5 prime regression candidates for the Detroit Lions in 2023

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Looking towards next season, here are five prime regression candidates for the Detroit Lions.

The Detroit Lions finished the 2022 season 9-8 after going 3-13-1 the year before. Much of that had to do with a combination of better production from players on the roster in 2021 and a boost from newcomers.

Looking to next season, the Lions will look to add more talent to the roster and figure out who they can get more out of. They also need to be looking at players who may have outperformed expectations this year, but are set to potentially regress next year.

Let’s take a look at five prime regression candidates for the Lions in 2023.

5 prime regression candidates for the Detroit Lions in 2023

Detroit Lions, Shane Zylstra
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5. Tight End Shane Zylstra

This one could certainly be considered a stretch given that Zylstra had 60 receiving yards this season. But he makes this list due to the four touchdowns he caught, including three in one game. While that many scores is not unheard of for a tight end Zylstra is currently the No. 2 tight end on the Lions depth chart and it’s easy to believe they will look to add someone this offseason.

Zylstra is an exclusive rights free agent, so he’s likely to be back in some capacity next season. But he won’t be getting four touchdowns unless something thins the depth chart, and three in a game is unlilkely to happen the rest of his career.