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Monday Notes: Robinson and Strahan Retire

  • The Sporting News recently ranked the NFC teams with the best defensive ends, and unsurprisingly, the Lions came in last.
    16. Lions. Dewayne White is Detroit's only consistent pass-rush threat. On the other side, the team will rotate veteran Jared DeVries and second-year player Ikaika Alama-Francis, who remains too raw to be consistent.
    As the article states, other than Dewayne White, Detroit really has no proven defensive ends.  Jared DeVries isn't the worst possible option by any means as he has looked very good at times, but he isn't exactly someone that is a huge threat.  At the same time, Ikaika Alama-Francis really hasn't even had a chance to prove himself yet, so the jury is still out on him.  Cliff Avril will be able to step in and compete for playing time, but he still doesn't seem big enough to be a defensive end just yet.
  • Wide receiver Marcus Robinson has retired.  Robinson spent last season in Detroit on the injured reserve.  Before that, he played for the Bears, Ravens, and Vikings.
  • Speaking of retirement, Giants defensive end Michael Strahan has also decided to call it quits.  He does so after nearly retiring last summer before returning to the Giants to eventually win the Super Bowl.