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  Lions | Trio to handle TE duties    Sat Dec 22, 07:20 PM

Detroit Lions TEs Will Heller, Tony Scheffler and FB Shaun Chapas will handle the tight end duties in Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons with TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) sidelined. Heller will start the game.

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  Lions | Defenses doubling Calvin Johnson    Tue Dec 18, 05:16 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the Arizona Cardinals used double coverage on WR Calvin Johnson on almost every play and had several defenders on him at the line of scrimmage on several occasions. 'Early in the season, we were facing defenses that were more prevent-type defenses, where they were just trying to prevent a big play,' Schwartz said. '(They) had respect for a lot of other players. This game, they took the approach of saying, 'If Calvin can't make the play, then we're going to challenge all the rest of the guys.'' WRs Nate Burleson (knee), Ryan Broyles (knee) and Titus Young and TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) all were not active last week. WRs Kris Durham and Brian Robiskie and TEs Tony Scheffler and Will Heller had a combined seven catches for only 77 yards. The Atlanta Falcons are expected to employ similar tactics as the Cardinals in order to try to take Johnson out of the game in Week 16. Johnson still managed 10 catches for 121 yards against Arizona.

Footballguys view: This isn't news, it's called every week for Don Mega. Defenses are unwise to put single coverage on Johnson and thus he sees a lot of bracket coverage every week.

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  Lions | Stuck with two-TE package    Tue Dec 11, 05:19 PM

The Detroit Lions stuck with their two-tight end package even after TE Brandon Pettigrew (ankle) was injured in Week 14. TE Will Heller played a season-high 64 snaps, and TE Tony Scheffler played 61 snaps.

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  Lions | Will Heller, James Bryant may compete for roster spot    Sat Jul 14, 02:55 PM

Detroit Lions FB James Bryant and TE Will Heller may compete for one roster spot during training camp because both can play in the backfield as a fullback. Bryant will have to show he is a good blocker and can be a successful short yardage back to beat Heller for the spot.

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  Lions | Will Heller likely to split between FB, TE    Sat Jun 23, 01:46 AM

Despite the signing of FB James Bryant during the offseason, the Detroit Lions are expected to use TE Will Heller at both the fullback and tight end positions. Bryant might be ticketed for the practice squad.

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  Lions | Two players signed    Thu Mar 22, 04:08 PM

The Detroit Lions have signed free-agent TE Will Heller (Lions) and DE Everette Brown (Chargers) to one-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Will Heller released    Mon Mar 12, 05:05 PM

The Detroit Lions have released TE Will Heller.

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  Lions | Will Heller finds the end zone in playoff loss    Sat Jan 7, 10:29 PM

Detroit Lions TE Will Heller had one reception, a 10-yard touchdown grab, in the Wild Card loss Saturday, Jan. 7, against the New Orleans Saints. Heller did not have a touchdown during the regular season.

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  Lions | Two receptions for top two TEs    Mon Dec 5, 01:13 AM

Detroit Lions TE Tony Scheffler managed two receptions for 41 yards in Week 13 against the New Orleans Saints, while TE Brandon Pettigrew managed two catches for just 13 yards. Third-stringer TE Will Heller chipped in with one catch for 10 yards.

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  Lions | Will Heller could see time at FB     Tue Aug 30, 10:34 AM

Detroit Lions TE Will Heller could handle the duties normally reserved for fullbacks, with the release of FB Jerome Felton. Felton is versatile and considered a good pass blocker.

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  Lions | May keep four tight ends    Sat Sep 4, 04:40 AM

Since the Detroit Lions are using so many two-tight-end sets, the team may keep four tight ends on their final roster, reports Chris McCosky, of The Detroit News. TEs Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler, Will Heller and Dan Gronkowski may all make the final cut.

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  Lions | 10 sit out both practices Sunday    Sun Aug 8, 09:39 PM

Detroit Lions CB Aaron Berry (hamstring), CB Amari Spievey (oblique), DE Jared DeVries (leg), PK Jason Hanson (knee), LB DeAndre Levy (back), WR Mike Moore (shoulder), S Louis Delmas (groin), S Ko Simpson (knee), TE Will Heller (undisclosed) and CB Jack Williams (knee) sat out both of the team�s practices Sunday, Aug. 8.

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  Lions | 10 remain sidelined Saturday    Sun Aug 8, 03:27 AM

Detroit Lions FB Jerome Felton (foot), CB Amari Spievey (hip), DE Jared DeVries (undisclosed), PK Jason Hanson (knee), CB Aaron Berry (hamstring), WR Mike Moore (shoulder), TE Will Heller (undisclosed), CB Jack Williams (undisclosed), S Ko Simpson (undisclosed) and S Louis Delmas (groin) all remained on the sideline Saturday, Aug. 7, reports Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com.

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  Lions | Eight sit out Friday    Sat Aug 7, 06:12 AM

Detroit Lions S Louis Delmas (groin), S Ko Simpson (knee), TE Will Heller (undisclosed) and CB Jack Williams (knee) did not take part in practice Friday, Aug. 6, reports Carlos Monarrez, of The Detroit Free Press. DE Jared DeVries (leg), FB Jerome Felton (foot), WR Mike Moore (shoulder) and CB Amari Spievey (oblique) also remained out of action.

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  Lions | Several not taking part at start of training camp    Sat Jul 31, 06:23 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee), TE Will Heller, DE Jared DeVries, S Ko Simpson, S Louis Delmas and CB Jack Williams were working out in the indoor facility and not with the rest of the team Saturday, July 31, reports Tim Twentyman, of The Detroit News.

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  Lions | Will Heller sit out most drills Thursday morning    Thu Jun 24, 02:30 PM

Detroit Lions TE Will Heller (back) sat out of most of morning practice Thursday, June 24, because of a back injury, reports John Niyo, of The Detroit News.

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  Lions | Four miss practice Thursday    Thu May 20, 10:07 PM

Detroit Lions WR Dennis Northcutt (undisclosed), TE Tony Scheffler (foot), TE Will Heller (undisclosed) and S Ko Simpson (knee) missed the team's practice Thursday, May 20, reports Tim Twentyman, of The Detroit News.

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  Lions | Heller contract update    Mon Mar 8, 04:14 PM

Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions have announced they have re-signed unrestricted free-agent TE Will Heller to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Heller re-signed    Fri Mar 5, 03:41 PM

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports the Detroit Lions have re-signed unrestricted free-agent TE Will Heller. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Heller optimistic he will return to team    Thu Mar 4, 09:27 PM

Tim Twentyman, of The Detroit News, reports the agent for Detroit Lions impending free-agent TE Will Heller said he has had conversations with general manager Martin Mayhew and is optimistic a deal will get done.

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  Lions | 11 will be unrestricted free agents     Tue Jan 5, 11:21 PM

John Niyo, of The Detroit News, reports Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper, LB Vinny Ciurciu, OT Damion Cook, TE Casey FitzSimmons, TE Will Heller, LB Larry Foote, CB Anthony Henry, CB William James, OT Jon Jansen, S Marquand Manuel and QB Patrick Ramsey will be unrestricted free agents this offseason.

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  Lions | FitzSimmons likely will win roster spot    Fri Jul 17, 12:14 PM

Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions TE Casey FitzSimmons will have to compete for a roster spot during training camp but likely will win a roster spot. He probably would not see much playing time because the team likely will use TEs Brandon Pettigrew and Will Heller in two tight end formations.

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  Lions | Heller likely to enter camp as No. 2 TE     Thu Jun 18, 12:22 PM

Tom Kowalski, of MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions TE Will Heller likely will enter training camp as the team's No. 2 tight end behind TE Brandon Pettigrew.

Footballguys view: The Lions want to be a run heavy team in 2009, and Heller has exceptional blocking ability. He's familiar with the system because he played under Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan when they were both in Miami, so it should be an easy transition for him to make. While not known for his receiving ability, Heller does have solid hands and Linehan feels he could use him more in the passing game if need be.

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