|Offense||21st||81.9 (30th)||256.9 (11th)|
|Defense||18th||106.3 (18th)||248.4 (19th)|
|Agnew, Jamal||CB||5-10||193||4/3/1995||R||San Diego|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||275||5/29/1989||5||Brigham Young|
|50||Armbrister, Thurston||OLB||6-3||235||12/25/1992||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-10||188||4/30/1994||2||Louisiana Tech|
|Barnes, Brandon||TE||6-5||256||//||R||Alabama State|
|Barrett, Alex||DE||6-3||245||3/6/1994||R||San Diego State|
|44||Bell, Joique (FA)||RB||5-11||231||8/4/1986||7||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|Bellore, Nick||LB||6-1||250||5/12/1989||7||Central Michigan|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||1||Eastern Oregon State|
|80||Boldin, Anquan (FA)||WR||6-1||220||10/3/1980||15||Florida State|
|97||Bryant, Armonty||DE||6-4||265||5/20/1990||5||East Central (OK)|
|41||Butler, Crezdon (FA)||CB||6-1||191||5/26/1987||7||Clemson|
|57||Bynes, Josh (FA)||OLB||6-1||235||8/24/1989||6||Auburn|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||202||2/14/1987||9||Norfolk State|
|Chubb, Brandon||LB||6-1||240||10/21/1993||1||Wake Forest|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||305||4/9/1993||2||Washington State|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||311||8/23/1993||2||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||253||4/10/1993||4||North Carolina|
|Golladay, Kenny||WR||6-4||194||11/3/1993||R||Northern Illinois|
|Hill, Jordan||DT||6-1||290||2/8/1991||5||Penn State|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||270||5/2/1991||2||Texas Tech|
|30||Jackson, Asa (FA)||DB||5-10||183||12/2/1989||4||Cal Poly-S.L.O.|
|James, Mike||RB||5-10||223||4/13/1991||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||2||Notre Dame|
|Kaaya, Brad||QB||6-4||216||9/3/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||222||5/10/1993||2||Southern Utah|
|Lang, T.J.||G||6-4||318||9/20/1987||9||Eastern Michigan|
|Lawrence, Des||DB||6-1||174||11/30/1994||R||North Carolina|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||4||Utah State|
|Lee, Khari||TE||6-4||253||1/16/1992||3||Bowie State|
|54||Levy, DeAndre (FA)||OLB||6-2||234||3/26/1987||9||Wisconsin|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||330||7/18/1991||4||Kansas State|
|Martin, Keshawn||WR||5-11||195||3/15/1990||5||Michigan State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||5||Appalachian State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||14||Texas A&M|
|Mulligan, Matthew (FA)||TE||6-4||267||1/18/1985||8||Maine|
|O'Connor, Pat||DE||6-4||270||1/1/1995||R||Eastern Michigan|
|8||Orlovsky, Dan (FA)||QB||6-5||215||8/18/1983||12||Connecticut|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||201||8/10/1984||11||Central Florida|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||9||New Mexico|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||201||5/4/1991||5||Notre Dame|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||317||5/21/1992||3||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||5||Mississippi State|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||197||8/2/1988||8||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin (FA)||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||5||South Carolina|
|99||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||4||Southern Mississippi|
|Thornton, Josh||CB||5-11||185||//||R||Southern Utah|
|Tonyan, Robert||WR||6-5||201||4/30/1994||R||Indiana State|
|Valoaga, Jeremiah||DE||6-5||245||11/15/1994||R||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/16/1993||1||Fresno State|
|89||Wick, Cole||TE||6-6||257||11/30/1993||2||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|52||Williams, Antwione||OLB||6-3||240||5/26/1993||2||Georgia Southern|
|83||Wright, Timothy (FA)||TE||6-4||220||4/7/1990||5||Rutgers|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||221||9/13/1991||3||South Dakota State|
|69||Zettel, Anthony||DT||6-4||270||8/9/1992||2||Penn State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Mulligan's catch resulted in a failed fourth-down conversion attempt and perfectly encapsulates the disappointing performance of Detroit's entire receiving corps. Signed in November after failing to survive final cuts out of training camp, Mulligan finished the regular season with just one catch for eight yards across eight games. As he's almost exclusively deployed as an in-line blocking tight end, Mulligan is highly unlikely to attain fantasy relevance all of a sudden in 2017.
Jackson suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Packers and will now miss the Lions' playoff run. In four games with the team, the cornerback recorded seven tackles and one pass deflection. The Lions' promoted Adairius Barnes from the practice squad to replace Jackson on the depth chart.
Roberts has the frame to be a mauling blocker at tight end, checking in at 6-foot-4, 270. He also has massive mitts with 11.5-inch hands and he made quite the impression at the Senior Bowl. Roberts dominated opposing defenses in the red zone with 10 of his 16 receiving touchdowns coming deep in enemy territory last season. He should develop into a nice complement opposite Eric Ebron.
Lee spent the first eight weeks of the 2016 season in Detroit after spending the summer in Chicago and logged over 100 snaps, primarily in a blocking role. He's set to square off with Matthew Mulligan and Khari Lee for depth chart slotting behind Eric Ebron and Clay Harbor.
Zenner was on the field for 50 of the Lions' 52 offensive snaps Saturday and once again served as the Lions' clear lead tailback in the absence of Theo Riddick (wrist). He flashed in the pass-catching department, too, which came especially handy on a day most of Detroit's pass-catchers struggled. However, with both Riddick and Ameer Abdullah (foot) set to return in 2017, Zenner enters the offseason with little opportunity to seize anything more than No. 3 status on the depth chart.
Wick finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in Week 7. He declined to say whether he required surgery or not, but, regardless, he's healthy now and fully expected to attend voluntary offseason workouts in April. Outside of starter Eric Ebron, Wick is the only tight end under contract through 2017 who played a down for the Lions last year. Thus, he currently appears to be the frontrunner for No. 2 duties next season, although Detroit could always bring in competition for the role via free agency or the draft.
Boldin expressed interest in returning to Detroit when he announced his intention to play a 15th professional season, but it isn't clear if the two sides have even tried to make progress on a possible contract. The team selected wideout Kenny Golladay in the third round of the 2017 draft, and then gave Boldin's old number (80) to fourth-round selection Michael Roberts. While that doesn't necessarily rule out a return, it's clear the Lions aren't counting on having Boldin on the team. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has mentioned on multiple occasions that he'd be open to a reunion with the 36-year-old receiver.
An undrafted rookie last year, the 5-foot-9 Billingsley parlayed a strong preseason into a spot on the practice squad, which gave him time to learn how to play from the slot after splitting time between wide receiver and running back in college. With last season's slot receiver, Anquan Boldin, unsigned as the draft approaches, the Lions may need to find a replacement or else move Tate back to his pre-2016 role as the primary slot target. If Boldin signs elsewhere and the Lions decide to mostly keep Tate outside, Billingsley could be part of a competition for the No. 3 job. The competition likely would include TJ Jones, Keshawn Martin, Jared Abbrederis and potentially a rookie or two.
The Lions made it clear how much they think of Rudock by uncharacteristically carrying him as their No. 3 QB on the active roster the majority of the 2016 season -- in order to ensure another team couldn't sign him off their practice squad -- and subsequently parting ways with incumbent backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky earlier this offseason. However, Detroit management probably wasn't expecting a quarterback of Kaaya's caliber to fall to the end of the sixth round and couldn't resist when he landed in their laps. While the Miami (Fl.) product might lack the ideal frame to succeed at the professional level, he likely offers higher upside than Rudock and could make a bid for the backup job out of the gates if he can put together impressive summer and preseason showings.
The Packers plucked Abbrederis out of the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but the Wisconsin product only tallied 10 receptions across three seasons before parting ways with the team last October by means of an injury settlement. However, with both Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts set to hit free agency in the offseason, Detroit could represent a viable landing spot for Abbrederis to make greater on-field contributions, should he ultimately crack the final roster in advance of the 2017 campaign.
Davis, who was selected 21st overall by the Lions, is expected to start, with Tahir Whitehead potentially moving over to start on the outside. Davis is an athletic defender and will look to make an impact immediately for the Lions.
Not a star in his own right, Spence is still a solid addition to an up-and-coming Lions defensive line; at the very least, he'll be a quality rotational piece in DC Teryl Austin's 4-3 system. His signing likely means Tyrunn Walker and/or Stefan Charles won't be coming back to Detroit.
Stafford dislocated the middle finger in his throwing hand during Week 14's win over the Bears. He played the remainder of the season, including a Wild Card loss to the Seahawks, but looked significantly affected by the injury, throwing twice as many interceptions to touchdowns during the span. After taking some time off, the quarterback, who is entering the last year of his contract, should be ready for the beginning of OTAs.
Since going undrafted out of Lehigh in 2013, Spadola had bounced around the league before joining the Lions' practice squad in 2015. He then signed a futures contract with the team at the end of the season, but suffered a torn pectoral muscle over the summer and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. His future with the team beyond the 2016 campaign is uncertain.
A 2016 sixth-round selection, Rudock spent his rookie season on the practice squad, stuck behind Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. The Lions liked what they saw from Rudock during the preseason and in practice, which may explain the team's lack of interest in re-signing Orlovsky. The Lions don't figure to hand Rudock the No. 2 job without any push, but they may settle for a late-round draft pick or journeyman veteran to serve as his competition.
Hill, a third-round pick in 2013, split time last season between the Seahawks, Jaguars, and Redskins, making four appearances in total. Although his career numbers are mostly underwhelming, the defensive tackle posted 5.5 sacks in 2014 and will look to regain similar form in Detroit.
James spent the previous three seasons on and off the Bucs' active roster, finishing his time in Tampa Bay with 83 rushes for 351 yards. He now joins a stable of competent runners in Detroit and will likely have trouble making the team.
Thronton was set to be a restricted free agent, but the Lions opted to re-sign him prior to free agency commencing. The defensive tackle recorded 13 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 13 games during the 2016 season. He projects to provide depth along the line heading into 2017.
Washington, formerly of the Bears, will provide the Lions with depth at defensive end. While he's had immense trouble staying healthy throughout his professional career, the Georgia product has flashed as a pass rusher when healthy.
Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.
Whitehead is in the final year of his contract in Detroit after racking up a career-high 132 tackles in 2016. Despite logging double-digit tackles in nine games last year, the team was expected to bring in competition at linebacker, which came in the form of Jarrad Davis during the draft.
Tabor has been tending to an ailing hamstring since the pre-draft process, which might help explain his surprisingly low 40-yard dash times. He's expected to be limited by the injury for at least a couple more weeks now and it appears he could be in danger of missing the onset of training camp in late July.
Robinson tied for third on the team in tackles behind team-leader MLB Tahir Whitehead (13) and All-Pro DE Ziggy Ansah (9). While he concluded his rookie season as Detroit's second-leading tackler amongst defensive linemen, Robinson also graded out as the Lions' overall best down lineman according to Pro Football Focus, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. With DT Tyrunn Walker set to hit free agency in the offseason, a starting role could be up for the taking in 2017, and Robinson appears ready for the opportunity.
Quin had been taking it easy since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, but participated in near-full capacity during Tuesday's session. For reference, Quin never participated in any team drills during OTAs. However, now in minicamp, he lined up as the starting free safety during team drills, admittedly only for a portion of the snaps, though. It appears Quin has been setback-free in his recovery, and will continue to amp up his workload in practice as the offseason wears on.
Butler, who was released by the Lions after the preseason, appeared in eight games with the team last season. He'll add depth to the defensive backfield for the Week 17 matchup with the Packers along with a possible playoff run, but don't expect him to see many snaps. Defensive tackle Stefan Charles (knee) was moved to IR to open up a roster spot for Butler.
Copeland was primarily a special teams player for the Lions last season but also saw some time at both linebacker and defensive end. He'll likely remain in a similar role entering the 2017 campaign.
Carey will return from a two-game absence, but is slated for a reserve role as Glover Quin's backup at free safety.
Ledbetter (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is a bowling ball of a defensive end who figures to see inside snaps in nickel formations. He has long arms and good strength to potentially transition inside on a full-time basis, too.
Golladay is far from a finished product -- his route running in specific is a noticeable area for improvement -- but he presents a big-bodied frame that no other Lions receiver comes close to. In fact, the next tallest wideout is special teamer Ryan Spadola (6-1, 204). What's more, Golladay dropped just five out of 165 targets during his two years at Northern Illinois and caught 21 touchdowns in just 26 games. Now on a squad that needs to replace the departed Anquan Boldin's team-leading eight touchdowns from 2016 that also sported the fifth-worst drop rate in the league, Golladay certainly looks to be a great fit within the Detroit offense and should push for No. 3 billing behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones this summer.
Originally drafted by the Browns in the seventh round, Bryant played 36 games with the team before joining the Lions via waivers during the 2016 season. He recorded five tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble across five games with the club. He was ultimately placed on the IR due to an undisclosed injury. He figures to compete for a more solidified role providing depth at defensive end once training camp commences.
Jones was the Lions' leading receiver Saturday, but that doesn't mean he played a flawless game. In fact, one of his miscues was a drop that would have gone for a big play and allow Detroit to gain some much-needed offensive momentum. Still, Jones' 81 receiving yards nonetheless represented his highest total since Week 7 and reminded owners of the fourth-year wideout's ability to get open down the field, a notion some may have forgotten since his fast start to the season in which Jones averaged 120.5 yards per game in the first four weeks of the season and just 37.3 in each tilt thereafter. He'll now enter his first offseason as a member of the Lions possessing status as the team's clear deep threat, although an admittedly inconsistent fantasy option.
Bellore joins Detroit after spending the past two seasons in San Francisco, where he totaled a career-high 83 tackles, one sack and one interception in 14 appearances last year. Prior to then, most of Bellore's contributions came on special teams. At 27 years old, he'll now compete for snaps at linebacker in the Lions' 4-3 scheme, which is a change from the 3-4 alignment he enjoyed working in last term.
Washington earned a roster spot out of training camp due to his impressive play on special teams, but failed to make much of an impact as a rusher at any point in the season even after Ameer Abdullah (foot) and Theo Riddick (wrist) succumbed to injury. In fact, the seventh-round rookie was ultimately phased out of the offense altogether by Week 17 and replaced by Zach Zenner, who forced a monopoly on backfield snaps in the two games since (including 50 out of a possible 52 offensive snaps during Saturday's affair). With each of Abdullah, Riddick and Zenner set to return in 2017, Washington's future with the Lions is far from certain.
Asa Jackson (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday so the Lions bring in Barnes to bolster the secondary. The cornerback has bounced back and forth from the practice squad to the 53-man roster all season, recording seven tackles in seven games.
After tying for seventh in the league with 31 field goals during the regular season, Prater went without an extra point for just the third time the entire season. However, he did nail a game-high 53-yard attempt, one of his longest hits of the season. Look for Prater to return in 2017 as one of the top fantasy options at the kicker position.
Bell joins Theo Riddick (wrist) among the Lions' DNPs in Week 16, leaving the backfield in the hands of Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner. As the regular season draws to a close, Bell will likely require an injury to one of Washington or Zenner in order to get any run in his second stint with the Lions.
Levy was released by the Lions back in March after playing only six games during the last two seasons. Injuries have plagued the linebacker after a stellar stretch of play in 2013 and 2014, but if he is able to get healthy again, he should see an opportunity to play on an NFL club. Levy has recorded 639 tackles, 12 interceptions and two forced fumbles over his eight-year NFL career.
Diggs suffered a pectoral injury in Sunday's win over the Saints, recording one tackle before leaving the game. The Lions signed Asa Jackson to replace Diggs on the depth chart with Adairius Barnes and Johnson Bademose also likely to see expanded roles the remainder of the season.
Twenty months after being drafted in the third round by the Lions, Carter has finally been promoted from the practice squad and will serve in a depth role for Monday's game against the Cowboys with starter Darius Slay (hamstring) likely sidelined.
The veteran defensive tackle wanted to make sure he was completely healthy heading into the new season and even underwent neurological exam to determine if he has sustained any brain damage over his career. The results showed no brain damage, according to the defensive tackle. "The brain is good to go...I wanted to make sure my head was good. He (the neurologist) said everything was pretty good - really good, actually...Just to make sure, with all things that are going on with the brain and stuff throughout the league, I don't want to have problems when I'm older", Ngata said. The defensive tackle missed some time last year due to calf and quad issues but still managed to record 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks through 13 games.
Milligan was an undrafted free agent at the start of least season and after latching on with the Cowboys, he ended up suffering a severe injury that costed him the rest of the 2016 campaign. He was waived with an injury settlement and after taking the long road to recovery, he's finally healthy enough to sign with a new team. He'll join the Lions for the offseason, but there's no guarantee he makes the final roster.
A good blocking tight end, Fells will join the Lions after being non-tendered by the Cardinals this offseason. Eric Ebron will play ahead of him and presents a better and more effective pass-catching option. However, Fells could receive a boost in fantasy value should the injury bug bite Ebron again and is joining a pass-heavy Lions offense that could make him an option in deep leagues and a flier in daily lineups.
Listed at 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, Killebrew is one of the bigger safeties in the league and could thus get playing time as a linebacker in sub packages. The Lions aren't ruling out the possibility, but it sounds as if they mostly plan to use the 2016 fourth-round selection at his natural position. Killebrew could challenge incumbent Tavon Wilson for the starting job at strong safety.
Worrilow was quite the success story during his rookie season with the Falcons in 2013 when he racked up 127 tackles and two sacks as the team's starting middle linebacker after going undrafted out of Delaware. Despite churning out 142 and 95 tackles in each of the two subsequent seasons, he lost his starting spot to second-round rookie Deion Jones in 2016 and ultimately finished the year with only 21 stops. However, Worrilow has a chance to revive his career in Detroit, where there's currently a huge need for talent at outside linebacker, especially after the release of DeAndre Levy. He could fit in at both of the strongside and weakside outside linebacker positions and the Lions' plans to try him out at both spots should help the team determine where he best fits into the defense. Considering how Levy recorded triple-digit tackles in three of four seasons between 2011 and 2014 while operating in an every-down OLB role for the Lions, the potential is there for Worrilow to enjoy a resurgent 2017 campaign if he's able to secure a starting job.
After clearing waivers Tuesday, the Lions placed the tight end on injured reserve, thus retaining his rights while he spends the next year or so in rehabilitation. In three professional seasons with a trio of organizations, the hybrid wideout/tight end has totaled 89 catches (on 125 targets) for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns in 41 games.
After a high-ankle sprain from Week 2 of last season cost Ansah the following three games, it then lingered throughout the remainder of the year and was the reason for the defensive end's weekly appearance on the injury report. As a result, Ansah turned in a career-low two sacks as he consistently appeared sapped of his explosiveness and was unable to shed blocks and take on double teams like he normally could. In turn, the Lions as a whole finished 30th in the NFL with just 26 sacks in 2016, which is quite a turnaround after finishing in seventh place with 43 sacks just a season before when Ansah recorded the third-most sacks in the league (14.5). Thus, it would seem a healthy and effective Ansah not only has the potential to return to the elite ranks of defensive lineman in IDP formats but could also elevate the statistical production of players around him.
The 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Hayden never lived up to the hype during his four seasons in Oakland. He ended the 2016 campaign with 37 tackles, six pass deflections and one forced fumble through 11 games. His season ended in late November after he suffered a hamstring injury, forcing the Raiders to place him on injured reserve. Once healthy, Hayden will compete for the starting nickelback position, an area the Lions struggled with throughout last season.
After four years with the Lions, Taylor will head to New York in 2017. He started all 16 games for Detroit last season, tallying 28 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one safety, one pass defended, and one forced fumble in the process. He will look to compete for a role at the end of the defensive line for the Giants.
Jones was originally tendered in early March. While he's currently penciled in as the Lions' third receiver on the depth chart, Jones' stock could fall precipitously if Detroit selects a wideout early in the upcoming draft.
Playing the team that drafted him, Tate failed to make much of an impact as the entire Lions offense had trouble getting in sync. However, this lack of production doesn't come as a huge surprise considering the Seahawks have been shutting down opposing receivers all season. The former second-rounder will now enter the offseason having topped the 1,000-yard receiving threshold for the second time in three years with Detroit while having not seen less than 128 targets in any single campaign, a level of usage hard to ignore in PPR formats.
Williams was limited in practice on Thursday as he continued to nurse a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 3's loss to the Packers. With DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) out once again, the rookie Williams will get another opportunity to start, as he filled in for the veteran linebacker in Week 2. Head coach Jim Caldwell said of Williams' Week 2 performance, "Young, tough, aggressive, learning." He recorded four tackles (two solo) in Week 2 and will look to put together a similar performance in Chicago this Sunday.
Riddick, who underwent surgery on both wrists towards the latter portion of the 2016 season, missed the Lions' last four regular season games as a result. He's still on the journey to full health, but the fact that he's able to participate on a limited basis at this time is a good sign with training camp looming in the near future. The team has yet to add much competition behind starter Ameer Abdullah, while Riddick's role as a pass-catcher out of the backfield remains safe as well.
Detroit continued to address its issues at linebacker Saturday by going after Reeves-Maybin. He came into the year as a potential Day 2 selection after a strong junior season that saw him rack up 105 total tackles and 14.0 tackles for loss. However, Reeves-Maybin had a season-ending shoulder injury early in his senior year and reportedly had a shaky pro day. If Reeves-Maybin is able to recapture his 2015 form, he'll end up being a nice value pick for the Lions in the fourth round.
Over the weekend, Orlovsky was told the team will let his contract expire at the end of the league year in order to go in a different direction at backup quarterback. The main beneficiary in this situation is Jake Rudock, the Lions' sixth-round pick in 2016 who will replace Orlovsky as the No. 2. It isn't clear what sort of market awaits the 33-year-old veteran, but he should be able to latch on somewhere due to his serviceability as a second-string signal caller as well as the veteran presence he could provide a locker room.
The organization was on the fence about committing to Ebron through 2018 after a mostly disappointing first two seasons in the league, but the Lions apparently saw enough growth in his performance in 2016 to justify keeping him in the fold a little longer. Aside from adding Michael Roberts in the fourth round of last weekend's NFL draft, the Lions haven't made many major additions at tight end during the offseason, so Ebron once again looks primed to open the upcoming campaign as the team's starter. His 2016 totals of 61 catches and 711 yards were nice, but he'll need to elevate his touchdown total (one) if he hopes to become an upper-tier fantasy tight end.
In just his second season in the league, Hyder accrued a team-high eight sacks while finishing ninth in total tackles. However, despite this level of production, he could find himself in competition with Cornelius Washington and potentially a draft pick or two for the starting defensive end job opposite Ziggy Ansah this summer.
Bynes tied MLB Tahir Whitehead for the team lead in tackles Sunday and has now totaled 14 across the past two games. However, Whitehead is working his way back from a knee injury. As the team's leading tackler, Whiteheads return to full strength will likely correspond with a downturn in production for Bynes.
Abdullah has quietly been one of the offseason's biggest winners, as the Lions haven't made any notable free-agent additions at running back and also didn't use any draft picks on the position. What's more, Abdullah was medically cleared in March to return from the foot injury that cost him the final 14 games of last season -- giving him a full offseason to prepare for his third professional campaign. Theo Riddick (wrist) is locked in on passing downs and Zach Zenner or Dwayne Washington could handle the short-yardage work, but Abdullah seemingly has a clear path to a role as the primary ball carrier. Following the offseason additions of right tackle Ricky Wagner and right guard T.J. Lang, the Lions could have a productive running game for the first time since 2013. The team produced less than four yards per carry and 90 rushing yards per game in each of the past three seasons.