The Detroit Lions may have lost, 38-35, to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1, but Dan Campbell's squad did walk away with some personal victories. Rookie Lions linebacker and Hard Knocks standout Malcolm Rodriguez had a solid performance which included him absolutely embarrassing one of the Eagles' All-Pro offensive linemen.
Four-time All-Pro center Jason Kelce, who's used to dominating the competition, was essentially hip-tossed by Rodriguez on one play. Considering that the five-time Pro-Bowler is listed at 295 pounds on his NFL profile, Rodriguez's feat was quite impressive.
Fortunately, video of the play was shared to Twitter by CBS producer Ben Fennell.
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What makes the play even more impressive is that it happened in Rodriguez's first career NFL regular-season game. The former Oklahoma State defender was a sixth-round pick by the Lions in April and ultimately played his way into a starting role for Detroit.
By the end of the game, Rodriguez finished with six total tackles, including one for a loss. Needless to say, his domination of Kelce is the highlight that stands out above the rest.
Detroit's Week 2 opponent -- the Washington Commanders -- don't have an offensive lineman on Kelce's level, but they do have guards Andrew Norwell (first-team All-Pro in 2017) and Trai Turner (five Pro Bowls). Only time will tell if Rodriguez can handle them as easily as he handled Kelce.
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FanDuel Sportsbook's Week 2 NFL odds currently list the Lions as 1.5-point home favorites over the Commanders. If Rodriguez can replicate last week's success, Detroit may come away with its first win of the season.
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