4. Detroit Lions
Key Additions: TE Luke Wilson, RB LeGarrette Blount, OL Frank Ragnow, RB Kerryon Johnson
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The Lions front seven is the worst in the division even with Ezekiel Ansah under a franchise tag. Without him, there’s no telling where Detroit would have gotten their pass rush from.
Instead, the cardiac kittens are banking on a fresh approach from the defensive-minded Matt Patricia who is entering his first head coaching job in the NFL. He’s spent the past five years as the defensive coordinator in New England where he was known for being an innovator. But, what does that mean for the offense?
The Lions rushing attack has been dead last in two of the last three seasons and they haven’t seen anyone go for over 100 yards in five years. They also haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2004 and it doesn’t appear the streak is nearing its end. Detroit brought in LeGarrette Blount who is 31 and drafted Kerryon Johnson out of Auburn to try and correct this. This tandem will be running behind a new and improved blocking front hoping to build off of a 9-7 season.