The Detroit Lions revamped their secondary this offseason. Is it now their prime defensive unit?
For years, the Detroit Lions have struggled with the query of who to pair with former primary cornerback Darius Slay within the secondary. However after buying and selling the three-time Professional Bowler away this offseason, did the Lions’ secondary really get stronger?
It’s arduous to think about a positional unit shedding its finest participant solely to enhance with out him. However the Lions might have achieved this within the offseason.
The cornerback revolution in Detroit actually began final yr with the signing of one of many league’s prime slot corners in Justin Coleman. The revamping continued into this yr with the Lions signing free agent nook and one-time Professional Bowler Desmond Trufant to a two-year deal. Then, utilizing the third total choice within the 2020 NFL Draft on Ohio State defensive again Jeff Okudah.
The security revolution started two years in the past in Motown, with the Lions utilizing back-to-back third-round draft picks on the place. These choices resulted within the additions of Tracy Walker and Will Harris respectively. This previous offseason, Detroit flipped a fifth-round draft decide to the New England Patriots in a commerce for veteran security Duron Harmon and a seventh-rounder.
The Lions clearly wanted the make some main adjustments to their secondary. In spite of everything, it is a unit that ranked lifeless final in passing yards allowed (4,551) in 2019. And their seven complete interceptions had been tied with two different NFL groups for the bottom within the league.
But, one Lions’ insider has now declared this positional unit to truly be the staff’s prime defensive group. Right here’s what Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wrote concerning the secondary after projecting that Detroit retains 11 defensive backs on their last roster in September.
“I view the secondary because the energy of the Lions protection, regardless of the turnover this offseason, and NFL groups play a lot sub-package protection that it is smart to maintain 11 defensive backs in a yr the place depth will play such an essential half within the success of a staff”
I’m undecided many would have imagined that the Lions’ secondary could be thought-about the energy of the protection with out Darius Slay. In actual fact, that might be seen as considerably of an indictment on the entrance seven as making a constant and efficient go rush will seemingly be the staff’s largest defensive hurdle in 2020.
Clearly, this Detroit Lions’ protection has quite a bit to show coming off a 3-12-1 season. And the very fact the offseason coaching program was compelled to go digital on account of a worldwide pandemic won’t make it a simple transition for a lot of of their new additions. But when the secondary can acclimate rapidly, it’s not arduous to think about them being considered as the primary motive behind the defensive resurgence within the Motor Metropolis.