Patricia likes LBs, but would Lions take one in first round?
Allen Park — Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions’ roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event.Today: Linebacker
Holding the 20th selection next Thursday, the Lions have been taking a closer look at a couple of options who could potentially be on the board at that spot — Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch and Alabama’s Rashaan Evans. Both were reported to be among Detroit’s 30 allotted pre-draft visits.
Vander Esch is what some might call a beast. He’s built more like a budding edge rusher at 6-foot-4, 256 pounds and has athleticism in spades, posting some eye-popping metrics at the combine in February.
Despite the franchise’s emphasis on teal (remember the teal burgers and teal champagne during the team’s playoff run?), the black tops have been designated as the team’s primary jersey. There’s hope for the teal contingency, though:
In review, even as one who thought all the Jaguars needed was to ditch the two-toned helmet for an all-black look, this is a slight upgrade. The team attempted to do something similar with its last redesign before Nike took over for Reebok (see: NFL Network’s own Maurice Jones-Drew in those sets ) but missed the boat with unnecessary piping, which only looked good on the short-lived black alternates. Much like the Dolphins’ changes, less is more for these up-and-coming Jaguars.
Related: The Jaguars also announced a new name for their stadium, TIAA Bank Field, and the creation of the NFL’s first dog park, which will be located in the south end zone of the stadium.
I hear guys say they have a chip on their shoulder, Griffin said. I like to say I have a bag of chips on my shoulder. I say to them,’Your chip and my chip are two different things.’