Detroit Lions: 3 positions that could still use some upgrading

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As the Detroit Lions enter whatever offseason programs that will be permitted to take place, we take a look at three positions that could still use some upgrading.

As the Detroit Lions enter the 2020 season, they’re leaving us with plenty of optimism.

Will the offense under Darrell Bevell mirror the success in his second year with the organization as they enjoyed during year one?

Will franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford return to form and remain healthy?  How will the rebuilt offensive line hold up?

Will the Lions be able to sustain a much-needed rushing attack after spending a premium pick on a potential star ball carrier like D’Andre Swift?

Despite losing Stafford and starting running back Kerryon Johnson for half of the season, the Bevell driven offense still produced the 16th most yards per game.  That’s impressive, considering the team had been forced to start the likes of Jeff Driskel and David Blough at quarterback.

The offense isn’t the real main concern, but those are still questions; many of us should continue to ask ourselves.

It’s the defense that we have plenty of concerns about.  The Detroit Lions couldn’t stop a plastic bag blowing in a quiet breeze last season.

I understand it’s a work in progress. At the same time, general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia continue to overhaul the defensive side of the football with players that fit their scheme in which models the New England Patriots.

The problem is, Matt Patricia isn’t Bill Belichick, and the Detroit Lions are not the Patriots.  It’s nice to strive towards something, but if last season was any indication, Detroit is far from producing an elite-level defense.

The Patriots led the entire NFL by only allowing a mere 275 yards per game.  Detroit, on the other hand, allowed 405 yards per game, which ranked them 31st in the NFL, just two yards shy of the leagues’ worst Arizona Cardinals.

Here’s a look at three areas the Detroit Lions should continue to upgrade this offseason.