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5 things you need to know for Monday

By Alejandro Chavez
Aug 14, 2017

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SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07: Defensive tackle Kerry Hyder #61of the Detroit Lions chases down quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card game at CenturyLink Field on January 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Hey there football fans! Here are five things you need to know from yesterday to start off your week:

Edge Kerry Hyder left the Lions game with an achillies injury. The injury will likely cost Hdyer the 2017 season

Hyder played 709 snaps for the Lions in 2016, and ended the season ranked 42nd of 110 qualifying edge defenders, with a PFF overall grade of 77.4. He led the Lions in both sacks (8) and total pressures (51), and his pass rush productivity of 10.5 ranked 13th of 33 4-3 defensive ends with at least 290 pass rush snaps.

The Lions defensive line has been significantly hindered by injury this offseason. Defensive end Ziggy Ansah (who tallied 31 pressures in 2016) is currently on the PUP list, while Armonty Bryant (6 total pressures) has just returned to practice after battling an ankle injury.

Junior Galette will miss the upcoming preseason game. The pass-rusher has not played in regular season action in two years.

With edge-rusher Trent Murphy set to miss the entire 2017 season due to injury, Washington will hope that Galette can return to 100 percent. The last full season he played, he produced the third most quarterback pressures (67) and second highest pass rush productivity (12.2) among 4-3 defensive ends, and achieved a pass rush grade of 87.9, which ranked fifth among the league’s qualifying edge defenders.

Galette has played 4 of his 5 seasons as a 4-3 defensive end, but he spent the 2013 season as a 3-4 outside linebacker, the position he will be playing in Washington. He performed well, racking up 58 pressures from 457 pass rushing snaps, and his 12 sacks ranked third among players at the position.

Marqise Lee was carted off with a leg injury. The injury occurred in a Jaguar practice session.

In 2016, Lee posted what to this point is a personal best grade of 77.9, which was tops among all Jaguars receivers. The 816 snaps he played was also a career high.

One thing that Lee showed he could do in 2016 was make defenders miss. His 11 forced missed tackles ranked fifth among all third year wideouts last season.

While the severity of the injury is unknown, this could be a big blow for both Lee and the Jaguars as not only did he see his grade jump over 20 points from 2015 to 2016, but he was entering a contract year as well.

Dallas TE Rico Gathers had a second strong preseason game. It was the second straight game in which he scored a touch down.

Following on from the Hall of Fame Game, where he achieved a PFF receiving grade of 87.2 and averaged 2.68 yards per route run, he continued his performance in his second game against the Los Angeles Rams, racking up 47 yards from his 18 passing routes, for an average of 2.61 yards per route run.

After two games, Gathers has lined up in six different positions, and run 55 percent of his passing routes from the slot. He has logged seven receptions from eight targets with 2 touchdowns, and Cowboys quarterbacks have a perfect passer rating (158.3) when throwing his way.

Denver’s Carlos Henderson will have thumb surgery. He suffered a thumb injury in Thursday’s preseason game.

Henderson displayed deep-threat potential in college, grabbing seven touchdowns on deep passes (20 yards or more), good for 14th out of 215 qualifying receivers. This was further highlighted by his zero drops on deep passes, landing him in a five-way tie for first among wide receivers with 135-plus targets.

The Louisiana Tech product also averaged 3.55 yards per route run last year, ranking him third among all college wide receivers with at least 135 targets. Only current Tennessee Titans receivers Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor ranked higher.

Henderson logged eight total snaps in Thursday’s preseason game, finishing the game with one catch for seven yards. He was only targeted once.

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