The start of the NFL season isn’t that far away. We’re currently in the worst possible week of our waiting right now. Camp is literally right around the corner, and we’re stuck with just one more week of baseball and likely no Lions news until it’s time to have nothing but Lions news.
With that week comes one more week of speculation on what the potential problem with the Lions will be in 2020. Bleacher Report put out their list of biggest concerns for each team before the season starts and they believe the Lions biggest issue is their “unsorted secondary.” Here are some of the concerns the listed:
The Detroit Lions have a multilayered issue in the secondary. For starters, cornerback Darius Slay didn’t commit to showing up at training camp. “Will I be there? We’ll see. Time will tell,” he said on The Pride Podcast (h/t Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press).
Teez Tabor hasn’t developed into a capable starter; he doesn’t have an interception or a pass breakup in 22 contests. Rashaan Melvin had an underwhelming year in Oakland, logging nine pass breakups and one interception after registering three picks and 13 pass breakups with the Colts in 2017. The Lions hope he bounces back.
Detroit selected Amani Oruwariye in the fifth round of this year’s draft. Unless he’s a Day 3 gem, the Penn State product will go through rough stages in his transition. The 6’2”, 205-pounder needs to refine his footwork to keep up with quicker receivers on the perimeter.
These are all pretty valid points. For starters, they’re right about Slay. We still don’t know if he’ll report to camp at the end of the month. Usually these things tend to work themselves out, though. There’s a good chance the Lions will come to an agreement with Slay and Damon Harrison very soon. At least we hope so, right?
Oddly enough, as for everything else, the Lions secondary is expected to be something of a strength for the team in 2020 while the linebacking corps is the area everyone is concerned about.
B/R’s concerns are valid. But the Lions are pretty well stocked with capable players in their secondary, even if Tabor is an easy target to point at when looking for a weakness.
- On the flip side of all this negativity, here’s a little positivity from our friends over at the Detroit Free Press. Dave Birkett put together a list of a players that will outplay their contracts in 2020. The group contains five of the best players on the team, too. If these guys outperform in 2020, watch out for the Lions.
5 Detroit Lions who’ll outplay their contracts this season https://t.co/wdSiSOV7sA— Freep Sports (@freepsports) July 17, 2019
- Back to the negativity. It’s “Remember When” week at SB Nation and Field Gulls has chosen to remember Russell Wilson’s great game against the Lions from Week 8 of last season. Read on and be mad.
In Week 8 of the 2018 season the Seahawks came off the bye week and were led into Detroit to take on the Lions.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) July 17, 2019
Russell Wilson shredded the Lions defense, putting up a Maddenesque line. https://t.co/t5p7lLUGRA pic.twitter.com/c9dI7l1O8D
- Another former Lions player has come out to support Golden Tate’s words on Matthew Stafford from earlier this week. In case you forgot, Tate praised Stafford and said he was the best quarterback he’d ever played with. Former nine-time Detroit Lion Andre Fluellen went on NFL Network this week and offered high praise for the quarterback. He said the reason Stafford gets a bad wrap is because he plays in Detroit. See for yourself here.
- Have you ever been to Frank Ragnow’s Twitter page? It’s littered with pictures like this.
This man loves to fish. So it makes perfect sense that the Lions would give him his own fishing show on their website. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you episode one of Guess Frank’s Fish.