The Detroit Lions’ ground game has been a disappointment for years.
Detroit hasn’t had a player rush for 100 yards in a game since 2013, and it ranked last in rushing in 2017 (76.3 yards per game). The Lions took steps to change that in 2018.
In the draft, the Lions spent a first-round pick on center Frank Ragnow. They also signed veteran back LeGarrette Blount and drafted Kerryon Johnson in the second round. Ragnow will help spring a backfield that now includes Blount, Johnson, 2015 second-round pick Ameer Abdullah and receiving back Theo Riddick.nike nfl jerseys cheap
New head coach Matt Patricia and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter now need to figure out who will be the team’s primary ball-carrier.
It probably won’t be Riddick, who is one of the league’s top receiving backs but isn’t a punishing runner. Detroit should hope it isn’t Abdullah, who has averaged just 3.8 yards per carry over the course of his three-year career. If Johnson is ready to step in right away, he could be the top back. Blount, who is an early-down battering ram, could also take the role.
Getting the backfield situated during the offseason will go a long way toward improving Detroit’s rushing attack. In turn, that should bring balance to the offense and take some pressure off quarterback Matthew Stafford.
We saw how unbalanced the Green Bay Packers were last season when Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. Green Bay struggled to win without him, and not just because Rodgers has carried the offense for years.nfl jerseys cheap nike
The defense, which allowed 24.0 points per game (26th in the NFL), failed to make game-changing plays or to shut down opposing offenses. Without Rodgers there to rack up points on offense, Green Bay crumbled.nfl nike jerseys cheap
The Packers took steps to improve their defense this offseason. They brought back cornerback Tramon Williams and added defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. They drafted cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in the first and second round, respectively, and they added Oren Burks in Round 3.nike nfl jersey cheap
The Packers also replaced defensive coordinator Dom Capers with Mike Pettine.
Will these changes catapult Green Bay’s defense into the top five? Perhaps not, but the Packers should expect some significant improvement on that side of the ball in 2018.
In OTAs, the Packers will start to get an idea of just how much defensive improvement they can expect. cheap nfl jerseys nike