5 Detroit Lions players who are on the hot seat in 2021

Jahlani Tavai #51 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Jahlani Tavai #51 of the Detroit Lions (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /
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Brad Holmes, Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions General Manager Brad Holmes (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

Every year around this time Detroit Lions fans are fed a steady stream of puff pieces and content designed to get them to buy tickets and sip down some smooth summer Kool-Aid.

Although we love it, expectations tend to get inflated based on how things look on paper (or an Internet website). Here are three men (positions) who need a big 2021 to get off of the hot seat.

Expectations are funny things and can rise due to all sorts of reasons; big reasons are draft status, new contracts worth lots of money, hype from coaches, or just the position that you play.

Who are the Detroit Lions most on the hot seat in 2021?

General manager Brad Holmes has an entire roster to sift through, some players he will replace by the next offseason as he fills in the roster with better talent, and some will go because they don’t fit the system or cost too much to retain.

First, let us get something out of the way, quarterback Jared Goff is not on the list. That’s not to say that he shouldn’t be feeling some heat but he literally has no competition for the starting job on the roster.

The franchise made assurances to him prior to the draft that they would support him in 2020 and not draft a quarterback, then they extended their commitment to him until at least 2022.

They drafted a tackle in the first, then a wide receiver in the fourth round. That’s a pretty good deal to have struck.

The four first-round draft picks the Lions own are sitting there, though, and we think that he knows that he’s not getting a very long honeymoon.

So, who is on the proverbial hot seat? Read on…