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Sunday open thread: Who will lead the Lions in interceptions in 2021?

The Lions were near the bottom of the league last year in creating turnovers, who will step it up in 2021?

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The Detroit Lions were not very opportunistic in 2020 when it came to creating turnovers. They finished t-27th in the league with a turnover differential of minus-nine (12 takeaways and 21 giveaways). Of those 12 takeaways, only seven of those were interceptions, good for second-to-last in the NFL.

The secondary was atrocious during the Quinntricia era, plain and simple. With the new coaching staff coming to town and players seemingly excited about the new scheme, there is a lot to be excited about and hopefully it will translate into better results.

The Lions didn’t exactly do that much of an overhaul with the secondary itself, but if they can get better play from their revamped defensive line and have better individual performances from their defensive backs this year, then maybe the defense will end up with a positive turnover ratio in 2021.

Today’s Question of the Day is...

Who will lead the Lions in interceptions in 2021?

My answer: This is an extremely tough one to answer because the Lions don’t exactly have a big time playmaker in their secondary currently.

Quinton Dunbar has had at least one interception every year of his career, but his highest mark is only four in 2019 for Washington, and he has yet to play a full season in the NFL. We also don’t really know who the starting cornerbacks will be for the Lions.

Tracy Walker, Jeff Okudah and Amani Oruwariye all come to mind as possibilities here, but each of them have yet to amass more than one or two interceptions in a season. With more playing time, I could see Okudah making a much larger impact in Year 2, and if Oruwariye can lock down a starting spot opposite of Okudah, then I think he might be the most opportunistic DB on the team. He just needs to clean up the mistakes.

My gut tells me that in this new scheme, and back at his natural position, Tracy Walker is going to thrive. I believe that he will have a breakout year in 2021 and lead the team in turnovers created.

Your turn.


Who will lead the Lions defense in INTs this year?

This poll is closed

  • 34%
    Jeff Okudah
    (267 votes)
  • 7%
    Quinton Dunbar
    (56 votes)
  • 15%
    Amani Oruwariye
    (124 votes)
  • 38%
    Tracy Walker
    (303 votes)
  • 1%
    Will Harris
    (12 votes)
  • 2%
    Dean Marlowe
    (19 votes)
781 votes total Vote Now