Detroit Lions who will likely be gone in 2016

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Brandon Pettigrew

Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Detroit won 40-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

To be honest, I don’t know how Pettigrew has lasted this long. Most will argue that Pettigrew helps out on the blocking aspect of things. But the fact that Stafford has been sacked 67 times since week one in 2014, and the Lions have not ranked higher than 17th in the run game in his time in Detroit, it’s pretty hard to see that excuse as anything other than lame.

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Not only has Pettigrew regressed in the blocking game, he’s also all but disappeared in the receiving game. That’s awful for a guy that was once thought of as a candidate to be one of the better tight ends in the NFL someday. How much longer can the Lions allow Pettigrew to hold down a roster spot?

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