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  1. The NFL trade deadline is less than two weeks away. My target: Sam Hubbard, DE/OLB for the Bengals. He is a solid DE and we really have nothing as far as edge players go beyond Trey Flowers. Romeo Okwara is good at times but we need a third edge rusher. He was a starter for his first two years but was placed on IR with an elbow injury so he might be available a lot less than he would normally. I get the feeling he tried to play through an injury and it cost him his job. His stats: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/H/HubbSa00.htm. Worth a look with the right deal and could provide a boost if he can get healthy. What would you do?
  2. Matt Patricia and Bob Quin have been getting bashed lately and they have pretty much earned it. However, we should give them credit for some things: 1. Hiring Darell Bevell as OC: Bevell hasn't been perfect but he has been the best OC we have had in a while 2. Hiring Hank Fraley as OL Coach: He has made a big impact this year. We need to keep him even if Patricia is fired 3. Hiring Brayden Coombs as our Special Teams Coach: He has made a world of difference on our special teams. We should keep him no matter what just like Fraley. John Harbaugh was a special teams coach for 9 years. Hmmm. 4. Our 2020 Draft Class: Okudah is improving every week and is starting to play noticeably better. Jonah Jackson has has started every game and been solid. DeAndre Swift is starting to flash. Even John Penisini, a 6th round pick, has carved out a rotational role. Make you wonder what things would be like with a regular off-season 5. Extending Taylor Decker: I haven't always been a fan but he is playing like a top-tier LT. 6. Drafting Frank Ragnow: The tone-setter and pro-bowl talent we have needed so badly for so long on the o-line 7. Drafting Kenny Golladay: Grabbing a Prob-Bowl WR in the third round is good drafting. Lets hope the extension gets done soon 8. Drafting Amani Oruwariye: He is developing in to a pretty good #2 CB. That was a pretty shrewd 5th round pick 9. Signing Jack Fox: Came out of nowhere and has been better than Sam Martin. Looks like he may be around for a long time. 10. Signing Adrian Peterson: He may be 35 but he has given our running game a real boost even though we are doing a running back-by-committee 11. Trading for Duron Harmon: I thought it was a "Patricia's Guy" move but he as been real difference maker. If our pass-rush improves he is going to be even more dangerous Its easy to bash Patricia and Quin but they have gotten some stuff right. Lets hope its not too little-too late. Thoughts?
  3. I am not sure how you can call Tracy Walker and Duron Harmon bad. Will Harris was playing not so great but Tracy Walker and Duron Harmon are playing at pretty high levels right now, especially considering out lack of pass rush. TJ Hockenson has made big strides from last year and definitely not trash. His consistency is compensating for the decreasing effectiveness of Marvin Jones.
  4. This might be similar to other posts. We need to take a hard look at what players on our roster really are long-term solutions for what we need. Bob Quin has brought in some good players but it may be too little, too late. That being said: QB--Stafford has some gas left in the tank. Blough has showed enough to justify keeping him as at least our future #2QB. Chase Daniel doesn't give us anything that Blough doesn't already provide. We need a young QB to develop unless Blough shows he is the guy. RB-Swift is a keeper. Bo Scarborough should be the power runner we need but needs to be more consistent. Kerryon Johnson is a role player because of his health issues. TE--Hockenson is starting to flash. Jesse James isn't worth the money we paid. There are nothing but questions behind TJ Hockenson OT-Taylor Decker has become a pretty good LT and deserved an extension. Tyrell Crosby is finally developing into a solid RT. Nothing but questions after that. OG/OC-The one area we are string is interior OL. Ragnow is a future pro-bowler. Jonah Jackson has been steady despite the fact that he is a rookie. Joe Dahl is solid. Logan Stenburg should be solid given some time. Back-up C is a question WR-Kenny Golladay, Jamal Agnew and Quentez Cephus are long-term pieces. Not sure the coaching staff is doing a good enough job of getting Agnew involved on the game plans. Marvin Jones seems to have lost some speed so we need a replacement. We need to add some players at this position DE-We over paid for Trey Flowers but he is a pretty good DE. Romeo Okwara is a solid player but this staff doesn't know how to use him. Nothing but questions after that. It would nice to say Austin Bryant has a future but he has disappeared. This might be on the coaching staff. The pass-rush needs a major upgrade DT-John Penisini looks like a solid role player and could develop into a starter. John Atkins (not playing this year is also a solid role player. Nothing beyond that. The pass-rush needs a major upgrade LB-Jahlani Tavai might be a solid player but this staff can't seem get him to develop. Reggie Ragland is solid. Jamie Collins has a few good years. Not much long-term potential beyond that. CB-Jeff Okudau needs time but he should develop. Amani Oruwariye has developed into a decent #2CB. Justin Coleman should be around for a little while. Tony McRae seems like a good depth player. Not much after that but its tough to judge this group too harshly given the putrid state of our our pass-rush. S-We have a lot of talent at safety. Tracy Walker is really good. Duron Harmon has been really good also. Will Harris has all the physical tools you can ask for and is a solid role player at this point. Jayron Kearse is huge and has a lot left if the coaching staff can use him correctly. Miles Killebrew is an enigma but is a really good special teams player. Killerew and Austin Bryant might benefit the most from a new coahing staff. CJ Moore is solid depth. Special Teams-Jack Faox has been really good and should be around a long time. Prater has good right now but we need to plan for a post-Prater future in 2-3 years. The Bottom Line (for me): This team has talent and should have record. The offense is one or to fast WRs away from being dominant. We would be smart to start planning for life after Matthew Stafford even if it is 2-4 years away. The defense has some real talent in the secondary. However, the front-7 needs major upgrades at DE, DT, OLB and ILB with a focus on creating a dominant pass-rush. Thoughts?
  5. Prior to the draft, I remember reading that some scouts considered CJ Henderson to be a slightly better prospect than Jeff Okudah. Personally, I think no matter which CB they took, the results would be the same considering how much pressure our DBs are under due to a lack of pass rush.
  6. At this point, the most immediate question facing the Detroit Lions is how long do they stick with Matt Patricia. The only dramatic improvement that has taken place is on Special Teams. Do the ride out the season that is already excruciating to watch? Do they fire him after the bye? Personally, I think they fire Matt Patricia but let Bob Quinn ride out the year. He can spend his time trying to make some trades and create a better salary cap situation for 2021. An extension for Kenny Golladay might be helpful also. Thoughts?
  7. We may have been winning games but we were never dominant. Sometimes we were just plain soft. Injuries played a big part of our problem last year. The other one as Paul Pasqulaoni. Paul Pasqualoni did a horrible job of developing his young talent. There was no excuse for the lack of pressure from our D-Line. Every O-Line looked like a Super Bowl caliber O-line last year.
  8. One word: Contract That being said, he needs to play a position that allows him to attack the football without having to worry about calling the defense. Getting everyone lined up is just not his thing. Personally, if he can even become slightly above average in coverage he will be a really solid LB. He might be better suited as an ILB for a 3-4 scheme though.
  9. Looking at this year's schedule, there are some rookies that are probably going to be tough to play against. The ones that make me cringe the most in no particular order: 1. AJ Dillion, Packers - 6'0", 247lbs and runs a sub 4.6 40 and plays behind a decent o-line. Yikes. 2. Justin Jefferson, Vikings - Watch his tape. Enough said. 3. Chase Young, Redskins - Chase Young and that entire D-Line are going to give OCs fits. 4. Jonathan Taylor, Colts - Personally, I liked him more than DeAndre Swift. He will be tough to defend 5. Derrick Brown Panthers - I wouldn't have been disappointed if he was selected by the Lions. Potential game-wrecker. The one guy who is going to be an absolute beast but we are lucky enough not to have to face: Javon Kinlaw. Dude is 6'5." 324 lbs with 34 inch arms and 10.5 inch hands. He is also slightly more explosive than Derrick Brown and only played one year of high school football. Definetly a guy I would love to have seen play next to Trey Flowers and see them wreck game plans together. Thoughts?
  10. If they didn't make a trade during the draft, the price probably went down a little bit. Their cap situation will help drive the price down also.
  11. The Lions are still sitting on about $30 million in cap space even if they don't do anything else to clear any space. The must do: 1. Sign Kenny Golladay to an extension. He is a really good but not necessarily elite WR and won't be cheap. The wildcards: 1. An extension for Taylor Decker. He is an above average LT but even above average LTs aren't cheap (see Laremy Tunsil) 2. Chris Jones is still sitting out there and there is no way the Chiefs can afford to sign him to extension with Frank Clark getting paid so much and and extension for Patrick Mahomes coming due. I don't think its impossible that we make a play for Chris Jones because we really need someone to take some pressure off of Trey Flowers. At this point, I don't think its likely. It is more likely we extend Taylor Decker assuming the price makes sense. How do you see us using our remaining cap space? Thoughts?
  12. After having had a chance to think about it, this pick makes a lot of sense. DeAndre Swift and Kerryon Johnson are at the top of the depth chart but KJ has trouble staying healthy. Bo Scarborough is staying with the team because he is a big back with somewhat surprising speed. Ty Johnson has good straight-line speed without a lot of elusiveness but showed that he can break some tackles. Someone will be inactive each week but we should be able to match up against a lot of different defenses.
  13. He should definitely have a role returning punts and kick-offs. He seems to have good speed and is pretty strong for his size. I could see him catching a screen passes and getting time at slot WR. I suspect that Ty Johnson might be a better slot WR but he he was kind of raw last year. More speed is always better in today's NFL.
  14. He seems like a good player but I would have preferred they stayed put and drafted John Simpson.
  15. The Lions have done a nice job of adding players who should have an immediate impact for them next season. We have picked potential starters at CB, RB and G. We have a solid developmental DE in Julian Okwara. We still have an immediate need at P. We also need to add WR and maybe a tackle. You could make the argument that we still need a young DT but I am not so sure that is an immediate need. Where do you think we go in the remaining rounds? Thoughts?
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