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Aidan Hutchinson named NFC Defensive Player of Week; Detroit Lions rookie class thriving

The Detroit Lions are getting big contributions from a rookie class this season that is shaping up to be a foundational part of their future.

Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson became the second Lions rookie to win NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday, after his three-tackle, two-takeaway performance in a win against the New York Giants.

Hutchinson intercepted a Daniel Jones pass in the second quarter that set up the Lions’ first touchdown and recovered a Giants fumble in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.

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Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson runs off the field after a win against the New York Giants on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J.

The rookie first-round pick leads the Lions with 5½ sacks and has two interceptions.

“The kid, it’s one of the reasons why we liked him,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said last week. “I mean, he’s competitive now. He wants to be – he wants to play within the system, do his job, but he also, he wants to be a difference-maker. Like he views himself as somebody like, ‘I can change the game.’ Like, ‘I can do that.’ And so I think when you get in those critical moments, those high-pressure situations, he’s somebody that thrives in that, like he enjoys that. He doesn’t go the other way and get real tight and tense. He wants to go make a play.”

Lions rookie Kerby Joseph won NFC Defensive Player of the Week after his two-interception game against Aaron Rodgers in a Week 9 win over the Green Bay Packers. Joseph had his third interception of the season against the Giants, and has forced two fumbles in seven starts.

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The Lions (4-6) have started four rookies on defense this season, with sixth-round pick Malcolm Rodriguez seeing significant time at linebacker and second-rounder Josh Paschal playing big…


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Publish date : 2022-11-23 15:20:04

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