Week 15 Rookie Report

How did the rookie's fair at Kansas City? Nick West takes a look.

LB – Boss Bailey – Boss' five tackles were good for second on the team behind safety Brian Walker.  As a whole, the linebacker group did not play well.  The Chiefs' offensive line was able to dominate the line of scrimmage and many of Boss' tackles came upfield after Priest Holmes had gained six or seven yards per carry.  The five tackles were Boss' highest individual game total since Week 10 against the Chicago Bears. Boss has 71 tackles, one and a half sacks, and five passes defensed this season.

DE/DT Cory Redding – Redding saw most of his action during "clean-up time" at the end of the game.  The Lions, down by 28 points, had Redding in every defensive snap in relief of Robert Porcher in the fourth quarter.  Continuing to show improvement, Redding was active in pursuit of first round pick and Chiefs backup running back Larry Johnson.  Redding made a solid stuff on Johnson on a 3rd down and short. He finished with three solo tackles.

RB – Artose Pinner – Pinner saw his first action of the season and had average results.  In the first half, he ran five times for 23 yards, but had just six yards on four carries in the second half.  Pinner did, however; show flashes of why the Lions selected him in the fourth round of last year's draft.  He ran very hard, broke tackles, showed some "wiggle," and fell forward after contact.  He also caught a 21-yard screen pass from Joey Harrington in the first half, that set up a score later in the drive.

On the Lions' final drive, "Toose" ran off right guard smashing into linebacker Shawn Barber, appearing to leave the Chief in a bit of a daze and moving the Lions closer to the goal line.  Detroit had two plays at the one-yard line in the final minutes to make the score a bit more respectable, but failed to convert on two Joey Harrington pass plays.  One could question the play calling, as Artose had been pounding the ball between the tackles for most of the game and possibly could have done the same in that specific situation and put some points on the board.  

He finished with nine carries for 26 yards and one reception for 21 yards.      

S/CB – Terrence Holt – Once again, Holt was forced to play several different positions in the same game.  He lined up as a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety.  In the second quarter, while playing the strong safety position, Holt was among three Lions who missed a tackle on Chiefs backup running back Derrick Blaylock subsequently leading to a 63-yard touchdown reception for the Kansas City player.  Holt is learning on the job and was massively tested today by a potent Chiefs offense that averages 367 yards and over 30 points per game.  Holt's three tackles in the game puts him at 17 for the season to go along with two interceptions and two passes defensed.

TE – Casey FitzSimmons – Fitz did not start or record a reception in the game.  He did, however; block better and seal off a few outside edges for Shawn Bryson.  Fitz has 19 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown this season.

Other rookies – WR David Kircus and RB Avon Cobourne were inactive through a coach's decision.  LB James Davis is still nursing an injured shoulder and was out for the game.  

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