Why Lions Guard Larry Warford is the Most Unsung Rookie in the NFL

December 4, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford is not going to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Let's get that out of the way right off the bat. 
Guards simply don't garner enough attention or have enough quantifiable statistics to win honors like that over wide receivers, quarterbacks or running backs. Much of what guards do for a team goes unsung to the general populous. 
That's a shame, because no offensive rookie is having a stronger debut campaign than Larry Warford.
In order to illustrate Warford's value to the Lions, it's critical to take a look back to last season. Detroit started veteran Stephen Peterman at right guard, a spot he had manned for several years.
Peterman had always been inconsistent in his Lions career, but in 2012 he leaned a lot more towards the negative than positive. His footwork in pass protection was poor, and he gave up too many quick pressures on quarterback Matthew Stafford. 
While his run blocking was acceptable, that too was...

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