Detroit Lions first string projections


When scanning over the Detroit Lions 2016 roster, you will find plenty of new faces. You will also notice the absence of a few mainstays as well, most notably Calvin Johnson, Joique Bell, and Jason Jones.

Despite the losses, Detroit returns a healthy majority of their starters from a year ago. GM Bob Quinn has done and continues to do a great job of bringing in depth and competition for every position group. The biggest camp battles are at SS, C, SLB, DT, LT, and the slot receiver position.

7Offensive Tackle

There are only two realistic candidates but which side they will end up on is the real question. Many draft pundits did not see rookie lineman Taylor Decker as a pure left tackle. Presumably, Quinn and the scouts felt otherwise as they immediately plugged him in as Matthew Stafford‘s blind side protector. Riley Reiff has transferred to the right for the foreseeable future and will be a free agent after this year. The Lions will need to determine quickly if they struck gold in Decker on the left side.