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Detroit Lions vs. Miami Dolphins, 10-21-18: In-game report

The Miami Dolphins (4-3) missed a chance to keep pace with the New England Patriots in the AFC East after falling to the Detroit Lions (3-3) at home.  The Lions used a stifling secondary and an efficient offensive attack to win the game.  DraftNasty's Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in-game report:

Kerryon Johnson

The rookie running back out of Auburn had his second career 100- yard rushing performance on Sunday. The Lions record would indicate that in order to win, they need production from Johnson. In the team's three wins, Johnson has rushed for 109 yards per game and in their three losses he's averaged 38 yards per game.  On Sunday, Johnson rushed for 158 yards and kept the Lions in favorable down and distances, which resulted in them only having to punt once all afternoon.  Johnson doesn’t just have an impact on the running game but the threat of his running ability has been enough to give quarterback Matthew Stafford, who finished with just four incompletions, cleaner looks on play action passes.  The Lions used Johnson as a decoy to score their first touchdown after Stafford faked the handoff and threw a touchdown to tight end Michael Roberts.  Johnson also gives the Lions a threat in the passing game (15 receptions on the season) and is a willing blocker in pass protection.  If Detroit wants to continue to win against good teams, look for the Lions to rely on Johnson to bring a balance to the offense.

Lions secondary

Slay, Jr. was named a first-team All-Pro in 2017 and has shown few signs of slowing down.

The Lions secondary didn’t force Brock Osweiler into an interception but did play well enough in coverage to help force four sacks and give their team a commanding 20-7 advantage in the second half. Quandre Diggs came down from his safety position to fill in for Jamal Agnew, the team’s regular slot cornerback who is on IR due to a knee injury. Cornerback Darius Slay has continued his All-Pro performance from last season and played well on the outside.  Slay prevented a would-be touchdown to Kenny Stills by bringing his hands through Stills' hands and deflecting the ball away. For the game, Osweiler threw for 239 yards and almost a third of those yards came in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.  Detroit’s secondary is the backbone of their defense and should serve them well against a number of top-tier quarterbacks in the NFC.

Mike Gesicki

DraftNasty highlighted Gesicki’s athleticism in advance of the draft last season and that athletic ability was on display against Detroit. The rookie from Penn State caught passes both as a hand in the ground tight end and when split out wide.  Gesicki did a good job of chipping the defensive end before getting into the right seam and catching a pass in traffic. On another catch, Gesicki caught the ball over the middle on a crossing pattern and flashed his potential for getting yards after the catch.  In total, Gesicki finished with three catches for 44 yards. 

Q&A with former Penn State TE Mike Gesicki: ‘Eveready’

Former Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki has all of the tools to become one of the NFL's next multi-dimensional tight ends.  The former Under Armour All-American and Southern Regional High School (N.J.) basketball and volleyball standout often leapt over the competition in Happy Valley.   He is a player who has shown a knack for the clutch grabs on some of the team's biggest stages. We caught up with the Academic All-Big Ten standout  during the week of 2018 Senior Bowl practices to discuss his confidence, athleticism and goals for the future.

Gesicki (pictured with ball) ran in the mid-4.5s (40-yard), had a 41 1/2" vertical jump, 10'9" broad jump and 6.76 3-cone drill at the 2018 NFL Combine.

DN: In terms of your week (Senior Bowl 2018) how have you felt it has gone? Seems like you've been a tough match-up for a lot of the guys covering you, both safeties and linebackers.  How have you felt about your route running?

Gesicki: I felt really good all week.  Starting on Tuesday and leading all the way up to this practice and then through it.  Felt really good.  I'm a kind of guy that's really confident in my abilities.  So when I line up I know I'm going to win.  Whether it's man coverage or if it's zone I'm going to find that open spot.  So, all week in the one-on-ones that's all of the stuff that I take pride in.  It's you versus another man and I'm doing whatever I can to win.

DN: It seems like a lot of your numbers that you've had -in terms of your workout numbers- were amazing in school.  10'7" broad, you run in the 4.5-range and 38, 39-inch vertical. Talk a little bit about some of your goals for the combine and Pro Days.

Gesicki:  Yeah, the combine...that's kind of something that people ask me, 'Are you nervous for the combine?', all that kind of stuff.  No, I'm not nervous at all.  That's kind of what I do.  I run fast, I jump high, I'm strong, all that kind of stuff.  So when I go to the combine I've got goals and aspirations that I want to reach.  Whatever it is I'm going to continue to train and continue to work hard.  I obviously want to run anywhere around the 4.55-range in that area (40-yard dash).  Like you said, I want to get up in the long jump and try to break the record of 11'2" for tight ends.  I want to get somewhere around 11'3.  Just continue to show off my athletic ability.

DN: Finally, confidence has always been a big part of your game. When you get a one-on-one matchup, you've wanted the ball throughout your career.  Talk a little bit about what brings that out in you.

Gesicki: My entire life it's just kind of been who I am in terms of confidence. Playing basketball growing up, if there was three seconds left I want to take the last shot.  Now (at PSU) if we are in the Red Zone, one-on-one, I want the ball.  Last play of the game, put it up to me on third down.  Whatever it is, that's just kind of who I am.  I'm a big-time competitor.  I'm going to do whatever it takes to win. I'm very confident in my abilities. So when I get out on the field and my number is called, I know I'm going to come up and deliver.

DN:  Best of luck man. Appreciate the time.

Gesicki: Thank you very much.

----2018 Senior Bowl practices, Day 3

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