Detroit Lions

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Football
League:
National Football League
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Location:
Allen Park, MI United States
Conference:
National Football Conference
 

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
B+
Productive player. Gamer. Just under the Elite tier of QBs. Spreads the ball to open receivers.
Running Backs
B
Deep running back room with variety of skill sets. Brute downhill runner Legarrette Blount. Pass catching specialist Theo Riddick. Shifty Ameer Abdullah. Most intrigued about rookie Kerryon Johnson who was a workhorse at Auburn. He has the highest ceiling in this group and can potentially win the starting job.
Protection & Blocking
B+
Improved O-Line. Ready be more physical and play some deliberate football.
Receiving
B
Talented group with a lot of depth. Big play guys. Kenny Golladay is a potential breakout player.
Skills
Speed
B-
Production
B+
Big Play Ability
A-
Consistency
B
Red Zone Success
B
Skills Analysis Notes
A very skilled and diverse offense. Play makers at all the skills positions with a productive QB that can get the ball in their hands. Have the ability to put up points but consistency still remains an issue. Need to be able to sustain drives for all 4 quarters.

Defense
Position
Defensive Line
B-
Will be more physical this year.
Linebackers
B-
Guys with good speed that can track the ball carrier. Liabilities in coverage.
Defensive Backs
B+
Tough nosed cornerbacks. Playmakers in the secondary that cause turnovers.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
B
Stopping the Run
B-
Controlling Field Position
C+
Stopping The Big Play
B-
Causing Turnovers
C+
Skills Analysis Notes
A solid defense overall. Likely will be a slightly above average defense. Does not create enough consistent disruption.

Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
A
Punting
B-
Kickoff/Punt Returning
B
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
B
Overall Unit Analysis
Prater is one of the most accurate long distance kickers in the game.
Coaching
Effectiveness
B
Preparedness
A-
Decision Making
B
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
New HC Matt Patricia will have a lot to prove. High expectations coming from the Belichick coaching tree. Expect him to bring a physical mentality to team. Defense should improve under him and his brilliant schematics.

Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
B-
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Outperformed my Expectations
Expected Wins
8
Expected Losses
8
Expectations/ Outlook
Will be a decent team in a tough division. Likely will finish a 500 team. Talented bunch but have struggled with consistency through the years. Expect an improved running game and potentially even a 1,000 yard runner in Kerryon Johnson.