4 players Detroit Lions could consider adding to bolster their offensive line depth

Offensive line depth is a problem for the Detroit Lions, and one of these four players could help.
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2. La'el Collins

Collins was somewhat oddly released by the Bengals from their reserve/PUP list a couple weeks ago. A torn ACL and MCL ended his 2022 with Cincinnati early in December (Christmas Eve), but he has reportedly passed a physical since then. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported 12 teams have reached out to him.

Collins surely fancies himself as a starting right tackle. But it's unclear if he will be physically ready to do so right away if he signs soon, and teams with that kind of need could be hesitant. A team looking for depth could also be a nice fit, if he's willing to entertain being a backup who may never play.

It doesn't feel like the Lions are a likely landing spot for Collins. But they could very well be among the dozen teams who are interested, and it would be well-reasoned.

After the Lions nearly lost Zonovan Knight off their practice squad, they could go looking at other team's practice squads for someone to poach in order to help their offensive line depth. The caveat and consideration for that is said player off another team's practice squad has to be signed to the active roster.

1. Le'Raven Clark

Clark is currently on the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad. But he was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, before they cut him and the Eagles added him to their practice squad.

Clark has 64 NFL games and 18 starts on his resume, mostly at the tackle spots but he started five games at right guard for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. According to Pro Football Focus, he has over 400 career snaps at left tackle, nearly 400 snaps at right tackle and over 300 snaps at right guard in his career.

Clark is an experienced, solid depth piece with the ability to play offensive tackle. That's all the Lions need, and he can be signed off the Eagles' practice squad with relative ease.


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