Over the past four season, four different Detroit Lions players have led the team in scoring. Last year, it was Marvin Jones Jr. with nine touchdowns. The year before, Anquan Boldin hauled in eight scores. In 2015, it was Calvin Johnson’s nine touchdowns that led the team. The year prior to that, both Johnson and Joique Bell tied for the team high in eight touchdowns each.
In other words, the Lions have had a wide variety of red zone threats recently, and that could change again in 2018. The Lions have an entirely new backfield, a new slate of tight ends and a wide receiver that is primed to break out this year.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Lions player will lead the team in touchdowns in 2018 (not including quarterbacks)?
My answer: There are a lot of candidates to sort through here. Marvin Jones could certainly continue his success with Matthew Stafford. LeGarrette Blount and his power running style could end up vulturing double-digits touchdowns this year. Michael Roberts could live up to the red-zone threat he was billed as in his rookie year. Or Kenny Golladay could build upon his rookie campaign and put a full season together in 2018.
I’m going to go with Blount this year. He’s just a season removed from an 18-touchdown season with the Patriots, and the Lions have made it clear they are committing to the run game in 2018. As the team’s clear choice for short-yardage situations, Blount stands to get the most red zone opportunities of any player on this roster. And as long as the offensive line manages to get their act together—even a little—Blount should cash in early and often.
Which Lions player will lead the team in TDs in 2018?
This poll is closed
Marvin Jones Jr.