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Lions' Trevor Bates: Three tackles in 2018
Bates generated three tackles in nine games for Detroit in 2018.
Bates only saw two snaps on defense all season, almost exclusively serving on special teams. The Maine product remains under contract through the 2019 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Marcus Cooper: One tackle in 2018
Cooper recorded one tackle in six games during the 2018 season.
Cooper began the season in Chicago but was cut loose after two games. He eventually resurfaced in Detroit but only saw action on defense in three games. Cooper will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Nicholas Grigsby: Records 10 tackles in 2018
Grigsby recorded 10 tackles in 12 games for the Lions and Patriots in 2018.
Grisby generated all of his output in his first 10 games with New England and wasn't used at all on defense during his time with Detroit. He remains under Detroit control through the 2019 season.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Kelvin Sheppard: Contributes as special-teamer
Sheppard produced five tackles in seven games for Detroit in 2018.
Sheppard didn't sign with the Lions until midseason and only saw time on defense in one game. The 31-year-old veteran will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Miles Killebrew: Special-teams mainstay in 2018
Killebrew tallied five tackles in 16 games during the 2018 season.
Killebrew did nothing to separate himself in the offseason and ultimately saw the field for just one defensive snap in 2018. His physical tools are undeniable, but he hasn't found a way to get on the field despite being experimented with at both safety and linebacker. His roster spot is probably safe for the time being given his insignificant cap hit, but Killebrew has a lot of work to do in order to resurface on the IDP radar.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Eric Lee: Records six tackles in 2018
Lee totaled six tackles in nine games for Detroit in 2018.
Lee wasn't signed until weeks into the season and was waived in November before being re-signed in December. He only played sparingly when he was on the roster. Lee remains under contract with Detroit through 2019.... See More ... See Less
Lions' John Atkins: Logs two tackles in rookie year
Atkins recorded two tackles in two games for Detroit in 2018.
Atkins went undrafted out of Georgia last offseason and found his way to Detroit after spending the majority of the year with New England. He isn't much of a threat as a pass rusher, but he could develop into a quality early-down run-stuffer down the road.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Mitchell Loewen: Slated for RFA status
Loewen didn't see the field during Detroit's season finale against Green Bay.
Loewen was signed for depth at a time Detroit was in need of it along the defensive line, but he never took the field. The three-year vet will be a restricted free agent at the end of the league year.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Kerry Hyder: One sack in comeback season
Hyder recorded six tackles and one sack in seven games during the 2018 season.
After missing the entire 2017 season due to a ruptured Achilles, Hyder played sparingly after logging a season-high 45 snaps in the season-opening blowout loss to the Jets. It isn't clear if he's lost a step following the explosiveness-sapping nature of the injury he's recovery from, but Hyder could still be counted on more in 2019 if the team isn't able to satisfy the contract demands of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder).... See More ... See Less
Lions' Eli Harold: Sets new career high in sacks
Harold tallied 10 tackles, four sacks and one pass breakup in 13 games for the Lions in 2018.
Detroit acquired Harold from San Francisco in the preseason and the 2015 third-rounder ultimately served as Devon Kennard's backup all season. Harold still managed to find his way to a career high in sacks, though he also logged a career low in tackles and will now become an become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Tracy Walker: Shows promise as rookie
Walker recorded 21 tackles, two pass breakups and one interception over 16 games in 2018.
Walker showed a lot of promise for someone many thought of as a significant reach when the Lions made him a third-rounder in last year's draft. He didn't really have a huge role until the final quarter of the season, but Walker averaged 32.5 snaps over the final four games and has seemingly entrenched himself as the No. 3 safety behind Quandre Diggs and Glover Quin. With Quin considering retirement, it's possible Walker could move up the depth chart before the start of the 2019 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Teez Tabor: Yet to live up to draft stock
Tabor produced 28 tackles over 12 games in 2018.
Tabor is looking more and more like a bust after a 2018 season in which he was a healthy scratch on numerous occasions and has yet to defense a pass through 22 career games. It's unlikely the team gives up on the inexpensive 2017 second-rounder in advance of the 2019 campaign, but it's hard to imagine Tabor isn't on thin ice with the organization entering the offseason.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Tavon Wilson: Does well in reserve role
Wilson totaled 36 tackles and one sack over 15 games in 2018.
Wilson stayed healthy and performed relatively well in a reserve and special-teams role. However, he seems to have fallen to the team's No. 4 safety behind Quandre Diggs, Glover Quin and 2018 third-rounder Tracy Walker. Detroit could save $4 million against the cap by letting him go this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Mike Ford: Enters offseason with hurt shoulder
Ford injured his shoulder during the fourth quarter of the Lions' season finale against the Packers, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.
Ford wasn't signed to the active roster until 11 games into the season, but the undrafted rookie wound up playing a sizable role for Detroit down the stretch, seeing at least 47 defensive snaps in five of seven contests to end the year. He finishes with 25 tackles and one pass breakup in seven contests. Ford is under contract with the Lions for another season and will look to build upon his inaugural season stat line in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Ricky Jean Francois: Performs well in reserve role
Jean Francois totaled 30 tackles and two sacks in 16 games for the Lions in 2018.
Jean Francois had a head start on his teammates since he was already familiar with first-year head coach Matt Patricia's scheme from the time they spent working together in New England in 2017. The familiarity evidently paid off given the veteran's strong play in a reserve role at defensive tackle. However, the 32-year-old will now become a free agent and isn't guaranteed to return to Detroit in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Glover Quin: Down year in 2018
Quin produced 74 tackles, one sack and three pass breakups over 16 games in 2018.
The ironman that is Quin has now started 148 consecutive games, but in 2018 he logged a career low in snaps and went without a turnover for the first time since 2011. Part of the reason for his decrease in playing time was to get Pro Bowl teammate Quandre Diggs on the field as often as possible in addition to seeing what third-round rookie Tracy Walker could do, but it could also be argued that the 33-year-old has lost a step. Prior to the regular-season finale against Green Bay, Quin said he wasn't sure if he'd continue his career in 2019 despite having one season left on his contract, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN. Even if Quin does return, the IDP asset to own in this secondary is clearly Diggs at this point.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Quandre Diggs: Piles up 78 tackles
Diggs generated 78 tackles, eight pass breakups and three interceptions with one touchdown over 16 games for the Lions in 2018.
Detroit inked Diggs to a sizable contract extension before the season, and it looks like its investment will pay off if his 2018 performance is any indication. Playing safety full time after starting off as a nickel corner in 2017, Diggs has proven to be an instinctive presence with impressive ball skills and sure tackling, and he only benefits from playing next to All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay. With the 33-year-old Glover Quin coming off the lowest snap share as a member of the Lions, Diggs might just be one of the most important defensive players on the roster entering the 2019 campaign. He'll look to celebrate at the Pro Bowl, where he was voted in as an alternate.... See More ... See Less
Lions' Devon Kennard: New career high in sacks
Kennard produced 46 tackles and seven sacks over 15 games for the Lions in 2018.
Outside of slapping the franchise tag on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), Kennard was Detroit's biggest free-agent splash of the offseason on defense. Kennard almost exclusively was used as a pass rusher in his first year with the Lions and consequently collected a career high in sacks, though he only notched two in his final 10 games after piling up five in the first five games. Under contract for another two seasons, Kennard will look to improve his consistency in 2019 for a team that could realistically be without Ansah's services.... See More ... See Less
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