SLR Hot Routes: Detroit Lions Roster Edition

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3. Switching over to the offense; which skilled position player do you think will have the best year statistically speaking?

Ackerman – Golden Tate. I think Calvin will miss some games due to injury (again) and, while I expect Ebron to take a huge leap, Tate will again put up the best year statistically.

Platte – Eric Ebron had a disappointing rookie season, but he was actually close to on part with regular TE rookie seasons. I expect that second year jump out of him statistically and while he won’t lead the team in any categories statistically he should stack up against the NFL TEs more than anyone truly expects this year.

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DeMara – Last season, the Lions only seemed to scratch the surface of what Golden Tate can do in their offense. Tate will have a monster year for Detroit in the slot and look more comfortable early on considering he will know the terminology and have time to work with Matthew Stafford. Having this comfort, Stafford and Joe Lombardi will also look to get him the ball at times where perhaps they did not in 2014.

DeGain – This year I think we see Fauria take off in his numbers. He has worked hard this offseason and barring any injuries like tripping over his dog again, I think you will look for him as a safety valve for Stafford for quick dumps. His size helps him tremendously and I think in his 3rd season, he can improve his running skills and show he isn’t just a red zone threat.

Payton – It’s hard to bet against Megatron when healthy. I believe he will return to form and have an outstanding season.

Williams –I have to go Tate here. He had a career-best season in 2014 with 1,400+ receiving yards, but I think he tops that in 2015. He is durable, reliable, and can run after the catch. This young man will definitely reach his full potential as a Lion.

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