Elliott Byrd ‘22: The Lions, currently 3-3-1 and playing in the best division in the NFL, found themselves in a tough spot at the trade deadline. GM Bob Quinn faced the tough decision choosing whether to buy or sell in order to maximize the rest of his team’s season. On October 22 the Lions traded one of their defensive captains, Quandre Diggs, in a questionable deal, due to Diggs’ impact not only on the field but also in the locker room. After the trade became public knowledge several players spoke out about it, notably Detroit’s pro bowl corner Darius Slay who expressed his outrage on Twitter.
Shockingly, the Lions made no more moves after the Diggs trade when the deadline passed at 4:00 pm on October 29. Ian Rapoport of ESPN tweeted that the Lions inquired about Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman. Reports also surfaced of the Lions calling about Denver Broncos lockdown corner Chris Harris Jr. Although Detroit called, both deals fell through the table.
Without making any moves the Lions are left thin at multiple spots on the 53 man roster. Running back Kerryon Johnson got placed on IR last week, which certainly won’t help the Lions already struggling run game. The Lions will look to spread the running workload between rookie Ty Johnson, JD McKissic, and recent waiver pickup Tra Carson. The Lions Defense also remains struggling throughout this season, ranking last in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 25th in the NFL in total sacks. One bright spot on the defense, Trey Flowers looked good last week forcing back to back sacks.
Without making any moves other than trading away a defensive captain, the rest of the season proves an interesting opportunity to see Coach Patricia and the Lions try to make a push for the playoffs.