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

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Detroit Lions, Alex Anzalone
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Detroit Lions players whose stock is falling

Alex Anzalone and Jamie Collins

As evident as it was to everyone watching, the Lions linebackers were completely exposed by Aaron Jones and the Packers’ offense. They were exposed in both the run game and the passing game as the Packers were able to move down the field effortlessly.

Jones consistently kept the ball moving down the field in the run game, which opened up the Lions defense to allow Rodgers to take deep shots in the second half. In the passing game, the linebackers could not stop either Jones or tight end Robert Tonyan.

Both Collins and Anzalone gave up touchdowns, and several chunk plays. There is not much the Lions can do at this point to improve their linebacking core besides inserting Derrick Barnes in the starting lineup and seeing if he can provide a spark.

Will Harris

Another expected weakness heading into the season, Will Harris has struggled mightily through the first two games. Harris does not do anything well; he is not great in man or zone coverage, and he is not a great tackler. Opposing teams are aware of the scouting report on Harris.

Throughout the game, the Packers continuously ran plays to his side of the field in both the run and the passing game, forcing Harris to make plays. At this point, Harris will continue to be targeted whenever he is on the field. If he does not improve quickly, it will be more of the same story, and the Lions may have to move on from the former third-round pick.