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Saturday open thread: Which Detroit Lions players are you hoping finish strong?

A look at who we’re hoping finishes 2019 with a strong effort.

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While I don’t believe in momentum—and I certainly don’t believe in year-to-year momentum—it’s always good to see players finish the season strong. Whether it’s simply as a comfort that maybe 2020 promises a brighter future or just the joy of watching a good player perform well, I think it’s safe to say on an individual level we’d like to see some Lions kick a little ass in the final three games (even if you’re #TeamTank).

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Which Detroit Lions players do you want to see finish the season strong?

My answer: I’m going to give three.

First, the most obvious answer is Amani Oruwariye. It seems like the coaching staff was pretty excited about Oruwariye before an injury set back his opportunity to contribute to the defense. But now he’s been playing significantly in three straight games and shown a little promise, too. The Lions look like they’ll be needing at least one outside corner next season, so if Oruwariye continues to improve, there should be hope that he could take over a starting role in 2020.

Additionally, I’m hoping Kerryon Johnson balls out in the final two weeks. While I’m with most fans that I’d probably prefer to just sit him and let him recover, it’s looking more and more likely that Detroit will activate him from injured reserve next week. So if that’s the case, I’d love to see him come in and pick up where he left off... in 2018. The Lions offensive line appears to be playing better now, so Johnson could certainly provide some peace of mind if he strings together a couple performances.

Lastly, I want to see Tyrell Crosby improve. With Rick Wagner currently going through an injury, this is the perfect opportunity for the 2018 fifth-round pick to make his case as a starter in 2020. Wagner is under contract through 2021, but at a hefty price that his play is not currently matching. Tackle could very well be a need this upcoming offseason, and while I think Crosby is probably best served as depth, I’d welcome him making a case to change my mind.

Your turn.

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