The Detroit Lions have gone to great lengths to rebuild their roster ahead of the all-important 2022 season, but it’s clear the team has a hard time checking every single box they need to be complete.
Defensively, the Lions have seriously improved their squad as well as added many full-backs. Additions have also been made to the rear, but perhaps not those impactful enough to overturn the scenario and turn that from a classic weakness into a roster strength.
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Pro Football Focus has ranked every position on the pitch for teams ahead of the 2022 season and voted otherwise in poor category for the team and their defence.
Writer Michael Renner ranked all of the teams and their backyards, and divided them into several categories by 2022. The Lions fell on the list at fourth, the “major flaws” category. Their position? 25th in the NFL. As Renner explains, the team has a lot of uncertainty.
“Much of this ranking depends on Jeff Okudah looking like the fourth-placed player in the PFF draft in 2020 and less like the man who has allowed a career passer-by-back rating of 121.8 into the coverage area. his danger. The good news is that he is still young, having turned 23 earlier this year,” Renner wrote in the news release.
Renner also predicts Detroit starters Jeff Okudah and Amani Oruwariye at full-back, Mike Hughes at nickel, and DeShon Elliott and Tracy Walker at safety. While not unexpected, it’s easy to argue about the specific merits of this group.
At this point, not everyone is convinced that things will go well for the Lions in the rear, and that has led some to call for some drastic measures to be taken.
Insiders want lions to counterattack
The PFFs aren’t the only ones to see the Lions quite thin in this particular spot on the field. In an ESPN insider article by Field Yates, ideas for end-of-season moves are presented. When it came to the Lions, Yates offered another full-back signing to the squad.
“One sector that’s still a bit thin is their tough spot, even with the return of Jeff Okudah and the addition of Mike Hughes through the free company,” Yates wrote in the post.
How would he approach such a move? By watching the exemption cords are imminent in August and September.
“Detroit would be wise to keep an eye on the immunity line during pre-season for players who were sent around the league,” Yates concluded in his analysis.
Calls continue to call for the Lions to sign another player at full-back, but the reality is, the team can be content with the depth they have and the chance of getting the most out of them. young contribution in position compared to what was played in 2021.
Even so, the angle of view could quietly be a point to watch in the coming months. It can be a bit weak and is also open to a potential addition if the right name comes up.
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Even if the team is weak or may need replenishment, the team will give players the opportunity to come out and talk about this group’s weakness. There’s a lot of competition at the angle this year, with the likes of Jerry Jacobs, Bobby Price and AJ Parker leading him on the depth charts. Detroit also has a healthy Okudah expected to return, and adds a fascinating veteran corner in Hughes this season. While Detroit didn’t pick a player early in this draft, they do have Ifeatu Melifonwu on the list for the third round of 2021, and added Chase Lucas in the seventh round of 2022. All of these players can make numerically less chance for the others, but a chance for any of those players to stand out and show they have the line to become elite. The team may already have such a player in Amani Oruwariye.
Detroit has depth, but lots of questions. This group is sure to be put to the test early and often as it involves trying to assuage some outside fears about what might happen on the pitch this season.
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