Nice shout-out on ESPN for Rashaan Melvin

In’s weekly power rankings, they have the Lions listed 20th, behind a lot of 1-1 teams, which seems a little harsh. But the theme in the column this week is “most pleasant surprise for each team,” and for the Lions, they list CB Rashaan Melvin.

Cornerback Rashaan Melvin had a down 2018 and signed with the Lions in a bid to resurrect his career. Through two weeks, he has given Detroit a good option opposite star Darius Slay, making the Lions’ secondary vastly more difficult to deal with. Melvin, who is seeing a lot more attention because of Slay’s shutdown abilities, has 13 tackles and five pass breakups over the first two weeks and is on pace to obliterate his career-best pass breakups mark of 13, set in 2017. If he keeps playing like this, he might warrant a much larger contract after the season.

I did notice him out there, in a good way. A few of us were asking whether Quinn had adequately addressed the CB position opposite Slay, and weren’t too enthusiastic about paying big money for a slot corner (Coleman) and the Melvin signing. So far, however, it’s looking really good.

Melvin’s emergence allows them to take their time with Oruwariye as well.

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Coleman is playing pretty good too, isn’t he? Especially with very little pass rush.

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