This offseason, defensive end Dean Lowry was awarded a three-year extension worth just over $20 million. Considering the way he is contributing in the run defense, so far it is has been a solid investment.
No one was talking about Lowry after Monday’s game but his performance was noteworthy. Lowry controlled his gap for the entire game and it led him to a total of four tackles against the Lions.
“Dean Lowry really stood out in that football game,” head
coach Matt LaFleur said Tuesday.
During his press
conference, LaFleur had just wrapped up talking about the run defense which
held Detroit to 56 yards on the ground. Their lowest total on the year. Running
back Kerryon Johnson finished the night with 34 yards on 13 carries. Quarterback
Matthew Stafford had the longest run on a 10-yard scramble.
Give credit where credit is due, the run defense showed up
and Lowry was a big part of their success.
In his fourth NFL, the former fourth-round draft pick has quietly
been the Packers’ most productive interior lineman. Yes, even better than Kenny
Clark. Through six games, Lowry has
recorded two more tackles than Clark.
While Clark is eating up double teams, Lowry needed to step
up and that’s what he’s done. Sure, it helps to have Za’Darius and Preston
Smith wreaking havoc off the edge, however, none of that takes away from the
work put in on the interior.
Two weeks ago, Green Bay’s defense was dominated at the line
of scrimmage by the Philadelphia Eagles. Philadelphia’s backfield ran through
gaping holes and the Packers gave up 176 yards on the ground in a losing
effort. It was by far the defense’s worst performance of the season.
Thankfully, they responded the following week in Dallas. Ezekiel
Elliot typically has a field day against Green Bay but he was held to just 62
Some may make the argument that the Packers miss former Pro-Bowl
defensive end Mike Daniels but the defense has improved in his absence. The
combination of Lowry, Montravious Adams, and Tyler Lancaster have filled in
nicely and the void that was thought to be left by Daniels appears to not be much
of a void at all.
“It shows we have great depth in our d-line room,” Lowry said
following Monday’s stout defensive performance against the Lions. A game in which
Green Bay also held Detroit to a scant 2.8 yards per carry.
If Lowry can continue to be a key force along the defensive front, it will make his contract look like a steal.
Brandon Carwile was a Cheesehead at birth. His dad grew up attending games at Lambeau and passed on the legacy. Brandon graduated from Longwood University in 2016 with a degree in mass media. He has covered the Packers for over two years and currently works with packerstalk.com. Find him on twitter at @PackerScribe.