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  • Lions' Amani Oruwariye: Disappointing 2022 campaign

    Oruwariye totaled 44 tackles, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery over 14 games in 2022.

    Oruwariye opened the season as a clear starter on the outside, but he became a much smaller part of the cornerback rotation after Detroit's midseason firing of its defensive backs coach. He ultimately topped 50 percent of the defensive snaps twice over the final nine games of the year while finishing it with three-year lows in practically every statistical category. Now entering the free-agent market at the end of the league year, Oruwariye may need to fight for a depth role somewhere other than Detroit in 2023.

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  • Lions' Kerby Joseph: Four picks as rookie

    Joseph tallied 83 tackles, eight pass breakups, four interceptions and two forced fumbles over 17 games in 2022.

    Detroit's defense took a big hit after losing safety Tracy Walker (Achilles) in Week 3, but Joseph was largely successful in filling in for the veteran. Not only did the rookie manage to become the first player to ever pick off Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers three times in a year, Joseph simultaneously showed plenty of upside as an IDP asset -- starting with his 10-tackle, two-interception performance against Green Bay in Week 9. However, with Walker set to return in 2023, it is not clear as to whether Joseph will continue to handle the role that allowed him to post these kinds of stats.

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  • Lions' DeShon Elliott: Primed for pay raise

    Elliott registered 96 tackles, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble over 14 games in 2022.

    Playing on a one-year, $1.1 million deal in 2022, Elliott had a rough start to his tenure in Detroit that included an early-season benching. However, it didn't take Elliott long to work his way back into the lineup, where he was an every-down player over the second half the year. Considering that he figures to have plenty of suitors for his services in 2023, Elliott is far from certain to return to Detroit.

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  • Lions' Jeff Okudah: Totals 73 tackles

    Okudah (elbow) tallied 73 tackles, seven pass breakups, one interception, one defensive touchdown and one forced fumble over 15 games in 2022.

    After looking like a bust over the first two seasons of his career, Okudah looked like a new player during the first half of the season under former defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant. However, even though Detroit was more successful as a team after Pleasant's midseason dismissal, Okudah's play deteriorated down the stretch, and the former No. 2 overall pick was ultimately the worst-graded cornerback in coverage over the final five weeks of the season, per Pro Football Focus. With that said, an elbow injury seemingly impacted Okudah's play during this period, and the Detroit coaching staff doesn't seem to have lost confidence in Okudah entering 2023. While the Lions will surely add reinforcements to the cornerback position with Amani Oruwariye and Mike Hughes set to hit the open market, Okudah seems like a good bet to open next season in the starting lineup opposite Jerry Jacobs.

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  • Lions' Jerry Jacobs: Successful second season

    Jacobs recorded 42 tackles, one sack, eight pass breakups and one interception over 12 games in 2022.

    Jacobs missed the first five games of the year while working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in 2021, but he finished the season as arguably Detroit's most reliable cornerback. Not only was Jeff Okudah (elbow) benched down the stretch after an impressive first half of the season, Amani Oruwariye and Mike Hughes -- who will be free agents at the end of the league year -- were benched at different points as well. Jacobs ultimately became a mainstay in the defensive lineup by year's end, and the Alabama product seems primed to return to Detroit in 2023 as a near every-down player for new defensive backs coach Dre Bly.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 128.2
(11th)
261.4
(8th)
380.0
(4th)
Def. 146.5
(29th)
261.5
(30th)
392.4
(32nd)

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Okudah CB Jeff Okudah CB Elbow
T. Walker FS Tracy Walker FS Achilles
C. Harris DE Charles Harris DE Groin
J. Okwara OLB Julian Okwara OLB Elbow
K. Raymond WR Kalif Raymond WR Ribs