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Cap, exodus and Harold: Reasons to believe in Lions’ class of 2019

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Life as a Detroit Lions fan can often be frustrating, unrewarding and, occasionally, just plain pointless. A failure to improve on the 9-7 season the Lions enjoyed in 2017 represents a step back – on paper. However, with a reported $41m available on new talent in the offseason of 2019 due to the salary cap that is soon to be raised, the situation could be about to improve drastically over in the Lions’ den.

Although that sum is only around the average expected across the whole NFL franchise, the projected rise of over $3m in the salary cap will mark the sixth year in succession that the cap amount has increased by over 10%. In the wake of an NFL season that has seen them fail to improve on their 9-7 record of 2017, the Lions will need to be particularly wary of who they cut. Some of the leading names in that regard may raise a few eyebrows.

With a payout of $8m in 2018, offensive linesman T.J. Lang (seen below, discussing ‘offensive chemistry’) is the most prominent of them, but names like Glover Quin, Nevin Lawson and Theo Riddick have also been included amongst the projected cuts for 2019.

Should all of those players depart, the Lions could easily have an extra ballpark figure of $18m to play with. With this new degree of financial resource, the Lions are sure to enjoy some positive attention from online bettors, especially in light of relaxed legislation in the US, which has led to an ever-increasing amount of firms offering odds on the NFL, as documented by SBO. Of course, transfer speculation is rife as a result of these projected developments, and it would take an eternity to list the very many players who could only improve the Lions’ setup.

The true ‘game changers’ will come in time, but this cap increase also boosts the Lions’ chances of retaining their peripheral talents, all of whom will see 2019 as their year of reckoning. In that respect, Eli Harold (shown discussing his Lions opportunity below) has been a name on many people’s lips for a while now, after defecting from the San Francisco 49ers in August. Injury problems to Ziggy Ansah and Devon Kennard on both flanks have provided Harold with an unprecedented – and timely – opportunity to shine. Ultimately, he has not a moment to lose if he wants to be part of a franchise set for a bounce-back after a rough year.

Though relatively inexperienced in Detroit culture, Harold is the only man who can hold a candle to Kennard right now, and with a good sack rate undulating around the 4.0 mark, his strong end to the season gives him good candidacy to augment his stay. As with any side aiming to bounce back after a season of decline, building from the back will be an important part of the recovery process. Enter Tracy Walker, who has grown in stature and confidence throughout the year.

With Walker’s best moment so far being the 43 snaps he pulled recently pulled off against the Cardinals, in a 17-3 victory, he has provided a glimpse of the future that could be about to unfold. A pay rise will be due in no time at all, but with the salary cap rise comes an opportunity to secure a significant young talent in defense.

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Former Detroit Lions’ CB Nevin Lawson tweets message for Kelly Stafford and her family

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Earlier this week, Kelly Stafford‘s brother posted a photo on Instagram which showed Kelly in the hospital preparing for brain surgery.

Since that post, there have not been any updates on Kelly and all we can do is keep her in our thoughts and prayers that all went well and she has a speedy and successful recovery.

On Saturday night, former Detroit Lions‘ cornerback Nevin Lawson took to Twitter to send his prayers out for Kelly the Stafford family.

Please continue to pray for Kelly Stafford and her family as they go through this difficult time.

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

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Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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JUST IN: Detroit Lions drop 2019 schedule hype video

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The 2019 NFL Draft is less than a week away and on Friday the team dropped a 2019 schedule hype video.

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Nation, what will the Lions record be in 2019?

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