4 Detroit Lions who should play more coming out of the bye week

As the Detroit Lions look to keep the good times rolling after their bye week, these four players should see more action over the rest of the season.

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2. EDGE Julian Okwara

The Lions have not gotten anywhere near what they hoped they'd get from Charles Harris or Romeo Okwara this season. Finding consistency in their pass rush starts with finding a way to generate some outside of Aidan Hutchinson.

Julian Okwara started the season on IR with an arm injury. He has played four games, with two sacks, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and three quarterback pressures over a total of 44 defensive snaps. His being available has reduced the snap counts for his older brother and Harris, but arguably not enough.

Okwara's injury history is really not part of any current conversation on if he should play more. The Lions need to find someone else who can get after the passer consistently besides Hutchinson. It's not meant as a knock to the younger Okwara to say he's as good a candidate as anyone.

1. WR Kalif Raymond

Raymond occupies a sub-category of "players the Lions need to find a way to get more from" after the bye week. His skill set overlaps strongly with Amon-Ra St. Brown, with 71 slot snaps (according to Player Profiler) so far this season. But he has also only played 181 offensive snaps through eight games (that's less than one-third of the Lions' offensive snaps), with 18 catches on 23 targets and four rush attempts for 52 yards.

Raymond is one of the best punt returners in the NFL, and he has shown what he can do when he has been given chances as a wide receiver. There's only one football to go around and a lot of mouths to feed in the Lions' offense, but during the bye week Ben Johnson should have worked up some ways to get "Leaf" some more touches from here on out.


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