The goal for every team each offseason is to improve. It is no different for GM Bob Quinn and the Detroit Lions. After not “winning” the free-agency period or having the “sexy” draft, there has been plenty of doubt surrounding the Lions increment of improvement relative to other teams.
Quinn has built his team through depth and the trenches which will never receive much love on a national level, but that doesn’t mean that the Lions are not more skilled than their team from a season ago. Let’s take a look at each position group and review if the Lions have advanced or declined in talent with their 2016 team.
(*) denotes rookie
- IN: Jake Rudock*
- OUT: N/A
SUMMARY: Not much has changed at the front end of the depth chart obviously, but the Lions brought in rookie Jake Rudock to compete and possibly uproot the current backup, Dan Orlovsky. It will be interesting to see if head coach Jim Caldwell will keep three QBs on the roster or follow last year’s trend of carrying only two. No matter the case, Backups are backups and will not considerably impact the game unless forced into action– which is never good.
Matthew Stafford flourished under OC Jim Bob Cooter and should only continue to grow in the new offense. Due to that fact alone, Stafford’s maturation and understanding should allow him to perform at a slightly higher level than the year before. The augmented line should also increase Stafford’s stat sheet.
OUTLOOK : Slightly better