Woodbridge High School graduate Da’Shawn Hand was a member of the starting lineup when the Detroit Lions played the New York Giants Friday in both team’s second NFL preseason game.
The rookie defensive lineman played 25 snaps and recorded one tackle in the 30-17 loss. As the Lions look to find the right combination upfront, Hand, Detroit’s fourth-round pick out of Alabama, remains in the mix for more playing time.
"A couple weeks in a row here where he’s played with good leverage, good technique, good hand placement, and done a good job with playing in different positions," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "We move him around a little bit, too, but he’s really just kind of, the techniques and the fundamentals, I’d say he’s progressed in a positive (way) so far. Hopefully we can continue with that, but when you watch it on tape you really see kind of the coaching points that we’re teaching and the hand placement and the extension and all that stuff, it’s been good."
Stonewall Jackson graduates Tim Settle and Greg Stroman made plays Thursday in the Washington Redskins’ 15-13 home win over the New York Jets.
Settle, a defensive lineman who was the Redskins’ fifth-round pick out of Virginia Tech, recorded one tackle and knocked down a pass. He was part of a frontline that helped limit the Jets to 64 rushing yards on 22 carries. Stroman, a defensive back taken in the seventh round by the Redskins, tallied three tackles.
“I feel like I’m still learning. My goal is to progress every week and learn from the mistakes I had last week and keep moving forward,” Settle said of his performance. “I’m still learning, I still ask questions and I still have some technique errors to fix but I’m going to get it done. I’ve got a couple more weeks."