What’s Behind the Decline of DeAndre Levy

November 26, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Linebacker DeAndre Levy was the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in September. The strong first month built upon Levy's breakout 2013 campaign, where he emerged as one of the best all-around outside linebackers in the NFL. 
His outstanding instincts and quick reactions helped spearhead Detroit's strong start. Levy was a dynamic force in both run and pass defense. No. 54 registered 38 tackles, five tackles for loss, one interception among his four passes defended and a fantastic safety in the first month. 
Levy's fantastic early play even led this columnist to scribe a piece entitled "DeAndre Levy's Emergence Makes Lions Defense a Force to be Reckoned With." 
It would have been difficult to sustain that award-winning level of play. Sure enough, Levy's surging wave has waned. He's still flooding over opposing run games, where he might actually be improving if that's possible. But his flow in coverage and pass defense is no longer reaching the beachhead he e...

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