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2022 Detroit Lions Season in the books. Slow 1-6 start, started biting kneecaps to finish strong at 9-8. (2 Viewers)

Ilov80s

Footballguy
Snorkelson said:
Jace billingsly looked pretty good last preseason. While I think he would be a decent add to the roster, I hope it's as wr4 or 5. We need an option in the red zone. With a very good te class maybe we find a guy later that would normally be drafted higher. 

Didnt list any CBs or oline, could be some good options on the board when we pick. 
OL draft is really weak so maybe mid to late round we go that direction. CB is really deep this draft and I would have no issue taking a CB in round 1 or 2. I don't know which CB though as I don't really have a guy I prefer. There's maybe 5 or 6 CBs worth a first round pick.

 

Snorkelson

Footballguy
OL draft is really weak so maybe mid to late round we go that direction. CB is really deep this draft and I would have no issue taking a CB in round 1 or 2. I don't know which CB though as I don't really have a guy I prefer. There's maybe 5 or 6 CBs worth a first round pick.
I agree about the weak oline draft, which is why I think a tackle could trickle down to the 20s. Need talent everywhere so I hope Quinn goes bpa for the first couple rounds. Good draft to need defense. 

 

kutta

Footballguy
Is anyone here in commercial real estate in Detroit? Or does anyone know anybody who is?

I'll be there Sunday, March 5th and want to look around a bit.

PM me if you know someone.

 

Leroy Hoard

Footballguy
Ilov80s said:
Don't know much about the players they chose but I love the defensive direction.
Yes, it would not bother me if they went almost all defense. They can get FA's to fill in on offense.

To steal a line from TDN's story on RBs, "Free agency also offers a few options, such as Latavius Murray, Eddie Lacy and LeGarrette Blount. Lions general manager Bob Quinn knows Blount well from his time in New England."

 
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Ilov80s

Footballguy
Yes, it would not bother me if they went almost all defense. They can get FA's to fill in on offense.

To steal a line from TDN's story on RBs, "Free agency also offers a few options, such as Latavius Murray, Eddie Lacy and LeGarrette Blount. Lions general manager Bob Quinn knows Blount well from his time in New England."
RB is a worthless position. There are so many good backs entering the league that there aren't enough spots for them. I feel bad for RBs.

 

Ilov80s

Footballguy
The TE class is really athletic, but I hope Detroit doesn't spend a high pick on one. Sign Jack Doyle for cheap. He seemed to have a nice year and seems like a solid safety valve for Stafford to replace some of the type of things Boldin did. PFF ranked him as a top 20 NFL TE as both receiver and blocker. 

Also there are lot of interesting CB FA like Gilmore, Amukamara, Ryan. Would love to see one of those guys sign. 

 
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BobbyLayne

Footballguy
The TE class is really athletic, but I hope Detroit doesn't spend a high pick on one. Sign Jack Doyle for cheap. He seemed to have a nice year and seems like a solid safety valve for Stafford to replace some of the type of things Boldin did. PFF ranked him as a top 20 NFL TE as both receiver and blocker. 

Also there are lot of interesting CB FA like Gilmore, Amukamara, Ryan. Would love to see one of those guys sign. 
Ebron's dead money next season is $3.397M, & if they exercise their option the cap hit is $3.897M.

Think about that. It should tell you how out of favor he is; a $500K delta s/b a no brainer.

Preloaded tweet reply when he feigns shock they aren't bringing him back: "Blocking, concentration & effort are not optional, bron."

 
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Ilov80s

Footballguy
Ebron's dead money next is $3.397M, & if they exercise their option the cap hit is $3.897M.

Think about that. It should tell you how out of favor he is; a $500K delta s/b a no brainer.

Preloaded tweet reply when he feigns shock they aren't brining him back: "Blocking, concentration & effort are not optional, bron."
I take it as a given he will be back 

 

BobbyLayne

Footballguy
I take it as a given he will be back 
Oh

:mellow:

I'm not around there so you probably have a better read on it. At YE & during the playoffs the beat writer consensus seemed to be they'll let him walk, but I guess we'll have a better sense in 8 weeks. The option tender deadline isn't until 10 days after the draft.

Freep article on top ten FA fits:

Check out this article from Detroit Free Press:

Ten free-agent fits for the Detroit Lions

http://on.freep.com/2lIM2Bq

 
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swabs

Footballguy
I like how the beat writers can only come up with current/former Patriots players as possible FA additions.  Nice work guys.

 

Ilov80s

Footballguy
I like how the beat writers can only come up with current/former Patriots players as possible FA additions.  Nice work guys.
Just playing off the "Lions want to be the Pats" idea, I doubt Lions spend a lot on an FA LB. It would make more sense to go after a big FA CB. Pats signed Revis is a big deal (big money, short time though). To me, Gilmore makes a ton of sense. All of a sudden, the secondary would be a real strength of the team. Slay and Gilmore would be a great combo and the Lions defense seems to lend itself to Gilmore's style of press coverage. He might be my top target for the Lions. Then use the draft to put athletes into the front 7. 

 

Ilov80s

Footballguy
Warrilow is a backup level player so whatever. Wagner was rated as a top level  pass blocking RT and has been really durable. Love this move.

 

whoknew

Footballguy
Lions are signing everyone.

Are these guys good?

Lions reached agreement with DL Cornelius Washington, per source.

Akeem Spence to Detroit. Three years, $10.5 million. Source.

 
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whoknew

Footballguy
Lions are signing everyone.

Are these guys good?

Lions reached agreement with DL Cornelius Washington, per source.

Akeem Spence to Detroit. Three years, $10.5 million. Source.
@Justin_Rogers - 2m
If anyone cares, PFF hates Spence and has always hated Spence.

 

tangfoot

Living Slackmaster
Torrey Smith got a reasonable contract with Philly. Damn, could have been a nice fit in Detroit. 
He's a one-trick pony, and Stafford didn't take proper advantage of Calvin, who was 500% better.  I have zero confidence that the Loins would be able to use him properly as a guy who you use to take 2-3 deep shots a game and hope for a home run (or PI call).

 

bicycle_seat_sniffer

Smells like chicken
So to recap lions off-season so far

Signed:

TJ Lang - OG

ricky Wagoner - OT

Akeem Spence - DT

Keshawn Martin - WR

Darren Fells - TE

DJ Hayden - CB

Cornelius Washington -DE

Paul Worrilow - LB

Detroit Lions exclusive rights free-agents WR T.J. Jones and DE Kerry Hyder were tendered

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DT Khyri Thornton's two-year deal is worth $3.6 million.

Don Muhlbach staying in Detroit    

DeAndre Levy was cut

Riely Rieff signs in Minnesota

Larry Warford signs in New Orleans

Bob Quinn if nothing else has been busy adding depth and replenishing the Oline starters

I think he needs to bring Anquan Boldin back.

 
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Ilov80s

Footballguy
Assuming Lang recovers completely, the right side of the line really improved. Lang, Wagner and Fells are all near the top in the league in pass blocking.

 

Ilov80s

Footballguy
He's a one-trick pony, and Stafford didn't take proper advantage of Calvin, who was 500% better.  I have zero confidence that the Loins would be able to use him properly as a guy who you use to take 2-3 deep shots a game and hope for a home run (or PI call).
It's the 1 trick we need though

 

Snorkelson

Footballguy
Bills sign philly brown, thank god. Seems like the fa WRs have dried up, but a lot of teams I thought would make some changes didn't (Dallas resigns Williams for example, Baltimore quiet) I suppose kamar Aiken would be the last "boldin replacement" outside the draft that I would like.

 

Da Guru

Fair & Balanced
TJ Lang is a Pro Bowl G, two awesome OL signings this week. Love it.
A little concerned about Lang's health playing on turf.  Two hip injuries and two foot injuries last two seasons has to be of some concern.  Like his talent but I also liked Warford who at 25 is 5 years younger.  Reiff played better than expected last season at RT but Wagner should be an upgrade.

Not counting Levy as a loss as he has not played in 2 seasons anyway. #1 needs looks to be at LB right now as they are a little shallow there. Don`t want them reaching on a RB early.  Would like to see them grab a TE at some point in the draft and let Ebron walk after his contract is up next season.

A little surprised they let Andre Roberts get away to Atlanta. Was not making much and was explosive when given the chance last season.  Thought he was a good depth guy.

 
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Leroy Hoard

Footballguy
Not counting Levy as a loss as he has not played in 2 seasons anyway. #1 needs looks to be at LB right now as they are a little shallow there. Don`t want them reaching on a RB early. 
Some positions have become more of a depth/rotation thing, but imo LB is one that you need a couple really good ones that can play most snaps. Even the 3rd guy gets subbed out for an extra DB on obvious passing downs. So I also would like that position addressed as early as possible. RB should be a short yardage grinder which might not cost too early of a pick.

 

Da Guru

Fair & Balanced
Some positions have become more of a depth/rotation thing, but imo LB is one that you need a couple really good ones that can play most snaps. Even the 3rd guy gets subbed out for an extra DB on obvious passing downs. So I also would like that position addressed as early as possible. RB should be a short yardage grinder which might not cost too early of a pick.
Sign Blount if the price is right.   Would be a nice fit between Riddick and AA.

 

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