Detroit Lions
Is Matthew Stafford actually underrated? Can the Detroit Lions actually make some noise in 2019? Take a look at the rest of the training camp takeaways here (Mike Mulholland/MLive.com)

It’s a new year and the same old Detroit Lions. It never gets better in Detroit for Lions fans. I don’t even have to see the roster. I just know what is going to happen. It’s the Lions! The perpetual loser of the NFL is back at it for another season and have reported to training camp. Let’s take the walk of shame and check out what the Detroit Lions have to look forward to (or not) as they open up training camp.

3 Position Battles To Watch:

Right Tackle: Ricky Wagner, Tyrell Crosby

Tyrell Crosby played really well as a rookie 5th round pick from Oregon. I was surprised how far he fell down boards. He may have been the best pure pass protecting tackle in the draft. Ricky Wagner has also been nothing but stable at the position. Can Wagner continue to fend off Crosby? If so, can Crosby start at guard? Frank Ragnow, the 2018 first round pick, did not perform well at all last year.

Linebacker: Christian Jones, Jahlani Tavai, Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Jarrad Davis is a check. Devon Kennard is another check. They aren’t stars but they are capable starters. The last linebacker spot is really up for grabs. Christian Jones couldn’t stick in Chicago and will try to do so with division rival Detroit. Tavai came out of nowhere to get drafted in the 2nd round. He wasn’t even invited to the Senior Bowl. Total lunacy. Jalen Reeves-Maybin has been a bust so far struggling to contribute. Good luck!

Ready To Breakout: Kerryon Johnson

Kerryon Johnson actually had a nice rookie season. Johnson fantasy owners know far too well how many touchdowns LeGarrette Blount stole from him last year. Johnson carried the rock 118 times for 641 yards (5.4 YPC) and 3 touchdowns. Now Johnson has a new touchdown hog to deal with in the form of CJ Anderson. I still think Johnson becomes a viable stud in fantasy this year. He showed a ton of promise and I think he only continues to grow.

Rookie To Watch: TJ Hockenson

I didn’t understand the TJ Hockenson pick. It made no sense to me. It felt like Eric Ebron all over again. Maybe Hockenson flourishes… when he leaves Detroit. Let’s see if he proves me wrong. Ask yourself this question. Is TJ Hockenson the 8th best player in the 2019 NFL Draft? No chance.

Fantasy Sleeper: Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford is quietly a steady fantasy play when healthy. Nobody likes to pick him but he always gives you points. Win or lose, Stafford provides slightly above average fantasy production. Stafford only had 21 touchdowns in 2018. I think that number should improve. Why not? Kenny Golladay is getting better?