The Detroit Lions built a winning culture during the 2022 season, something the organization hasn’t felt in quite some time.
They finished the season with a 9-8 record, missing the playoffs by one spot.
As they head into 2023, the Lions will have their heads hung high, with newfound confidence.
They will be joined by a familiar face, as the Lions will resign Saivion Smith, per Ian Rapoport.
The #Lions are re-signing versatile DB Saivion Smith, source said, an incredible comeback. Smith suffered a scary neck injury against the #Patriots in his first start, then had offseason disc surgery. Now healthy again, he’s back in Detroit.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 17, 2023
As Rapoport explains, Smith suffered a neck injury during the first week of the 2022 season.
While many were initially concerned about Smith’s availability for the future, he appears ready to go moving forward.
This news was met with excitement, both by Lions fans and fans across the league.
Lions super bowl odds: 📈📈📈
— Evan (@EvanAlwaysRight) April 17, 2023
This fan believes that adding Smith helps boost the Lions’ Super Bowl odds, which currently hover around +3000.
The 2023 season will mark Smith’s fourth in the league, and he will look to experience more playing time and be a massive contributor for the Lions as well.
@Saivion_1k delighted to see you healthy and safe even well enough to return carry on playing 👍🏻 https://t.co/nnJg2cMQi3
— R̶y̶a̶n̶ (@_McCluskeyR) April 17, 2023
The social media love for Smith continued, as this fan comments how happy they were to see his status update.
Due to their unsuspecting success, the Lions were a favorite underdog story among many fans across the league.
Can they continue to build upon that in 2023?
Another DB getting added to the @Lions depth chart 👀 https://t.co/eDrTbA0HfP
— Natalie Sparbeck (@NatSparbeck) April 17, 2023
To this fan, adding another defensive back to the Lions’ depth chart is crucial for success moving forward.
The Lions’ offense was one of the league’s best last season, but their defense left something to be desired.
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