We used to play a game every ifseason called our roster "30 lock". The Lions were so untalented, it was actually difficult to figure who the starters would be, much less the backups and who would make the final roster. Churn was high. Talent was low. UDFA were the next savior of the franchise. Draft picks from rounds 1-5 were expected -- Needed -- to be quality starters.
As I sit after a few days of de-liquifying our home, just scanning over the Lions' new roster it hit me:
This team is both talented, and at several points - there is depth. Honest to goodness depth! We're not talking about the kind of Matt Millen depth where there was a group of similarly talented players at a position - where one got injured and there was another, equally bad player, there to take his place.
We are talking about starters ranging from solid to superstar at every position. We are talking about backups and rotational depth that can step in and step-up to maintain quality play. We are talking about an honest to goodness NFL roster!
Are we talking about a playoff roster? It's too early to tell. This is the ifseason, and while I'm growing more excited every day for this season full of new possibilities to start - I still hold the caution of "IF" What I do know is that for the first time in many years we Lions fans know for certain that we have a real NFL front office capable, willing, able, to assemble a real NFL roster. That alone gives the Lions a fighting chance each Sunday.
No more laughingstock of the league in Motown. Think we can handle watching a real NFL team in action? I know I'm ready!!