Detroit Lions Roster 2019 Lions Roster

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Matthew Stafford is on year 11, and it is hard to believe, but at age 30 he has a strong core around him. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones have been stable options for him, but Kenny Golladay is making big news out of camp. We have also seen flashes of TJ Jones every now and then. The running back position has been dreadful for Detroit for some time. LeGarrette Blount was signed, but Kerryon Johnson is the rookie to keep an eye on. I would expect these two to be the guys getting a majority of run, and then Theo Riddick in passing down situations at times. Detroit should be able to support three wide receivers, because Eric Ebron is out in Indianapolis. They do have Levine Toilolo and Luke Willson, but that supports the theory of three viable wide receiver options. This Lions team needs a running game in their final piece of offense, and that should finally happen.

Pos Name Number Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. Drafted Draft Round Draft Pick College
QB Matthew Stafford Matthew Stafford M. Stafford 9
81
#20 QB 1 6'3" 232 31 2/7/88 11 2009 1 1 Georgia
QB Tom Savage Tom Savage T. Savage 5
73
#54 QB 2 6'4" 228 29 4/26/90 6 2014 4 135 Pittsburgh
QB David Fales David Fales D. Fales 9
64
#113 QB 3 6'2" 212 28 10/4/90 5 2014 6 183 San Jose State
RB Kerryon Johnson Kerryon Johnson K. Johnson 33
82
#26 RB 1 5'11" 213 21 6/30/97 2 2018 2 43 Auburn
RB CJ Anderson CJ Anderson C. Anderson 35
79
#48 RB 2 5'8" 224 28 2/10/91 7 2013 California
RB Theo Riddick Theo Riddick T. Riddick 25
81
#36 RB 3 5'10" 201 28 5/4/91 7 2013 6 199 Notre Dame
RB Zach Zenner Zach Zenner Z. Zenner 34
72
#118 RB 4 5'11" 223 27 9/13/91 5 2015 South Dakota State
RB Ty Johnson Ty Johnson T. Johnson 24
70
#142 RB 5 5'10" 213 0 2019 6 186 Maryland
OT Taylor Decker Taylor Decker T. Decker 68
78
#35 OT 1 6'7" 310 24 8/23/94 4 2016 1 16 Ohio State
OT Ricky Wagner Ricky Wagner R. Wagner 71
78
#41 OT 1 6'6" 308 29 10/20/89 7 2013 5 168 Wisconsin
OT Oday Aboushi Oday Aboushi O. Aboushi 70
75
#66 OT 2 6'5" 308 28 6/5/91 7 2013 5 141 Virginia
OT Tyrell Crosby Tyrell Crosby T. Crosby 65
69
#130 OT 2 6'5" 309 23 9/5/95 2 2018 5 153
OT Brett Kendrick Brett Kendrick B. Kendrick 51
71
#103 OT 6'5" 305 24 4/12/95 0 2018
OT Andrew Donnal Andrew Donnal A. Donnal 78
67
#153 OT 6'6" 313 27 3/3/92 5 2015 4 119 Iowa
ILB Jarrad Davis Jarrad Davis J. Davis 40
72
#72 ILB 1 6'1" 238 24 11/16/94 3 2017 1 21 Florida
ILB Jahlani Tavai Jahlani Tavai J. Tavai 31
73
#63 ILB 2 6'2" 250 0 2019 2 43 Hawai'i
ILB Al-Rasheed Benton Al-Rasheed Benton A. Benton 50
71
#73 ILB 3 6'1" 237 0 2018
ILB Steve Longa Steve Longa S. Longa 54
64
#112 ILB 3 6'1" 225 24 9/29/94 3 2016 Rutgers
OLB Devon Kennard Devon Kennard D. Kennard 42
78
#32 OLB 1 6'3" 249 27 6/24/91 6 2014 5 174 Southern Cal
OLB Christian Jones Christian Jones C. Jones 52
77
#46 OLB 1 6'3" 240 28 2/18/91 6 2014 Florida State
OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jalen Reeves-Maybin J. Reeves-Maybin 44
66
#149 OLB 2 6'0" 230 24 1/31/95 3 2017 4 124 Tennessee
OLB Tre' Williams Tre' Williams T. Williams 30
70
#109 OLB 3 6'2" 228 19 3/3/00 0 2019
SS Quandre Diggs Quandre Diggs Q. Diggs 28
82
#15 SS 1 5'9" 196 27 9/20/91 5 2015 6 200 Texas
SS Tavon Wilson Tavon Wilson T. Wilson 32
77
#35 SS 2 6'0" 205 29 3/19/90 8 2012 2 48 Illinois
SS Tracy Walker Tracy Walker T. Walker 47
67
#66 SS 3 6'1" 206 24 2/1/95 2 2018 3 82 Louisiana
P Sam Martin Sam Martin S. Martin 6
77
#19 P 1 6'1" 205 29 2/27/90 7 2013 5 165 Appalachian State
P Ryan Santoso Ryan Santoso R. Santoso 2
67
#40 P 2 6'5" 250 23 8/26/95 1 2018
FS Miles Killebrew Miles Killebrew M. Killebrew 35
75
#38 FS 1 6'2" 219 26 5/10/93 4 2016 4 111 Southern Utah
FS Will Harris Will Harris W. Harris 8
77
#28 FS 2 6'1" 207 0 2019 3 81 Boston College
FS Andrew Adams Andrew Adams A. Adams 26
78
#25 FS 3 5'11" 203 26 10/28/92 4 2016 Connecticut
FS Charles Washington Charles Washington C. Washington 45
75
#39 FS 5'10" 185 26 3/10/93 3 2016 Fresno State
LS Don Muhlbach Don Muhlbach D. Muhlbach 48
67
#18 LS 6'4" 265 37 8/17/81 16 2004 Texas A&M
C Graham Glasgow Graham Glasgow G. Glasgow 60
76
#26 C 1 6'6" 306 26 7/19/92 4 2016 3 95 Michigan
C Luke Bowanko Luke Bowanko L. Bowanko 69
69
#59 C 2 6'5" 293 28 6/13/91 7 2014 6 205 Virginia
DT A'Shawn Robinson A'Shawn Robinson A. Robinson 91
81
#23 DT 1 6'4" 307 24 3/21/95 4 2016 2 46 Alabama
DT Damon Harrison Damon Harrison D. Harrison 98
95
#2 DT 1 6'4" 350 30 11/29/88 8 2012 William Penn - IA
DT PJ Johnson PJ Johnson P. Johnson 52
77
#35 DT 2 6'5" 305 0 2019 7 229 Arizona
DT Darius Kilgo Darius Kilgo D. Kilgo 97
63
#131 DT 3 6'2" 310 27 12/14/91 4 2015 6 203 Maryland
DT Ray Smith Ray Smith R. Smith 96
75
#57 DT 3 6'1" 308 0 2019 Boston College
DT Kevin Strong Jr. Kevin Strong Jr. K. S. Jr. 54
75
#60 DT 6'3" 295 22 8/5/96 0 2019 Texas-San Antonio
DT Nick James Nick James N. James 0
67
#116 DT 6'4" 316 25 7/24/93 1 2017 Mississippi State
DB Anthony Sherrils Anthony Sherrils A. Sherrils 49
76
#4 DB 5'11" 197 0 2018
WR Danny Amendola Danny Amendola D. Amendola 80
84
#29 WR 1 5'10" 186 33 11/2/85 11 2008 Texas Tech
WR Kenny Golladay Kenny Golladay K. Golladay 19
82
#46 WR 1 6'4" 218 25 11/3/93 3 2017 3 96 Northern Illinois
WR Marvin Jones Marvin Jones M. Jones 11
88
#19 WR 1 6'2" 200 29 3/12/90 8 2012 5 166 California
WR Travis Fulgham Travis Fulgham T. Fulgham 7
73
#179 WR 2 6'2" 215 0 2019 6 184 Old Dominion
WR Andy Jones Andy Jones A. Jones 17
58
#366 WR 2 6'1" 213 24 6/28/94 2 2016 Jacksonville
WR Jermaine Kearse Jermaine Kearse J. Kearse 10
76
#112 WR 2 6'1" 209 29 2/6/90 8 2012 Washington
WR Tommylee Lewis Tommylee Lewis T. Lewis 11
61
#362 WR 3 5'7" 168 26 10/24/92 4 2016 Northern Illinois
WR Brandon Powell Brandon Powell B. Powell 10
68
#286 WR 3 5'8" 186 22 9/12/96 2 2018 Florida
WR Jonathan Duhart Jonathan Duhart J. Duhart 9
76
#111 WR 6'2" 219 0 2019 Old Dominion
WR Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy T. Kennedy 11
76
#110 WR 5'11" 192 0 2019 Bryant University
TE T.J. Hockenson T.J. Hockenson T. Hockenson 38
77
#41 TE 1 6'5" 251 21 7/3/97 0 2019 1 8 Iowa
TE Jesse James Jesse James J. James 81
77
#36 TE 2 6'7" 261 25 6/4/94 5 2015 5 160 Penn State
TE Logan Thomas Logan Thomas L. Thomas 82
62
#163 TE 3 6'6" 248 26 7/1/92 5 2014 4 120 Virginia Tech
TE Isaac Nauta Isaac Nauta I. Nauta 18
70
#115 TE 5 6'3" 244 22 5/21/97 0 2019 7 224 Georgia
DE Trey Flowers Trey Flowers T. Flowers 98
86
#21 DE 1 6'2" 266 25 8/16/93 5 2015 4 101 Arkansas
DE Da'shawn Hand Da'shawn Hand D. Hand 93
84
#29 DE 1 6'4" 297 23 11/14/95 2 2018 4 114
DE Austin Bryant Austin Bryant A. Bryant 97
72
#126 DE 2 6'4" 271 22 11/12/96 0 2019 4 117 Clemson
DE Romeo Okwara Romeo Okwara R. Okwara 95
74
#104 DE 2 6'5" 265 24 6/17/95 4 2016 Notre Dame
DE Mitchell Loewen Mitchell Loewen M. Loewen 70
66
#183 DE 3 6'5" 275 26 2/14/93 3 2016 Arkansas
FB Nick Bawden Nick Bawden N. Bawden 46
68
#12 FB 6 6'2" 245 22 6/22/96 2 2018 7 237
CB Darius Slay Darius Slay D. Slay 23
86
#19 CB 1 6'0" 190 28 1/1/91 7 2013 2 36 Mississippi State
CB Justin Coleman Justin Coleman J. Coleman 28
78
#66 CB 1 5'11" 185 26 3/27/93 5 2015 Tennessee
CB Jalen Tabor Jalen Tabor J. Tabor 31
76
#102 CB 1 6'0" 199 23 12/31/95 3 2017 2 53 Florida
CB Amani Oruwariye Amani Oruwariye A. Oruwariye 21
73
#148 CB 2 6'2" 205 23 2/9/96 0 2019 5 146 Penn State
CB Rashaan Melvin Rashaan Melvin R. Melvin 22
81
#46 CB 2 6'2" 193 29 10/2/89 7 2013 Northern Illinois
CB Jamal Agnew Jamal Agnew J. Agnew 39
68
#188 CB 5'10" 194 24 4/3/95 3 2017 5 165 San Diego
CB Marcus Cooper Marcus Cooper M. Cooper 21
74
#134 CB 6'2" 192 29 2/1/90 7 2013 7 252 Rutgers
G Frank Ragnow Frank Ragnow F. Ragnow 77
83
#17 G 1 6'5" 312 23 5/17/96 2 2018 1 20 Arkansas
G Kenny Wiggins Kenny Wiggins K. Wiggins 79
64
#148 G 1 6'6" 314 30 8/8/88 6 2011 Fresno State
G Joe Dahl Joe Dahl J. Dahl 66
65
#138 G 2 6'4" 304 26 4/9/93 4 2016 5 151 Washington State
K Matt Prater Matt Prater M. Prater 5
81
#11 K 1 5'10" 187 34 8/10/84 13 2006 Central Florida

Moving into the Upper Tier of the NFC

The Jim Caldwell era is over in Detroit, with the Lions firing Caldwell and brining in former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their new head coach. The Lions will hope that Patricia can overhaul a defense that has been the Lions’ Achilles heel for the past several seasons. If you’d asked the Lions before the 2017 season started whether they’d take a season where they finish ahead of the Green Bay Packers with a winning record, chances are they’d have accepted. Unfortunately, the rise of the Vikings and a high quality upper tier of NFC teams left the Lions at 9-7 and outside the playoff picture.

You can’t put the blame on Matthew Stafford, who after signing a contract making him the highest paid player in the NFL put up another solid season. The running game, though, was at the bottom of the league, and the defense struggled to keep points off the board. Given Detroit’s issues on defense in 2017, you might have expected them to target defense in the first two rounds of the draft. However, they instead selected center Frank Ragnow and RB Kerryon Johnson with their first two picks. Those two picks should help revitalize their run game, but at the expense of a defense sorely needing playmakers.

The Lions did address defense with their mid round picks, selecting a safety and DE with their next two picks. They then came back to the offensive side of the ball with a OT and FB with their last two selections. The Lions didn’t target any of the biggest names in free agency on either side of the ball. Instead, they added a mix of journeyman and veterans with a solid starter or two. Perhaps the highest profile signing was veteran RB LeGarrette Blount. He and second round pick Kerryon Johnson should give the Lions some weapons in the running game. Aside from Blount, the Lions addressed depth on both lines. Their focus was on the interior, with perhaps the biggest signing being former Jets starting center Wesley Johnson.

There’s no doubt that the Lions had one thing in mind during the offseason – Fix a running game that was in the basement statistically in 2017. They spent their first two draft picks and made their two biggest free agent splashes on a pair of running backs and interior linemen. If the Lions can restore a little bit of balance to their offensive attack, Matthew Stafford appears poised to hold up his end of the bargain. The Lions scored the seventh most points in the NFL last year even with their woes in the running game. That was a clear testament to Stafford’s ability to distribute the ball through the air. If the 2018 additions fix the running game, Detroit should be a top five offensive unit.

The Lion’s weren’t strong defensively in 2017, and they didn’t make defense a point of emphasis in the high end of either the draft or free agency. They’re hoping that new Head Coach Matt Patricia can help transform the unit through his scheme and approach. The Lions had played a 4-3 defense for years, while Patricia comes from a Patriots defense known for a hybrid 3-4 defense. So, the immediate question was whether the Lions would be transitioning to a 3-4. But it seems that Patricia’s scheme will sidestep the 4-3/3-4 categorization entirely, employing a number of different fronts for various situations.

Patricia certainly has the pedigree coming from New England and studying under Bill Belichick. The question will be whether he can translate that kind of success to a Detroit defense light on talent behind pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah. The Lions had a winning record last year, but the firing of Jim Caldwell shows that their ambitions are set higher. Patricia comes into a situation where ownership believes they have enough talent to win now. If he can get the defense playing at league average or better, they’re set to challenge the Vikings for tops in the NFC Central.