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.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Civility & Politics?
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.
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.READ MORE: Panera Fundraising Event To Raise Transplant Funds For Local Young Adult
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.
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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