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Monday open thread: Which tight end will lead the Lions in receiving in 2018?

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Who will essentially be the team’s No. 1 tight end next season/

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No position has received more coverage this offseason than tight end. The Detroit Lions shocked many two weeks ago by releasing their No. 1 tight end Eric Ebron, freeing up over $8 million in cap space. On top of that, they lost their No. 2, Darren Fells, in free agency after reportedly getting outbid by the Cleveland Browns.

Last week, the Lions mitigated some of the damage by signing former Seahawk Luke Willson to a one-year contract. Willson has never been a starting tight end, but his athletic profile and flashes in Seattle suggest he could potentially grow into that role, even though he’s already 28 years old.

Then there’s Michael Roberts. The fourth-round pick out of Toledo had a pretty uneventful rookie year, but there’s a ton of potential there, too. In fact, according to MLive’s Kyle Meinke, the Lions are “really high” on Roberts’ future.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Which tight end will lead the Lions in receiving yards in 2018?

My answer: I think it will be Willson, but not by a large margin.

One thing it’s important to remember is that tight ends have one of the steeper learning curves in the NFL. Many believe it takes college tight ends three or four years to really acclimate to the big leagues.

So even if the Lions are high on Roberts, and even if they spend a first or second round draft pick on another tight end, Willson—who has five years of NFL experience under his belt—will be the most pro-ready tight end on the roster come Week 1.

That being said, I do buy what Meinke is selling. I do think Roberts could be due for somewhat of a breakout season, and I think he could be especially valuable in the red zone with his large frame and humongous hands.

Still, I think we may need to consider Willson as the team’s No. 1 tight end going forward and that should result in him being the team’s leading receiving tight end.

Your turn.

Poll

Which tight end will lead the Lions in receiving yards in 2018?

This poll is closed

  • 61%
    Luke Willson
    (501 votes)
  • 30%
    Michael Roberts
    (251 votes)
  • 5%
    A 2018 draft pick
    (43 votes)
  • 3%
    Other
    (26 votes)
821 votes total Vote Now