8 Detroit Lions No One Is Talking About, but Should Be

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8 Detroit Lions No One Is Talking About, but Should Be

In workplaces across the state of Michigan, people have been gathering around the proverbial water cooler to gab about the offseason exploits of their favorite football team: the Detroit Lions.

Detroit's free agency, draft prognostications, Cliff Avril's contract, the Ryan Broyles pick and the running back situation have all been the focus of discussion at one time or another.

With the regular season inching closer and closer, talk has turned to training camp and the Lions' chances of improving on their 10-6 record from last year.

In fact, anticipation for the regular season is at an all-time high, and with fan and media attention focused elsewhere, a handful of Lions players have avoided the spotlight.

I've chosen eight players who have taken a backseat this offseason. They weren't in the news much, but each one of them could be a key piece to the Lions' success in 2012.

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