Analysis: If a defense can’t consistently pressure the passer in the NFL, odds are the unit is going to struggle overall. The Detroit Lions finished near the bottom of the NFL in quarterback hurries and sacks last season and subsequently ranked 27th in total defense, 21st in scoring defense and 28th in red zone defense.
So we’re going out on the sturdiest of limbs when we say the team could use some juice on the edge in this upcoming draft.
That’s not to say the team’s current roster is devoid of talent and potential. Ziggy Ansah returns after closing last season with a flurry of sacks, a potential precursor that he is capable of returning to his 2015 form, when he dropped opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times.
Landry offers a different skill set. The 6-foot-3, 252-pounder isn’t likely to be as well-rounded as Davenport, but the former disrupts the pocket with an explosive first step that makes it seem like he was spring-loaded into his stance.
Ingram had the best season of his seven-year NFL career in 2017, running for career highs of 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had career highs with 58 receptions for 416 yards, showcasing the versatility the Saints desire in their backs.
Neither of these teams has as storied a history as the Yankees or Red Sox, considering they have combined for only three pennants and have both yet to win a title. Their rivalry is predicated on that 2007 tiebreaker game that helped launch Colorado to its only World Series berth.
However, there was still bad blood. San Diego’s Manuel Margot went on the 10-day disabled list after he took a pitch to the ribs last Tuesday. We can only assume that this is the reason that San Diego’s Luis Perdomo hit three Rockies in the first three innings of Wednesday’s game. The third hit batter was potential superstar Nolan Arenado, who finally had enough and charged the mound. Unless the two teams shared words prior to the Margot incident, there is no excuse for Perdomo to take any action.