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Pettigrew, Delmas Named to Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on January 20, 2010 – 4:14 pm

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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27 Responses to “Pettigrew, Delmas Named to Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team”

  1. By Preston on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    Delmas really stood out an is my favorite Lions player. You can always throw over the Dline but your saftey’s are always there, we need to draft Eric Berry to duo with Delmas.

  2. By Shane Lemcool on Jan 20, 2010 | Reply

    seee ya ll Pettigrew and Delmas along wth staffprd and Levy and the guys brought in this off season will bring the lions up to where they need to be our boys will be a playoff team by 2011 if not then 2012 no later

  3. By Z on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    Shane, you are high if you think the lions make the playoffs next season. Even if we get lucky and get Suh we’re still short way too much talent. It’d be a miracle if that happened. In fact, a 2012 playoff team would require a great draft next year and huge progress from Stafford and pretty much everyone else.

  4. By Pedro Damil on Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    The future is looking bright for our young Lions. I hope we can all stay healthy and keep up the good work. GO LIONS. Lets get us some playoffs.

  5. By Drew on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah I say in a couple years we can get back to atleast 7 wins like 2007 season, but in order for that to happen , we need to keep the talent we got, defensive players like Julian Peterson, Larry Foote, Anthony Henry, Phillip Buchannon**, James Williams, Eric King, Grady Jackson, Marquand Manuel, Ko Simpson, Marvin White, Louis Delmas, Daniel Bullocks, Cliff Avril, Jason Hunter, DeWayne White, Turk McBride, Ernie Sims, DeAndre Levy, Sammie HIll, & etc. Then on Offense we need to keep guys like Calvin Johnson, Bryant Johnson, Dennis Northcutt**, Maurice Morris, Brandon Pettigrew, Will Heller, Kevin Smith, Jon Janson, Jason Hanson, Matt Stafford, Patrick Ramsey, Daunte Culpepper, Jeff Backus, Daniel Loper, Aaron Brown* & Derrick Williams*!
    * = Kick Returns, ** = Punt Returns
    Overall we made a great improvement from the 2008 roster and if we keep the talent listed above and replace the other players that werent listed above with star players we can get our respect back very soon! We Have a solid defense when they are all healthy and not on the IR, Our offense however did improve but is lacking major holes that need to be filled through Free Agency or through the 2010 draft! The Team needs a running back like Stephen Jackson. Ricky Williams, Reggie Bush, Maurice Jones Drew, Egerrin James, Frank Gore, David Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, Mike Bell, etc! then we should pick up a franchise QB to go along with Matt Stafford, Patrick Ramsey, Daunte Culpepper could be 3rd or 4th string and Drew Stanton should be traded, we need a sucessful QB on the team incase Stafford gets hurt, Patrick Ramsey played well between 2003 – 2005 but havent got to see him play for the Lions yet bc he was signed at the last 2 games of the 2009 season and was listed unactive both games! Good Luck for the 2010 season

  6. By Rick on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    With all do respect Drew to say “we have a solid Defense” when there all healthy is so wrong you lose all credibility with rest of you post.
    The fact is we have the worst Defense in the league the last two years combined and if we can get that Defense to somewhere around the middle of the pack our Offense with another year under there belt and some more help on the O-line can be more then good enough to win at around a 500% pace and that’s close to the playoffs ???
    Bottom line if you have a great Defense and Offensively can run the ball and pass protect you all way’s have a chance to win, you have to look no further then the Jet’s for proof but this is the hole bases for football since it was created, run the ball stop the run and you will all way’s be knocking on the playoffs door then once your in you have a chance to win it all baby !!!

  7. By Wise1 on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    The “solid defense” gave up over 30 points per game, almost as bad as last year.

  8. By AJ on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Rick, I’m amazed it took you that long to think Drew’s post lost it’s credibility. Don’t get me wrong, I’m one of the biggest Lions fans out there and I really think we are finally headed in the right direction after this draft and Schwartz, but to go 2-14 and have him basically want to keep the whole team!? Really man, get serious, half those people on your list shouldn’t even make a normal roster, they suck. Drew, did you just get fired from Lions management? It’s people like that that are the reason we ever went 0-16 to begin with.

    We have one of the worst D’s in a long time, and while the growth of our young talent will help, we still need major improvement, both in pass rush and in the secondary. I’m excited to see what we do in this year’s draft, with all the help we need on D and some upgrades to the O-line, it could really help us take that next step forward to be a playoff contender. But please, don’t just shout off names you recognize on the roster, I would drop a number of those players in a heartbeat.

  9. By Al. on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    we need more players like CLIFF AVRIL. the kid is awesome. 5 sacks and 4 of those were sack-fumbles.
    this year even better 5-1/2 sacks and 3 of those were sack-fumbles. more tackles than last year. detroit fans look out, this coming year is year number 3, that means break out year for cliff. I predict 8 to 10 sacks next year of which 6 to eight sack-fumbles and back up spots as a pro-bowler for the nfc squad.

  10. By jayteeze on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    Speed is key… That is what wwe lack, we have Calvin… outside of him our skill doesn’t have elite speed. When Stafford is healthy the offense is drastically better than when he is not… The offensive line is improved but still not acceptable.

    Defensively our secondary as a unit is a liabilty, Delmas showed glimpses of greatness. Another high caliber safety along with a high caliber corner would change the dynamics of the game. Throw in a defensive lineman (Suh) substantial improvement would be seen. Left tackle is still an obvious concearn…

  11. By jayteeze on Jan 22, 2010 | Reply

    P.S. Lions for life!!!! Go Detroit baby!!!

  12. By SliM on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    No doubt last yrs draft was huge for us, we got some real talent. Schwartz’s crew is coaching the senior bowl so that will help us to follow suit this yr. We need more smart talented guys. I’m really hoping for a couple good lineman and a ball hawk in the secondary. In an un-capped yr lets go BIG and sign guyz. Madd respect to the ’09 class for comin into an ugly situation and playin hard.. GO LIONS!!!

  13. By zack on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    I think some of you never watched the games all year,we need to draft a def. lineman, with our first pick this year. we also need to tank next year so we can draft a top off. lineman next year. then with our 2nd pick this year draft the best def. player available at the 32nd pick.then maybe if we draft well the next 2 seasons we WILL win the division. Next year tank again. 2 or 3 wins. 2011 maybe win 6 or 7 games.2012, then we have a 10 or 11 win season.

  14. By marc on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    I loved this years draft class it was exciting im a young Lions fan and will be until im old and gray. I was iffy at first about the draft i taught they would go Jason Smith then wait it out a year but Stafford proved him self worthy espically week 11 ( best lions game iv’e seen). Delmas i didnt know much about but he really proved himself he should’ve been a canidate for rookie of the year. I say 2011 2012 playoff time but we need to focus on the front 7 the most this year in the 1st 2 rounds DT/DE i’d like to get brandon graham in the 2nd round. That’s all i have to say LIONS in 2012
    p.s. ( calvin “Megatron” johnson) should be in the pro bowl but he’s a big fish in a small pond

  15. By Bill on Jan 23, 2010 | Reply

    To be a respectable team next year these are the areas they need to address in the draft. (in this order)
    1. D-Line 2. O-Line 3. CB 4. WR — everything else is a crapshoot.
    Free agency they can look for a good back-up QB, a solid RB (Kevin Smith, too many injuries), a solid WR, and maybe another good Safety (unless Bullocks can stay healthy).

  16. By john on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Bill makes some good points. SUH,SUH,SUH must be our first pick. He will be great for the Lions until 2020. 2nd pick must be the best defensive player available. Schwartz drafted the best players available last year and should follow suit.LB is good enough at the moment, so DL and DB are what we need to get. I would like to see us draft defense for two years. i think the benefit would finally progress into a season where we can get excited.
    LT is needed and the best way is free agency. We need a decent OL this year to see if Kevin Smith can do the job. i am not convinced. Yes injuries and OL can be to blame, but we need to take the pressure off Stafford with a solid running game. Can we bring Barry Sanders back. Living in the past I know but it shows a running game can take you to the playoffs even without a quatreback as they had.
    I think playoffs are at least 2 years away. Not enough depth yet. Defense is the key. Offense can survive if we can hold teams below 20 points per game. Calvin does need help,but I would like to see us use free agency rather than draft another 1st round receiver, which lets face it with the exception of Calvin(Amazing player)we have done too many times.
    I think the problems we still need too many good players to make this team successful.

  17. By Lionhunter10 on Jan 24, 2010 | Reply

    Eric Berry would be a great pick for the Lions but he won’t land here because the Rams have the first pick. I think it would be best that the Lions pick up Suh at DT which is what they need, some run stopping players and pass rushing and this is what Suh can bring.They should also should pick up an OT while they are at it,they can alway pick up another safety as a free agent.

  18. By Nitty on Jan 25, 2010 | Reply

    The lions need “D” Help Bad. We had the worst defense in the league when we went 0-16 and our first two draft picks in 2009 were offensive players. The lions barely had a pass rush and can never stop the run . They should have never traded Shaun Rogers . We Need an dominant DT and and the pass rush will magically appear. You see how Haynesworth made Andre Carter and Orakpo rack up double digit sack totals and Kyle Vanden Bosch (from his previous team who had double 30 sacks playing next to Haynesworth in his last three healthy seasons) only had 3 this season. Build from the inside out. and get rid of that cupcake who is playing left tacke also.

  19. By Damien on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    we need a stud on the d-line idc who we get if its suh, mccoy, mount cody, or that cat derrick morgan because our 4 man rush is totally awful and in the second round get a good cornerback like arenas from bama and the rest of the draft get o’line and d’line and maybe sneak a good reciever to go across from calvin cuz bryant cant cut it and derrick williams is more of a slot reciever like harvin

  20. By Damien on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    ….one more thing i hope someone in the lions organization reads this a takes the advice from the fans cuz i’m sick of the team i love being the laughing stock of the NFL its embarrassing

  21. By LIONAGE40* on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    We’ve been blinded by the light ! If the team never gets a bad ass cb like a Hayden or Berry, we’ll STILL get NO respect from ANY team ! I mean lets face it, I remember when we used to have a good run defense, But It’s been SOO long ago that noone under 35 can recall. We’ve been lacking ANY credible threat @ the position since Mr. Barney(HOF). I think coach Schwartz will build a solid run stopping prescence cause thats what he’s known for, but until teams know that the Lions can stop the pass on the big downs, then we’ll STILL find ourselves in a posers position.

  22. By JEFF on Jan 26, 2010 | Reply

    If Sue is there at the 2 spot the lions should trade with San Francisco for their 2 first round picks plus there 2nd round also the lions could get a lot of help real quick

  23. By kalen santiago on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    JEFF that is the stupid thing i read on this page y in gods name wuld they give 3 picks for one…grow a brain

    DETROIT LIONS 2010 DRAFT PICKS
    1)suh DT
    2)graham DE
    3)best RB (trade down for him he got skills) the rest are crapshots
    MARK MY WORDS THOSE PICKS ARE MONEY

  24. By marc on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    Kalen brings up a good point but still if rams do take suh first i would love if they traded down to seattle (2 first round picks 6 & 15) that way you cant be mad and say they should have take that guy or this guy. Also like kalen said i’d love if they got graham in the 2nd round the home town kid but the way he was killing in the senior bowl idk if they could get him if they could that would be another great 2nd round defensive player. but the 3rd round they need a corner the running back position is good becuse they can use aaron Brown as the elusive back like scrrens and pitchs etc. and kevin smith as the regular back and maurice morris in short yardage situations. the other rounds are just to pick.

  25. By marc on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    Kalen brings up a good point but still if rams do take suh first i would love if they traded down to seattle (2 first round picks 6 & 15) that way you cant be mad and say they should have take that guy or this guy. Also like kalen said i’d love if they got graham in the 2nd round the home town kid but the way he was killing in the senior bowl idk if they could get him if they could that would be another great 2nd round defensive player. but the 3rd round they need a corner the running back position is good becuse they can use aaron Brown as the elusive back like scrrens and pitchs etc. and kevin smith as the regular back and maurice morris in short yardage situations. the other rounds are just to pick maybe get lucky and find raw talent

  26. By LIONAGE40* on Jan 31, 2010 | Reply

    I’LL WRITE THIS AGN OVR N OVR ! until we get a “shutdown dbf ” we’ll NEVER get any respect from the league. Ive seen others approaches around the nfl to solve our dilemma. BUt the other teams have worked to some varied success w/ physicallity. We’ve always seemed to never go all the way with that. Well coach Schwartz I know you’re that man to bring this latest rendition of us to the place where we needz be, and YES it does feel diffrent this time !

  27. By jayster82 on Apr 1, 2010 | Reply

    If our lions were to keep the picks that we have it should go like this…. 1st rd. 2nd pick Okung OT 2nd rd. 2nd pick Jevon Best RB *Devon McCourty* CB [if available] 3rd rd. 2nd pick Ducasse OT/G 4th rd. 2nd pick Rolle SS 5th rd. 2nd pick Crezdon Butler CB or Holliday PR {return specialist} 7th rd. 7th pick Clapp FB 7th rd. Mister irrevelant last pick Ruffin DE just sayin, go lions!!!

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