Detroit Lions Penei Sewell reveals he didn't meet expectations as Taylor Decker's replacement at LT
Detroit Lions' Penei Sewell was not happy with his performance as left tackle in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Penei Sewell, the talented right tackle for the Detroit Lions, had a disappointing performance in his first game at left tackle in nearly two years. Sewell, who was filling in for the injured Taylor Decker, expressed his dissatisfaction with his play in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Despite allowing just two pressures on 37 drop backs and the Lions' success in rushing for over 100 yards, Sewell acknowledged that there were several technical aspects of his game that needed improvement and blocks that he should have made.
Although Sewell played left tackle in college at Oregon, he has primarily played on the right side in the NFL. As a rookie, he started eight games at left tackle when Decker was injured, but last season he exclusively played right tackle and only occasionally practiced on the left side during training camp. Sewell emphasized that regardless of the position he plays, he understands the importance of his role and the expectations placed on him by his coaches and teammates. He acknowledged that he needs to focus on the finer details of his game, such as getting off the ball faster and improving communication with his fellow lineman Jonah Jackson.
The status of Taylor Decker for the upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons remains uncertain as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle. If Decker is unable to play, the Lions will be missing 2/5 of their starting offensive line, as Halapoulivaati Vaitai injured his left knee in the second half of Sunday's game. Vaitai, who missed the entire previous season due to a back injury, may be sidelined for multiple weeks with his knee injury. Sewell expressed his disappointment for Vaitai, who had just returned from a significant injury and was eager to contribute to the team's success this year.
In conclusion, Sewell's transition to left tackle did not go as smoothly as he had hoped, but he remains determined to improve and fulfill his responsibilities to his team. The Lions face challenges with injuries to key offensive linemen, but they must press forward and wait for their teammates to return.