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Notes: Lions 2019 rookies graded worst of NFC North

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One analyst gave the Lions rookies the lowest grade among division rivals. 

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Well, that’s a grade that’s not gonna make the ‘fridge.

NFL.com’s Gennaro Filice examined each NFC North team’s rookies and let’s just say the Detroit Lions aren’t getting much Xbox time this weekend.

In first, the Green Bay Packers earned a B+, followed by the Minnesota Vikings with a B-, then the Chicago Bears with a C+, and the Lions round out the bottom at C.

Despite highlighting second-round pick Jahlani Tavai’s solid season or Amani Oruwariye’s impressive picks, it appears the low grade may come from T.J. Hockenson’s hot start that quickly cooled off.

Filice also took a look at what the Lions should focus on during free agency and the combine.

“Honestly, it’s hard to find many position groups that couldn’t use upgrades — or a full-scale makeover,” he writes.

Read the whole piece including his comments on the rest of the division here.

Onto the rest of your notes.

  • According to Pro Football Focus, these are some areas where Matthew Stafford improved from 2018-19.