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When the Lions faced the Vikings last month Jake Rudock Jersey , Matthew Stafford was sacked a career-high 10 times. Now Stafford is dealing with a back injury, and the Lions are preparing to face the Vikings again.That’s less than ideal, but the Lions have shown every indication of throwing their $27 million-a-year quarterback out there against Minnesota, even though they know how well the Vikings match up with them.鈥淭hey have just multiple different ways to pressure the quarterback and to just kind of keep the heat on the offensive line from that standpoint,鈥?Lions coach Matt Patricia said, via the . 鈥淎 lot of really great players, a lot of good scheme Danny Amendola Jersey , everybody kind of working together and I think that鈥檚 something that they have been able to develop through the course of a number years, kind of being in the same system and the same scheme with a lot of the same players for a while really has allowed that to grow. And that鈥檚 why I just think it鈥檚 so dynamic, especially in those real tough situations that you know the ball is going to be thrown on third down, second and long, things like that where they can really just dial it up and go.鈥滻t might be wise for the Lions to consider shutting Stafford down, given that they’re mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and there’s no getting out of his $29.5 million cap hit next year. The Lions are married to Stafford whether he’s healthy or not. They just have to hope he’ll be healthy, and better Trey Flowers Jersey , in 2019. How does the Lions depth chart shape up at wide receiver, and how would things unfold if they lost a star player?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Lions NewsDetroit Lions NotesDetroit Lions AnalysisDetroit Lions TransactionsDetroit Lions Game RecapsDetroit Lions RosterDetroit Lions AnalysisNext Man Up: Lessons learned from Golden Tate’s departureNew,41commentsHow does the Lions depth chart shape up at wide receiver, and how would things unfold if they lost a star player?EDTShareTweetShareShareNext Man Up: Lessons learned from Golden Tate’s departureMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThe Lions learned how important a good slot receiver was to Jim Bob Cooter’s offense the hard way in 2018. With the season likely lost already and a stagnant offense, Bob Quinn & Co. traded away Golden Tate without any semblance of a backup plan at slot receiver. The result was the Lions’ already stagnant offense somehow sputtering even more, and the rest of the season was a pain to watch. The Lions were sure to address the glaring need in free agency when they signed former New England Patriot Danny Amendola, who the Miami Dolphins cut after the season. There are legitimate questions as to whether Amendola will fill the hole as well as needed going into 2019 Damon Harrison Jersey , as he will be 34 years old this season and is coming off of a down year. That being said, the Lions need to have a backup plan in case something happens to Amendola, or even worse if he simply doesn’t pan out. Next Man Up: Brandon PowellFor a lot of fans, memories of Brandon Powell are fond. After all, he closed out the season with a six reception, 103-yard performance in a blowout win against the Green Bay Packers — how could you not love that?Unfortunately, however Ricky Jean Francois Jersey , Powell isn’t the answer. The training camp darling finally got his chance shortly after Golden Tate’s departure, but struggled to find his niche in the Lions offense. Aside from Week 17, he was only active for three games in which he posted a total of five receptions for 26 yards. He failed to consistently create separation and was much more effective as a kick returner than he was a receiver, but that isn’t enough reason to keep him around. Grade: DThe Lions are in trouble if their starting slot receiver isn’t available for any reason, as Powell has shown himself incapable of stepping into that role in a consistent manner. There may be hope for Powell and his speedy nature as new Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell runs a very vertically-attacking offense that may be a better fit. Nonetheless, his inability to create separation is still a problem and I’ll have to see a new Brandon Powell before I believe it. The Lions really ought to address the issue further in this week’s draft, as there isn’t much talent to be had at the position in what’s left of free agency. Players like Deebo Samuel Levine Toilolo Jersey , Terry McLaurin, and Parris Campbell are all potential Day 2 picks to keep an eye out for. Drafting a solid slot receiver would not only provide insurance in case Amendola fizzles out or get injured, but would also address the problem long term. Amendola’s contract is only for a year and the last thing the Lions need is for it to be a glaring hole going into next offseason. Previously: Quarterback, tight end, safety