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Tuesday open thread: Which 2 Lions will lead the team in interceptions in 2018?

Darius Slay is a given, but who else will get their hands on the opponents’ passes?

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On Monday, we looked at some of the best Detroit Lions candidates to lead the team in sacks. It was pretty much a given that Ezekiel Ansah would finish among the top two on the team for quarterback takedowns, but debate ensued on who would finish alongside him. A few, including myself, believe Devon Kennard could be right there with him. Others think a guy like Anthony Zettel or Kerry Hyder could be among the team leaders in 2018.

There’s a similar question to be had in the secondary. Darius Slay led the team and the entire NFL in interceptions last season, hauling in eight total picks for the year. The next closest Lion had three interception (both Quandre Diggs and Glover Quin). So today’s Question of the Day is:

Which 2 Lions will lead the team in interceptions in 2018?

My answer: Obviously we’re all going to have Slay on our list, so let’s just get that out of the way now.

There are a ton of candidates for the other player, though, as the Lions’ secondary is full of prime talents to challenge Slay for the top spot on the team. Diggs finished 2017 with three interceptions in his final four games. Quin is always a threat to make a game-changing interception. There’s a few young players in Teez Tabor and Tracy Walker who are unknown commodities this season, and even free agent addition DeShawn Shead could provide the secondary with a boost.

But ultimately, I’m going with Diggs. The way he finished the 2017 season was unforgettable, and he really showed us what he’s capable at the safety position. While it remains unclear if that’s where the Lions will use him this upcoming season, it’s very clear that Diggs has that play-making ability to turn the tides in a game, and he may be just now hitting his stride in the NFL at 25 years old.

Your turn.

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