The 2015 season ended with a 7-9 record and third place in the NFC North for the Detroit Lions. The team was dealt a tough blow when star wide receiver Calvin Johnson announced this offseason that he would be retiring from the game of football and would no longer be taking the field in a Lion’s jersey. In an attempt to stop the bleeding, GM Bob Quinn added former Cincinnati Bengal wideout Marvin Jones during free agency, who inked a five-year deal worth $40 million with $20 million of it guaranteed. Jones brings much needed diversity to Detroit’s offense as he can line up wide and in the slot and along with Golden Tate and running back Theo Riddick, has the ability to gain yards after the catch. In order to keep quarterback Matthew Stafford’s uniform clean this season and hopefully protect him from injury, the Lions drafted three offensive lineman in the first five rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft. Tackle Taylor Decker from Ohio State was their first rounder at pick 16 overall and he will immediately contribute to their running game. With their third selection, center Graham Glasgow from Michigan can play at both center and guard while their fifth rounder Joe Dahl, a tackle from Washington State will add much needed depth to the line. Heading into the draft, the Lions had a few holes in their defense that needed addressing and it appears as though they accomplished what they intended. Despite having defensive ends Ziggy Ansah, Devin Taylor and newly signed free agent Wallace Gilberry on the roster, Detroit needed more bodies at that position. They grabbed A’Shawn Robinson from
Alabama in the second round who may be the interior line solution to finally replace the tandem of Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, who left after the 2014 season.
Overall, things are definitely looking up for the Lions with both lines bolstered and their quarterback healthy and full of weapons in 2016. Fans be sure to secure your Detroit Lions tickets and come out to watch all the exciting NFC North action live and in person. You won’t want to miss a pass, catch, block or hit all season long.