Detroit Lions Depth Chart FAQ
The 2019 season was a wash once Matthew Stafford went down. In the offseason, they took the top corner in the draft, but they also traded away one of the top corners in the league, Darius Slay. The Lions offense has some impressive young names like Kenny Golladay and TJ Hockenson, who should see plenty of targets and produce well. While the Lions sit low on the NFL rankings, they still have a chance to be competitive with Stafford under center. However, the run game and defense will likely lead to a lot of shootouts, given they are not the identity of the team.
Is D’Andre Swift The Starting Running Back?
There will be a running back competition between D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson for the starting running back role. However, Swift has the upper hand given Johnson's health and struggles early on in his career.
Tight ends tend to need a few years before they develop into fantasy football stars. Hockenson was banged up and didn't produce much, but targets will be there in year two, and the volume of the passing game should be high.
Who Are The Lions Wide Receivers?
Detroit has a solid set of wide receivers with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola. Golladay is now the top wide receiver on the roster, and Jones has put up some big touchdown numbers since arriving in Detroit.
What Positions Are Weak On Lions Depth Chart?
The front seven needs the most work for the Detroit Lions as they struggled against the run and putting pressure on the quarterback. Losing many names, they have failed to address these issues over the last two offseasons.
Who Backs Up Matthew Stafford?
As we saw last season, the year was lost once Matthew Stafford went down with an injury. Chase Daniel is the backup quarterback, and that doesn't bode well for quarterback depth. Daniel spent his last few seasons with the Chicago Bears.
Who Replaced Darius Slay?
With the Detroit Lions trading away their best defensive player, they drafted the best cornerback in the draft in, Jeff Okudah. He will jump right into a starting role next to Justin Coleman and Desmond Trufant.
Detroit Lions’ Fans Ready to Bet on a Change in Fortunes
Across the decades, there hasn't always been a lot of "Motor City Madness" surrounding the hopes for the Detroit Lions football prospects. The Lions organization originated as a team from southern Ohio, way back in the late 1920s. All but one of the Portsmouth Spartan's first four seasons didn't produce a winning record. In 1934, owners had the visionary business sense to sell the Spartans from the second smallest town in the NFL to Detroit. A Detroit radio executive purchased the Portsmouth team and moved it to his home city. The Lions were an immediate success in their new hometown. They reeled off six consecutive winning seasons, including a 26 to 7 victory over the New York Giants to win the 1935 NFL title. However, success soon turned sour. Detroit managed only two winning seasons across the next 15 years, including zero victories in 1942. The 1950s were by far the glory years for one of the NFL's oldest franchises. The Lions made four NFL Championship game appearances against the Cleveland Browns, winning three titles. However, there would be another 21-year playoff drought for Detroit. Detroit lost in the divisional round to the Dallas Cowboys in one of the oddest final scores in pro football history. Dallas netted one first-quarter field goal and fourth-quarter safety to beat the Lions 5 to 0. It would be another 12-years between playoff appearances. Since 1991, Detroit has made nine total playoff appearances but has won but a single playoff game in 1991. They have mustered a few promising seasons, only to fall short of expectations afterward. A new coach in Detroit has the loyal Lions' fan base excited about the future. These same Lions fans are excited about legal betting on their hometown team as well. BetMGM Michigan has less than inspiring odds on the Detroit Lions win totals this year. However, there is always next year.
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