Hey Ernie Sims, you are officially on notice. I know you want to play this Sunday against the Bears and I would too after watching rookie linebacker DeAndre Levy mop up any loose Redskin in his vicinity during the Lions 19-14 win.
Sims is one of the last remaining players from the Moron era and in fact the only draft pick from 2002-2006 still on the squad. That’s a lot of stink to rub off. Sims has been a reliable starter, a good clean-up hitter and an energetic leader thus far in his short career in Detroit. He’s also been reliable in over-pursuing plays, not wrapping up key tackles and showing a lack of play making ability. Sims doesn’t create turnovers, he doesn’t always hit with authority.
Levy, the third-round pick out of Wisconsin wearing the famed #54 Lion’s linebacker jersey, is making good on the promise he showed in the preseason. Fast and instinctive, he hits everything square and drives it back. Contributing to the goal line stop on two crucial plays against the ‘Skins in the first quarter, he is surely a rookie to watch and for now can be counted on as a quality reserve in case one of the other starters (Larry Foote and Julian Peterson) goes down.
Lets watch how this develops as Levy has a strong case to make as a starter if he comes through with some huge plays this week at Chicago.