Detroit Lions Team Stats 2019 Detroit Lions Stats

3-12, 4th NFC North

vs GB

6:00 pm GMT, 12/29

The 2018 NFL season wasn’t exactly friendly for the Detroit Lions. They went 6-10 and struggled on both sides of the ball. They’ll bring back a familiar face at quarterback in Matthew Stafford but will face departures at the rest of the skill positions. Both Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount are gone from the running game and Golden Tate is out at wide receiver. The tight end position will also see change as the offseason brought in two new targets.

On the other side of the ball, the Lions were much better. They were great in limiting opponents’ yards per game, ranking 10th, and points, ranking 16th. Looking at their stats, they were weaker through the air than on the ground. Overall, they were 18th in total touchdowns allowed with rankings in 6th on the ground and 19th through the air. This year, they’ll see changes at the DE position and secondary.

Home Record: 2-6 Away Record: 1-7 Conference Record: 2-9 Division Record: 0-6
Bye Week: 5 Head Coach: Matt Patricia Offensive Coordinator: Darrell Bevell Defensive Coordinator: Cory Undlin
Special Teams: Brayden Coombs Owner: Martha Ford Stadium: Ford Field Surface: Dome
City: Detroit Offensive Scheme: 3WR Defensive Alignment: 4-3

Lions Team Stats

Team Ratings Offense Stats Defense Stats
Overall Offense Defense SP Teams FPTS Off Plays TOP PTS YDS Pass Yds Pass TD Rush Yds Rush TD RZ TD OV TD PTS Allow YDS Allow Pass Yds Allow Pass TD Allow Rush Yds Allow Rush TD Allow RZ TD Allow OV TD Allow TOP Allow
76
80
72
82
1099
1021
29:09
341
5549
3900
28
1649
7
25
38
423
6406
4551
33
1855
13
33
49
31:28

Lions Team Rankings

Team Rankings Offense Rankings Defense Rankings
Overall Offense Defense SP Teams FPTS Off Plays TOP PTS YDS Pass Yds Pass TD Rush Yds Rush TD RZ TD OV TD PTS Allow YDS Allow Pass Yds Allow Pass TD Allow Rush Yds Allow Rush TD Allow RZ TD Allow OV TD Allow TOP Allow
23
18
26
1
17
12
29
18
17
10
10
21
29
22
18
26
31
32
27
21
14
24
26
24

Lions Team Offensive Stats

Opponent Vegas Total Offense Rushing Offense Passing Offense Redzone Turnovers Penalties
Wk TEAM DEF RNK Spread ML O/U TOP PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS PLAYS YDS YDS/PLAY ATT YDS YDS/ATT TD ATT YDS/ATT COMP YDS/COMP YDS TD RZ ATT RZ TD RZ % TOV INT FUML PEN YDS
1 ARI
4
-3 -165 46 39:23 27 0 17 0 7 80 477 6 32 116 3.6 0 45 8 27 13.4 361 3 3 2 66.7% 2 0 2 9 59
2 LAC
14
1 -103 46.5 28:41 13 6 0 0 7 58 339 5.8 28 94 3.4 0 30 8.2 22 11.1 245 2 0 0 0% 2 2 0 8 71
3 PHI
4
5.5 195 45 27:42 27 7 13 0 7 60 287 4.8 28 86 3.1 1 32 6.3 18 11.2 201 1 4 2 50% 0 0 0 9 61
4 KC
2
6.5 261 54.5 33:55 30 10 3 10 7 73 447 6.1 35 186 5.3 0 34 7.7 21 12.4 261 3 6 3 50% 2 0 2 8 48
6 GB
8
3.5 159 47 26:56 22 10 3 6 3 55 299 5.4 20 56 2.8 1 32 7.6 18 13.5 243 0 3 1 33.3% 0 0 0 8 50
7 MIN
2
2.5 124 43 27:50 30 14 7 3 6 67 433 6.5 20 81 4 0 45 7.8 30 11.7 352 4 4 4 100% 1 1 0 8 67
8 NYG
1
-6 -282 49 29:13 31 14 3 7 7 61 375 6.1 25 59 2.4 0 32 9.9 25 12.6 316 3 1 1 100% 2 1 1 7 75
9 OAK
7
2.5 122 51 27:10 24 7 7 3 7 62 473 7.6 19 90 4.7 0 41 9.3 26 14.7 383 3 3 1 33.3% 2 1 1 5 35
10 CHI
14
7 232 38 31:54 13 3 3 0 7 75 357 4.8 27 98 3.6 0 46 5.6 27 9.6 259 1 1 0 0% 1 1 0 8 76
11 DAL
4
7.5 275 46.5 29:60 27 7 7 7 6 57 312 5.5 28 121 4.3 2 26 7.3 15 12.7 191 2 3 3 100% 0 0 0 11 89
12 WAS
13
-4 -210 39.5 33:30 16 0 6 7 3 71 364 5.1 32 175 5.5 0 33 5.7 20 9.4 189 1 3 1 33.3% 4 3 1 6 65
13 CHI
9
5.5 200 37 29:10 20 14 3 0 3 67 364 5.4 27 105 3.9 0 38 6.8 22 11.8 259 2 3 1 33.3% 1 1 0 9 85
14 MIN
16
12 432 44 26:18 7 0 0 0 7 67 231 3.4 22 70 3.2 0 40 4 24 6.7 161 1 2 1 50% 2 2 0 4 28
15 TB
11
6 202 46 26:41 17 0 3 7 7 63 295 4.7 18 45 2.5 2 43 5.8 24 10.4 250 0 2 2 100% 3 2 1 2 10
16 DEN
11
8 282 40 23:52 17 3 7 7 0 49 191 3.9 21 96 4.6 0 24 4 12 7.9 95 1 2 1 50% 0 0 0 7 68
17 GB
9
13.5 562 44 25:40 20 7 10 0 3 56 305 5.4 25 171 6.8 1 30 4.5 13 10.3 134 1 2 2 100% 1 1 0 4 50

Lions Team Defensive Stats

Opponent Total Offense Allowed Rushing Allowed Passing Allowed Redzone Allowed Opp Turnovers Opp Penalties
Wk TEAM OFF RNK TOF PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS PLAYS YDS YDS/PLAY ATT YDS YDS/ATT TD ATT YDS/ATT COMP YDS/COMP YDS TD ATT TD % TOV INT FUML PEN YDS
1 ARI
6
30:37 27 0 3 3 18 82 387 4.7 23 112 4.9 0 54 5.1 29 9.5 275 2 4 1 25% 1 1 0 7 35
2 LAC
16
31:19 10 7 3 0 0 62 424 6.8 25 137 5.5 1 36 8 21 13.7 287 0 3 1 33.3% 2 1 1 9 70
3 PHI
9
32:18 24 10 0 7 7 69 373 5.4 30 127 4.2 1 36 6.8 19 12.9 246 2 4 3 75% 2 0 2 4 30
4 KC
4
26:50 34 0 13 7 14 67 438 6.5 25 123 4.9 3 42 7.5 24 13.1 315 0 5 3 60% 3 0 3 7 51
6 GB
11
33:40 23 0 10 3 10 69 447 6.5 29 170 5.9 0 39 7.1 24 11.5 277 2 4 1 25% 3 1 2 6 48
7 MIN
1
32:10 42 7 14 7 14 71 504 7.1 37 166 4.5 2 34 9.9 24 14.1 338 4 5 5 100% 0 0 0 6 60
8 NYG
8
30:47 26 0 13 6 7 68 370 5.4 24 80 3.3 0 41 7.1 28 10.4 290 4 3 2 66.7% 1 0 1 5 44
9 OAK
5
32:50 31 7 10 0 14 68 450 6.6 36 171 4.8 2 31 9 20 14 279 2 5 4 80% 0 0 0 10 96
10 CHI
13
28:60 20 0 7 13 0 52 226 4.3 24 81 3.4 0 23 6.3 16 9.1 145 3 2 2 100% 0 0 0 7 57
11 DAL
3
30:54 35 3 21 3 8 71 509 7.2 24 75 3.1 1 46 9.4 29 15 434 3 5 3 60% 1 0 1 6 45
12 WAS
15
26:30 19 3 10 0 6 57 230 4 24 86 3.6 0 30 4.8 13 11.1 144 0 2 0 0% 2 1 1 8 63
13 CHI
9
30:50 24 7 3 7 7 62 419 6.8 23 88 3.8 0 38 8.7 29 11.4 331 3 4 3 75% 1 1 0 10 89
14 MIN
13
33:42 20 7 10 0 3 70 354 5.1 39 120 3.1 1 30 7.8 24 9.8 234 1 3 2 66.7% 0 0 0 8 55
15 TB
2
33:19 38 14 7 3 14 73 495 6.8 29 49 1.7 0 42 10.6 28 15.9 446 4 1 1 100% 1 1 0 9 70
16 DEN
6
36:80 27 0 10 3 14 67 348 5.2 33 150 4.5 2 34 5.8 26 7.6 198 1 5 2 40% 0 0 0 6 50
17 GB
11
34:56 23 0 3 7 13 86 432 5 30 120 4 0 55 5.7 27 11.6 312 2 2 0 0% 1 1 0 9 97

Lions Special Teams Stats

Opponent Special Teams Special Teams Allowed
Wk TEAM FGM FGA XPM XPA PUNT RET PUNT RET YDS KICK RET KICK RET YDS OPP FGM OPP FGA OPP XPM OPP XPA OPP PUNT RET OPP PUNT RET YDS OPP KICK RET OPP KICK RET YDS
1 ARI 2 2 3 3 5 -2 3 48 4 4 1 1 3 18 4 86
2 LAC 0 1 1 2 4 17 0 0 1 3 1 1 1 0 2 47
3 PHI 2 3 3 3 1 24 1 100 1 1 3 3 1 2 3 54
4 KC 3 3 3 3 1 -1 2 29 2 3 4 4 2 3 6 142
6 GB 5 5 1 1 0 0 2 55 3 3 2 2 1 -9 6 96
7 MIN 1 1 3 3 1 0 1 29 0 1 6 6 2 9 4 105
8 NYG 1 2 4 4 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 2 6 123
9 OAK 1 1 3 3 0 0 4 76 1 2 4 4 1 16 3 81
10 CHI 2 2 1 1 3 27 3 66 0 0 2 3 2 9 4 101
11 DAL 0 0 3 3 2 35 3 78 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 42
12 WAS 3 4 1 1 4 31 2 43 4 4 1 1 2 0 2 124
13 CHI 2 2 2 2 3 14 1 17 1 1 3 3 2 -4 2 90
14 MIN 0 1 1 1 2 11 1 23 2 2 2 2 4 43 1 14
15 TB 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 5 1 0 2 43
16 DEN 1 1 2 2 3 75 0 0 2 2 3 3 2 22 1 47
17 GB 2 2 2 2 1 11 0 0 3 4 2 2 2 17 4 89

Lions Team Leaders

Passing
ATT: 291
COMP: 187
YDS: 2,499
TD: 19
Rushing
ATT: 113
YDS: 403
YPG: 50.38
TD: 3
Receiving
TGT: 116
REC: 65
YDS: 1,190
TD: 11
Tackles
TCKL: 103
SOLO: 82
AST: 21
SCK: 0
Interceptions
INT: 2
INT/YDS: 19
PDEF: 13
PDEF/G: 0.93
Field Goals
FGA: 31
FGM: 26
FG%: 83.9%
XPM: 35

Lions Quarterback Stats

Player Passing Turnovers Snaps Sacks
Name RTG GP PASS RTG ATT ATT/G COMP COMP/G COMP % Yds/Att Yds/COMP YDS YPG 300+ Long TDs TDs/G INT INT/G FUM FUML # off % # #/G YDS
Matthew Stafford
77
8 60.1 291 36.4 187 23.38 64.3% 8.6 13.4 2,499 312.38 4 66 19 2.38 5 0.62 5 3 559 56% 18 2.25 137
David Blough
72
5 20 174 34.8 94 18.8 54% 5.7 10.5 984 196.8 0 75 4 0.8 6 1.2 1 0 321 29% 14 2.8 104
Jeff Driskel
68
3 19.5 105 35 62 20.67 59% 6.5 11 685 228.33 0 47 4 1.33 4 1.33 1 0 223 26% 11 3.67 46

Lions Running Back Stats

Player Rushing Receiving Totals (Rush + Rec) Snaps Turnovers
Name RTG GP ATT ATT/G YDS/ATT YDS YPG Long 100+ TD TD/G TGTS TGTS/G REC RPG YDS YPR YPG Long 100+ TD TD/G TCH TCH % YDS YPG ATT/G + TGT/G # Off % FUM FUML
Kerryon Johnson
79
8 113 14.12 3.6 403 50.38 20 1 3 0.38 15 1.88 10 1.25 127 12.7 15.88 36 0 1 0.12 123 13% 530 66.25 16 282 53% 1 1
Bo Scarbrough
68
6 89 14.83 4.2 377 62.83 30 0 1 0.17 4 0.67 1 0.17 5 5 0.83 5 0 0 0 90 9% 382 63.67 15.5 171 37% 1 1
Ty Johnson
70
16 63 3.94 4.3 273 17.06 40 0 0 0 31 1.94 24 1.5 109 4.5 6.81 13 0 0 0 87 9% 382 23.88 5.88 318 29% 1 1
JD McKissic
75
16 38 2.38 5.4 205 12.81 44 0 0 0 42 2.62 34 2.12 233 6.9 14.56 26 0 1 0.06 72 7% 438 27.38 5 262 24% 0 0
Tra Carson
59
3 18 6 2.7 48 16 12 0 0 0 4 1.33 4 1.33 18 4.5 6 8 0 0 0 22 2% 66 22 7.33 43 15% 0 0
CJ Anderson
81
2 16 8 2.7 43 21.5 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2% 43 21.5 8 38 26% 0 0
Paul Perkins
75
4 12 3 2.4 29 7.25 13 0 0 0 1 0.25 1 0.25 9 9 2.25 9 0 0 0 13 1% 38 9.5 3.25 24 4% 0 0
Wes Hills
71
1 10 10 2.1 21 21 15 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0.5 1 2 0 0 0 12 1% 22 22 12 23 13% 0 0

Lions Wide Receiver Stats

Player Receiving Totals (Rec + Rush) Snaps Turnovers
Name RTG GP TM Pass TGTS TGT % TGTS/G Rec Rec % RPG Yds YPR YPG Long 100+ TD TD/G TCH TCH % ATT/G + TGT/G YDS YPG # Off % FUM FUML
Kenny Golladay
84
16 571 116 20.3% 7.25 65 56% 4.06 1,190 18.3 74.38 75 5 11 0.69 65 7% 7.25 1,190 74.38 958 87% 1 1
Marvin Jones
88
13 571 92 16.1% 7.08 62 67% 4.77 779 12.6 59.92 47 2 9 0.69 64 7% 7.23 779 59.92 837 90% 0 0
Danny Amendola
79
15 571 96 16.8% 6.4 62 65% 4.13 678 10.9 45.2 47 3 1 0.07 62 6% 6.4 678 45.2 656 59% 0 0
Marvin Hall
65
9 571 11 1.9% 1.22 7 64% 0.78 261 37.3 29 58 0 1 0.11 8 1% 1.33 268 29.78 131 14% 0 0
Chris Lacy
67
5 571 10 1.8% 2 3 30% 0.6 60 20 12 48 0 0 0 3 0% 2 60 12 123 38% 0 0
Travis Fulgham
73
3 571 3 0.5% 1 0 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 1 0 0 63 16% 0 0

Lions Tight End Stats

Player Receiving Snaps Turnovers
Name RTG GP TM Pass TGTS TGT % TGTS/G Rec Rec % RPG Yds YPR YPG Long 100+ TD TD/G # Off % FUM FUML
T.J. Hockenson
76
12 571 59 10.3% 4.92 32 54% 2.67 367 11.5 30.58 39 1 2 0.17 540 63% 0 0
Logan Thomas
62
16 571 28 4.9% 1.75 16 57% 1 173 10.8 10.81 17 0 1 0.06 343 31% 0 0
Jesse James
79
16 571 27 4.7% 1.69 16 59% 1 142 8.9 8.88 23 0 0 0 502 46% 0 0
Isaac Nauta
70
6 571 3 0.5% 0.5 2 67% 0.33 13 6.5 2.17 10 0 0 0 42 11% 0 0

Lions Field Goal Kicker Stats

Lions Defensive Player Stats

Player Tackles Sacks Fumbles Interceptions Snaps
Name POS RTG GP TCKL TCKL/G SOLO SOLO/G AST AST/G TFL SCK SCK/G SCK YDS QBH PASS DEF Pass Def/G FF FR F RET YDS F TD INT INT/G INT YDS INT TD # DEF %
Justin Coleman CB
79
16 54 3.38 47 2.94 7 0.44 0 0 0 0 1 13 0.81 3 1 0 0 1 0.06 55 0 977 85%
Devon Kennard OLB
72
16 57 3.62 45 2.81 12 0.81 9 7 0.44 39 17 0 0 1 2 13 1 0 0 0 0 948 82%
Rashaan Melvin CB
75
13 68 5.15 60 4.54 8 0.62 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 881 76%
Darius Slay CB
91
14 46 3.29 36 2.57 10 0.71 0 0 0 0 0 13 0.93 0 1 38 0 2 0.14 19 0 871 76%
Tracy Walker FS
73
13 103 7.92 83 6.31 20 1.62 6 0 0 0 0 8 0.62 1 0 0 0 1 0.08 0 0 851 74%
Tavon Wilson SS
75
16 97 6.06 69 4.31 28 1.75 4 1 0.06 2 2 4 0.31 0 2 14 0 0 0 0 0 850 74%
Trey Flowers DE
85
15 51 3.47 33 2.2 18 1.27 10 7 0.47 56 20 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 717 62%
Will Harris SS
77
16 43 2.69 30 1.88 13 0.81 1 1 0.06 11 1 3 0.19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 675 59%
Jarrad Davis ILB
70
11 60 5.73 38 3.45 22 2.27 5.5 2 0.18 25 5 1 0.09 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 663 58%
Christian Jones OLB
71
13 51 3.92 29 2.23 22 1.69 2 2 0.15 6 3 4 0.31 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 618 54%
Romeo Okwara DE
73
14 28 2 14 1 14 1 2 1.5 0.11 8 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 612 53%
Jahlani Tavai ILB
73
15 59 3.87 38 2.47 21 1.4 6 2 0.13 19 3 3 0.13 1 0 0 0 1 0.07 2 0 605 52%
Damon Harrison DT
94
15 47 3.2 29 1.93 18 1.27 4 2 0.13 13 2 3 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 536 46%
A'Shawn Robinson DT
79
13 41 3.08 34 2.46 7 0.62 4 1.5 0.12 6 2 3 0.23 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 533 46%
John Atkins DT
68
12 20 1.67 13 1.08 7 0.58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 411 48%
Jalen Reeves-Maybin OLB
66
16 37 2.25 28 1.75 9 0.5 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 300 26%
Amani Oruwariye CB
73
9 19 2.11 18 2 1 0.11 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.33 0 0 0 0 2 0.22 0 0 217 19%
Mike Daniels DT
88
9 9 1.11 6 0.67 3 0.44 2.5 1 0.11 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 207 18%
Mike Ford CB
74
14 12 0.86 11 0.79 1 0.07 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 166 15%
Austin Bryant DE
72
4 8 2 2 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 133 12%
Da'shawn Hand DE
78
3 6 2 4 1.33 2 0.67 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 113 10%
Kevin Strong Jr. DT
75
4 5 1.25 3 0.75 2 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 103 9%
Frank Herron DE
66
3 6 2 1 0.33 5 1.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 103 44%
Miles Killebrew FS
75
15 20 1.33 18 1.2 2 0.13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 86 7%
C.J. Moore FS
16 8 0.38 6 0.31 2 0.06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 79 7%
Steve Longa OLB
64
10 14 1.5 7 0.7 7 0.8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 54 8%
Jamal Agnew CB
68
13 9 0.69 7 0.54 2 0.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 2%
Anthony Pittman OLB
1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 19%
Jamie Meder DT
71
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 8%
Jonathan Wynn DE
65
1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 4%
Jason Cabinda ILB
69
4 2 0.5 1 0.25 1 0.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Dee Virgin CB
64
14 9 0.71 8 0.64 1 0.07 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Michael Jackson CB
77
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%

Lions Special Teams Stats

Player Kickoffs Punts
NAME RTG FUML TD KICK RET KICK RET AVG KICK RET % PUNT RET PUNT RET AVG PUNT RET %
Danny Amendola
79
0 0 0 0 10 3.67 32%
Marvin Hall
65
0 0 1 0.11 4% 2 1.78 6%
Chris Lacy
67
0 0 1 0.2 4% 0 0
JD McKissic
75
0 0 1 0.06 4% 0 0
Ty Johnson
70
1 0 3 0.19 13% 0 0

Have the Lions found their next franchise tight end?

Tight end was by far the weakest offensive position for the Lions in 2018. They quickly changed that by drafting T.J. Hockenson with the 8th overall pick in this year’s draft. Though this might have been early, the Lions believed Hockenson would be their long term solution after striking out with Brandon Pettigrew and Eric Ebron in 2014. However, he might be well worth the pick having been one of the best rated tight ends coming out of the draft in the past few years. he’s a great run blocker and only dropped two passes in his collegiate career.

To make things even safer, the Lions brought in former Steeler, Jesse James. While this signining came before the selection of Hockenson in the draft, Detroit will now have one of the best tight ends duos in the league. James is a great target in the red zone who averaged 14.1 yards per reception last year. We’ll see how the Lions decide to work both these players in the lineup but nevertheless, this should be an elite group this season.

Will bringing in another Patriot help Detroit?

Last year, Matt Patricia ditched his role with New England and inked a contract to become the head coach of the Detroit Lions. This offseason, he’ll get to bring in one of his former players in Trey Flowers to replace Ezekiel Ansah at the defensive end position. The former Patriot was one of the best pass rushers available and Detroit wasted no time in offering him a deal.

The bad news for Lions fans is the money in the deal. It goes to say that committing a five year deal with roughly $16 to $17 million dollars per year is a fairly sizable commitment. He’ll surely have to produce for Detroit to get their money’s worth. He’ll have to play like the Lions best player though he’s yet to record double digit sacks in a single year throughout his career. Nevertheless, he’ll offer great versatility on the line and will hopefully be in for a career year.

With another New Englander joining Detroit, though this time on the offensive side, will he offer the explosive ability that the offense desires?

With Golden Tate now in Philadelphia, the Lions were in need of a new face for it’s slot receiver position. Enter Danny Amendola. While he’s nothing special and certainly doesn’t have the potential of Tate, Amendola will give Stafford a very stable target in the slot position that should make for a solid 650 yard campaign. He’s not flashy but in a year where the Lions hope for further development from Kenny Golladay and trusty veteran Marvin Jones, he doesn’t have to be.

For $4.25 million, Detroit was able to snag a solid and effective target for Stafford. While he certainly isn’t expected to be a star at his age, Amendola gives Detroit exactly what it needs and might prove to be a bargain if he can help bring a winning culture to the clubhouse. At the same time, Amendola’s best days may be behind him and he likely doesn’t offer too much appeal. Detroit will likely lean more on it’s other two receivers and tight ends, leaving Amendola to be a complementary piece and even a forgotten receiver.