Detroit Lions: 3 best offseason additions in 2022

Detroit Lions, Aidan Hutchinson (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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There is a different feeling surrounding the team from the Motor City. And thanks in part to some newcomers, the Detroit Lions bear watching in 2022. It’s a franchise that hasn’t won a league championship since 1957, hasn’t captured a division title since 1993, and has not won a postseason game since 1991.

But don’t tell that to head coach Dan Campbell of the Detroit Lions. His exuberance has really caught on in the Motor City. And there seems to be a different feeling surrounding a team that has finished dead last in the NFC North for four consecutive years.

Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes seem to have this team headed in the right direction. The Lions didn’t make a ton of moves this offseason but they added some quality pieces to a team that finished a deceptive 3-13-1 a year ago. So which newcomers are making the biggest impression as the club host the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday?

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Detroit Lions top offseason pickup no. 3: S DeShon Elliott (Baltimore Ravens)

A sixth-round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens in 2018, the former University of Texas product has had problems staying on the field. He missed his entire rookie season with a broken arm and was limited to only six games in both 2019 and ‘21 due to injury.

But when safety DeShon Elliott was able to stay on the field, he made his presence felt. In 2020, he was a 16-game starter for John Harbaugh’s club. He finished fourth on the club with 80 defensive stops, to go along with 2.5 sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, and four passes defensed. A physical performer who should be a perfect fit in coordinator Aaron Glenn’s defense.