Detroit Lions Midseason Grades: Linebacker Report Card

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Aug 29, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Detroit Lions outside linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) blows a bubble on the sideline during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

When discussing the Detroit Lions’ defense, two things tend to come up: The defensive line is good, and the secondary is bad.

Rarely does anyone discuss the linebackers, and understandably so; they’re rarely either the best or worst unit on the field, and linebackers in a 4-3 defense generally go unappreciated anyway.

But it’s time for the linebackers to get some love. Or some hate, where appropriate. Here are the grades for the Lions’ linebackers over the first half. And in case you forgot, here is the schedule for the rest of this series over the next week.

Tuesday, October 29 – Guards/Centers & Linebackers

Wednesday, October 30 – Offensive Tackles & Cornerbacks

Thursday, October 31 – Tight Ends & Safeties

Friday, November 1 Running Backs & Defensive Tackles

Saturday, November 2 Special Teams

Sunday, November 3 Coaches

Monday, November 4 Wide Receivers & Defensive Ends

Tuesday, November 5 Quarterbacks & Overall Grades