Lions notes: Xavier Rhodes calls Matthew Stafford

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      the 2nd-best player in the NFC North After Monday night’s game against the New York Jets—in which Matthew Stafford had one of the worst games of his entire career—it’s good to take a step back and recalibrate your perspective. Thankfully Detroit Lions T-Shirt , Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes brought that fresh outlook on Tuesday when he penned his top seven players in the NFC North for The Players’ Tribune. Rhodes named two Detroit Lions players on the list, and both of them were players he’s more than familiar with. First, there was Golden Tate (No. 7).“Golden Tate can do it all. He catches everything. He’s a YAC monster. He blocks downfield. He’s the guy on all the Lions’ trick plays,” Rhodes wrote.Then there was Stafford himself, who came in only behind Aaron Rodgers on Rhodes’ list. “He’s the total package, man,” Rhodes wrote. “He’s great at avoiding the rush, he can break long runs and he isn’t afraid to step up in the pocket and take a hit. And he has a cannon for an arm.”Obviously Monday wasn’t Stafford at his best Detroit Lions Hats , but the players on the field that know him best respect the man, and there’s definitely something to be said about that. The Athletic’s Chris Burke decided to test the theory if the Detroit Lions were tipping plays with hand signals, and found a play against the Buccaneers that looked awfully similar to the pick-six on Monday night. (subscription required).This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but the Lions’ pass rush was the slowest to get to the quarterback in Week 1: If you’re a fan of sports photography, MLive’s photographer Mike Mulholland put together a pretty interesting piece on his favorite Week 1 pics and how they came about. The always energetic Chris Spielman helped break down three key plays from Monday night’s blowout: Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press thinks Matt Patricia is in over his head already. Prior to Monday night’s game, the Lions reportedly worked out Don Carey, who was recently released from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Considering the Lions’ special teams performance against the Jets, maybe a signing is coming?First Byte podcast: Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers preview with David Fucillo Another week is here and that means it’s time for another preview podcast for our First Byte crew. Unlike last week Detroit Lions Hoodie , we were able to find ourselves a guest for this week’s episode. To help us preview Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers, we nabbed David Fucillo of Niners Nation to give us everything he knows about the 0-1 Niners. Is Jimmy Garoppolo the next elite quarterback? How will the Niners look without suspended Reuben Foster? Will Kyle Shanahan destroy Matt Patricia with his mind? We get all of those answers and more from the highly-informed man they call “Fooch.” This week on First Byte: Breaking down the 49ers’ offseason: Biggest additions, biggest weaknesses, and outlook for the 2018 season.San Francisco’s offensive line is much different, but is it any better? Is Laken Tomlinson any good yet? The Niners are already getting production out of their first three draft picks, can third-round linebacker Fred Warner make up for Reuben Foster’s suspension?MATCHUPS: Will the Lions be able to exploit the 49ers’ new, beat-up offensive lien?Is there any way the Lions can stop the three-headed monster of Solomon Thomas, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead? The 49ers don’t have a ton in terms of wide receivers Youth Customized Detroit Lions Jerseys , but other offensive weapons could hurt the Lions on Sunday.The Lions actually have a pretty significant advantage on Sunday, and it starts and ends with their receivers. Jeremy, Ryan, and Fooch make their one prediction for Sunday’s game, and some of them aren’t horrible.Make sure download and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or Spreaker so you get these weekly episodes as well as the PODcast, where we tackle all of the week’s news and recap game results.