by on August 15, 2019

With LeGarrette Blount facing free agency after an inefficient year Barry Sanders Jersey , the Detroit Lions are likely in the market for a complementary back alongside 2018 second-round draft pick Kerryon Johnson. While some are advocating for another draft pick this year, many believe the Lions will look to free agency to help round out their backfield. NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson is amongst the latter group, and he suggested the Lions go after one of the bigger names in free agency. Tomlinson believes the Detroit Lions are the best fit for four-time All Pro Adrian Peterson. “I just think they have a young kid in Kerryon Johnson, who I really like. Kerryon is going to be a stud in this league,” Tomlinson said on NFL Network’s “Total Access” this week. “But I think he can learn a lot from Adrian Peterson. Just the approach of how to be a pro, how to handle being a full-time running back.”Mentoring Johnson obviously has some intangible value to it. We saw veteran players like Ricky Jean Francois help develop defensive line talent that was struggling with a new system. However, Tomlinson suggests that Peterson will bring real value to the field, as well.“So I can see Adrian going to Detroit Michael Roberts Jersey , mentoring that young kid, but also having a chance to continue to do his own thing and possibly pass yours truly (in the record books)” he said. Signing a 33-year-old running back is going to be a hard sell for most Lions fans, especially after last year’s plan to sign 31-year-old Blount failed so spectacularly.However, Peterson’s career has been a lot more successful than Blount’s, and he showed plenty of signs of life last year with Washington. Not only did Peterson hit the 1,000-yard mark for the first time since 2015, but he was quite efficient with his runs. He hit 4.2 yards per carry for the season, but Taylor Decker Jersey , more importantly, he was an excellent short-yardage runner for Washington.On third-and-short, Peterson earned first down on 10 of 12 carries, the third best first-down percentage among running backs with at least 10 attempts. That is something the Lions—and Blount specifically—struggled with in 2018. Detroit converted just 61.9 percent (12 of 21) of such situations last year.Additionally appealing would be Peterson’s price. Last year, Washington was able to sign him for just a one-year, $1.05 million contract. That price may go up after an efficient year in Washington but probably not by a lot considering he will be 34 before the season starts.It’s an interesting idea from Tomlinson, and one at least worth some consideration. However, at some point A’Shawn Robinson Jersey , Peterson is going to hit that wall, if he hasn’t already. And considering the Lions swung and missed last year with an aging back, they may be more inclined to take a different strategy into 2019.Sunday open thread: How worried are you about the Detroit Lions’ preseason performance? Look, we need to just admit it. The Detroit Lions have not been easy to watch this preseason. They’ve been outright bad. Their starting quarterback hasn’t produced a touchdown in eight drives. The defense has been worked over by the likes of Davis Webb, Connor Cook and Ryan Griffin.The players supposed to take big leaps this year—namely the entire 2017 draft class—has underperformed and underwhelmed. Of course, this is the preseason, where the gameplans are made up and the points don’t matter. An optimist could look at how the Lions have played and throw everything out of the window. A pessimist would look at the disastrous play of the Lions and conclude they’ll be one of the worst teams in the league this year.There are things from the preseason that don’t matter: The final score, for one. Preseason record has no correlation to regular season record Graham Glasgow Jersey , so there’s no cause for concern with Detroit’s 1-2 record thus far. But individual performances and struggles shouldn’t be completely overlooked simply because it’s the preseason. So keeping that all in mind, today’s Question of the Day is: How worried are you about the Lions after their performance through three preseason games? My answer: 4/10I’d be lying if I said my confidence wasn’t a little shaken after Friday’s game, but here’s the thing: Nothing about what I saw really surprised me. I knew the defense was going to struggle this year—especially early on. I knew the running game wasn’t going to magically become a top 10 unit right away. And I certainly knew the offensive line was going to struggle if T.J. Lang wasn’t in there.But my concern goes beyond all that. Some of the players I thought the Lions would be relying upon heavily in 2018 have disappointed the most this preseason. Jarrad Davis, A’Shawn Robinson, Michael Roberts, and Teez Tabor have all been hugely disappointing throughout camp and preseason, and I can’t just ignore it because it’s not the regular season yet. The problems we’re seeing are consistent with what we’ve seen, which means these players are either regressing or stagnant in their development. All that being said Jake Rudock Jersey , I’m not going to panic about the 2018 season. People tend to think all of the development and growth from a team happens in the offseason, but in reality, a team typically looks a lot different in August than they do in December. Growth happens every week in the NFL and it will be Matt Patricia’s job to make sure this team is learning and getting better every week. Things may be ugly early, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be ugly late. And for that reason, I’m not quite yet hitting any sort of panic button.

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