NFL Offseason

The Round-Up: Detroit Lions Edition

The Lions are about as mediocre as it gets. They certainly aren’t close to being the worst team but are also far from the best. Detroit has only had one ten-win season in the last seven years, and if you go back further, they’ve only had two since 1996. In 2018, the team won 6 games and was a very run-of-the-mill squad. After an offseason in which they were big spenders but in a tough division how do they look going into 2019?

Losses:

  • Glover Quin 
  • T.J. Lang
  • Theo  Riddick 
  • Ziggy Ansah 
  • Nevin Lawson 
  • LeGarrette Blount 

Of the guys that won’t be on the team for the upcoming campaign, four of them were released by the team while Ziggy Ansah, who was riddled with injuries, in 2018 signed elsewhere and Blount remains on the market. 

The six guys mentioned played notable roles on the 2018 Lions squad, but none are cornerstones that cannot be replaced.

Longtime Lions Quin and Ansah were effective playmakers, but Ansah only appeared in seven games, while Quin isn’t the player he used to be. The duo of Riddick and Blount at tailback should be in good hands as young stud Kerryon Johnson fully takes on the role of their lead back and do-it-all playmaker. 

Additions: 

  • Trey Flowers
  • Mike Daniels 
  • Danny Amendola 
  • Jesse James
  • Rashaan Melvin
  • T.J. Hockenson 
  • Amani Oruwariye
  • Beau Benzschawel 
  • Justin Coleman

The Lions were one of the biggest spenders in the offseason and had one of the better drafts in the league as well. 

The front seven for Detroit will be stout with the addition of Mike Daniels and Trey Flowers who rejoin Matt Patricia while Daniels is excited to play against Green Bay. The two stud interior lineman join a defense that already has Damon Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson, and Da’Shawn Hand. 

Reminding fans of a past draft blunder, Matt Patricia took a TE in the first round in TJ Hockenson, out of Iowa, who fans are hoping turns out different than Ebron . The talented rookie should make a nice duo with Jesse James while helping the team become a run-heavy offense. 

The front office continued their good work in the draft when they picked up Oruwariye out of Penn State in the fifth round, who many thought would be a second-round guy and signed coveted undrafted guard Beau Benzschawel out of Wisconsin. Both guys should be nice depth pieces and eventually have a role on the team.  

Overview:

The Lions made a ton of new and exciting additions to the squad, so they should definitely improve, but it is still very hard to get excited about the team. 

Outside of the front seven and Darius Slay the defense is alright, while Stafford will have a decent supporting cast but nothing special. 

In a division that includes the Vikings, Packers, and Bears, who all improved as well, this team will have a tough time getting anything going. 

Prediction:

With the additions made and Patricia in his second year, the Lions should still be a decent team especially with Stafford still under center. However, Lions fans should expect another 6/7 win season at the bottom of the NFC North.

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