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Lions depth chart 2021: Detroit’s 53-man roster, projected starters as season approaches

The Detroit Lions are in an attention-grabbing place in 2021, ushering in a brand new period with new head coach Dan Campbell and quarterback Jared Goff. Detroit set itself up for the longer term when the franchise acquired Goff, additionally receiving two first-round picks to tackle Goff’s contract whereas dealing away Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams

Detroit has constructed one of many prime younger offensive traces within the NFL, with first-round choose Penei Sewell the following franchise deal with — even when he is not beginning his profession defending Goff’s blind facet. The Lions even have among the best tight ends within the sport in T.J. Hockenson and an intriguing operating again duo in D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams — a part of a core on offense the crew will look to rebuild underneath new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. 

The protection added Michael Brockers, a veteran seeking to enhance the league’s worst unit (in factors and yards) final 12 months. Detroit additionally allowed probably the most passing and dashing touchdowns in 2020, a tricky job for brand spanking new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn — who’s going to take dangers with the secondary (much like his type in New Orleans). 

Whether or not the Lions are good or not in 2021, Campbell is altering the tradition by having a hungry crew that is going to combat for 60 minutes. An old-school kind of soccer type will re-emerge in Detroit, because the Lions have just a few years to rebuild the franchise again right into a winner. 

Right here is the Lions’ 53-man roster. 

Notice: Asterisks denote rookies.

Offense

Give the Lions credit score for guaranteeing Goff is the No. 1 quarterback for this season. Detroit might have drafted a quarterback at No. 7 general to compete with Goff for the beginning job, however the offense advantages by having a two-time Professional Bowl quarterback main a  rebuild. If Goff pans out in 2021, the Lions needn’t hunt for a quarterback in 2022 and might construct round him with their future draft capital. 

Search for a robust operating sport in Detroit as Lynn designated Williams the “A” again and Swift the “B” again. The “A” again is often the larger again that may run between the tackles for all-three downs. This can be a true competitors that would get much more intriguing if Todd Gurley joins the roster. The Lions can have a hungry veteran in Tyrell Williams and St. Brown — a fourth-round choose — will compete for taking part in time. The depth at this place is a priority. 

Detroit has one of many prime younger offensive traces within the league because the unit’s common age is 24 years outdated. 4 starters are 25 or underneath and Dekker is the oldest of the beginning unit at 27. The Lions even have depth at guard and deal with with Vaitai, who’s within the second 12 months of a five-year contract value as much as $50 million. 

Protection

The Lions are going to a 3-4 full-time in 2021, so Okwara and Flowers are set for snaps at exterior linebacker as nicely. Detroit has some work to do in enhancing this unit, which goes to take greater than a one-year repair. Re-signing Okwara was huge for the Lions go rush, as he netted 61 pressures and 10 sacks in a breakout 12 months in 2020. The Lions additionally added Brockers to the combo, alongside along with his 28 pressures and 5 sacks from final season. The Lions allowed the fifth-most dashing yards within the league final 12 months, so that they added depth at defensive deal with in Alim McNeill and Levi Onwuzurike.

Collins leads a linebacker group that added Anzalone this offseason, who ought to compete for taking part in time as he began 9 video games for the New Orleans Saints at MIKE final 12 months. He’ll line up inside on this protection. 

Okudah was injured all through his rookie season, however he’ll get an opportunity to bounce again with Glenn — a former cornerback — as his new coach. Detroit gave up a league-worst 112.4 passer ranking to opposing quarterbacks in 2020, primarily as a result of the Lions did not have a lot of a go rush to again up the secondary. Enchancment up entrance will drastically alter this secondary for the higher. 

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