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Friday open thread: What is the Lions’ biggest weakness?

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Where are the Lions the most vulnerable in 2016?

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On Wednesday, we asked Detroit Lions fans where the team’s biggest strength was. Many of you answered the defensive line, a few talked about the versatility and options on offense. But, for now, let’s step away from the half-full side of the glass and talk about where the Lions are hurting.

What is the Lions’ biggest weakness?

My answer: offensive line, no question. Though there may not be a position on the roster where the team has more potential, the questions facing the front five are overwhelming at this point. The Lions clearly have little faith in starting center Travis Swanson, as they drafted his eventual replacement, Graham Glasgow, in the third round this year. Detroit will also be starting a rookie at left tackle this season, which is always a dangerous proposition. Meanwhile, Laken Tomlinson and Larry Warford just haven’t shown any consistency in their young careers.

The scariest thing about this unit is that they are paramount to the Lions’ success in 2016. The Lions will need to protect Stafford and they will need to develop something resembling a running game. There’s a chance their biggest weakness becomes even a strength by the end of the year, but that will require a huge improvement.

Your turn.