The Detroit Lions have been trying all summer to find a replacement at right guard after Stephen Petermen left the team. It was assumed that either veteran Dylan Gandy or Jake Scott would be the starter when the season opened up. However, rookie third-round draft pick Larry Warford has done more than just throw his name in the hat after a stellar preseason. Does he have what it takes to win the job?
Warford got the start against the New England Patriots Thursday night. In 21 snaps, he performed exceptionally well against a very talented defense. He did surrender one sack but those things are going to happen to rookies. The good news is the entire team played well as the Lions destroyed the Patriots 40-9.
“I did pretty well,” Warford said, according to MLive.com. “Obviously there’s still going to be technical errors that I need to work on. But I mean I went up against a good player today. Got on the edge a little bit, but other than that, did pretty well.
“Found I still have a lot to work on. It’s like a never-ending battle. I just need to watch the film and see what I need to get better at and focus on that for the rest of practice.”
Many believe Warford has what it takes to be a starter. There is no question he has done many things right to garner the attention of the coaching staff over the past few weeks. With that being said, the 22-year-old is not going to be overly concerned with winning the starting job.
“I don’t want to just go out and say that,” Warford said, according to MLive.com. “All I’m worried about is getting better. I can’t think about that really.”
At this point, he is just trying to do the best he can to improve his game. That is all the Lions can ask of him for now.