Both tight end Brandon Pettigrew and safety Louis Delmas were named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team.
Among other members of Detroit’s rookie class, Pettigrew and Delmas were bright spots for the Lions in 2009. Pettigrew, selected 20th-overall out of Oklahoma State, started 11 games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day.
Prior to that injury, Pettigrew had been finding a rhythm, catching 7 receptions for 70 yards with one touchdown at Seattle and 6 receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown against Cleveland. He finished the year with 30 catches for 346 yards and two touchdowns and, besides developing as a receiver, was making an impact in Detroit’s run-blocking and pass-protection.
Delmas, who Detroit selected 33rd-overall out of Western Michigan, was a standout throughout the season and, despite his rookie status, became a strong leader for the defensive side of the ball both on and off the field.
He started 15 games at free safety, finishing the year with 91 tackles, two interceptions – one for a touchdown – and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. He also had two sacks and one safety.
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