Cephus with the skills to make the Lions

29 May 2020 00:48:54 GMTPlus10

Quintez Cephus brings an excellent leaping ability and strong catching skills to the Detroit Lions after being selected in the fifth round out of Minnesota.

The former Golden Gophers wide receiver was a Division I basketball project in high school and that coordination shows in his play at wide receiver.

A featured receiver in Minnesota with 59 catches for 901 yards and seven touchdowns, Cephus joins a fairly crowded wide receiver room in Detroit.

Kenny Golladay was seventh in the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1190, behind only Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, Travis Kelce, DeVante Parker and Keenan Allen. With the Lions struggling that may have been one of the more anonymous 1000+ yard receiving seasons in recent memory.

Marvin Jones had almost 800 yards receiving and with Danny Amendola in the slot, catching the ball wasn't the problem in Detroit. The issue was a defense that leaked points to the tune of 423, seventh worst in the NFL.

The Lions turned to free agency to try and address the issues, but rather flapped about in the draft, waiting until the late rounds to address needs at defensive tackle and defensive end.

At this point, the Detroit plan appears to be to just outlast their opponents, but a middle of the pack offense couldn't even do that in 2019.

Cephus could certainly help add something to the offense, but the issues with the Lions seem to run especially deep. It would not be a shock to see head coach Matt Patricia ousted and Detroit turn to yet another complete rebuild.

The Lions open their season against NFC North rivals Chicago and areĀ 1.80 for the win, while the Bears are 2.05.

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