Despite the 53-man roster being established, it is far from set. The Detroit Lions still need to shore up a few positions.
Don’t be fooled, the Detroit Lions aren’t done yet. Saturday at 4 p.m. might have been the cut off period to submit the 53-man roster, but there are still some holes to fill. Here are three positions that still require some major addressing. Free agency has a lot to offer, especially after the roster cuts league-wide.
1. Defensive Line
Both end and tackle positions lack depth, especially in the pass rush department. Injuries have hurt the Lions tremendously. As a result, they are resorting to rely on two undrafted free agents.
Whether the Lions sign a free agent in the next few days, or if they wait after Week 1 so the contract isn’t guaranteed, I’m positive it will happen either way. Finding someone with flexibility to play defensive end/tackle will be necessary.
2. Offensive Line
Injuries have also killed the Lions here. Uninspiring play, in particular at left guard as well as the depth of the entire offensive line, gives me reason to believe someone could be targeted as a quality backup or possibly start. Adding an offensive lineman with experience at guard and tackle would be most ideal.
3. Tight End
I seriously doubt Detroit goes with only three tight ends on the year. For the time being, I believe they keep five running backs until they find a fourth tight end worthy of carrying on the roster.
If Detroit wishes to run more two tight end sets, four will be required. Problems with injury along with struggles from youthful inexperience could arise. Signing an all-around tight end capable of being a solid blocker and receiving threat is much-needed to stabilize the overall depth of the position.