4. OG Graham Glasgow
As a third-round pick by the Lions in 2016, Glasgow may stretch the newcomer label for some. But after signing with the Denver Broncos in 2020 and spending three seasons there before being let go, he came back last March. So he's a newcomer in the sense of not having played under this regime in Detroit before this year.
What is not up for any level of interpretation is the impact Glasgow has had on the Lions' offensive line this season. He is coming off a rough game in Week 17, but the previous week he was the highest-graded Lions' offensive player by Pro Football Focus (93.2).
Entering Week 17, Glasgow was PFF's 13th-highest graded offensive lineman by overall grade.
Glasgow took over at right guard when Halapoulivaati Vaiitai was injured early in the season, and he never gave the job back even after Vaitai was (briefly) back healthy. But he has also started a couple games at center when Frank Ragnow was out, and he started one at left guard when Jonah Jackson was sidelined.
Alongside confirming him as the Lions' starting right guard back in early November, head coach Dan Campbell took time to laud Glasgow's reliable presence and versatility.
"Graham has been productive for us, and he has—he’s been productive at three different spot: left guard, center and certainly right guard before that. So he’s been a big asset for us. that was a good signing for us to get, and fortunate to have him. He’s a steady, reliable piece for us.”
Glasgow is another Lions' 2023 newcomer who would probably be higher on the same list for many other teams.