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Detroit Lions’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

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Detroit Lions: The 5 Most Irreplaceable Players in 2014

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The Detroit Lions are as close to greatness as any team could be coming off an 8-8 season. The scary part is, they’re just as close to that horrible 0-16 season they had not that long ago. You can change the coaches and scheme, but these are the five players set to make or break the Lions’ success.

5. Matthew Stafford

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5. Matthew Stafford

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There’s no question that every team’s most irreplaceable player is always their starting quarterback, but for the Detroit Lions, it’s bigger than that. They have a pass heavy, high octane offense that will be even more complicated and intense this season with no truly reliable backup.

4. Golden Tate

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4. Golden Tate

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That high-powered offense doesn’t work without its receiving weapons, and Calvin Johnson needs his help. If Golden Tate goes down, the Lions have no idea who their true second receiver is outside of Tate.

3. Ndamukong Suh

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3. Ndamukong Suh

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The Lions' secondary has a lot to prove this season, but without a strong defensive line, the Lions have absolutely no defense. Despite all his issues, Ndamukong Suh is still the anchor on the defensive line, and nobody else has truly proved they could take his place.

2. Calvin Johnson

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2. Calvin Johnson

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This one is obvious. If you need me to tell you why the Lions need Calvin Johnson, you haven’t watched professional football over the last half decade.

1. DeAndre Levy

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1. DeAndre Levy

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Here’s the real deal. DeAndre Levy is the only guy behind the defensive line who made any real impact in 2013. So far, he’s all the Lions have for playmakers back there, and they so desperately need defensive playmakers.