The Detroit Lions will enter training camp next Wednesday as they begin to prepare for the 2016 season. Last season the Lions finished 7-9 after a deflating 0-5 start to the season. In the off-season, Detroit lost one of the best players in franchise history as Calvin Johnson decided to hang them up and retire. This season the Lions have questions on both sides of the ball, but are a talented bunch that could surprise some people. Here’s what to watch for as training camp begins in Allen Park, MI.
2. DEPTH ON THE DEFENSIVE FRONT
After taking Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson with their second-round pick, the Lions are now faced with a peculiar situation as they decide who they should cut among a group of talented players.
Veterans Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker are a safe bets to make the final 53 as projected starters along with Robinson and 2014 fifth-round pick Caraun Reid. After that, it gets interesting for Detroit. Free agent acquisitions Stefan Charles and Khyri Thornton as well as 2015 fourth-round pick Gabe Wright are all expected to compete for the final few spots on the team.
The fact that a 2nd-year player like Wright could be cut goes to show that this group is among the deepest in the league. Expect the competition to be fierce in between the trenches this training camp.