DETROIT – The Detroit Lions opened the 2022 regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 11 at Ford Field.
The Lions are trying to rebuild under coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes, both in their second year. While there is certainly competition between center units, the Lions have committed to bringing it back again with their core from last season: the quarterback. Jared Goffrunning back Dandrey Swifttight end TJ Hockinsonreceiver Amon-Ra Saint Brown and safety Tracy Walker. They have also added young talents such as General Choice No. 2 Aidan Hutchinson On the defensive end.
The receiving squad was one of last season’s weaknesses, but it fostered talent in this position. The battle between two will be very interesting names to watch out for during training camp Trinity Benson And the Quintess Siphos To get a spot in the receiver.
Jared Goff is clearly the man of black. When they didn’t pursue the quarterback in the draft, it was a reassurance the team committed to him as the starter. The biggest question during training camp will be who can advance as QB2, with Blow and Boyle back up looking to prove themselves once again.
Both Swift and Williams are lockups much like their appearance after splitting touches last season with their double-threat abilities. However, Swift has a history of hip and shoulder injuries, so they will have to keep solid backup options on deck. Reynolds has proven he can step up, if needed, like last season when he went from the coaching staff to running for nearly 200 yards in back-to-back games.
The receiving wire last season was often criticized for a lack of talent. They had 24.5% of their narrow goals last season in the NFL Next Gen Stats, which was the third worst NFL in the NFL. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case this season, especially with the addition of Chark, but everyone is also expecting a big leap for Saint Brown in year 2. Campbell has praised Trinity Benson for his hard work this season, but Quintez Cephus has proven he can do He plays big in games and is likely to get a nod.
There isn’t much competition for this spot with Hockenson returning as one of the faces of the franchise. Detroit’s surprise move moves former receiver Devin Funchess to a tight end, which could add additional playmaking to the offense. Lions should have depth in this role with Mitchell also coming off an ACL injury.
Detroit’s offensive line is expected to be the bright spot on the list. There is no surprise with any of these names. Sewell, seventh pick in the 2021 draft, is expected to take a big leap this season after a promising rookie campaign. He is surrounded by a large number of veterans to help him along the way, such as Decker and Ragnow. Now, the unit will have to live up to the early hype.
Defensive Line (9): Aidan Hutchinson , Michael BrookersAnd the Romeo OkwaraAnd the Julian OkwaraAnd the Charles HarrisAnd the McNeil’s worldAnd the Levi OnozurikiAnd the James HoustonAnd the Josh Paschall
The Lions have finished fifth in compression ratio in each of the past six seasons. They also finished 29th in compression and 30th in sacks last season, according to ESPN stats and information. So, this is clearly a problem. By adding Hutchinson, the Lions committed to improving on the edge.
The Lions allowed 1,070 dash yards after first contact last season, the second-highest total by any team in the past 10 seasons, according to ESPN stats and information. Linebacker coach Kelvin Sheppard will be in his squad to try to push players to improve on the field, with Anzalone and Barnes looking to be the unit’s leaders.
All eyes will be on Okuda, the former third overall, as he looks to recover from a season-ending Achilles tendon injury he sustained last season. There are still plenty of questions about who he is as an NFL-level player, and the Lions crew are patient during the rehab process while also pushing other players like Jacobs and Oruwariye to improve.
Walker is committed to being the best safety on the list, which is why he was re-signed this season on a three-year, $25 million deal. The High School Lions will need help from others in safety as well. The Lions are the only team to have allowed 100 passes in the past three seasons combined (102). They also intercepted 25 passes during that time, limiting the number of raiders to the fewest possible, according to ESPN Statistics and Information research.
Fox was named Pro Bowler in gambling in 2020, as well as being named NFC Team Player of the Month during September 2020. He is looking to top this group with Daly in the long snapper and Seibert at Kicker.