Rookies make a mark
The opener in New Orleans marked the first time since 1978 that the Lions had started four rookies. If Deandre Levy starts in place of injured linebacker Ernie Sims (shoulder) on Sunday against the Redskins that would boost the number to five. That includes quarterback Matthew Stafford, tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive tackle Sammie Hill and safety Louis Delmas.
Thats a ton of inexperience on the football field, but the Lions dont have much choice if they want to play their best. It means something good for the future because theyre gaining experience, veteran linebacker Larry Foote said.
A few years back Foote played in Pittsburgh with rookie starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who led them to a 15-1 season. So you never know. It depends on the individual, the scheme and how the ball bounces, Foote said.