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Saturday open thread: What should the Lions to do at linebacker?

If Jarrad Davis misses significant time, what will the Lions do in his absence?

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The dress rehearsal is over. While many viewers went into the game worrying about if Matthew Stafford was going to play or if was he secretly injured, most left trying to figure out the severity of injuries for two key Lions contributors: Jarrad Davis and Frank Ragnow. Despite both positions not having a ton of depth, linebacker might be so thin that the Lions will look outside the organization for help if Davis will be out for an extended period of time.

A current player may step in and start such as Jalen Reeves-Maybin, but Detroit is still in need of depth. What are some options?

Today’s Question of the Day: What should the Lions do at linebacker?

If you own a calendar, you recognize we are deep into the offseason in terms of player availability. In other words, the available free agent market is dry. At this point, Detroit be looking at possibly a Lions retreads (Josh Bynes) or a lackluster journeyman such as Manti Te’o. Pass.

The unknown market might be the option. As teams start to narrow down their 53-man roster there will be talented players on the market again. It’s hard to speculate who that will be, but as linebackers become available, you can be sure the Lions will be interested. My personal solution involves attempting to a make a trade.

The 2017 draft saw Lions Twitter beam with love for Haason Reddick. After being selected 13th overall by the Cardinals, you could hear Lions fans around the world sigh in disappointment. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, he has not lived up to the hype. As of now, they are hoping a move to inside linebacker brings about some changes but most with knowledge of the team seem skeptical. Though Reddick is still working his way back from offseason surgery, he shouldn’t miss much, if any, time in the regular season.

The cliche of a “change of scenery” gets mentioned too often. Welp... I’m going there. If a mid-round pick (fourth, preferably) would be enough to pry the young and promising but so far underwhelming talent away from Arizona, this is a move I’d want to see. Aside from helping replace Davis for a portion (or all) of this year, Reddick could be part of the Lions defense for years to come if he reaches the potential everyone fell in love with just a few years ago. That’s my possible solution. What would you like to see happen at linebacker?

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