The Detroit Lions have added three veterans to their defense over the last couple days. Justin Bannan was added to be the fourth defensive tackle, while Rocky McIntosh and Rashean Mathis were signed to be added depth at the linebacker and cornerback positions.
On offense, the Lions really haven't felt the need to go out and sign any veterans since they added interior offensive linemen Jake Scott and Leroy Harris back in June. All offseason there was speculation about the Lions adding veteran depth at offensive tackle, but Martin Mayhew indicated at the end of last month that he was happy with the current group of players at the position.
Now that we're halfway through the preseason, might the Lions be feeling a bit differently about the situation at offensive tackle? At least on the right side of the line, ESPN's Louis Riddick reports that the Lions are looking for some help.
Also hearing that the #Lions are still looking for OT help on the right side of the OL in particular, where nobody has seized the the job.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) August 17, 2013
Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard have received a pretty even number of reps in practice and games. The belief has been that Fox has a slight edge, but it's true that nobody has "seized the job" just yet. The same really goes for the right guard position with Scott, Larry Warford and Dylan Gandy all getting reps there.
It will be interesting to see if the Lions decide to change their mind and bring in a veteran tackle before the start of the regular season. Fox or Hilliard could still end up starting, but perhaps the Lions simply want more depth there than they currently have, which is why they went out and signed Bannan, McIntosh and Mathis for the defense.