This year will be a different look for the Lions. Let me first start out my saying that losing Calvin Johnson is the toughest personnel loss any team will be facing this upcoming season. There is no one on this planet who can replace Megatron. His size, skillset and leadership can not be matched. He did more for Detroit, the organization and the city, than anyone outside Michigan can fathom. He will be missed dearly and beloved by fans for life.
With that being said, the Lions have done about as good as they can do in revamping our offense. With former Patriot Director of Personnel, Bob Quinn, as our GM, the Lions have added two sure handed, shifty players to the wide receiver position. Marvin Jones was signed from the Bengals to a 5 year, $40 million contract. Last year for the Bengals, Jones caught 65 passes, had 815 yards and caught 4 TD’s. Jones is looking to improve on those numbers this year with his new team. I am excited to see his production on the field not playing behind AJ Green and hopefully he can help Eric Ebron stretch the field a little bit to give Golden Tate, Theo Riddick and newly acquired Jeremy Kerley some room to work underneath. Kerley was just signed to a 1 year, $1 million contract. His role diminished with the addition of Decker to the Jets last year and he is looking to find his home in Detroit. He adds another weapon for Stafford to throw to underneath and he can make plays with his good hands and quick feet.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions have resigned DT’s Tyrunn Walker and Haloti Ngata and also were able to resign LB Tahir Whitehead. With these key re-signings and the addition of safeties Tavon Wilson and Rafael Bush and defensive tackle Stefan Charles, the Lions have added both talent and depth to critical positions. Charles, coming over from the talented defensive line of Buffalo, signed a 1 year, $1.75 million deal and is an interesting addition. Stuck behind All-Pro caliber players like Marcel Dareus and Kyle Williams, the talented Charles never got consistent playing time for the Bills. In Detroit, he has a chance to compete for a starting role and will play a lot due to the age and durability of Ngata. He is a guy with a lot of upside who can bring a lot to the table and develop into a reliable player on the defensive line.
Overall, I think that Bob Quinn has done a great job in the first few months of his new position as GM for the Lions. He has added a couple of talented weapons on the offensive side of the ball and had added depth at key positions on defense. It will be interesting to see what direction they go in the first couple rounds of the draft as he has signed free agents at two key positional needs (WR, DT) for Detroit already.