Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli continues to praise rookie linebacker Jordon Dizon.
The 22-year-old second-round draft pick from Waimea saw playing time as a linebacker and on special teams. There he posted five tackles — three solo, a double and one on special teamsin last week’s season opener against the Atlanta Falcons.
“His instincts are outstanding,” Marinelli said at Friday’s post-practice media session. “I think what he’s constantly learning right now is how to set a huddle. Not just breaking it and everything, it’s setting the defense.
And this team gives you multiple personnel groups. It’s a challenge mentally for these guys, so that is the mental part of the game. The instinctive part and the tackling are good. We just have to keep helping him grow in terms of how to run the system.”
Despite going 4-0 in the preseason, the Lions dropped their opener to 34-21.
Today, the Lions take on the Green Bay Packers at 7 a.m. HST at Ford Field.