- SI.com’s Andy Benoit made his official 2018 NFL predictions and is one of the few that has the Detroit Lions with a winning record. Unfortunately, his 10-6 prediction wasn’t good enough for a playoff spot in the NFC, and it landed them third in the division. Check out his entire NFL predictions, including his Super Bowl LIII winner.
- Speaking of Benoit, he posted several interesting Lions observations from his Twitter account on Tuesday. Here’s just a taste:
If rookie LG Frank Ragnow develops quickly, #Lions will have one of the NFL’s top 5 offensive lines.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 21, 2018
Theo Riddick and Golden Tate give #Lions the most challenging underneath receiving duos in football. Rival would be Chris Thompson and Jamison Crowder in Washington.— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 21, 2018
Darius Slay is among the small handful of corners who can travel with quick No. 1 WRs (Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham types).— Andy Benoit (@Andy_Benoit) August 21, 2018
- Pro Football Focus shared their preseason grades of all 32 first-round picks from the 2018 NFL Draft. Frank Ragnow came in eighth with a solid grade of 72.4.
- Peter King thinks the addition of LeGarrette Blount could be huge for the Lions backfield and he’s got the film to prove it:
The Detroit Lions hope LeGarrette Blount can jump-start their running game this season. You can watch him run downhill from every angle with Game Pass presented by @NFL— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) August 20, 2018
Learn more at https://t.co/T8eLfkXfhl pic.twitter.com/o70aeNTIcT
- Matt Patricia hasn’t lost faith in Ameer Abdullah despite the multiple fumbles Friday night. Patricia said Abdullah’s ball security has “improved a lot” throughout training camp.
- Just in case you were reading too much into preseason stats, Kent Lee Platte has a MathBomb™ for you:
Rookie preseason yards per carry:— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) August 21, 2018
David Johnson - 3.8
Le'Veon Bell - 2.2
Arian Foster - 2.9
Mark Ingram - 2.9
LeSean McCoy - 3.3
Alex Collins 3.7
Marshawn Lynch - 1.7
Kerryon Johnson - 3.9
Derrius Guice - 3.2
Nick Chubb - 2.5
Rashaad Penny - 2.0
Ronald Jones 0.9#Context pic.twitter.com/S8YavV8abu
- Matthew Stafford was ranked the seventh-worst bargain among starting NFL quarterbacks, mostly because of the high salary he’s demanded his entire career, thanks to the delayed rookie wage scale.