The Detroit Lions have had a fantastic season out of many of their rookies, but the best news for the team is that Aidan Hutchinson continues to lead the way.
Hutchinson has easily looked like the most dynamic rookie defender in football this season, and he continues to rack up the impressive accolades to start the season the more moves he makes.
So far, Hutchinson has had a unique start to the season. He’s racked up sacks and pocket squeezes, but has also shown himself to be a weapon, dropping back and intercepting the ball.
As a result, Hutchinson has made a more unique NFL story. As Lions PR pointed out, he is the first defenseman since 2010 to have at least five sacks, two interceptions and a recovered fumble. Better still, he’s the first rookie since 1986 to accomplish that feat. Before that, the last time it happened was in 1969.
“Lions DL Aidan Hutchinson has become the first defenseman in the NFL since Jared Allen in 2010 to have a season with at least 5.0 sacks, 2 INTs and an FR. Neal (1986) & John Zook (1969)”, the website tweeted.
As a result of this work, it is clear that Hutchinson has become a fairly rare athlete in the league. He’s a little good at defense which makes him a very valuable piece going forward.
Just when the Lions needed it most, Hutchinson came on with a nice interception and a great recognition of a game as the Giants drove and tried to maintain a lead
Hutchinson dropped back and read the eyes of Daniel Jones, who was hoping for an interception that helped jumpstart Detroit’s offense. The recognition for the game was fantastic for a young player.
These moves show Hutchinson’s ability to make some big plays on defense. Not only is he a one-trick pony, but a player who can do many other things between the lines to change the game.
Even as he learns the league, it’s clear Hutchinson displayed some breakthrough skills early in his career. He’s already climbed to the top of some NFL leaderboards to start the season.
So far this season, Hutchinson has been upping the pressure up front and has been the league’s top rookie when it comes to bag pressure.
On top of all the pocket pressure, Hutchinson has raked in the 5.5 sacks and 31 tackles. Additionally, he made perhaps his biggest game of his fledgling Lions career when he went up for a game-changing red-zone interception against Green Bay. This was before the selection in week 11:
As the year began, many wondered if Hutchinson could be in contention for Rookie of the Year and other top honors. His performance so far shows why that could be the case, provided he can put up some numbers in the second half even when people are pointing him forward for more attention.
Each week, Hutchinson continues to make a historical impact on the game. The more he can do, the more impressive he looks.