Lions Reveal New Captains for 2020 NFL Season

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Getty Taylor Decker and Matthew Stafford gesture during an Eagles vs. Lions game.

The Detroit Lions are ready to attack a new season, and as part of this season, they have a new group of captains set to lead the team into battle.

Friday, the Lions revealed Taylor Decker, Trey Flowers, Matthew Stafford, Jarrad Davis, Duron Harmon and Don Muhlbach as their captains for the 2020 season. Stafford, Flowers and Davis have served in a leadership role before, Muhlbach is a grizzled veteran, Harmon is a newcomer but one of the most vocal Lions and Decker has been am amazing breath of fresh air this offseason.

As a whole, it’s nice to see this group get a shot at team leadership. Every player on the list works hard, is respected and deserving of the honor of leading the team into battle.


Lions 2020 Roster

The Lions spent much of the offseason trying to improve some deficiencies on their defense and offense. In free agency, the team signed names such as cornerback Desmond Trufant, linebacker Jamie Collins and linemen Danny Shelton and Nick Williams while trading for safety Duron Harmon. They also signed Halapoulivaati Vaitai for the offensive line and Chase Daniel to back up the quarterback spot, and made key depth signings such as safety Jayron Kearse and cornerbacks Tony McRae and Darryl Roberts. The Lions said goodbye to a few former mainstays in free agency like offensive lineman Graham Glasgow and punter Sam Martin while trading former franchise star Darius Slay.

When the draft came along, the Lions were also very active. Cornerback Jeff Okudah, running back D’Andre Swift, guard Jonah Jackson, edge rusher Julian Okwara, guard Logan Stenberg, wideout Quintez Cephus, running back Jason Huntley, defensive tackle John Penisini and defensive lineman Jashon Cornell were all added to the mix. As a whole, the draft class was solid in plenty of ways. Detroit addressed some of their biggest needs including a new cornerback as well as toughness on the offensive and defensive lines. They also added a potentially elite runner in Swift.

As a whole, there have been enough changes to think that the team has beefed up enough in key spots to contend. The roster is fairly balanced, and is looking much deeper on defense and offense in some very key places.


Lions 2020 Schedule

Detroit finished in last in 2019, meaning they once again had to play a last place schedule which many rate as easier. The Lions have been no stranger to playing a last place schedule lately. Just this season it happened for the team after they went 6-10 in 2018. Prior to that, the Lions had played a much better schedule given their higher finish from 2017, but were not able to capitalize. Detroit has found life just as difficult with an easier schedule, and will once again have that to deal with in 2020.

How are they expected to fare this year? Many see the Lions as a potential under the radar fit to win the NFC North this coming season or contend for a playoff spot. They will now put their roster to the test this coming season to see how they finish.

This year, these players will be playing the biggest role as team captains.

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