Detroit Lions Depth Chart 2018 Lions Depth Chart

6-10, 4th NFC North

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6:00 pm GMT, 12/30

The Detroit Lions had a lot of turnover, especially after trading Golden Tate to the Eagles in the middle of the season. The Lions had a handful of healthy wide receivers like Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay, but they sure did miss Tate’s production. This moved Kenny Golladay to the WR1 spot, and deservingly so after the production since coming into the league. Marvin Jones has always played a WR2 role since going back to Cincinnati, and that was the case once again this season. T.J. Jones and Bruce Ellington picked up some slack once Tate left, but are not long term options. Detroit has lacked a steady run threat, and that changed with Kerryon Johnson being drafted. He ended up gaining the starting running back spot throughout the season, before he was injured and missed the last few weeks. LeGarrette Blount signed with Detroit in the offseason, and was a goal line back and secondary back to Johnson. After Eric Ebron left, it left Detroit very thin at tight end. Luke Willson ended up winning the starting tight end job for Detroit.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
74
#109 WR
58
#412 WR
Left Wide Receiver LWR
SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
74
#109 WR
58
#412 WR
Quarterback QB

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
L Outside Linebacker LOLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
R Outside Linebacker ROLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
L Outside Linebacker LOLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
R Outside Linebacker ROLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
Linebacker LB
L Outside Linebacker LOLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
R Outside Linebacker ROLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB

Offense Depth Chart Stats

Running Backs Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Fumbles Targets Receptions Yards YPC Long TD Attempts Yards Long TD YPC YPG
Kerryon Johnson K. Johnson
71
RB 1 34.7 1 RB 1 34.7 1 39 32 213 6.7 24 1 118 641 71 3 5.4 64.1
LeGarrette Blount L. Blount
85
RB 2 17.6 1 RB 2 17.6 1 15 10 67 6.7 23 0 154 418 27 5 2.7 26.1
Theo Riddick T. Riddick
86
RB 3 29.6 0 RB 3 29.6 0 74 61 384 6.3 20 0 40 171 19 0 4.3 12.2
Nick Bellore N. Bellore
68
RB 4 8.4 0 RB 4 8.4 0 4 4 15 3.8 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kerwynn Williams K. Williams
78
RB 5 RB 5
Zach Zenner Z. Zenner
72
RB 6 14.8 0 RB 6 14.8 0 10 7 56 8 30 0 55 265 29 3 4.8 33.1
Nick Bawden N. Bawden
68
FB 7 FB 7
Peyton Hillis P. Hillis
65
RB 8 0 0 RB 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps/Game Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Marvin Jones M. Jones
89
RWR 1 59.8 62 35 508 60 14.5 39 5 0 0 0 0 0
Kenny Golladay K. Golladay
76
LWR 2 60.3 119 70 1063 60 15.2 60 5 1 8 0 8 0.5
Bruce Ellington B. Ellington
78
WR 3 39 42 31 224 70 7.2 23 1 1 2 0 2 0.3
TJ Jones T. Jones
74
RWR 4 30.8 26 19 190 70 10 26 2 0 0 0 0 0
Bradley Marquez B. Marquez
62
WR 4 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andy Jones A. Jones
58
RWR 5 33.9 24 11 80 50 7.3 15 1 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Powell B. Powell
68
LWR 8 16.7 17 11 129 60 11.7 41 0 1 4 0 4 0.7
Dom Williams D. Williams
68
WR 9
Dontez Ford D. Ford
65
WR 9

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Detroit Lions Lions
79
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Detroit Lions
79
22.5 335 224.9 110.1 43 7 7
Special Teams Rating
Detroit Lions Lions
94
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Detroit Lions
94
0 0 0 0 0 0
Defensive Line Rating Depth Position Snaps/Game Tackles Tackles for Loss Fumbles INT TDs
Ezekiel Ansah E. Ansah
85
RDE 1 20.9 11 3 0 0 0
A'Shawn Robinson A. Robinson
76
LDT 1 31.9 49 3 1 0 0
Damon Harrison D. Harrison
97
RDT 1 35.6 81 12.5 2 0 0
Kerry Hyder K. Hyder
79
LDE 1 21.9 6 1 0 0 0
Romeo Okwara R. Okwara
71
LDE 2 47.7 39 9.5 1 0 0
Ricky Jean-Francois R. Jean-Francois
76
LDT 2 25.3 30 3.5 0 0 0
Da'shawn Hand D. Hand
68
RDE 2 35.2 27 5 1 0 0
Mitchell Loewen M. Loewen
66
RDE 3 4 0 0 0 0 0
Robert Ayers Jr R. A. Jr
78
DL 9
Cam Johnson C. Johnson
75
DL 10
Josh Fatu J. Fatu
66
DL 11
Toby Johnson T. Johnson
65
DL 12
Nick James N. James
67
DL 13
Cornelius Washington C. Washington
74
DL 14
Kickers Rating
Matt Prater M. Prater
81
Kickers Rating Depth Position Points Field Goals Made Field Goal % Made Long Extra Points Made 0-19 FG Attempted/Made 20-29 FG Attempted/Made 30-39 FG Attempted/Made 40-49 FG Attempted/Made 50+ Attempted/Made
Matt Prater M. Prater
81
PK 1 114 28 87.5 54 30 0 8 12 5 3
Punters Rating
Sam Martin S. Martin
79
Ryan Santoso R. Santoso
67
Punters Rating Depth Position
Sam Martin S. Martin
79
P 1
Ryan Santoso R. Santoso
67
P 2

Last Week's Lions Starting Lineup

WR
Player Rating
Andy Jones A. Jones
58
Brandon Powell B. Powell
68
TJ Jones T. Jones
74
Chris Lacy C. Lacy
67
Wide Receivers Stats Receiving Rushing
Player Rating Depth Snaps Targets Receptions Yards Catch% YPC Long TD Attempts Yards TD YPC YPG
Andy Jones A. Jones
58
WR 1 53 12 6 50 50 8.3 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Powell B. Powell
68
WR 2 47 9 6 103 70 17.2 41 0 0 0 0 0 0
TJ Jones T. Jones
74
WR 3 42 3 3 40 100 13.3 23 2 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Lacy C. Lacy
67
WR 4 35 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2018 Lions Lineups

Game Score Starting Lineup Game Score Starting Lineup
Week 17: 12/30/18 at GB 31-0 W Matthew Stafford (QB), LeGarrette Blount (RB), TJ Jones (WR1), Brandon Powell (WR2), Andy Jones (WR3), Levine Toilolo (TE), Frank Ragnow (G), Ricky Wagner (OT), Taylor Decker (OT), Graham Glasgow (C), Kenny Wiggins (G)
Week 16: 12/23/18 vs MIN 9-27 L Matthew Stafford (QB), LeGarrette Blount (RB), Kenny Golladay (WR1), Andy Jones (WR2), Levine Toilolo (TE), Kenny Wiggins (G), Taylor Decker (OT), Frank Ragnow (G), Joe Dahl (G), Graham Glasgow (C)
Week 15: 12/16/18 at BUF 13-14 L Matthew Stafford (QB), Zach Zenner (RB), Kenny Golladay (WR1), Andy Jones (WR2), Levine Toilolo (TE), Kenny Wiggins (G), Taylor Decker (OT), Graham Glasgow (C), Tyrell Crosby (OT), Frank Ragnow (G)
Week 14: 12/9/18 at ARI 17-3 W Matthew Stafford (QB), Nick Bellore (RB), Kenny Golladay (WR1), Luke Willson (TE), Taylor Decker (OT), Ricky Wagner (OT), Kenny Wiggins (G), Frank Ragnow (G), Tyrell Crosby (OT)
Week 13: 12/2/18 vs LAR 16-30 L Matthew Stafford (QB), LeGarrette Blount (RB), Bruce Ellington (WR1), Kenny Golladay (WR2), Levine Toilolo (TE), Taylor Decker (OT), Kenny Wiggins (G), Graham Glasgow (C), Frank Ragnow (G), Ricky Wagner (OT)

Preseason Analysis: Lions with Playoffs in Sight

After not failed attempts at running back the last, well several years, Detroit went out and got LeGarrette Blount and drafted Kerryon Johnson. They still have Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah, but Abdullah is likely out of town soon, but at the moment is the odd man out. Johnson should get a crack at the lead role, with Blount working into the mix as a change of pace and goal line back. Detroit never quite matched the hype when he was drafted, and Detroit is down to Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo at tight end. With three capable wide receivers and Theo Riddick, there is not a ton of need. Willson will be more of a passing game guy, but likely not in high volume. The passing game should remain the same, although it will be interesting to see if Kenny Golladay can stay healthy and have a more established role in year two. He will have to compete with Marvin Jones and Golden Tate for targets, but Ebron out of the picture does open a few up. Detroit made their defense and line a main focus this offseason, which is exactly what they needed to do. Detroit could be a more balanced team in 2018.

Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, that has been the story of the Detroit Lions ever since Matt Stafford has taken over the reigns as the starting quarterback in Motown. While the Lions have failed to win the NFC North, or even win one single playoff game since Stafford’s arrival in 2009, the expectations for the upcoming 2018 season are at an all-time high. With a handful of free agent signings this offseason, including defensive back DeShawn Shead, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, tight end Luke Willson, and running back LeGarrette Blount. Not to mention a new head coach in Matt Patricia has entered the fray, having the Lions feeling like they can contend for the NFC North division. Heading into training camp, most fans and NFL experts believe that the biggest signing for Detroit this offseason was clearly LeGarrette Blount. While Matt Stafford has put up massive numbers the past few seasons, the Lions have had a non-existent running game. Detroit has finished in the bottom third of the NFL in terms of running the football over the past three seasons, and when you can't gain yards on the ground it puts much more pressure on the quarterback. If Blount can give the Lions a long overdue boost in the backfield, it could make Stafford and his wideouts one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL this season.

As Lions fans know, Detroit hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Reggie Bush pulled off the feat in 2013. Before Bush went over the 1,000-yard mark, you have to go back nearly a decade to 2004 when Kevin Jones broke the century mark. To put it into even more perspective about just how bad the run game has been in Detroit, they haven’t had a runner gain over 100-yards in a game since Reggie Bush broke the mark back on November 28, 2013. Detroit is hoping that drafting Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and a healthy returning Ameer Abdullah, can give the running game a much needed boost this season. A strong running attack can give Stafford the ability to set up screen passes, make more adjustments at the line of scrimmage and will be a definite key for the offense this 2018 season. The Lions will return star wideouts Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, and they are hoping that the flashes they saw in 2017 from rookie wideout Kenny Golladay will carry over into 2018. At 6’4”, the former Northern Illinois star was a big part of the Lions’ offense in his first year as a pro. Golladay, who missed five games last season, still had nearly 500 yards of receiving and scored three touchdowns. While the Lions finished 9-7 in 2017, not making the postseason was enough for the Detroit front office to decide to let go of Jim Caldwell and bring in former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Patricia will have his hands full right out of the gate as a rookie head coach as the Lions schedule is arguably one of the toughest in the NFL. Detroit will be challenged early and often as they will face the revamped San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, rival Green Bay Packers and Patricia’s former team, the New England Patriots all before Week 6 of the 2018 season arrives. Nevertheless, with all of the turnover following the 2017 season, fans are more than excited to begin the Matt Patricia era.