Embed from Getty Images As the 2018 Detroit Lions, training camp is set to go full speed this coming week. Today I give and honest look at what the 2018-19 season will look like in Motown.
Running backs, dead last for 3 seasons in a row in rushing, the Detroit Lions set out to improve this unit. The additions of LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson should help the ground game gain traction.
Offensive line, This is a very solid group. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn did a masterful job upgrading this unit. A full season from left tackle Taylor Decker will help open running lanes for the running backs. Newly drafted center Frank Ragnow sets the Detroit offensive line as one of the top 3 in the NFL.
Quarterbacks, Matthew Stafford lead the NFL in dropped interceptions last season. He must make better choices in the pocket. Otherwise, expect Stafford to play at an all star level.
Receiving crops, The stand out unit of the offense. Golden Tate takes care of the short routs. While Marvin Jones is the deep threat. Throw in second year Kenny Galloday and Detroit wide outs are a nightmare for defenses.
Defensive Line, they simply must, need, have too get pressure of opposing quarterbacks. The lack of a pass rush crippled the Lions last season. Detroit Lions, fans hope new head coach Matt Patricia can use his defensive mind and improve a woeful pass rush.
Linebackers, second year middle linebacker Jarrad Davis had an up and down rookie season. He comes in with a lot of upside. He finished last season strong and will be heavily counted on. Bob Quinn, signed two free agents to help upgrade the corps. Devon Kennard and Jalen Reeves-Maybin round out what is still the weak spot on the team.
Secondary, not much can be added to all everything conerback Darius Slay, Who is one of the best in the league. This is the strongest units on the team. Not too mention the Detroit Lions secondary was ranked #1 last season. Hard to see a drop off barring injury.
Having finished 9-7 the past two seasons lead to Jim Caldwell being replaced by Matt Patricia. Patricia, enters his first season as a head coach. With a brutal schedule it is hard to see the 2018-19 Detroit Lions finish better than 6-10.
Sometimes, with a new coach teams must take a step back to go forward. I believe this is one of those times.