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Sunday open thread: Have the Lions improved during free agency?

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Do you think the team is in a better spot than where they were a month ago?

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While free agency isn’t technically over, the Detroit Lions are starting to see their funds dry up a bit. They could still create some cap space by making a few cuts, but for the most part, the team is likely done adding major building blocks via free agency.

That means it’s time to look back at the roster and see where it stands compared to last year. We’ll look at a depth chart later in the week, but for now, let’s just look at things via additions and subtractions.


  • LB Devon Kennard
  • LB Christian Jones
  • DB DeShawn Shead
  • G/T Kenny Wiggins
  • RB LeGarrette Blount
  • TE Luke Willson
  • DT Sylvester Williams


  • TE Eric Ebron
  • CB DJ Hayden
  • TE Darren Fells
  • S Don Carey
  • DT Haloti Ngata
  • LB Tahir Whitehead
  • DE/LB Brandon Copeland

They’ve added seven players. They’ve lost seven players. So today’s Question of the Day is:

Are the Lions better, worse or the same than they were last year?

My answer: Obviously, the question isn’t exactly that simple. In a way, they aren’t necessarily better or worse, but they’re different. They’ve replaced a set of players with athletes that have a different skillset. In other words, they may not necessarily be more talented but they’re a better fit.

But let’s put that aside for a minute and talk simply about talent. I think the Lions are slightly better in the secondary, somewhat significantly better in the linebacking corps and just about even on the defensive line. On offense, they’re better at running back, but worse both at tight end and offensive line—and significantly so.

Put it all together, and I don’t think you can say this team is significantly better or significantly worse. I’d lean this team is slightly better, just because the defensive side of the ball is going to have some newer names on it, and that’s obviously the part of the team that needed the biggest overhaul. But even so, guys like Kennard and Shead and Williams will have a lot to prove in order to really convince Lions fans that their defensive roster is that much improved.

Your turn.


How has the Lions’ roster changed after the first 2 waves of free agency?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    It’s much better
    (177 votes)
  • 57%
    It’s a little better
    (1253 votes)
  • 21%
    It’s the same
    (473 votes)
  • 11%
    It’s a little worse
    (244 votes)
  • 1%
    It’s a lot worse
    (25 votes)
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