Detroit Lions player stock: Who’s trending up versus who’s trending down

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Detroit Lions Offensive Line

Detroit’s offensive line entered the year as the strength of the roster, and it definitely played like it on Monday. Even without Za’Darius Smith, the Packers have a talented front with Preston Smith, Kenny Clark, and Rashan Gary, but the Lions line neutralized them.

Frank Ragnow was his dominant self; Peneii Sewell played well again on the left side; Jonah Jackson and Hal Vatai were solid. The only exception was converted defensive lineman Matt Nelson who struggled, but that shouldn’t be a long-term issue once Taylor Decker is available to return from his injury.

The line was the key to all of the offense’s success. Goff had all day to throw in the first half, and it was no coincidence he looked as good as he did in the first half. They also opened up holes in the run game allowing the Lions to rush for 5.7 yards per carry.

The offensive line will have to play incredibly well for the Lions to even have a chance in most games this year, but so far, they have been up to the challenge even without their starting tackle, Taylor Decker.