LB Jon Bostic
After GM Bob Quinn gave up a conditional 7th-round pick for the athletic linebacker, Bostic looked to be the top reserve for this year’s team. Bostic’s versatility to play the WILL, SAM and MIKE backer was invaluable and gave him a leg up on the competition. The former 2nd-round pick even gained some first team reps in training camp, but it was short-lived as Josh Bynes and Kyle Van Noy eventually supplanted him.
Now, after going under the knife to repair a metatarsal fracture (broken foot for anyone who didn’t enjoy anatomy class), he is expected to miss 6-12 weeks. That is quite a nebulous timeframe for his return and also put’s a big question mark on how the Lions will choose to go about replacing him.
Do they hold a valuable roster spot for him during his period of convalescence? Unless they want to expose him to the waiver wire, they cannot send him to IR until they cut down to the 75-man roster later this month.
Bostic has another ominous factor working against him as well. In today’s pass-happy NFL, the nickel package is essentially the base formation on defense. The third LB only sees the field roughly 30-percent of the time, thus, severely decreasing the value of LB depth. In previous years, keeping six linebackers was a no-brainer. This may be the year the Lions decide to go light at LB. Long story short, Bostic will be the odd man out in the linebacker room.
— Lions Report (@lions_fanly) August 16, 2016