rookie season, though he could certainly make the 53-man
Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:11 pm
Way back in Week 1 , when we first saw a glimpse of the devastation that may lay ahead, I mentioned my misguided teenage years, when I relied on upon the likes of Staind and Limp Bizkit to carry me through my angsty phase. Since then, I’ve “grown up” to appreciate a little more reasonable and thoughtful artists whose expression of emotion runs deeper than the sounds of Jonathan Davis making guttural noises. But the Detroit Lions have regressed to a level we had hoped they had grown out of forever. They’re 3-6, their season is over before Thanksgiving, and they’re headed towards a top-five draft pick. And so much like my football team, I am relapsing to a much darker time.Lions-Bears Week 10 Song of the Game: “Falling Away from Me” by KornHey, I’m feeling tiredMy time has gone todayWhile the not-so-subtle suicidal overtones of this song are way too over-dramatic for the occasion, the hopelessness in the lyrics properly convey where this Lions fanbase is currently at right now. While most realistic fans knew this team was going to struggle out of the game, not many thought the team would actually regress as the season went on—especially after a legitimately impressive win on the road in Miami. But Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears sucked out any last hope of a 2018 turnaround, and the season is over. Beating me downBeating me , beating meDown, downInto the groundI try to pride myself on being the fan that can look at the big picture and remain hopeful for the future. The Golden Tate trade tested me, this game broke me. I’ll never be the kind of person to call for a one-and-done stint as a head coach. I honestly believe that continuity in the coaching staff is absolutely the key to success. But as I watch the Chicago Bears turn it around in the midst of an inaugural season with a new, inventive head coach that actually inspires confidence, it’s hard for me to look back at Matt Patricia and see someone that beams optimism. And then Patricia comes out Monday morning and says something as nonsensical as this... ... and I can’t help but wonder if Patricia is best served as a coordinator.I can’t always say”It’s gonna be better tomorrow”Falling away from meFalling away from meMaybe once Patricia gets a roster full of players he actually wants and a full coaching staff that falls in line with his thinking, we’ll see that general manager Bob Quinn made the right hire. But I’ve already lost a lot of confidence in the man, and that absolutely should not happen this early in his coaching career. Each week, we’ll use a song to describe our feeling or the Lions’ performance from the previous game. At the end of the year, we’ll have a complete Spotify playlist telling the story of the Lions’ 2018 season. You can check out the 2017 playlist here, and our explanations for our choices here. This year’s selections are in the Spotify list below. Full analysis of the Lions’ two 6th-round picks."After taking four straight defensive players from Round 2 to Round 5, the Detroit Lions finally turned their attention to the offensive side of the ball again in the sixth round and picked up two skill position players. Old Dominion receiver Travis Fulgham and Maryland running back Ty Johnson present two fancy weapons for the Lions offense. But all the way down in the sixth round , is there a legitimate shot either of these players could contend for an actual role with the team in 2019 and beyond? Let’s break down both picks.WR Travis Fulgham, Old DominionFulgham’s path to the NFL has been an unconventional one, to say the least. He was originally a walk-on at Old Dominion before earning himself a scholarship after a strong camp. He started playing football just a few years ago as a junior in high school. Now he’s officially in the NFL.At Old Dominion, Fulgham had an unassuming career through his junior season, though his eight touchdowns in 2016 accounted for over a quarter of the team’s passing output. Last year, Fulgham’s production exploded, pulling in 1,083 yards and upping his touchdown total to nine. His breakout season earned him second-team All-Conference USA honors, and Pro Football Focus named him to their first team Conference USA:As a prospect, Fulgham is all about length and ball skills. His route-running is still a bit sloppy, which is understandable considering how new he is to the sport. But his athletic profile certainly shows some promise. With the Lions , it’s hard to imagine Fulgham making any real impact in his rookie season, though he could certainly make the 53-man roster given Detroit’s thin depth at the position. He’s a high-upside pick that could develop into an outside starting receiver should the stars align and the Lions feel the need to move on from the likes of Marvin Jones Jr. when his contract is up after the 2020 season.RB Ty Johnson, MarylandIf you’ve been missing Jahvid Best, you may have found him reincarnated in the Lions’ newest running back. Johnson is an absolute sprinter, and that much is evident from his Maryland tape, where he was one of the most efficient runners in Terrapin history. 2015: 35 rushes, 250 yards (7.1 YPC), 3 TDs2016: 110 rushes, 1004 yards (9.1 YPC), 6 TDs2017: 137 rushes, 875 yards (6.4 YPC) , 5 TDs2018: 66 rushes, 506 yards (7.7 YPC), 6 TDsCuriously, Maryland rarely used Johnson as a receiver (29 career catches) even though Johnson’s athletic profile suggests he can be a threat catching the ball.But with the Lions already having a crowded backfield, Johnson will likely have to find another way onto the roster. Luckily for the rookie, he’s one of the best kick returners this year’s draft class has to offer. Johnson finished his college career with an average of 24.9 yards per kick return, including two house calls:Like Fulgham, Johnson has the ceiling to potentially be a contributor on offense down the line, but for now, his most likely path to the roster is as a returner and occasional trick-play option.