Da'Shawn Hand
The Lions are not giving up on Da’Shawn Hand yet. New defensive line coach Todd Walsh believes Hand can become a special player. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Todd Walsh Believes Da’Shawn Hand Can Become Special Player

Da’Shawn Hand is a player oozing with potential. We just haven’t seen it yet. Hand has missed 22 games since entering the league in 2018 as a fourth round pick. New defensive line coach Todd Walsh believes the best is yet to come and that Hand can become a special player in the league.

“When I came in, he was a young man that we had a lot of conversations about. When I flipped on the tape, and when he’s healthy, he’s something. I think he’s something teams are going to have to deal with,” Wash said, via Justin Rogers of the Detroit News. “That’s my job, is to get him to be able to stay healthy, get him prepared physically and athletically. He has a chance to be a special player in this league, we just got to keep him healthy. And we’re going to do everything we can to get him on the field as much as we can.”

The Lions brought in a ton of help along the defensive line. Detroit traded for Michael Brockers. They also picked Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill in the second and third rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft. It’s unclear where Hand even fits into the rotation.

However, the new Lions defensive line coaching is screaming from the clouds that he believes in the former Alabama product. Hand was a super high recruit coming out of high school ranking as the 5th best prospect in America according to the 24/7 composite.

Heading into his fourth NFL season, Hand has just three sacks. All of which have come during his rookie season. It’s now or never. Especially considering that he will enter the final year of his rookie contract.

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