Why the Detroit Lions passing offense can shine in 2022
By: Jake Rajala
The Jared Goff-led Detroit Lions exhibited the 19th most passing yards and the 17th most passing touchdowns last season. I honestly anticipate that the Lions passing offense can improve next season. With that enunciated, I will untwine three reasons why the Lions passing offense can be successful in 2022.
- Health on the offensive line
The Lions have a very talented offensive line, but numerous vital members of the Lions OL have had injury issues. The Lions LT Taylor Decker missed eight contests last season – after missing one game in the prior three seasons combined. The Lions center Frank Ragnow, who is unequivocally one of the best offensive linemen in the league, sadly missed 13 games last season. It would be an understatement to say Goff will be thankful to have his two potent OL healthy. It would an understatement to say Goff is sitting behind a monster offensive line unit as a whole – as PFF ranked the Lions OL the third-best OL in the league.
- Jameson Williams
The Detroit Lions rookie WR Jameson Williams was undoubtedly the top WR in the draft process until his unfortunate ACL injury occurred in the National Championship game. Well, the Lions still believe they were able to find a gem in him with their 12th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Per PFF, he hauled in a record 12 receptions on deep balls where he was at least a step ahead of the defender. He registered 175 yards and 2 touchdowns in the SEC game and then 1,572 yards w/ 15 touchdowns in 2021. Williams, also known as the second-fastest WR on Madden, is clearly a darkhorse OROY candidate heading into 2022.
- Healthy T.J. Hockenson
The Lions most talented offensive player is arguably T.J. Hockenson. He impressively earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2020 (723 yards and six touchdowns). Although, his 2021 campaign wasn’t nearly as sexy (as he recorded 586 and four touchdowns). There is a large reason why Hockenson was less efficient in his junior season than his sophomore season: inability to stay on the field. Hockenson missed five games last season. Per Fantasy Pros, a contract extension for Hockenson is a priority for the Lions.