like to forget his first significant playing time as an NFL defensive back.
The Cowboys' 3-receiver set was overwhelming for the perilously thin Lions' secondary. Babers was matched up with speedster Antonio Bryant all day long and Quincy Carter took full advantage.
Late in the second quarter, Bryant ran a streak route right past Babers. Carter's throw was on the money, but Bryant dropped what could have been a long touchdown.
The second time, Babers wasn't so lucky. Bryant ran another streak route by the rookie DB, this time for a 23-yard gain, putting the Cowboys inside the Lions' 2-yard line and setting up another touchdown. Expect Babers to keep the 'nickel' position, as he has more physical talent and upside than lifetime special teamer Jimmy Wyrick. For the day, Babers recorded 3 solo tackles and assisted in another. For the season, he has 9.
TE Casey Fitzsimmons -- Like the Lions' offense, Fitz played incompetent when given the opportunity. In the fourth quarter, when the Lions moved the ball inside the Cowboys' 10-yard line, Fitz had a wonderful opportunity to score. He ran a good fade route and was overlooked by the Cowboys' defense. Backup quarterback Mike McMahon fired the ball to Fitz; it was tipped by a Cowboys' defender at the line, but was still very catchable. The ball floated into Fitz's number 82 and was dropped. Not only could Fitz of have put the Lions offense on the board, but caught his first career touchdown, too. Fitz was blanked for the game and has 5 catches for 55 yards on the season.
Linebacker James Davis saw most of his action in mop up duties and the end of the game. He recorded 1 tackle and has 4 for the season. Safety Terrence Holt was active for the first time this season, but didn't record any tackles. He sustained a concussion in the game, but was practicing on Monday. DT/DE Corey Redding and RB/KR Avon Cobourne were not activated. WR Charles Rogers does not need surgery on his separated shoulder and should be back in 6 weeks at the most.