Dolphins DT Jordan Phillips On Tuesday Authentic Matthew Stafford Jersey , the Detroit Lions made an odd transaction. They waived special teams player Dee Virgin. While the move itself wasn’t all that surprising, the fact that Detroit had no corresponding move, leaving them with an empty roster spot, is somewhat strange. Typically, that’s a sign the team has an addition in mind, and we’ll likely hear of it on Wednesday.I, too, have a transaction in mind for the Lions, and it has to do with a move the Miami Dolphins made on Tuesday. They added center Wesley Johnson (remember him?) and promoted defensive end Cameron Malveaux from the practice squad. To make room for the two, they placed center Daniel Kilgore on injured reserve, but more relevant to our interests, they waived former second-round pick, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. The Lions should absolutely put in a claim for Phillips, and here’s why.The Lions’ interior defensive line is really badDetroit was hoping to get serious contributions out of two key free agent pickups: Sylvester Williams and Ricky Jean Francois. The former had all the promise of a nose tackle, while the latter had valuable knowledge and experience of the Matt Patricia scheme. Francois has already lost the starting job to A’Shawn Robinson Womens Sylvester Williams Jersey , who entered the season a healthy scratch. Williams has just five tackles in four starts, and even though his job is more to fill space, he hasn’t been doing that either. His PFF grade of 61.9 is good for 77th among interior defenders. Phillips fits the physical profile of Detroit’s needsAt 6-foot-6, 341 pounds, Phillips is exactly the kind of player the Lions could use as a rotational nose tackle when Williams is ineffective, injured, tired or a combination of all three. Phillips is fairly gifted athletically (6.53 RAS), and his incredibly tall frame makes him a tough man to push around in the run game.His NFL Draft profile reads as exactly someone this Lions defense desperately needs. From Lance Zierlein:So not only does he physically fit what the Lions need, but he excels at exactly what the Lions schematically need out of a nose.The downsidesAt this point in the season, you aren’t going to pluck a player from waivers or free agency that will drastically alter the course of your season, unless said player comes with some serious baggage (hi, Dez Bryant). So, yeah, Phillips isn’t going to be the best player on the defense suddenly. Phillips has been publicly called out for his inconsistent play before, accused of dogging certain plays when tired.“The bottom line is Jordan has got to play better overall Color Rush Ricky Jean Francois Jersey ,” Vance Joseph, his defensive coordinator, said back in 2016. “Out of 35 plays, Jordan is playing a solid 25 plays very solidly. He’s having four or five plays where it’s not very good.”It went on like that for a couple years in Miami, leading Jordan, once a starter alongside Ndamukong Suh, to be delegated to a rotational role. Phillips hasn’t started a game this year and has played in just 124 total defensive snaps. He wasn’t very happy about that: And his first reaction upon getting cut by the Dolphins? Pure bliss:For many, that’s a clear red flag in terms of character. Someone who doesn’t defer to the coaches may struggle when adversity inevitably hits. Desperate times call for desperate measuresAdmittedly, that’s a lot of downsides for someone I’m banging the table for, but the Lions are desperate. It’s doesn’t help that Phillips may not be well-versed in Patricia’s system and is currently the third lowest graded interior defender according to Pro Football Focus, but this team is bleeding out, allowing nearly 160 rushing yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry. Last year, the worst run defense allowed just 4.9 YPC. Phillips had very clearly mentally checked out in Miami, and we’ve already seen some new additions make an immediate impact for Detroit. Eli Harold, added just before the season Youth Matthew Stafford Jersey , has three sacks already. Romeo Okwara, added during Week 1, has been the leading snap-getter on the defensive line over the past two weeks, garnering over 80 percent of snaps in games against the Patriots and Cowboys. “Change of scenery” is an often-used excuse to drum up hope that a busted player could succeed under a new team, and that could very well be what I’m pitching here. But there’s not much room for this Lions defense to fall, and a player like Phillips comes cheap (still on his rookie contract) and without much risk. Put Phillips in a rotational role to begin in the hopes that his limited role will minimize the plays he takes off. If he shows promise and understands the scheme, there’s no reason why he couldn’t displace Sylvester Williams as an eventual starter or at least share the role equally come November.Wednesday open thread: What will the Lions’ record be at the bye? After the Detroit Lions dropped their second game of the season, many started turning their attention to the 2019 draft. Surely the Lions, a team that had shown so little to be excited about, would be picking in the top five, so let’s start getting excited about Nick Bosa! But one week in the NFL can alter the terrain. One win can change the narrative completely, especially this early in the season. With a huge win over the Patriots on Sunday night, combined with poor showings from the Packers and Vikings, suddenly the Lions’ 2018 season has new life. The huge 0-2 hole they were in last week is suddenly just a single game behind first place and half game behind everyone else in the division. Of course, the team certainly still has plenty of flaws and they’re far from perfect Authentic Michael Roberts Jersey , but what NFL team hasn’t shown weakness at this point in the season?The Lions sit at 1-2, and they’re just two weeks away from their early Week 6 bye. So today’s Question of the Day is:What will the Lions’ record be at the bye week? My answer: Before I get into it, remember that the Lions’ two games before the bye are at Cowboys (1-2) this week and home against the Packers (1-1-1) next week. Those two games are certainly winnable for the Lions, as neither have shown to be particularly strong or consistent at this point. The Cowboys are having serious offensive problems despite the fact that Ezekiel Elliott looks as dangerous as ever. The Packers still have problems defensively, and while Aaron Rodgers is still lethal, his knee injury has limited his mobility, taking away one of the things that makes him special.But at this point, the Lions are just too hard to predict. I’d love to sit here and tell you the team we saw on Sunday is the team we’ll see for the rest of the year, but a sample size of one game isn’t enough for me to buy in. I don’t know which game they’ll win and which they’ll lose, but I think they split the next two weeks and enter the bye at 2-3. Your turn.