LaPorta: He will be game-planned for. But his presence will make everyone around him better.
As many have said LaPorta is probably most likely to have a slump. At the same time he could have an amazing year in 2024 and not have the numbers he had in 2023 because he was just that good.
Campbell already had his slump - I’m expecting him to be much improved in year two. I think it’s gonna be hard for SLP to do what he did again this year…but I don’t think any of them will slump!
LaPorta’s numbers will likely go down, but he’ll still be as effective.
I could see Branch’s production slipping a bit (a la, Kerby Joseph) for a bit as teams better scout him out. But Kerby stepped back up late in the season, which hopefully also happens for Branch.
I look back to 22 and ask myself which rookie had a slump. Hard to find one. Kirby didn’t start the year but had a great finish, so his 2nd season seemed a bit disappointing, but not what I would call a slump. A learning curve, yes.
Which rookie from LY? None of the above in my book.
I think it takes most LBers like Campbell three years to start flying around. I’m voting Campbell and then year three he’s a top ten player at his position.
Broderick Martin for sure
With Antoine Green right behind
Feels like Branch is the obvious answer. Maybe I’m alone in that. The Lions have a rocky track record at developing the corner position and if CJGJ is brought back he’s going to compete for snaps in the secondary.
If I could, I’d pick “none” as my answer - but if I had to pick one, it would be Branch. The 2nd option would be Campbell. Hes also got competition in a fairly deep LB room with Barnes getting better every year and fighting for snaps. Plus it never seemed like the light went fully on for Campbell yet. So not sure it would be a “slump” as much as just “not taking off yet” I guess I could see.
Hard for me to see either Gibbs or LaPorta slumping personally.