He can (and I hope will) grow into his job (some will argue this has already happened, but I am not in that camp yet). The foundation is getting built and hopefully there will be more to come in the next draft. That draft, his third, should be the one that pushes us into playoff contention with Goff and hopefully we are drafting a potential QB of the future this go round as well.
Sure, he is going to miss on someone every year. But his picks are blooming and is a great sight to see.
But that is exactly what we were going to have to do. So you go “can we go deep in the playoffs with this team?” If the answer is no (it is) then you have to make the move or lose him, hope you don’t cancel him out with a high priced FA (we should) to get the Comp bean. Now the beans are in house and we’ve won 3 in a row without him. Our TE touches have been few even though we haven’t had our full complement of receivers. This IMHO is proof positive why for THIS offense, it would be foolish to invest highly in ANY TE. Our #3 WR will get more touches than our #1 TE. When that is what you do, you don’t sign any TE to a 10M plus contract. I’d have preferred a non-division opponent to send him to for sure, but no ra-grets.
I don’t think the book is quite yet written on Levi. He never really rested his rookie year and tried playing through this back issue. By the time he comes back from it he will have had 9+ months to let it heal right. I know backs can be tricky so its possible it will never be right, but I’m gonna take a wait and see approach. He really was a talented interior pass rusher coming out.
With that said, we need to move forward expecting nothing from Levi. Campbell and Holmes need to address the DT position in the off-season and anything we get from Levi is a bonus.
I personally really wanted JOK. I had Moerig, Asante Samuel, Terrace Marshall, and Rondale Moore on my best available as well. I liked Levi, but I was off DT once Barmore was selected with what else was available.
Hey TJ did fair for us, who cares if he’s gone and is not doing so hot on another team, maybe he’s not happy where he’s at . our focus should be on beating The Bills, and once again we better f’ing BRING IT to this next game-again or we’re going to lose. we can’t make mistakes or play too sloppy or our streak ends.
Hock was not going to be resigned so taking what they could for him was a decent move. Wright, zlystra, and Mitchell have more years left at a lower cost and will likely out produce him as a group moving forward.
Even Holmes probably didn’t think the Lions would win 3 in a row so making the trade was a very future forward move.
As to Levi, His book is definitely a stinker so far, but he has one more year to turn it around. I feel like he was the thibs pick in the sense that Levi’s ceiling is VERY high but as we’ve seen his floor is rock bottom so far. Holmes was looking for a game changer on the DL in a year where there were very few top ones. Getting Mcneil was the safe bet and he doubled down luckily.
The rams fans are loathing their last 2 draft classes. They got one outstanding linebacker and not much else. I think the Lions were lucky to get Holmes and Agnew based on everything I’ve seen so far from the Rams and Lions the last 2 years.
This!!! It was all about timing.
You’re playing your Return Man, and PS receivers in the next game, and you trade your top 15 TE, and really didn’t get good value.
Wright, Zylstra, and Mitchell seem to be up to the task, though.