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Wednesday open thread: Which Lions player needs to improve the most after the bye?

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Who would you like to see play at a higher level once the Lions return from their bye?

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The Detroit Lions aren’t exactly in a bad position in their bye week. They are currently just a game out in the NFC North, and they currently hold the tiebreaker over the first place team, the Minnesota Vikings, thanks to a big Week 4 road victory.

But that doesn’t mean there’s no room to improve. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. After losing two straight to the Panthers and Saints, it’s clear the Lions will absolutely need to improve to contend in the division, even after Aaron Rodgers’ long-term injury.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Which Lions player needs to improve the most after the bye week?

My answer: Ezekiel Ansah. While the Lions’ issues on offense are a little more pressing, their issues seem to be more on a team level, not an individual level.

On defense, however, there just seems to be one piece of the puzzle missing: A pass rush. Ezekiel Ansah has been a huge disappointment through six weeks of play, tallying a sack in just two of those games.

The problem wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the Lions got any production from anyone else on the edge, but aside from a few good games from Anthony Zettel, Detroit’s entire defensive end depth chart has been completely invisible.

So it’s up to Ansah to lead this unit and finally live up to the All Pro potential many believe he’s had all along. I know he’s been battling a knee injury since training camp, but you’ve got a few extra days of rest now. No more excuses, Ziggy.

Your turn.