Detroit Lions: Week 6 top PFF performers vs. the Cincinnati Bengals

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Detroit Lions, Derrick Barnes
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Detroit Lions rookie corner Jerry Jacobs played extremely well Sunday, considering the task at hand.

Jerry Jacobs was forced to work in coverage against either Tee Higgins or Ja’Marr Chase, neither a pleasing assignment.

Jacobs earned himself an overall grade of 82.4, including an 83.1 mark in coverage for his work Sunday, which ended up being the defense’s third-best ranking.

The rookie corner was targeted seven times and allowed five catches 102 yards, but one of those was a 53-yard catch by Chase in which Jacobs seemed like he expected help over the top.

The former Arkansas Razorback is tending up and may have a role with the Detroit Lions now and in the future.

Detroit Lions rookie linebacker Derrick Barnes earned the top overall grade of Week Six with a stellar 90.5 mark.

It’s time head coach Dan Campbell and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn start using Barnes as a three-down linebacker beside their handpicked captain Alex Anzalone.

Barnes played exceptionally well against the Bengals but only played 32 defensive snaps.  Barnes broke up what would be a touchdown pass in the endzone showing off his athleticism the only time he was targeted in the passing game plus recorded six tackles and two assists.

It seems Barnes is a better starting option than Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who is still looking for his ankles after being absolutely burnt by former Michigan Wolverine running back Chris Evans for a touchdown reception.

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Reeves-Maybin is an elite contributor on special teams, but asking to start at a linebacker position is a tough ask that isn’t exactly working out well.  Reeves-Maybin’s overall grade was 35.1, second-worst to Trey Flowers.  Sigh.