5 Detroit Lions With the Most to Prove in 2014

The 5 Dettroit Lions Players With The Most To Prove In 2014

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Heading into 2014, the Detroit Lions have several players who need big seasons. Whether they're former high draft picks still hoping to live up to the hype or veterans looking to take advantage in a contract year, these players will have the spotlight on them throughout the upcoming season. Here now is a look at five Lions players with the most to prove in 2014.

5. TE Brandon Pettigrew

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5. TE Brandon Pettigrew

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After striking out this offseason as a free agent, Brandon Pettigrew decided to re-sign with the Lions for four seasons. However, his starting job is not guaranteed as both Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria have promising potential. If Pettigrew doesn't fix his issues in pass catching, he won't be around for all four seasons.

4. CB Darius Slay

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4. CB Darius Slay

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Darius Slay looked overmatched at times last season, and instead of being a top corner for the Lions, Slay was benched in 2013. So far, Slay has been impressive in the offseason, but once the games count, will he be able to step up to the challenge?

3. DT Nick Fairley

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3. DT Nick Fairley

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Heading into this season, Nick Fairley will be playing not just for his future with the Lions but his next contract in the NFL. While the former first-rounder has enormous potential, it has not been realized yet. His penchant for dumb penalties and costly personal fouls have derailed his career so far. If the disciplinary issues continue, Fairley won't be in the Motor City this time next year.

2. DT Ndamukong Suh

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2. DT Ndamukong Suh

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The second defensive tackle on this list, Ndamukong Suh has to evolve his game in order to become the best defensive tackle in the NFL. Suh has been getting by with just his power and ability to run over his opponents, but at some point, the former first-round pick has to develop some counter moves.

1. QB Matthew Stafford

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1. QB Matthew Stafford

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Matthew Stafford had 14 turnovers in the final seven games of the season and saw his completion percentage drop for a second consecutive season down to 58.5. Stafford's poor footwork and questionable decision making led to the team's 1-6 finish. If he continues to self-destruct, the Lions will be looking for a new QB sooner rather than later.


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