Graham Glasgow wanted to come back to the Detroit Lions this offseason, and while he didn't win the starting job at right guard there was a chance opportunity would knock. After Halapoulivaati Vaitai suffered a knee injury in Week 2, that opportunity to start came in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Glasgow has played very well, allowing one sack and being graded by Pro Football Focus as the third-best run-blocking guard in the league. He's also PFF's third-best guard overall through Week 6.
Vaitai has been back and active the last two games, but he has strictly played special teams (a total of 11 snaps). Via Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, head coach Dan Campbell noted how well Glasgow is playing.
"Yeah, it is (hard to remove Glasgow when he's playing like this)," Campbell said. "It is hard to do because you don't want to miss with the chemistry that's going on right now. Graham is playing good, solid football for us."
Graham Glasgow may just keep the starting right guard job for the Lions
There's a popular sentiment that says you should not lose your job due to injury, and Vaitai played very well in Week 1 before being injured late in Week 2. But Campbell also suggested that "Big V" is not 100 percent healthy, which helps explain why Kayode Awosika started at left guard last week in place of an injured Jonah Jackson.
"Big V is just steadily coming back from this," Campbell said. "He's kinda been on reserve. He was better this week than last week. But we just want to make sure he's 100% ready to go and then we'll take it from there."
Vaitai getting back to full health is certainly the first domino in his being a legit candidate to take back the starting job at right guard. But the way Glasgow is playing, he won't be just giving the job back. And without an injury that renders him unable to play, he shouldn't be taking out of the starting lineup.