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The Detroit Lions State of the Franchise

We skip out on the Lions vs. Washington preview and do some important self-reflection.

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There will be no traditional First Byte this week. There are probably some stragglers that are still craving for a Lions vs. Washington preview this week, but for the most part, I know most of you don’t care about the details of a matchup between two teams with a combined four wins in Week 12. With all due respect to our friends at Hogs Haven, you can sit this week out.

So, instead, Ryan and myself decided to take the time for a little self-reflection. Times are bad, and it’s time to self-diagnose what the problem is and any see how close this team is to pulling out of a tailspin.

This week on First Byte is the State of the Franchise address. We look at each unit on the roster and give them a grade for their 2019 performance. Additionally, we look at the future of each position. Where are their holes on the roster in 2020? How many can the Lions realistically fill in one offseason? Who will be a part of this franchise and who will go the way of Quandre Diggs?

All of that and more on this week’s First Byte:

This week on First Byte:

  • Matthew Stafford was crazy good this year, but how does this team proceed with his backup? Is Jeff Driskel good enough? Should they draft some competition?
  • Detroit’s Merry-Go-Round at running back has been frustrating, with no clear RB2 in sight.
  • Tight ends are a disaster, but there’s hope for T.J. Hockenson. Jesse James, though... uh oh.
  • Wide receivers are good.
  • The future at offensive line is shaky, at best.
  • Is the defensive line failure based on overrated players or just too many injuries to overcome?
  • Let’s just not talk about linebackers.
  • For the 50th year in a row, the future of the Lions’ secondary looks bleak.