Free Press writers Dave Birkett and Carlos Monarrez discuss the Lions trading for Greg Robinson and signing Cyrus Kouandjio on June 15, 2017.
The Detroit Lions found clarity at some positions – Ameer Abdullah is healthy and will be their starting running back this fall – but have big question marks at others as they head into their off-season break.
Here are the top five position battles they have left to sort through when training camp opens next month:
1. Left tackle: This wouldn’t have been a question at all if not for a shoulder injury that could keep Taylor Decker out the first half of the season. The Lions used Joe Dahl and Cornelius Lucas at left tackle the last two weeks of spring, while the three players with maybe the best chance of winning the job haven’t practiced with the team at all: The injured Corey Robinson and new additions Cyrus Kouandjio and Greg Robinson. The second Robinson is the most talented of the bunch, but this is an impossible battle to handicap for now.
2. Nickel cornerback: Quandre Diggs is back healthy after a torn pectoral muscle ended his 2016 season and took most of the first-team reps this spring. Diggs, though, still has work to do to make the roster after the Lions added three cornerbacks this off-season: D.J. Hayden and rookies Teez Tabor and Jamal Agnew. Hayden can play both outside and inside, and might have the inside track at the job once the season gets…
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