The Detroit Lions And Their Fans Should Be Thrilled With The Addition Of Damon “Snacks” Harrison To Their Improving Defensive Line.
GM Bob Quinn and his buddies in the Detroit Lions Personnel Department just won the trade deadline by sending a fifth-round pick to the New York Giants in exchange for Nose Tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison. That fifth-round selection was acquired by the Lions for offensive guard Laken Tomlinson, so this deal seems even more phenomenal when you think of it as a Tomlinson for Harrison exchange. Here’s the tweet from NFL insider Ian Rapaport that broke the details on this morning’s trade.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 24, 2018
What are the Lions getting in Harrison? He’s only one of the best run-stuffing interior defensive lineman in the NFL. According to Pro Football Focus, he’s ranked first in the NFL in run stops each of the last three seasons and is currently tied for second in 2018.
In trading for Damon Harrison, the Lions have added the NFL's leader in defensive stops on the defensive interior in each of the past three seasons. pic.twitter.com/Oq3a8t0VpV
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 24, 2018
The 29-year-old, going to be 30 in November, comes into Detroit with a contract that potentially keeps him with the Lions this year and the next two seasons at a relatively good deal cap-wise. Harrison has an opportunity to help shore up the biggest weakness of a hot team that has won three of its last four games.
Snacks came into the league as a UDFA with the New York Jets in 2012 after attending William Penn University. Since then he has been a staple of the New York Giants defense and was a first-team All-Pro in 2016. Don’t expect a lot of sacks from Snacks (5.5 in his career), but he will be a big help for the Lions run defense down the stretch. With him coming as well, it eliminates the big need for a defensive tackle in the upcoming NFL draft.