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, could the NFL follow suit?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhitePride Of Detroita Detroit Lions communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryLionsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsOpen Thread: Which NFL team will be next to win their first Super Bowl?New,64commentsThe NHL and NBA did it this year, could the NFL follow suit?EDTShareTweetShareShareOpen Thread: Which NFL team will be next to win their first Super Bowl?Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThis week has brought us two new champions in the world of sports. Congrats to the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Raptors. No matter how much Drake or the song “Gloria” was shoved in our face, Boston (all their teams combined lately sans the Celtics) and Golden State make Thanos jealous with the amount of rings they have. It was time to spread the wealth.The other cool aspect is both franchises have been around at least 25 years and had no championships to show for it. We can now mark them both off the list of championship-less ineptitude. But there are still quite a few franchises still waiting to get their turn. All the athletic kids have been picked for the team, even the “not really that good but big/strong” kids have been picked. Yes, we are down to the merely popular kids and friends of the Captain getting their names called. At this point you just don’t want to be the very last person selected.Although we have empathy with all franchises in this position—especially as fans of the Lions—we are now going to focus on the NFL. Who’s name is next to be called? Who is the next franchise to win their first Super Bowl? Here are your contestants: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, DETROIT LIONS, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars Austin Bryant Jersey Mens
, San Di... errr Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans.Look over the list. Think. Ponder. Throw emotion and homerism out the window. Who’s the next of those teams to win it all? I sip the Kool Aid like everyone else. In fact, I envision the Lions winning it all at least several times a week. I’ve even got emotional and teary-eyed just thinking about it. But the next team to be called wears a different color blue.David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Chargers are my pick. They have all you’d need to make that next leap. Recent success (12-4 in 2018). Elite skill position players on offense (Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and the not elite but ascending Mike Williams). Premier defensive players (Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Casey Hayward, Detroit’s own Desmond King and a promising young stud safety Derwin James. And if we follow the Patriot model of always having a good coach and QB they have that as well. Anthony Lynn is proving to be one of the better new coaches and Philip Rivers is one of the most overlooked elite QBs. He also has 78 kids so that has to count for something.Top to bottom this is one of the best rosters with a good coach and a great QB. Aside from taking the easy money and picking the Patriots every year, if I were to pick a Super Bowl Champion right now, the Chargers would be under strong consideration. The biggest issue with them has been injuries. The majority of those players I mentioned has had significant injuries recently. And at 37, Philip Rivers is no spring chicken. But in terms of talent and coaching they have what it takes. I’d love to say it’s our Lions. This past offseason was a success and I think we have something special brewing. But for now, the Chargers are in the best shape to join the championship ranks. All they now need is a gimmick like an entertaining celebrity fan or a cheesy old song and they’re good to go. Wait the Lions have Toto’s “Africa”. Maybe we’re the next t... never mind.Your turn. Who you got? A closer look at the Lions depth chart leaves serious concerns at the tight end position beyond Jesse James."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsDetroit Lions RosterDetroit Lions AnalysisNext Man Up: Is Jesse James a one-man show at tight end?New,33commentsA closer look at the Lions depth chart leaves serious concerns at the tight end position beyond Jesse James.EDTShareTweetShareShareNext Man Up: Is Jesse James a one-man show at tight end?Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY SportsOne of the Detroit Lions’ biggest splash signings of this offseason was tight end Jesse James. As it stands now, James is set to take over the role of TE1 due to his ability Womens Teez Tabor Jersey
, experience, and paycheck. James’ previous production has shown that he has the ability to be an average to below average starting tight end, more so a “1B” on the depth chart if you will. Nonetheless, James’ signing was necessary if the Lions wanted to go into the 2019 NFL Draft without tight end being a glaring need. If James were to go down though, then let’s just say the Lions would have to consider making some significant moves. Next Man Up: Michael RobertsThe Lions drafted Michael Roberts in the fourth round of the 2017 draft based on his extreme efficiency in the red zone while at the University of Toledo with the hope that he would blossom into just as good of a tight end between the 20s. That experiment hasn’t panned out, however. Roberts has had problems with drops and fumbles to add to his unrefined route-running ability, keeping him sidelined in favor of sub-par journeyman like Darren Fells and Levine Toilolo. Last offseason there was even talk of Roberts not making the team in his second season due to the emergence of Hakeem Valles, and Roberts’ continued his struggles into the 2018 season. In two full seasons with the Lions, Roberts has 13 receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns to show for. For reference, Kenny Golladay, who the Lions picked just a round before Roberts, had seven catches for 146 yards in Week 15 of last season alone. Aside from Roberts, the only other tight end on the Lions roster is former quarterback-turned-tight-end Logan Thomas and Jerome Cunningham. Thomas, the 6-foot-7 Virginia Tech product http://www.lionslockerroom.com/authentic-nick-bellore-jersey
, was on the Lions practice squad for two days in 2016. Thomas was only active for two regular season games in his first three seasons, both in his rookie year with Arizona, and has since played in 25 games over the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills. For what it’s worth, Thomas has been just as productive as Roberts over that time, posting 19 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown.Grade: FIf the Lions were to lose Jesse James for any reason, they might as well just stop using tight ends in the offense. Relying on either of their (lack of) depth to take over the role of starting tight end is worrisome to say the least. The Lions were fortunate to land James in Detroit with a free agent class full of average to below average tight ends, and signing James the Lions eliminated the need to draft a tight end in the first day or two of the draft. It seems clear, however, that they will inevitably grab another tight end to complement James or at least be a competent backup. Some names to watch on draft weekend include Dawson Knox, Jace Sternberger, Kahale Warring, and Foster Moreau.