The Lions enter the regular season with plenty of momentum after wins over Calgary and Winnipeg in preseason action. GM Ed Hervey has spent months turning over a Lions roster that could see as many as 12 new faces in the lineup Saturday night. Most of those changes came on defence including three new starters on the d-line and four more in the secondary.
On offence, look for quarterback Jonathon Jennings to do everything he can to get off to a fast start in 2018. A fortified offensive line along with a new coordinator in Jarious Jackson have the now-healthy pivot in perfect position to return to his heroics from 2016 when he became just the fourth Lions quarterback to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season.
On special teams, the electrifying Chris Rainey had two long punt returns wiped out by penalties last week, but all signs indicate that new coordinator Jeff Reinebold has the makings of a group that may be very special indeed. Often overlooked by fans, special teams can be a game changer and may be among the Lions’ biggest areas of improvement this year.
Summer officially arrives next week, but football is back and the new look Lions are ready to get 2018 rolling.