ALLEN PARK — The Giants offense sputtered its way to three points last week. Then Ben McAdoo popped in the Lions tape, and didn’t feel much better.
When the Cardinals tried to use their best player, David Johnson, they gained just 2.1 yards per play (and 23 rushing yards overall). When they went to the air instead, Carson Palmer was pressured 44.9 percent of the time — third most in Week 1– and picked off three times.
They couldn’t run against Detroit’s defense. They couldn’t pass. And one player really caught New York’s attention.
“(Anthony Zettel) stood out to us on tape,” McAdoo said. “He’s made a jump from last year to this year, seems to be growing comfortable with the system. … He’s a very physical, combative player.”
Zettel was a sixth-round pick last year. Those guys don’t typically play much. Jake Rudock and Jimmy Landes, the other players Detroit took in that round, still haven’t played a snap for the Lions. Landes isn’t ‘even with the team anymore.
And Zettel was making a position change at that, moving from the inside at Penn State to the outside in Detroit. He wound up finishing the season with one sack and six QB pressures.
Then he went out there against Arizona, recorded the only sack of the game and pressured Palmer seven times. That’s more than he had all last season, in just 33 pass reps.
“He’s reckless,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “He shows up, which we like to see.”
According to ProfootballFocus, Zettel’s seven QB pressures trailed only Calais Campbell, Melvin Ingram and Trey Flowers among 4-3 defensive ends last week. Caldwell was so impressed by the debut, he…
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