The Detroit Lions have seemingly struggled in the past few weeks of the 2017 season, and it’s hard to ignore. Offensively, they haven’t been able to protect franchise icon Matthew Stafford. Injuries have, as it always seems to with this team, derailed the current 3-4 squad.
Defensively, the Lions have been pretty potent against the run. The team headed into their week six match-up in New Orleans as the third-ranked rushing defense. Detroit then ended up allowing 51 points to Drew Brees and company.
The Lions may be preparing to shake things up, at least on the offensive side of the ball. Teams have reportedly been calling about tight end Eric Ebron, according to insider Ian Rapoport.
One player to keep an eye on before the trade deadline: #Lions TE Eric Ebron. Teams have been calling Detroit to potentially trade for him.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2017
Ebron has struggled this season, and has struggled pretty much his entire career. This season, he has 13 receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown. Since being drafted 10th overall in 2014, Ebron has reeled in 146 catches for 1,598 yards and 8 touchdowns.
The production of Ebron has been matched and surpassed by backup Darren Fells, and may have made him expendable. Ebron is officially a bust in Detroit, so it’s time to move on from him. If Detroit can get any value out of him, they should jump at the opportunity.
In other Lions news, multiple reports indicate that Detroit is receiving calls about the rights to former star wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson retired following the 2015 season, and is widely regarded as one of the Lions greatest players of all time.
He holds the single season receiving yards record, which he set in 2012 with 1964 yards (an average of 123 yards per game).
This move is unlikely to happen based on the uncertainty of whether or not “Megatron” will actually return. It would be a big feather in the cap for the team that would actually successfully convince him to return. However, the uncertainty around the situation makes this a gamble that may just be too big to take.
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