What are the Detroit Lions biggest needs heading into free agency? Let’s tackle that topic and more as we dive into today’s headlines.
One of the more obvious questions any NFL team faces heading into an offseason is team need. For the Detroit Lions, that’s a mighty big question this early into 2018. With a new head coach at the helm, the Lions’ current direction is a very fluid thing.
Running back, defensive tackle and offensive guard seem like the biggest positional needs in the Motor City. But where does Matt Patricia’s new defensive philosophy fit in? How does his presence shape team need in Detroit? We tackle that topic and much more in today’s headlines.
Yes, the Lions have more questions than answers at this point in the offseason. But isn’t that always the case? Running back seems to be the biggest focus for this improving Lions’ squad. If veterans like A’Shawn Robinson step up and fill critical roles for this Patricia-led defensive scheme will also be a key area of discussions this offseason. The Lions’ brass has a lot of work to do.
With Patricia at the reins, one might expect the Lions to look towards the defense in the first round. Obviously, if the right running back is available, pulling the trigger on a playermaker in the offensive backfield is a no-brainer. It seems the status of free agent defensive tackle Haloti Ngata could play a big part in deciding if the Lions look defensive early or not.
Therefore, if you are wanting the lowdown on some of the best defensive tackles in the upcoming NFL draft, check out the above piece by the “Twentyman” himself.
One of the topics in the above article is the possible return of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to Detroit, which seems awkward considering how he left the Motor City. Still, the Lions could have a major need in that area. But I’m not sure the now 31-year old Suh is the answer.
The Detroit Lions make this list, but the explanation seems a little off-putting. It’s basically Detroit is somewhere between contenders and pretenders, according to a writer for the league’s official website. I’d like to think, with Patricia now on board, that the Lions are a favorite to at least return to the postseason in 2018. After that, who knows?