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Detroit Lions linebacker Steve Longa's season-ending knee injury represents a setback for a position group that already is a potential problem area.Detroit used a first-round pick on Jarrad Davis last season and he appears to be a liability in pass coverage.The Lions signed veteran free agents Christian Jones and Devon Kennard on the same day in March Jermon Bushrod Jersey Stitched , hoping they can be 16-game starters for the first time in their careers.Davis, though, is the key because general manager Bob Quinn took him 21st overall in 2017 to play middle linebacker.The former Florida star is strong against the run. Davis had 96 tackles last season, the most by an NFL rookie or first-year player. But against the pass, he struggled last season and has seemed to again during training camp and in the preseason.The latest example came Friday night when the New York Giants capped a 17-play, 79-yard, nine-minute drive with a touchdown pass that exposed Davis' weakness.Davis Webb threw an 8-yard pass to running back Wayne Gallman, who easily got separation from Davis on a simple pass route in which he ran to the left and cut back over the middle. By the time Gallman caught the ball, Davis was about 3 yards behind him."You're just going to refer to one play in the game Youth DeMario Davis Jersey , but there's definitely some things there that we can coach better," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "And, I can coach better to help him."The Lions added Jones and Kennard, banking on them being an upgrade from Tahir Whitehead and Paul Worrilow.Oakland signed Whitehead a three-year, $18 million contract — much more than Detroit would've offered. Worrilow signed with Philadelphia and had a season-ending knee injury during offseason workouts.The 6-foot-4, 256-pound Kennard was a starter 11 times last season for the New York Giants, who used him as a starting linebacker in 35 games over four seasons. He had four sacks last season and has had 9陆 sacks over his career.The 6-3, 244-pound Jones started 11 games last season and 31 times over four years for the Chicago Bears. He had a career-high 11 sacks last season and has had 15 over his career.Both players are fits as standup linebackers or edge rushers in Patricia's defense."Kennard does a great job for us, doing whatever we ask him — coming off the edge DeMario Davis Jersey Stitched , dropping in coverage," Detroit safety Glover Quin said. "Christian is big, physical, athletic guy who can run downhill."Having that type of size and speed is going to help us throughout the year be able to do different things and be able match up and hopefully create some problems for the offense."NOTES: DE Cornelius Washington and CB Antwuan Davis were released and CB Dexter McDougle, CB Sterling Moore and OL Beau Nunn were signed.Former Saints S/NCB Kenny Vaccaro signs with Titans After months of waiting and numerous visits/workouts Kenny Vaccaro now has a new home. The former Saints safety & nickel player stayed on the market much longer than most analysts anticipated. With the “safety market crash of 2018” Vaccaro found himself unemployed with other big name players like Eric Reid (who still remains unsigned).With injuries popping up before the NFL season has officially begun veterans like Vaccaro are getting the call, and opportunity to start, that they’ve been waiting for. It was the injury to Johnathan Cyprien that opened the door to Tennessee.Vaccaro was with New Orleans for all five years of his NFL career, and he started every game with the Saints from his rookie year until being allowed to walk. Vaccaro was a jack of all trades, master of none on the football field. His above average athletic ability Youth DeMario Davis Jersey , play strength and downhill play made for some electrifying plays. However, his struggles as a cover man also bring back memories that aren't as enjoyable.Vaccaro has had his share of injuries as well as problems with the league’s conduct policies. Should he incur another suspension he would be looking at missing ten games. This likely played into his inability to pick up with a team at the start of free agency.When played as a buzz defender in Cover 3, in the box as a hybrid role player or as a nickel defender covering tight ends Vaccaro was able to put his strengths to good use and find success. Translating these abilities to being a consistent, singular position player was always one of the hiccups of Vaccaro’s career. His athletic ability didn’t translate to strong zone coverage. When in the box his reads were better than most linebackers during his tenure with the Saints, but when asked to drop back in space that quick processing slowed down.A change of scenery can often be a good for a player, and hopefully thats the case for Kenny Vaccaro. The Titans and their fans are certainly hoping to have big hits, like the one below, added to their defensive repertoire at his position.

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