Offseason Blueprint: Lions
Detroit's projected lineup, cap situation, free-agent and draft targets
John Clayton, KC Joyner, Mel Kiper | ESPN Insider
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With the 2014 NFL scouting combine in the rearview mirror and free agency about to begin, Insider's experts have produced an Offseason Blueprint for all 32 NFL teams. Included are each team's offseason priorities, projected 2014 lineups, draft and free-agency targets, cap situation and much more.
This is the Offseason Blueprint for the Detroit Lions.
What management's to-do list should include this offseason.
1. Adjust to the new head coach. What does Jim Caldwell bring to the table as far as protocols and procedures that will specifically address the development and consistency of this team as a whole on the field and off? And specifically, how does that new approach pertain to QB Matthew Stafford?
2. Keep improving the run game. With the retention of offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn, and the exceptional development of young offensive linemen such as 2013 third-round pick Larry Warford, this team can take the next step and become balanced under the new regime -- if they want to. It's a possibility Detroit can improve on its 4.03 rush yards per play, 22nd in the league in '13.
3. A young, reliable, high-upside receiver is needed to align opposite Calvin Johnson following the release of veteran Nate Burleson due to cap reasons. There is no viable No. 2 receiver on the roster.
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