Detroit Lions rookie’s NFL debut shows instant impact

Former Jackson State football All-American James Houston was disappointed when he wasn’t selected to the 53-man active roster out of training camp for the Detroit Lions after he was selected as the No. 217 pick in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

After spending the first 11 weeks on the practice roster, Houston was elevated to the active roster on short notice due to the Lions’ being shorthanded for a Thanksgiving matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

Rookie Josh Paschal and veteran Charles Harris were ruled out for the game. Houston made his presence felt with big plays for the Lions. He recovered a fumble and made two sacks in a 28-25 loss.

On Detroit’s second possession, he had a key fumble recovery on special teams.

The rookie broke through late in the first half and collected his first career sack, taking down Josh Allen. On the play Buffalo used a tight end to chip Houston, who fought through and battled Bill’s offensive tackle Spencer Brown. Houston went around Brown and dipped his shoulders, getting low to sack Allen. The play took Buffalo out of touchdown range and forced a 30-yard field goal.

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