Oday Aboushi, Joe Dahl, and even possibly Tyrell Crosby are expected to be in the mix to unseat Wiggins in camp. Wiggins’ ratings suggest that he is a less-than-ideal starter.
With Crosby being the only player signed past this year, should the Lions consider moving him? Crosby possesses the requisite size for a guard although he has been playing tackle. He’s the only tackle with any starting experience, albeit only two games, among the Detroit reserves.
At 6-4, 309 pounds, Crosby seems more suited to guard than tackle but perhaps his final role is yet to be decided. He could be a future starter at tackle, if they let Rick Wagner go, he could be moved to another starter spot like left guard, or he could just always be a versatile backup.
It sure seems like he’s a great candidate to try there if they aren’t sold on him being a right tackle for his entire career. Of course, asking players to change positions is often a sign that they don’t belong anywhere but Crosby is just going into year two. They also have few reinforcements at tackle which clouds whether or not their lack of signings is an endorsement of players like Crosby or just a realization that they can’t fix every problem in one draft.
For the future it is pretty clear that if the Detroit Lions have a plan for the guards, it hasn’t unfolded, yet. While the present is okay, it doesn’t look likely that the Detroit Lions are going to improve much up front. There is some additional upside due to Frank Ragnow playing his best position, Glasgow being back at guard, and Wiggins playing his best spot.
The Detroit Lions seem destined to have to pay at least two to three guards currently on the roster to stay for 2020, even if they draft prospects expected to start soon. However, given the weakness at left guard it is likely that next year will bring a left guard fairly early because they essentially have three or four backups vying for one starting job.
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