Aidan Hutchinson had himself a rookie year to remember. The Michigan grad posting 9.5 sacks (led all rookies), 9 tackles-for-loss, two fumble recoveries, and three cheeky interceptions. He was certainly a worthy candidate in the Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation, but ultimately lost the honor to Sauce Gardner.
Hutch in Year Two
Now, heading into year two, the expectations for Hutchinson and the Detroit Lions are elevated, which comes with more pressure.
Aidan Hutchinson is not only growing on the Lions as a player and a leader. He is also developing an acute understanding of the nature of the NFL. What it takes to win in the pros, sustaining that success, and making sure you do not fall back into the cellar.
As the Lions were about to make a run towards the end of the season, Dan Campbell made a lasting statement to the team. Hutchinson told Chris Long via Green Light that Campbell said, “This could be our only shot right here, that you’ll ever be able to make a run in the playoffs, make it at the Super Bowl.”
Detroit just missed out on the playoffs. However, a new fire has been lit under the young guys who were able to taste some success. Hutchinson already had the motor and the work ethic. His effort was never in question. Now that he has a year under his belt, he looks to be as motivated as ever. Expect Hutchinson to be a true matchup nightmare.
Hutchinson seemed to buy in early, as early as draft night during his conversations with Campbell and Brad Holmes. He was made for Detroit. He was born to be a Lion.
Although Hutchinson did not win DROY, Lions fans know how much of a cornerstone piece he is.