Hand started at defensive end during Friday's preseason game against the Giants and recorded one tackle over 25 snaps.
Hand, a fourth-round pick in April's draft, has been a pleasant surprise for Detroit this summer and looks to be square in the mix for the starting defensive end role opposite Ziggy Ansah. His primary competition, Anthony Zettel and Kerry Hyder, are not to be forgotten at this juncture, though, and it remains to be seen if Hand will stick with the first-team defense in the Lions' third preseason game next Friday against the Buccaneers.
Hand did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a leg injury incurred Monday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
The Lions spent a fourth-round selection on Hand in the 2018 NFL Draft, eyeing the raw talent Hand possessed as one of the top prospects coming out of high school in 2015. He never lived up to the billing at Alabama and his injury doesn't position him all that well early in camp, but Hand will certainly attempt to return to the mix soon. The Lions possess some decent pass-rushing options at the defensive end spot already, so Hand will need to utilize training camp as a proving ground to guarantee his spot on the 53-man roster.
|4||9/30/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|7||10/21/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|