FA Additions: Halapoulivaati Vaitai (OG), Jamie Collins (LB), Desmond Trufant (CB), Chase Daniel (QB), Nick Williams (DT), Danny Shelton (DT), Darryl Roberts (CB), Jayron Kearse (S), Geronimo Allison (WR), Reggie Ragland (LB), Geremy Davis (WR), Tony McRae (CB), Elijah Lee (LB)
Draft Selections: Jeff Okudah (CB), D’Andre Swift (RB), Julian Okwara (LB), Jonah Jackson (OG), Logan Sternberg (OG), Quintez Cephus (WR), Jason Huntley (RB), John Penisini (DT), Jashon Cornell (DE)
FA Returns: Miles Killebrew (S), Oday Aboushi (OT)
Departures: Darius Slay (CB), Graham Glasgow (OG), Devon Kennard (LB), A’Shawn Robinson (DT), Ricky Wagner (OT), Sam Martin (P), Logan Thomas (TE), Jeff Driskel (QB), J.D. McKissic (RB), Rashaan Melvin (CB)
|Week 1||Sept. 13 1:00 PM ET||vs. Chicago Bears (FOX)|
|Week 2||Sept. 20th, 1:00 PM ET||@ Green Bay Packers (FOX)|
|Week 3||Sept. 27th 4:25 PM ET||@ Arizona Cardinals (FOX)|
|Week 4||Oct. 4th 1:00 PM ET||vs. New Orleans Saints (FOX)|
|Week 6||Oct. 18th 1:00 PM ET||@ Jacksonville Jaguars (FOX)|
|Week 7||Oct. 25th 1:00 PM ET||@ Atlanta Falcons (FOX)|
|Week 8||Nov. 1st 1:00 PM ET||vs. Indianapolis Colts (CBS)|
|Week 9||Nov. 8th 1:00 PM ET||@ Minnesota Vikings (CBS)|
|Week 10||Nov. 15th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Washington Redskins (FOX)|
|Week 11||Nov. 22nd 1:00 PM ET||@ Carolina Panthers (FOX)|
|Week 12||Nov. 26th 12:30 PM ET||vs. Houston Texans (CBS)|
|Week 13||Dec. 6th 1:00 PM ET||@ Chicago Bears (FOX)|
|Week 14||Dec. 13th 1:00 PM ET||vs. Green Bay Packers (FOX)|
|Week 15||Dec. 18th/19th TBA||@ Tennessee Titans (TBA)|
|Week 16||Dec. 26th/27th TBA||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TBA)|
|Week 17||Jan. 3rd 1:00 PM ET||vs. Minnesota Vikings (FOX)|
It seemed like the Detroit Lions were going to have themselves a solid season as they started 2-0-1, but after week three the Lions went on a 1-12 run to finish the season with the third worst record at 3-12-1. Matt Patricia is heading into his third year as the Lions head coach, but his seat is getting warm, especially with a 9-22-1 record. The Lions know they have to get something going, especially in a division where it seems like it’s always been a three team race between the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.
The most notable changes is going to come on the defensive side of the ball, especially for a unit that was ranked 26th in points against. The Lions lost a huge part of their defense in Darius Slay as he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, but they easily filled that void with signing Desmond Trufant from the Atlanta Falcons, then drafted Jeff Okudah third overall. The Lions also invested in former Patriots, Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton, who have familiarity in Patricia’s defense, then added unrated players Nick Williams, Darryl Roberts and Julian Okwara.
Even though the Lions saw Matthew Stafford injured for half of the season, then inconsistent play from David Blough and Jeff Driskel, the offense was ranked 18th in points scored, but still needed improvement. The offensive line could have arguably been the biggest issue as they ranked 20th in run blocking and 19th in pass protection, but the Lions went out and signed Halapoulivaati Vaitai to replace Rick Wagner, then drafted Jonah Jackson to replace Graham Glasgow. The Lions added two weapons to their offense with former Packers wide receiver Gerinimo Allison and rookie running back D’Andre Swift. The second-round pick out of Georgia is going to split time with Kerryon Johnson, who missed eight games last year due to injury, and should form a nice 1-2 combo.
The first two years under Matt Patricia hasn’t gone according to plan, but looking at the positive side of things, it was a very productive offseason as the Lions invested in their defense, improved their offensive line and added a few weapons. Hopefully now they can stay healthy and pull it all together, so it translate that into some wins.