The 2019 season has been a mixed bag for the Detroit Lions, which makes sense for a team that sits at exactly .500 after seven games. The team decided to stay out of any major moves at the deadline, meaning the front office is not ready to throw in the towel, but also believes enough in the current roster as it stands.
That makes sense for the most part. The Lions have been led thus far by Matthew Stafford and the passing game, with the wide receivers racking up numbers and enough contributions from other skill positions to at least keep the offense moving. On the other side of the ball, Trey Flowers, Darius Slay, and the other big names have had their bright spots, even if the entire year has not been perfect.
However, there are plenty of players who have struggled in the first half of the season. None of the running backs have looked that impressive, and they have not been helped by anyone on the offensive line, save Frank Ragnow. Logan Thomas and Jesse James have been non-factors, and all of the linebackers have been a disaster. With the calendar turning to a new month, many of these players are hoping to see a change in fortune.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
Which Detroit Lion is primed for a November resurgence?
My answer: Unfortunately it seems like the run game is basically dead, especially with Kerryon Johnson out, so it is difficult to pick out a candidate there. The passing game is strong enough to shoulder the burden going forward, but since most players are doing so well, they do not really qualify as big improvement contenders. T.J. Hockenson could maybe be an option, but my belief is that rookie tight ends will not do much in Year 1.
From my perspective, the Lions need to be much better along the defensive line to have any hope of succeeding over the rest of the year. Damon Harrison has been a huge disappointment, and it can be blamed on the holdout or injuries or age or whatever else, but he absolutely needs to produce if the Lions want to have a chance.
Having Da’Shawn Hand back should be a huge boost, and Mike Daniels has not really played up to the level some had hoped as well. These three players alone could be the difference between a playoff chase and an early draft pick. It might be a big ask, but I expected all three to have a significant impact down the stretch.