Good morning and ROOOOAAARRR!!!!
Except he probably saw himself on the home sideline, dressed in a Washington jersey, playing for the Redskins for the third consecutive season. But he didn't survive Washington's final preseason roster cuts and was claimed on waivers by Detroit.
He's been a Lion for three weeks and now is heading back to FedEx Field, a place he likely knows better than Detroit.
"I guess game day, maybe pre-game, I don't know if it's weird but just different," Gomes said. "Coming through the visitors' tunnel, visitors' locker room, being on the other sideline. But at the end of the day, it's just football, going out there, competing."
For two seasons, he did so for Washington, playing in 31 games, making 61 tackles and picking off a pass. He still has ties there, too, having been in touch this week with some of the Washington defensive backs and tight end Niles Paul.
Gomes has spent the past three weeks learning the Lions' defense and having a role on special teams, playing 47 special-teams snaps through two games. Yet when he joined the Lions, he knew he'd be making a return trip to his former home in short order.
"It's just a part of my past now," Gomes said. "Of course I have guys over there that are, we're friends. But I'm with the Detroit Lions."
He is, and now we'll take a look at the Lions from across the Interwebs.
From the site yesterday, a look at right guard Larry Warford's path to being a rookie starter for Detroit. Reggie Bush is optimistic he'll return Sunday. Redskins reporter John Keim and I break down the game. Ten(ish) questions with ... defensive tackle Justin Bannan.
An interesting breakdown of the final play of Sunday's game (mostly from the Cardinals' point of view) from Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated.
Running back Joique Bell tells Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that Bush or not, the Lions need to play better.
Despite his strong start, Lions cornerback Chris Houston is not satisfied, Josh Katzenstein writes in the Detroit News.
DeAndre Levy is stepping up his leadership, writes Justin Rogers of MLive.