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6 Detroit Lions Bound to Break out in 2014
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

In the 2013 season, the Detroit Lions benefited from a breakout season by veteran linebacker DeAndre Levy. The spike in his productivity was stunning:

 Year  Tackles INTs Passes Defended
2011  73  1  1
2012  55  1  3
2013  85  6  15

Good teams always seem to benefit from players who make big leaps from one year to the next. Sometimes it's young players maturing. Other times it's guys seizing upon increased opportunities. And sometimes it's just the sun shining where it hasn't before and might never again. 

The Lions have several candidates for breakout campaigns in 2014. Some of these players have already begun to emerge, while others are bound to be pleasant surprises. 

Here are six of those candidates. If even half these guys make the kind of leap that Levy did, the Lions will have a very successful season. 

 

Note: All statistics used in this slideshow, including the table above, are from NFL.comAdvanced statistics and ratings from Pro Football Focus (subscription required), or PFF, are referenced. 

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