Detroit Lions, Def, Lions
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2016 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-27-2016 by Shawn Childs
The Lions fell to 19th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (1820) with 18 rushing TDs. Ball carriers gained 4.2 yards per rush with a league-high five runs of 40 yards or more.
They finished 14th in passing yards allowed (3786) with 27 TDs and only nine Ints. Their defensive line had 32 sacks while allowing 7.7 yards per pass attempt.
DE Ezekiel Ansah was their best overall defensive linemen with success against the run and rushing the QB (14.5 sacks - career high). DE Devin Taylor also set a career high in sacks (7) while being a slight negative defending the run. DT Haloti Ngata lost value against the run while offering minimal value in sacks (2.5). DT Tyrunn Walker missed most of 2015 due to a broken left fibula. He projects a rotational player with some success rushing the QB.
LB Stephen Tulloch was an asset vs. the run with risk in pass coverage and weakness attacking the QB. LB Josh Bynes finished 2015 as the Lions' best all-around linebacker. LB Tahir Whitehead had success stopping the run while posting two sacks. LB DeAndre Levy missed almost the whole 2015 season due to a hip injury that required surgery. In 2014, he led the Lions in tackles (151) with 2.5 sacks.
CB Darius Slay was one of the better cover corners in the league with upside in run support as well. CB Quandre Diggs was a league average player in part-time duty after being selected in the 6th round in 2015. Nevin Lawson projects as the other starter despite struggling in all area last year. S Glover Quin was a neutral player as well after playing at a high level in coverage in 2014. The other safety position looks to be a competition of multiple players with downside risk.
This defense has two strong players on the defensive line with decent play at the linebacker positions. They look to have one edge in the secondary with a second player helping in coverage. I don't like them as a Fantasy option as the Lions lack playmakers.
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