The Detroit Lions enter the 2011 campaign with something they have not had in the past 10 years: expectations. With the added pressure of hype comes pressure on players who are not used to feeling it. To counteract this, unsung heroes need to step up.
The Lions are a young team filled with talent. There are plenty of guys that have the ability to step up and make a difference. The Lions will need veterans like Calvin Johnson and Kyle Vanden Bosch to put the team on their back. These efforts, augmented with young breakout talent, could lead to the playoffs.
Here are the 7 members of the Lions that should be breakout stars this year.