What are the Detroit Lions' Strengths?

John Maakaron

When starting to examine what is the potential the Lions have of drastically turning around their fortunes this upcoming season, several question marks remain.

Among them, what are the actual strengths of this team?

Many are hoping the pass rush has improved based upon the free agent and draft acquisitions. 

Despite the investments made to upgrading the defense, several pundits cannot discount the sheer amount of talent that has moved on to other organizations. 

In his report of projected NFC North starters, NFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal explains while the roster has been upgraded, it is not yet clear or defined what the Lions will actually do well this upcoming season.

"The pass rush needs work, but there aren't a lot of major needs or defined strengths on this roster. Most position groups look good, not great, which could lead to another good-not-great record like we saw from Detroit for most of the Jim Caldwell salad days," Rosenthal wrote.

The picture becomes clearer on the offensive side of the football. 

Detroit allocated draft resources and free-agent dollars to upgrading the offensive line. 

The hope will be that franchise passer Matthew Stafford can be kept upright, while the rushing attack yields more consistency and explosiveness. 

Detroit will be returning its wide receiver trio of Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola. 

It should be expected at this time that the offense will be the strength of the team.

However, it is fair to be concerned about if the current roster can excel at any facet of the game. 


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Comments (5)
No. 1-3

Hey John..
Can you explain the reason you said "sheer amount of talent that left the team"...
Slay was a pain in the ass.. Snacks got paid a QUIT.. Diggs was a mouth instigating problems.. Robinson didn't seem to give a shit.. That's addition by subtraction getting rid a of players who don't give a shit except for the paychecks.. Quinn replaced the problem children with football players...
If they stay healthy the Lions will win the division...
I understand the pundits staying safe and saying the lions won't be competitive.. Your wrong! But safe?
Hopefully you have a backup story when the lions win the division.. Something positive will be kool.. You can post how good the humble pie taste while your eating some crow.


Probably the offense — Stafford & wide receivers should put up some pretty big numbers

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Personally, I think, safety should definitely be on there. Duron Harmon and Tracy Walker are an UNSTOPPABLE duo. Cornerback could be on there, if Desmond Trufant turns into the beast he once was. Also if Jeff Okudah lives up to is draft hiatus, and Amani Oruwariye is a beast, then cornerback could be on there.