Detroit Lions Roster 2018 Lions Roster

5-8, 4th NFC North

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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
86
#12 QB 1 6'3" 232 30 2/7/88 10 2009 1 1 Georgia
QB Matt Cassel Matt Cassel M. Cassel 8
71
#49 QB 2 6'4" 230 36 5/17/82 14 2005 7 230 USC
RB Theo Riddick Theo Riddick T. Riddick 25
86
#18 RB 1 5'10" 201 27 5/4/91 6 2013 6 199 Notre Dame
RB LeGarrette Blount LeGarrette Blount L. Blount 29
85
#23 RB 2 6'0" 241 32 12/5/86 9 2010 Oregon
RB Kerryon Johnson Kerryon Johnson K. Johnson 33
71
#82 RB 3 5'11" 213 21 6/30/97 0 2018 2 43 Auburn
RB Zach Zenner Zach Zenner Z. Zenner 34
72
#76 RB 4 5'11" 223 27 9/13/91 4 2015 South Dakota State
RB Nick Bellore Nick Bellore N. Bellore 43
68
#90 RB 5 6'1" 250 29 4/23/89 8 2011 Central Michigan
RB Peyton Hillis Peyton Hillis P. Hillis 33
65
6 6'1" 250 32 1/21/86 7 2008 7 227 Arkansas
OT Taylor Decker Taylor Decker T. Decker 68
78
#35 OT 1 6'7" 310 24 8/23/94 3 2016 1 16 Ohio State
OT Ricky Wagner Ricky Wagner R. Wagner 71
83
#15 OT 1 6'6" 308 29 10/20/89 6 2013 5 168 Wisconsin
OT Andrew Donnal Andrew Donnal A. Donnal 78
67
#99 OT 2 6'6" 313 26 3/3/92 4 2015 4 119 Iowa
OT Tyrell Crosby Tyrell Crosby T. Crosby 65
69
#80 OT 2 6'5" 309 23 9/5/95 0 2018 5 153
OT Brett Kendrick Brett Kendrick B. Kendrick 51
66
#103 OT 6'5" 305 23 4/12/95 0 2018
ILB Jarrad Davis Jarrad Davis J. Davis 40
78
#25 ILB 1 6'1" 238 24 11/16/94 2 2017 1 21 Florida
ILB Trevor Bates Trevor Bates T. Bates 53
60
#197 ILB 2 6'1" 246 25 8/28/93 1 2016 7 239 Maine
ILB Al-Rasheed Benton Al-Rasheed Benton A. Benton 50
67
#72 ILB 3 6'1" 237 0 2018
ILB Marquis Flowers Marquis Flowers M. Flowers 59
76
#31 ILB 6'2" 230 26 2/16/92 5 2014 6 212 Arizona
OLB Devon Kennard Devon Kennard D. Kennard 42
76
#44 OLB 1 6'3" 249 27 6/24/91 5 2014 5 174 Southern Cal
OLB Christian Jones Christian Jones C. Jones 52
75
#49 OLB 1 6'3" 240 27 2/18/91 5 2014 Florida State
OLB Kelvin Sheppard Kelvin Sheppard K. Sheppard 51
69
2 6'2" 250 30 1/2/88 7 2011 3 68 LSU
OLB Eli Harold Eli Harold E. Harold 57
67
#99 OLB 2 6'3" 247 24 1/20/94 4 2015 3 79 Virginia
OLB Nicholas Grigsby Nicholas Grigsby N. Grigsby 50
63
#7 OLB 3 6'0" 218 26 7/2/92 4 2016 Pittsburgh
OLB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Jalen Reeves-Maybin J. Reeves-Maybin 44
66
#113 OLB 6'0" 230 23 1/31/95 2 2017 4 124 Tennessee
SS Quandre Diggs Quandre Diggs Q. Diggs 28
76
#35 SS 1 5'9" 196 27 9/20/91 4 2015 6 200 Texas
SS Tavon Wilson Tavon Wilson T. Wilson 32
80
#22 SS 2 6'0" 205 28 3/19/90 7 2012 2 48 Illinois
SS Tracy Walker Tracy Walker T. Walker 47
67
#58 SS 3 6'1" 206 23 2/1/95 0 2018 3 82 Louisiana
P Sam Martin Sam Martin S. Martin 6
79
#13 P 1 6'1" 205 28 2/27/90 6 2013 5 165 Appalachian State
FS Glover Quin Glover Quin G. Quin 27
86
#14 FS 1 6'0" 207 32 1/15/86 10 2009 4 112 New Mexico
FS Miles Killebrew Miles Killebrew M. Killebrew 35
71
#45 FS 2 6'2" 219 25 5/10/93 3 2016 4 111 Southern Utah
FS Charles Washington Charles Washington C. Washington 45
75
#39 FS 3 5'10" 185 25 3/10/93 2 2016 Fresno State
LS Don Muhlbach Don Muhlbach D. Muhlbach 48
67
#10 LS 6'4" 265 37 8/17/81 15 2004 Texas A&M
C Graham Glasgow Graham Glasgow G. Glasgow 60
67
#44 C 1 6'6" 306 26 7/19/92 3 2016 3 95 Michigan
DT Damon Harrison Damon Harrison D. Harrison 98
97
#1 DT 1 6'4" 350 30 11/29/88 7 2012 William Penn - IA
DT Ricky Jean-Francois Ricky Jean-Francois R. Jean-Francois 97
76
#37 DT 1 6'3" 295 32 11/23/86 10 2009 7 244 LSU
DT A'Shawn Robinson A'Shawn Robinson A. Robinson 91
76
#31 DT 2 6'4" 307 23 3/21/95 3 2016 2 46 Alabama
DT Nick James Nick James N. James 0
67
#64 DT 6'4" 316 25 7/24/93 1 2017 Mississippi State
DB Anthony Sherrils Anthony Sherrils A. Sherrils 49
69
#1 DB 5'11" 197 0 2018
WR Bruce Ellington Bruce Ellington B. Ellington 12
78
#76 WR 1 5'9" 197 27 8/22/91 5 2014 4 106 South Carolina
WR Kenny Golladay Kenny Golladay K. Golladay 19
76
#90 WR 1 6'4" 218 25 11/3/93 2 2017 3 96 Northern Illinois
WR TJ Jones TJ Jones T. Jones 13
74
#109 WR 1 6'0" 188 26 7/19/92 4 2014 6 189 Notre Dame
WR Brandon Powell Brandon Powell B. Powell 10
68
#152 WR 2 5'8" 186 22 9/12/96 0 2018 Florida
WR Andy Jones Andy Jones A. Jones 17
58
#412 WR 2 6'1" 213 24 6/28/94 1 2016 Jacksonville
TE Levine Toilolo Levine Toilolo L. Toilolo 87
69
#70 TE 1 6'8" 260 27 7/31/91 6 2013 4 133 Stanford
TE Luke Willson Luke Willson L. Willson 82
76
#50 TE 2 6'4" 250 28 1/15/90 6 2013 5 158 Rice
TE Michael Roberts Michael Roberts M. Roberts 80
69
#69 TE 4 6'4" 270 24 5/7/94 2 2017 4 127 Toledo
DE Romeo Okwara Romeo Okwara R. Okwara 95
71
#91 DE 1 6'5" 265 23 6/17/95 3 2016 Notre Dame
DE Da'shawn Hand Da'shawn Hand D. Hand 93
68
#109 DE 1 6'4" 297 23 11/14/95 0 2018 4 114
DE Kerry Hyder Kerry Hyder K. Hyder 61
79
#54 DE 2 6'2" 290 27 5/2/91 3 2014 Texas Tech
DE Ezekiel Ansah Ezekiel Ansah E. Ansah 94
85
#23 DE 6'5" 270 29 5/29/89 6 2013 1 5 BYU
CB Darius Slay Darius Slay D. Slay 23
90
#10 CB 1 6'0" 190 27 1/1/91 6 2013 2 36 Mississippi State
CB Nevin Lawson Nevin Lawson N. Lawson 24
76
#70 CB 1 5'9" 190 27 4/22/91 5 2014 4 133 Utah State
CB DeShawn Shead DeShawn Shead D. Shead 26
72
#58 CB 2 6'1" 220 30 6/28/88 7 2012 Portland State
CB Jalen Tabor Jalen Tabor J. Tabor 31
75
#83 CB 2 6'0" 199 22 12/31/95 2 2017 2 53 Florida
CB Marcus Cooper Marcus Cooper M. Cooper 21
74
#88 CB 3 6'2" 192 28 2/1/90 6 2013 7 252 Rutgers
CB Don Carey Don Carey D. Carey 22
71
#33 CB 5'11" 192 31 2/14/87 10 2009 6 177 Norfolk State
G Frank Ragnow Frank Ragnow F. Ragnow 77
77
#36 G 1 6'5" 312 22 5/17/96 0 2018 1 20 Arkansas
G Kenny Wiggins Kenny Wiggins K. Wiggins 79
64
#103 G 1 6'6" 314 30 8/8/88 5 2011 Fresno State
G Joe Dahl Joe Dahl J. Dahl 66
65
#97 G 2 6'4" 304 25 4/9/93 3 2016 5 151 Washington State
G TJ Lang TJ Lang T. Lang 76
87
#10 G 6'4" 318 31 9/20/87 10 2009 4 109 Eastern Michigan
K Matt Prater Matt Prater M. Prater 5
81
#10 K 1 5'10" 187 34 8/10/84 12 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.