Detroit Lions: If You Want Them in Playoffs, We Can't Forget These Players

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Detroit Lions: If You Want Them in Playoffs, We Can't Forget These Players

It is awfully easy to get excited about all the moves the Lions made this off season.

Whenever Martin Mayhew wasn't bringing in a new weapon for Matt Stafford he was adding beef to that defensive line. He even managed to add a defensive back or two and maybe finally filled that hole at Left Guard.

I don't know if I am more excited about what Jahvid Best, Tony Scheffler and Nate Burleson will do for this offense or what Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams and Kyle Vanden Bosch will do for the defense.

When we throw Rob Sims and Jason Fox into the mix on the offensive line all we need is some production out of the newcomers like Chris Houston, Jonathon Wade, CC Brown and Dre Bly and this Lion team might surprise a lot of NFL fans.

No position group was ignored, from the quarterbacks with Shaun Hill to special teams with Isaiah Ekejiuba, every unit got an upgrade this year.

The Stafford to Calvin Johnson connection should be in high gear after a full off season of work and second year players like Louis Delmas, DeAndre Levy and Brandon Pettigrew should be better because, well, it's their second year.

HaMMeR, Hammond and Sudds are giving us great reports on the training camp activities and along with the lesser outlets like M Live and the CBS Rapid Fire we are hearing some pretty nice things about the new guys.

Everybody is gaga over Best and Suh; Burleson and Scheffler look like the real deal and even the CB duo of Houston and Wade are getting good reports.

Then there are those big shit eating grins every time Scott Linehan or Jim Schwartz talk about Stafford. I bet behind closed doors those two are as giddy as a couple of school girls when it comes to his potential.

That's okay, so am I.

But if this is going to work there are some players we should not forget. They were here last year and most of them have something to prove.

Some of them are coming back from injury and some of them are simply hoping to erase the memories of a bad year.

Some of them are grizzled old veterans and some of them are still young pups—or should I say cubs.

Some of them are trying to remember better years on other teams and some are trying to remove the stench of the Millen years.

Some of them are starters while others are back-ups, but they all will have to play a role somewhere and sometime this year.

The one thing they all have in common?

They can't wait to prove that this is a good—no make that a damn good football team.

That's a dream we can all agree on.

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