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Inside the Numbers: George Wilson’s Potential Value to Lions as Summed up by Takeaways

February 14th, 2013 at 2:30 PM
By Max DeMara

As we told you yesterday, free agent safety George Wilson is finally starting to make the rounds, visiting the Detroit Lions today and the Tennessee Titans organization a bit later on.

Wilson might be highly sought after on the open market due to his solid veteran presence and his play making ability, but I can assure you, there's no place he's truly needed more than Detroit.

Don't believe me? Let's take a quick peek inside the numbers. The Lions' current safety tandem of Louis Delmas and Amari Spievey are each young, but when their numbers combine, they've played a grand total of 68 NFL games. Wilson, a consistent starter since 2007, has played in 55 total games by himself.

During that time, Wilson has intercepted 12 passes. Both Delmas and Spievey have only combined for eight interceptions together. Wilson has forced four fumbles and recovered five. Delmas and Spievey? They've combined for two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. As far as career touchdowns are concerned, Wilson has two, equaling the output of both Delmas and Spievey, who have accounted for the exact same number.

This is not intended to be a complete knock on Delmas and Spievey by any means. Each has been dinged up significantly in the past few seasons, and they have not had the consistency needed to thrive in the NFL. Perhaps that's the biggest reason Wilson should be added to the mix. He's a steady play maker who stays on the field. Since 2010, Wilson has only missed three games. In that same period, Delmas and Spievey have each been walking wounded, missing plenty of game time.

Clearly, the Lions' defense could benefit from a steady veteran performer like Wilson. He's got big play ability as well as durability. At the safety position, those are two elements Detroit has lacked for a long, long time.

Max DeMara is the managing editor of Lions 101. You can find him on his personal Twitter account @SportsGuyTheMax or on this site's Twitter @detroitlions101

Tags: Amari Spievey, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, George Wilson, Louis Delmas, NFL

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