Free agency is considerably less than a 7 days away and with the New York Giants reportedly electing not to use the franchise tag on Professional Bowl basic safety Landon Collins, it’s achievable the Detroit Lions could concentrate on a single of the very best readily available players this offseason.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano thinks it’s “bad decision” for the Giants to allow the 25-yr-previous Collins to strike the free of charge agency marketplace, but if he does, Graziano thinks the Lions could be a achievable landing location.
Lions defenders Quandre Diggs, Damon Harrison and Devon Kennard evidently also concur that Detroit need to be in the mix for Collins and have taken to Twitter to entice him to be a part of their defense.
With defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni contacting Diggs a single of the vocal leaders of the defense at the Lions Summit, it’s really achievable common manager Bob Quinn retains his belief in high regards and will at a minimum amount kick the tires on the thought of getting Collins.
When there are dots connecting Collins to the Lions, some of the team’s defenders supporting the thought, and the Lions having the cap home to include a major piece in free of charge agency, the major inquiries still left are:
- What role would Collins in good shape in the Lions defense?
- Do the Lions need a 3rd beginning basic safety?
Collins is labeled as a “box basic safety,” but he is in fact really at ease in the slot as properly. He is potent in operate defense but also really capable of covering limited ends and functioning backs out of the backfield, a thing the Lions have traditionally struggled with. He is also capable of covering extensive receivers, according to Professional Football Focus’ Brett Whitefield: “While participating in straight more than a slot extensive receiver Collins has a occupation grade of 75.4 (465 snaps).”
But Erik, isn’t that Quandre Diggs’ role?
It used to be in past schemes, but in mentor Matt Patricia’s defense, Diggs’ role expanded to all three basic safety spots. Diggs was originally deployed in the box/slot role but as Glover Quin struggled with variety at the single-high basic safety location — and Tracy Walker was not however prepared to phase in — Diggs was utilized there frequently very last period.
Walker is also capable of participating in at both equally single-high and in the slot, giving the Lions two safeties capable of participating in all more than the industry.
The Lions appreciate to deploy many players in the secondary, utilizing 5 in their foundation development but frequently expanding to 6 of 7 players. It’s frequent to consider that when many players are used in the secondary, that it implies many corners, but that in fact isn’t the situation any more as it is starting to be required in today’s NFL to have many safeties to match up with greater players on offense.
Past yr, the Lions’ basic safety snap counts guidance this thought, as Diggs (96.1 %) and Quin (84 %) observed the industry as principal selections, though Walker (27.1 %) and Tavon Wilson (30.8 %) split obligations as the 3rd basic safety solution.
If the Lions ended up to land an elite basic safety like Collins, the Lions safeties could effortlessly replicate or exceed these snap counts in 2019.
If the Lions include Collins in free of charge agency, I acquire a comparable stance as the a single Whitefield took on Twitter, wherever “Collins and Diggs (would enjoy) in ‘base’ and Walker would be the fifth defensive again in for a three-basic safety nickel.”
Collins and Diggs would seldom depart the industry, with Diggs participating in deep and Collins retaining a box/slot role. Walker would probable soak up Wilson’s snaps, escalating his role, and when he is on the industry his placement adaptability would allow the Lions to disguise coverages as both equally he and Diggs can be positionally interchangeable.
The addition of Collins would give the Lions three dynamic pieces at basic safety, allow Walker a lot more time to acquire and develop better chances to enjoy matchup defense.
If I’m Quinn, I am listening to Diggs, Harrison and Kennard by putting Collins at the best of free of charge agents targets list.