Harrison is the second defensive player traded by the Giants in as many days, after New York shipped Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday. Apple had been a lightning rod among both fans and players since being drafted by the Giants, and his exit seemed like a matter of time. Harrison, meanwhile, is one of the best at his position in the NFL.
Joining the Lions mid-season, Harrison will now attempt to boost a Detroit run defense that has been awful in 2018. Through seven weeks, the Lions rank 30th in both run defense by DVOA and rushing yards allowed per game.
Luckily for Detroit, they are adding the best run-stopping defensive tackle in the sport. In the past five seasons (including 2018), Harrison has ranked first in Pro Football Focus’ run-stop rate; in 2013, he finished second.
Though Harrison’s play-time may be limited in Week 8, he should give the Lions an immediate boost defending the run when he’s on the field, against a Seahawks team that loves to run the ball.