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Detroit Lions 53-man roster rewind—and how Brad Holmes established expectations

Jeremy and Ryan pick up the pieces from roster cutdowns and share their thoughts about Brad Holmes latest media availability.

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On Friday afternoon, Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes and assistant manager Ray Agnew addressed the media for the first time since roster cutdowns. We saw a side of Holmes we hadn’t necessarily seen before, and it’s having us feel even more confident—somehow—in this roster. Of course, a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs to officially kick off the NFL season is less than a week away, and it was up to myself and Jeremy Reisman to help keep the hype train on the rails for at least a few more days.

Here’s a brief breakdown of the topics we discussed on this week’s show:

  • Any surprises when it comes to the Lions’ 53-man roster?
  • How much did Julian Okwara’s PUP designation have to do with him still being in Detroit?
  • David Blough and Michael Badgley: Much ado about nothing?
  • What did we learn about Brad Holmes in his most recent media availability—and how did it help further shape our expectations for this year’s team?
  • Should we expect the Lions to look much different than it did a year ago?
  • Is Detroit’s defense going to take a next step—and how big could that step be?
  • And more!

Listen to our entire conversation below:

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