Detroit Lions Depth Chart 2019 Lions Depth Chart

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6-10 on the year in the 2018 season, the Lions will need a lot to change in order for this season to be a success. Stafford is now on his 2nd year of his 5 yr/$135 million contract and the Lions and Lions’ fans alike would like to see that money bring the team success in a way it hasn’t seen in some time. The backfield will be helmed by Kerryon Johnson, newly-signed C.J. Anderson, and Theo Riddick. Kerryon Johnson was a promising rookie RB last year but suffered a knee injury that his year short. C.J. Anderson (most recently of the Rams) will make a great addition to the backfield by providing sheer power and grit. Provided he’s healthy by September, Marvin Jones Jr. will be WR1 for Detroit followed by Danny Amendola at WR2. Travis Fulgham, Brandon Powell, and Tommylee Lewis round out the WR core that will hope to turn things around from 2018’s sub-par WR performance.

The O-line is currenlty comprised of Taylor Decker at LT, Frank Ragnow at LG, Graham Glasgow at C, Kenny Wiggins at RG, and Rick Wagner at RT. The O-line struggled last year after T.J. Lang fell fairly early in the season. He retired in the off-season. Despite being a defensive-minded head coach, Matt Patricia was not able to get his defense in good standing over the course of the 2018 season. They struggled with the pass rush and the secondary didn’t necessarily perform as well as expected. As of now, the defense is shaping up to be Devon Kennard at LOLB,. Jarrad David at LILB, Christian Jones at RILB, and Jalen Reeves-Maybin at ROLB. We’ll see Quandre Diggs and Tracy Walker at SS and FS, respectively. Romeo Okwara and Trey Flowers will make up the ends and Rashaan Melvin and Darius Slay will be the CBs.

Offense Depth Chart

Quarterback QB
Running Back RB
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Tight End TE
Left Wide Receiver LWR
Tight End TE
Slot Wide Receiver SWR
Right Wide Receiver RWR
Quarterback QB
Running Back RB

Defense Depth Chart

Left Defensive End LDE
Da'shawn Hand D. Hand (1)
84
#29 DE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Darius Kilgo D. Kilgo (3)
63
#131 DT
Right Defensive End RDE
L Outside Linebacker LOLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Al-Rasheed Benton A. Benton (3)
71
#73 ILB
64
#112 ILB
R Outside Linebacker ROLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Left Defensive End LDE
Da'shawn Hand D. Hand (1)
84
#29 DE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Darius Kilgo D. Kilgo (3)
63
#131 DT
Right Defensive End RDE
L Outside Linebacker LOLB
Middle Linebacker MLB
Al-Rasheed Benton A. Benton (3)
71
#73 ILB
64
#112 ILB
R Outside Linebacker ROLB
Left Cornerback LCB
Strong Safety SS
Free Safety FS
Right Cornerback RCB
Defense Depth Chart (4-3)
Position POS
Left Defensive End LDE
Left Defensive Tackle LDT
Right Defensive Tackle RDT
Right Defensive End RDE
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

Defense Depth Chart Stats

Team Defense Rating
Detroit Lions Lions
80
Team Defense Rating Pts Allowed/Game Yards Allowed/Game Pass Yards Allowed/Game Rush Yards Allowed/Game Sacks Fumbles INT
Detroit Lions
80
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Special Teams Rating
Detroit Lions Lions
0
Special Teams Rating Kick Return TDs Punt Return TDs Field Goal Blocked Punt Blocked Extra Point Blocked TDs
Detroit Lions
0
0 0 0 0 0 0
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
K 1
Punters Rating
Sam Martin S. Martin
77
Ryan Santoso R. Santoso
67
Punters Rating Depth Position
Sam Martin S. Martin
77
P 1
Ryan Santoso R. Santoso
67
P 2

Offseason Moves

The Lions had a lot to look at in the offseason. Let’s take a look at some of their moves. In the first round of the draft the Lions took TE T.J. Hockenson of University of Iowa 8th overall. They needed a tight end, sure, but I don’t believe it should have been a priority. Ed Oliver was still available at pick #8, and he could have added a ton to Patricia’s defense, which desperately needs all the help it can get. In the second round the Lions took LB Jahlani Tavai from the University of Hawaii. He’ll fight for playing time but if the Lions were right to take him in the second round, he will hopefully become a big part of their defense.

The Lions selected Will Harris, a DB out of Boston College in the third round. He’s a good addition to the defense as he’ll be able to provide big hits while maintaining good coverage skills. This is how the rest of the draft shaped up for the Lions: Round 4: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson; Round 5: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State; Round 6: Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion; Round 6: Ty Johnson, RB, Maryland; Round 7: Isaac Nauta, TE, Georgia; Round 7: PJ Johnson, DT, Arizona; Round 7. In terms of other offseason moves, the Trey Flowers pickup was great. Having him at defensive end will really help the Lions put more pressure on opposing QBs. Grabbing Justin Coleman at CB was another good move that will help this defense out. C.J. Anderson, a part of the Rams’ Super Bowl roster was added to the mix which will do wonders for Detroit’s run-game. Him and Kerryon Johnson will make an exciting duo. OL Oday Aboushi was another good pickup providing some depth for the offensive-line.

Looking Ahead

2019 will be an interesting year for the Lions. Many fans had high hopes for the 2018 team, but they ended up finishing last in the NFC North at 6-10. That starts to feel less important as you look at some of the pieces the Lions were able to piece together in the offseason. Even though Ed Oliver might have been the smarter pick, T.J. Hockenson could potentially make a huge impact for the Lions offense that hasn’t been anything too special over the past few seasons. Stafford finished last season with 3,777 yards (16th in NFL), 21 TDs (17th), 11 interceptions (15th) and with a QBR of 53.8 (22nd). So, all in all, pretty middle of the road and not seemingly worth $27 million a year. However, if Stafford can get clicking with some of the offensive pieces early on, I foresee him having a career year.

A healthy Kerryon Johnson will be a menace to opposing defenses and C.J. Anderson will get some quality snaps on the year. Unfortunately for the Lions, it seems like every other team in the NFC North beefed up a lot in the offseason. The Packers made some great defensive moves and the Bears defense, is well, the Bears defense. The Vikings are shaping up to have a pretty good roster come September as well. We should see the Lions put together a much better defensive effort this season than last with the additions they’ve made and Patricia’s ability to come up with good defensive schemes. I expect the Lions to finish somewhere in the middle of the NFC North.