It’s Snack Time in Detroit!

Well if there was any doubt about the New York Giants being in fire sale mode, it’s clear as day now after the team followed up the Eli Apple trade by moving defensive tackle stud Damon Harrison Sr. to the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.

Lions general manager Bob Quinn should have a most wanted mugshot floating around after this thievery.

While it is a great move by Quinn, this deal feels too desperate a move by the Giants with almost a week before the trade deadline hits. You would think if the league knew a player of Snacks’ caliber were available, the Giants could have secured at least a third-round pick for the star or maybe a second.

I found a graph on social media by PFF (see below) that shows how Harrison statistically outplayed several entire NFL teams’ interior lines over a recent season. And many of these plays, he’s facing a double team. And note that is the year Snacks had 49 run stops compared to only 43 by the entire Lions team.

While you let that sink in, a second PFF graph I found showed Harrison as the top interior lineman against the rush for the past several seasons; and remember, this includes against top competition like Aaron Donald of the Rams and Ndamukong Suh, formally of the Dolphins and now with the Los Angeles Rams.

One should expect Quinn and new head coach Matt Patricia to maintain the “Patriots way” as they build a winner in Detroit. Although many fans and word on the street was, many players, weren’t buying into Patricia early on, it’s clearly time to do that with the team winning three of the last four while making deals like this one.

Remember how the Patriots traded All-Pro defensive lineman Richard Seymour to Oakland and also let Randy Moss go as well? I expect the Lions to let Ziggy Ansah and Golden Tate go as well, in the same fashion and Quinn is being smart about it by planning for that future without those stars.

He drafted Kenny Golladay in a spot many at the time felt was way too early. Now Detroit fans are ecstatic about their star caliber wide receiver. Golladay is capable of stepping into the No.2 or even the No. 1 spot by next season.

Picking up Harrison fills a huge need for Detroit who is near the bottom of the league against the run.

I watched the first few defensive series of the recent Giants game against the Philadelphia Eagles and loved what I saw in Harrison. One of the first plays, he fought off a block, split the gap and made the tackle on a rush play. On another he fought off a block and had the instincts to free up from a rush and move lateral to keep Eagles QB Carson Wentz from scrambling for a gain.

Harrison shows up and plays hard every game. And in a place like Detroit where fans love and idolize their hard working blue-collar type trench players, I expect Harrison to quickly become a fan favorite.

Detroit fans, enjoy this trade and acquisition. In the meantime, I’ll keep a lookout for Quinn’s mugshot.

Follow PFWA member Tom Ferda on Twitter @TomFerda

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