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Predict the Lions' 2021 Opening Day Front Four

Much has been made about the Leos' front 4 since we were not able to retain Micah Johnson. It will be a largely 'no name' line, but I wouldn't confuse that with 'no talent.' Lots of veteran Import talent coming here, many of whom have had stops in the NFL (of varying lengths).

Here is my opening day prediction:

DE - Chris Casher
NT - Lewis Neal
DT - J.R. Tavai
DE - Obum Gwacham

I think they're going to keep Nordly Capi as a rotational rush end. He hasn't played in some time, but he had 4 sacks for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, leading the team in preseason (before being released). I also think Ufomba Kamalu is going to be on the opening day roster at defensive tackle.


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David wrote: Thu May 13, 2021 12:11 pm Much has been made about the Leos' front 4 since we were not able to retain Micah Johnson. It will be a largely 'no name' line, but I wouldn't confuse that with 'no talent.' Lots of veteran Import talent coming here, many of whom have had stops in the NFL (of varying lengths).

Here is my opening day prediction:

DE - Chris Casher
NT - Lewis Neal
DT - J.R. Tavai
DE - Obum Gwacham

I think they're going to keep Nordly Capi as a rotational rush end. He hasn't played in some time, but he had 4 sacks for the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, leading the team in preseason (before being released). I also think Ufomba Kamalu is going to be on the opening day roster at defensive tackle.


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I think J.R. Tavai and Chris Casher will start training camp as the first-unit defensive ends, which under previous regimes would make them locks for the opening-day roster. Tavai started at DE for Rick Campbell in Ottawa in 2019 and recorded a team-high 7 sacks, along with 49 defensive tackles and 3 forced fumbles. Casher also had 7 sacks, 34 defensive tackles and a forced fumble in limited reps on a talented Calgary D line. Both were prized free-agent acquisitions in 2020.

I don't know much about the contenders for interior D-line positions other than what Matt Baker has reported from his discussions with the coaching staff. It's clear that they're planning to start four Americans up front and are high on Ufomba Kamalu and Lewis Neal, who both have NFL experience, so I'd give them the inside track for starting positions in a more wide-open battle. Kamalu played DE in the NFL and has the size to play inside or outside. Still, I would not be surprised to see one or two other names in the starting front 4.

DE - Chris Casher
NT - Lewis Neal
DT - Ufomba Kamalu
DE - J.R. Tavai


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Re: Predict the Lions' 2021 Opening Day Front Four

Still hoping Ryan Brown ends up back with us. Has not signed with anyone yet after being ranked #3 among 2021 FA DLs behind only Johnson and Sewell.

https://3downnation.com/2021/02/05/2021 ... e-linemen/

Like Johnson, signed just the 1-year deal with Hervey in 2020. Perhaps he was holding out for an NFL mini-camp offer but nothing so far.


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Re: Predict the Lions' 2021 Opening Day Front Four

DE - JR Tavai

the rest - 3 imports maybe including Casher ?

Campbell's RedBlacks the past couple of seasons featured a revolving door sort of mostly new, younger import D-Linemen; Tavai was easily the best of the group IMO and the rest were often mediocre. A far cry from the RedBlacks GC win run where the D-Line featured a group of 4 Canadians (Laing, Zak Evans, Gascon-Nadon & Connor Williams) playing most of the reps.


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Any idea why the Lions' website has had Tavai listed as a DT for quite some time? I thought that is where they had slotted him (although he seems a bit undersized for DT....not Odell Willis undersized, mind you, but not your prototypical defensive tackle. :wink:).

Regardless, he is a virtual lock for one of the 4 starting positions along the defensive line.


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Re: Predict the Lions' 2021 Opening Day Front Four

Speaking of Odell Willis, has he announce his retirement ?


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TheLionKing wrote: Sun May 16, 2021 10:42 pm Speaking of Odell Willis, has he announce his retirement ?
He signed with the Argos so make that a no.


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Re: Predict the Lions' 2021 Opening Day Front Four

Ofell wass showing his age and it looks like fasther time hasd exacted a priceon his body so I think he might be retired this year


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Re: Predict the Lions' 2021 Opening Day Front Four

More promising talent signed for the D-line. I am happy that we're adding a couple of more training camp bodies for this part of the defense.

https://www.bclions.com/2021/06/10/lion ... ce=dlvr.it
Here is Goodson's draft profile. At 6'1" (or less in reality), it's not surprising that he was passed over by NFL clubs.

https://lastwordonsports.com/nfl/2021/0 ... nfl-draft/


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