DETROIT LIONS (3-12-1)

New faces: RB Adrian Peterson, CBs Jeff Okudah, Desmond Trufant and Darryl Roberts, LBs Jamie Collins and Reggie Ragland, S Duron Harmon and Jayron Kearse, DTs Danny Shelton and Nick Williams, DE Julian Okwara, RB D’Andre Swift, OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OGs Jonah Jackson and Logan Stenberg, WR Quintez Cephus and QB Chase Daniel.

UNSPECIFIED LOCATION – APRIL 23: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this still image from video provided by the Detroit Lions, cornerback Jeff Okudah speaks via teleconference after being drafted during the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23, 2020. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

Key losses: CB Darius Slay, OG Graham Glasgow, LB Devon Kennard, OT Rick Wagner, DT Damon Harrison, CB Rashaan Melvin, S Tavon Wilson, P Sam Martin.

Strengths: Passing game. Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola are among NFL’s top trio of receivers on the same team. Second-year TE T.J. Hockenson and veteran Jesse James provide other options for Stafford when he drops back to pass. RB Kerryon Johnson and Swift are also threats to make catches out of the backfield.

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Kenny Golladay #19 of the Detroit Lions makes a catch and runs the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on November 28, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Weaknesses: Pass defense. Lions lost Slay, their best player in secondary, in free agency after ranking last against the pass in 2019. Okudah has the potential to be worth drafting No. 3 overall, but he will likely have growing pains as a rookie. Trufant turns 30 just before season starts and he’s coming off injury-stunted season.

Pandemic Development: Jackson appears to be in position to start at right guard, replacing Glasgow. With preseason games canceled, the rookie from Ohio State won’t have the opportunity to block defender at full speed until Week 1 at home against Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Player To Watch: Jones. He is in the last year of the contract, providing some extra motivation. At 30 Jones seems to be as speedy as ever coming off an ankle injury that ended his 2019 season. He could increase value on the market with 70 receptions, 1,000 yards receiving, and 10 TDs.

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 28: Marvin Jones #11 of the Detroit Lions celebrates his first quarter touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field on October 28, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Vegas Says: Win Super Bowl: 66-1. Over/under wins: 6 1-2.

Expectations: Lions may be .500 team if they can keep Stafford on field after finding out how valuable he was last season. He missed last eight games with back injury, leading to team losing nine straight games. If Stafford isn’t healthy for much or all of the season, that leaves the team with Chase Daniel at QB, and it might cost Quinn and Patricia their jobs.

 

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