Post-Draft is one of the slowest news times in the NFL. While this time can be like construction on I96 at 5pm on a Tuesday when three lanes are now 1, it’s the perfect time for contemplation. A few more roster moves are on the horizon, and being second in the waiver order I expect the Lions to be active on that front again (though maybe not so much as last season) as the cuts continue.
Right now, teams are in heavy “tryout” mode still with UDFA and their own vets. As OTA’s and minicamps progress, guys who haven’t shown improvement, or if someone at the same position shows more potential that player can find themselves shown the door. Making the right cuts is very important, as if can often free up space for new players that could be a contributor — and if you don’t get them, someone else will.
I’ve been offline a few days thanks to a wrong cut of my own. There were two cables going from the cable box into the house. Went was literally just running along the ground around about 25% of the house — in front — under our front porch to boot. The other went directly into the house. Mr. Cable guy told me when he was installing the cable a few years back when we bought the house that the long cord in front “didn’t do anything” and even marked the other cable so I’d know which one was good.
We just tore out our front porch. It was serviceable (barely), but aging fast and starting to fall apart some. Time for a new one, but it is always a plunge to go someplace new. As we were ripping it out, I saw that darn cable getting in the way, and knew we’d have to move it in order to get the new porch in. So I finally got around to cutting it. Turns out the cable guy was wrong.
Fortunately, I was able to utilize the other cable and have restored Internet and cable, though I need to do some serious re-running of the wires in the basement to get them out of the way. The real positive is that I haven’t lost anything, and I now have a clean spot to put in a new porch/stairs that fit our needs and the house much better.
Sometimes, it may seem like a cut doesn’t make sense a the time, but if the front office and coaches are doing their jobs right, then it just may be that the cut is really preparation for something else. Ernie Sims was traded and now some fans were bemoaning the Lions not having a starting WLB and not drafting one. The key is not drafting one this year. They felt Jordan Dizon and Zack Follett were up to the task to compete for the starting job. Just like my second cable going into the house, they already felt they had a possible solution on hand.
Grady Jackson, Larry Foote, DeWayne White, Daniel Loper — many vets from last season were let go. The Lions were once again clearing out where the front steps go so they can use new young talent to build something that will work better.
Here is hoping the Lions have made the right cuts, and that at the end of the day they don’t end up with another crappy porch built out of mediocre at best talent. If their current track record holds, I don’t think we’ll be disappointed. I’m looking forward to my new front steps!!