Detroit Lions: Five Players Who Need to Step Up in 2012

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Detroit Lions: Five Players Who Need to Step Up in 2012
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Last season, the Detroit Lions exceeded nearly everyone's wildest expectations with a season that ended in the playoffs.

Heck, people are probably starting to lobby for schools to be named after Matthew Stafford and Jim Schwartz, and with good reason. If James Woods can have a high school named after him in Rhode Island, Stafford should get one in Dearborn. 

That being said, there were still plenty of players who did not play up to the level that many had hoped, and this accentuates the fact that things have changed in Detroit.

Lions fans are no longer content with being a decent team or even a good one. Fans are ready for the Lions to be a great team.

And in order to do that, everyone is going to have to step up.

In particular, here are the five players who will need to improve in order for the Lions to reach the next level.

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