SLR Detroit Lions Player of the Year Tournament First Round: Pettigrew vs. Shaun Hill and Delmas vs. Carey

SideLion Report has great readers so it makes sense that you should have a say in helping us name the SideLion Report Detroit Lions player of the year. The players have been seeded and placed into a tournament bracket with each matchup determined by a reader vote.

To ensure that everyone has a chance to vote, polls will remain open until midnight on the west coast. At that time, a winner will be declared and the tournament will continue with another matchup the following day.

The tournament began yesterday and saw Rob Sims defeat Dylan Gandy while DeAndre Levy moved on over Ricardo Silva. We have two more first round matchups today:

(3 seed) Brandon Pettigrew vs. (14 seed) Shaun Hill

Brandon Pettigrew set a new standard in 2011 by which all Detroit Lions will be measured. He set career highs with 83 receptions, 777 yards and 5 touchdowns while starting in all 16 games.

Fortunately for the Lions, Shaun Hill saw far less action in 2011 than he did in 2010. Hill finished the year with two completions in three attempts for 33 yards (103.5 quarterback rating!) in mop up duty against the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos. It is nice to have a capable man behind the franchise quarterback but it’s also nice to not have to use him.

Who should advance to the second round of the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament?

  • Brandon Pettigrew (98%, 47 Votes)
  • Shaun Hill (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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(3 seed) Louis Delmas vs. (14 seed) Don Carey

A Thanksgiving Day injury kept Louis Delmas from playing in the final five regular season games but he still finished as the team’s seventh leading tackler overall. Delmas did recover one fumble but did not record a sack, interception or forced fumble this season. Still, his play-making potential is important in the Lions’ secondary.

Don Carey joined the Lions in October and eventually saw playing time as a result of the Lions’ health problems in the secondary. By the time the playoffs began, Don Carey had earned a spot on the active game day roster ahead of Brandon McDonald.

Who should advance to the second round of the 2011 SideLion Report Player of the Year Tournament?

  • Louis Delmas (96%, 43 Votes)
  • Don Carey (4%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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