With the Detroit Lions waiting for training camp to kick off, the national media has gone wild with several rankings for 2019 in today’s headlines.
With the start of training camp being July 25th, the Detroit Lions are now less than two weeks away from their biggest offseason event. And with news about the Pride being a bit scarce, the national media has turned to creating rankings for the upcoming season.
Below, we’ll highlight three of these rankings and give a quick analysis of their findings concerning the Lions in today’s version of headlines.
In our first ranking, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell ranked the Lions offensive arsenal 18th in the NFL for the upcoming season. That’s an increase of three from the previous year. Much of the talent Barnwell mentions is very young, so the arrow is trending upwards significantly.
The triplets in this ranking for the Lions include quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Kerryon Johnson, and wide receiver Kenny Golladay. Ranked by NFL.com’s Deputy Editor Ali Bhanpuri 19th overall, the addition of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell figures to play the largest part in this trio’s success in 2019.
Finally, the Lions have invested so much into their offensive line, including two first-round selections in the past four years, (although it could be argued that this year’s pick, tight end T.J. Hockenson, was another investment) it’s time that started to pay off in Detroit. In the above ranking, the analytic website Pro Football Focus ranks the Lions’ O-line an impressive 15th overall noting Frank Ragnow’s move to center being a significant improvement.
After signing a five-year, $90 million deal in Detroit this offseason, with a whopping $40 million guaranteed, defensive end Trey Flowers is now giving some of his newest earnings to charity. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Flowers recently gave a sizable check to the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center. More information is available in the link above.