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Thursday open thread: Which young player are you hoping improves in the final half of the season?

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While the Detroit Lions are far from mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, it seems like hope for the 2018 season is all but lost after back-to-back decisive losses, there’s not much reason for optimism.

And while head coach Matt Patricia is far from throwing the season and playing young players just to prepare for next season, that is something to look forward to over the next two months. The Lions have a bunch of Bob Quinn draft picks who are likely to get some playing time over the final eight games of the season, and their development could be key to the team’s future.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Which young Lions player are you hoping improves over the final half of the season?

My answer: Tracy Walker.

Ever since the Lions made the Tracy Walker pick in the third round, fans and analysts alike have been scratching their head over the pick. Early in the season, we saw a little bit of Walker here and there, but over the past two weeks, he’s only played in six defensive snaps total.

Safety could be a big need for this team going forward. Glover Quin is clearly past his peak and his contract certainly looks like a potential cap casualty going into 2019. If Walker elicits the kind of excited response that came from the Lions War Room on draft day, you have to think there may be some potential just waiting to be realized.

Considering the Lions’ issues in the secondary this year, it would be great to see just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Walker’s talent by the end of the year.

Your turn.

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