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Wednesday open thread: Who is the Lions’ midseason MVP?

Which Lions player has impressed most in the first half of the season?

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While I know a lot of people would rather talk about 2019 or coaching changes or anything else about the destruction of the Detroit Lions franchise, the truth is we’ve got eight more games left in the season. Expectations have plummeted—and for good reason—but there will be plenty of time in the offseason to talk about the future of the franchise.

Let’s take at least a moment to reflect on the Lions’ first half of the season and appreciate some individual performances. Because while the sky isn’t as rosy as we once believed, there are some reasons for optimism going forward. Today’s Question of the Day asks which Lions player has been the MVP thus far, and the good news is most candidates are young, potential long-term pieces of this team.

Who has been the Lions’ MVP for the first half of the season?

Poll

Who is the Lions’ midseason MVP?

This poll is closed

  • 48%
    Kerryon Johnson
    (116 votes)
  • 22%
    Da’Shawn Hand
    (54 votes)
  • 3%
    Kenny Golladay
    (9 votes)
  • 7%
    Darius Slay
    (17 votes)
  • 6%
    Damon Harrison
    (16 votes)
  • 4%
    Matthew Stafford
    (10 votes)
  • 7%
    Other
    (17 votes)
239 votes total Vote Now

My answer: My top five ballot would looks something like this:

  1. Kerryon Johnson
  2. Da’Shawn Hand
  3. Kenny Golladay
  4. Darius Slay
  5. Damon Harrison Sr.

It’s not exactly a prolific list of game-changing players—and it’s a little depressing Matthew Stafford didn’t make my top five—but these are some players that promise to be around for a couple of years, at least, and the top three are all on rookie deals.

I’d like to see a lot more valid candidates on my top five. The fact that “Snacks” is on there, despite only playing two games, is a pretty good indication as to why this team is currently 3-5. Hopefully, the second half of the season will bring about some more talented play.

Your turn.