3 Lions Still on Thin Ice After the Trade Deadline

The Lions didn’t make the big impact that some fans expected at the NFL Trade Deadline on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the team’s roster is fixed in stone.

In a deal with Cleveland, Detroit added Donovan Peoples-Jones, further muddying the waters for the wide receiving corps, while doubts remain on the defensive side of the ball.

3 Lions Still on Thin Ice After the Trade Deadline

Let’s take a look at who is still in risk of losing their job as Detroit prepares for a playoff run:

Thin Ice for Lions Players
at prior seasons, with the Lions down at the bottom of the standings and no compelling need to win now, this hasn’t even been a conversation worth having.

That has since changed. Detroit (6-2) presently owns the NFC’s second-best record, and NFL fans understand how brief the window of contention can be.

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That is why these three Lions must improve their play as soon as possible if they are to remain on the pitch.

Jameson WR Williams
I’m sure I’m not the only Lions supporter who is frustrated with Williams’ inability to catch a ball. Through four games, the first-round wide receiver has only six catches for 71 yards and one touchdown, plus THREE drops on only 15 targets!

Of course, Williams will always be helpful as a deep-ball threat, but that may be all he’ll ever be, and with Peoples-Jones now on the roster, he’s running out of time to prove that wrong.

SS Will Harris

Harris has been a reliable component of the defensive secondary for a few of seasons, but he may be on his way out.

Even with CJ Gardner-Johnson out, the soon-to-be 28-year-old has played in fewer than 5% of defensive snaps in four games this season (0% last week), with promising young players like Brian Branch and Kerby Joseph providing plenty of depth at safety.

Given that Harris isn’t under contract for next season, he surely has the motive to make an impact.

DE John Cominsky
The Lions urgently need a better pass rusher to complement Aiden Hutchinson, and Cominsky isn’t providing it.

In eight games this season, Cominsky has one sack and five total QB hits.

Julian Okwara, on the other hand, is two years younger and has already recorded two sacks and three QB hits in only three games despite playing less than 40% of the snaps.

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Cominsky will have to deliver to keep Okwara at bay as he recovers from an early-season arm injury.

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