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  Lions | Dwayne Washington impressing OC    Wed Aug 24, 12:00 PM

Detroit Lions RB Dwayne Washington received praise from offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter Wednesday, Aug. 24. 'When the guy gets the ball he does impressive things,' Cooter said of Washington.

Footballguys view: Washington is a rookie RB we're watching closely in dynasty leagues. The Lions don't have a power element to their game, and more than one RB will make up their rushing attack in 2016. Washington is a former WR who has the size (6'2" 225 pounds) to deal out some punishment with the ball in his hands. He's a bit buried on the depth chart now, but the seventh-round pick out of Washington is an intriguing prospect to monitor.

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  Lions | Golden Tate back at practice    Tue Aug 23, 06:10 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 23. The extent of his participation was not disclosed, however.

Footballguys view: Tate should catch a ton of passes for the Lions this year as a featured WR. We see him as a low-end WR2 for fantasy owners in standard-scoring leagues.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron on track for opener    Tue Aug 23, 10:03 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to play in Week 1, barring a setback, according to a source. Ebron has an outside chance at playing in the final preseason game.

Footballguys view: Don't expect a lot from Ebron this year. Not only is he banged up too often to trust, but WR Anquan Boldin could take away some of the routes that Ebron could get targeted on.

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  Lions | Andre Caldwell released from IR    Mon Aug 22, 05:33 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Caldwell (hand) was released from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 22.

Footballguys view: Caldwell is recovering from a broken bone in his hand. When healthy, the veteran WR will be free to sign with another team.

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  Lions | Jake Rudock pushing for backup job    Sun Aug 21, 10:56 PM

Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock and QB Dan Orlovsky will be judged on their total body of work, and 'the best player' will win the backup quarterback job, head coach Jim Caldwell said.

Footballguys view: This isn't a great backup situation. Rudock is tough and played with a ton of moxie in college at Michigan (and Iowa), but we don't know of any fantasy leagues that give points for moxie. From a talent standpoint, the rookie QB doesn't have a strong arm and needs better anticipation when going through his reads. However, he is accurate on short-to-intermediate throws and what scouts call a 'rhythm' passer. We'll be monitoring his progress -- but only in the deepest dynasty leagues.

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  Lions | Graham Glasgow in a boot    Sun Aug 21, 10:06 PM

Detroit Lions C Graham Glasgow (foot) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 20, and his left foot was in a protective boot. Head coach Jim Caldwell said it remains to be seen how much time Glasgow will miss.

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  Lions | Golden Tate misses practice    Sun Aug 21, 10:01 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 20. He wouldn't mention the specifics of his injury, but he talked about playing in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Aug. 27.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron likely for Week 1?    Sun Aug 21, 05:13 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) still has no timetable for a return, but there is some optimism he'll be 'ready to roll' by Week 1, according to Detroit Free Press writer Dave Birkett.

Footballguys view: The mystery around Ebron's ankle injury isn't comforting, but it seems like it is not serious from all outward indications. At worst, it is probably a high ankle sprain, which would put him back on the field around Week 1 by the typical timeline. Ebron still needs to avoid re-injury upon return, and Anquan Boldin is playing well, so his value has taken a hit since the open of camp.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah cleared for contact    Sat Aug 20, 07:58 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) practiced without a no-contact jersey for the first time in training camp Saturday, Aug. 20.

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  Lions | Stevan Ridley may be on bubble    Sat Aug 20, 10:07 AM

Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley may be on the roster bubble if he does not receive any work with the second-team offense during the team's third preseason game.

Footballguys view: Seventh-round rookie Dwayne Washington's size/speed combination seems to have put him ahead of Ridley, who hasn't been the same since tearing up his knee is 2014. Zach Zenner is still in line to be the "big back" mixed in with Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick worked with starters    Fri Aug 19, 05:19 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick received all of the snaps with the first-team offense during the preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18, in part because RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not play.

Footballguys view: Riddick is not much of a runner between the tackles, but he is one of the best receiving backs in the league. If Abdullah were to miss time in the regular season, Zach Zenner or Stevan Ridley (whoever makes the team as the "big back") would likely get carries over Riddick.

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Ameer Abdullah player page


  Lions | Matthew Stafford wants quicker pace    Fri Aug 19, 05:08 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he hopes the offense plays at a quicker pace this season. He has gone 12-for-17 for 171 yards in two preseason games when the team has used an up-tempo offense.

Footballguys view: Stafford has a chance to be in the top 3-5 in the league in attempts. That alone makes him worth a pick at his current ADP outside of the top 15 quarterbacks.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones proving his worth    Thu Aug 18, 11:04 PM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones finished with four catches for a game-high 65 yards in a 30-14 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, Aug. 18.

Footballguys view: Jones connected on a long pass from Matthew Stafford near the sidelines, and we like what the veteran flashed on Thursday night. The Lions passing game is one to invest in as there are value picks to be had like Jones (WR38 7.11 in 12-team PPR).

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  Lions | Alex Chisum waived    Thu Aug 18, 07:48 AM

The Detroit Lions waived WR Alex Chisum on Wednesday, Aug. 17, making him a free agent.

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  Lions | Lemuel Jeanpierre signs    Thu Aug 18, 07:46 AM

The Detroit Lions signed C Lemuel Jeanpierre on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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  Lions | Quinshad Davis pushing for roster spot    Wed Aug 17, 02:43 AM

Detroit Lions WR Quinshad Davis, an undrafted rookie free agent out of North Carolina, has put himself in contention for a spot on the 53-man roster according to Michael Rothstein. Davis is currently working with the second unit and has shown consistently good hands in camp.

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  Lions | Jonathan Bostic injury update    Tue Aug 16, 12:33 PM

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions LB Jonathan Bostic (foot) suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal and will miss between six and 12 weeks, depending on his rehabilitation time.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy activated    Tue Aug 16, 09:43 AM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, Aug. 16, and is expected to practice.

Footballguys view: Levy's mysterious hip injury doesn't look like it will keep out as long as it did last year, but this extended absence is still very troubling. The Lions defense struggled without him last year, and if he can't play at his previous level, then it will increase the upside of the Lions offense in more catchup game scripts.

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  Lions | Jonathan Bostic had surgery    Mon Aug 15, 06:29 PM

Detroit Lions LB Jonathan Bostic (leg) underwent surgery on his injured leg Monday, Aug. 15. Head coach Jim Caldwell is not sure if Bostic will return this year.

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  Lions | Andre Caldwell to IR    Mon Aug 15, 08:09 AM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Caldwell (hand) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 15.

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  Lions | Andrew Quarless signs with Lions    Mon Aug 15, 08:07 AM

Free-agent TE Andrew Quarless (Packers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, Aug. 15. Quarless is suspended for the first two games on the season but can practice immediately. TE Ben McCord was waived.

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  Lions | Jeremy Kerley may not make team    Sun Aug 14, 11:24 AM

Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Kerley may have trouble making the 53-man roster if he does not win one of the returner jobs, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner draws head coach's praise    Sat Aug 13, 06:50 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner finished with 24 yards rushing and three catches for another 32 yards in the team's preseason-opening win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, Aug. 12, continuing to build on the momentum he started last year when he led the NFL in rushing over the 2015 preseason.

Footballguys view: Zenner is a powerful player who can make his living between the tackles. He seems to be the frontrunner to be the team's power back behind starter Ameer Abdullah.

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  Lions | Stevan Ridley did not receive much time    Sat Aug 13, 10:50 AM

Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley did not see playing time until the second half of the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 12, and finished the game with 14 yards on five carries.

Footballguys view: Ridley is competing with Zach Zenner for the power back job behind starter Ameer Abdullah. The veteran seems to be behind in that competition at this point, and he's certainly no lock for the 53-man roster.

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  Lions | Jake Rudock may make team    Sat Aug 13, 10:40 AM

Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock has been performing well over the past week and has a chance to make the 53-man roster as the No. 3 quarterback.

Footballguys view: We're not impressed with Rudock's game. On tape at Michigan, Rudock was an inconsistent player with poor pass placement. Sure, he's tough and plays with moxie but he's got to be better at leading his receivers. From a dynasty perspective, some may be interested in Rudock...but we'll pass for other long-shot QBs in that format.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner has solid outing    Sat Aug 13, 08:16 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner rushed for 24 yards on seven carries in the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 12. He also caught three passes for 32 yards during the game.

Footballguys view: Zenner is a good all-purpose running back/fullback for the Lions. He's in the mix for the power back job behind starter Ameer Abdullah. While Abdullah is smaller/quicker, Zenner is built like a tank and can bang it between the tackles to move the chains. While Zenner is a good receiver out of the backfield, that job of catching passes from the RB position is going to go primarily to Theo Riddick. The Lions have a two- or three-headed RBBC, and that complicates things for fantasy owners.

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  Lions | Zaviar Gooden suffers head injury    Fri Aug 12, 10:52 PM

Detroit Lions LB Zaviar Gooden (head) suffered a head injury in a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, Aug. 12.

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  Lions | Taylor Decker struggles in debut    Fri Aug 12, 10:49 PM

Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker was flagged for a holding penalty and allowed a sack, which resulted in a fumble by QB Matthew Stafford, in a 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason Friday, Aug. 12.

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  Lions | Anquan Boldin the No. 3 receiver     Fri Aug 12, 09:21 PM

Detroit Lions WR Anquan Boldin has been impressive during training camp, and there is 'no doubt' he will be the No. 3 receiver to open the season, according to beat writer Kyle Meinke.

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  Lions | Jonathan Bostic may have serious injury    Thu Aug 11, 01:39 PM

Detroit Lions LB Jonathan Bostic (leg) was carted off the field during practice Wednesday, Aug. 10, because of a potentially serious leg injury.

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  Lions | Rashaad Reynolds signs    Thu Aug 11, 07:33 AM

The Detroit Lions signed CB Rashaad Reynolds to a contract on Wednesday, Aug. 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Ian Wells waived/injured    Thu Aug 11, 07:30 AM

Detroit Lions CB Ian Wells (knee) was waived on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah hasn't missed a practice    Wed Aug 10, 07:59 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) has participated in every one of the team's practices since camp opened. However, he's done so in a red no-contact jersey.

Footballguys view: Abdullah is getting the bubble wrap treatment, as more than one Lions writer has said that he'll get a chance to break out this year. He will still be limited by a three-headed backfield, but if Abdullah can start making more big plays, he'll be a boom/bust RB2 and worth the seventh-round pick it will take to land him.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron expected to sit Friday    Wed Aug 10, 07:53 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to sit the team's preseason opener Friday, August 12, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ebron hasn't practiced since suffering the injury in a mock game Saturday, August 6.

Footballguys view: Ebron's injury is still a bit of a mystery, but from all outward indications, he should be ready for Week 1, if not before that. He's worth a pick an upside low TE1 or high TE2.

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  Lions | Darius Slay burned in joint practice    Wed Aug 10, 01:23 PM

Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay was 'dominated' by Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown in a joint practice session Tuesday, Aug. 9. Slay was surprised to see Brown run three consecutive deep routes against him and said he needs to do a better job against the deep ball.

Footballguys view: Slay just got a big contract and has taken his place among the best corners in the league, but Brown is playing at a Hall of Fame level right now. He could shatter NFL records for receptions and receiving yards in a season if Ben Roethlisberger plays 16 games.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones the top target    Wed Aug 10, 08:52 AM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones has been the team's top receiver in camp, and it hasn't been close, as WR Golden Tate has had issues holding onto the football. Jones was targeted on seven of the 14 passes QB Matthew Stafford threw in the joint practice Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Footballguys view: Jones is going at least 2-3 rounds after Golden Tate in most drafts, but his red zone prowess and reports like this make that seem ill-advised.

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Golden Tate player page
Marvin Jones player page


  Lions | Golden Tate has sure hands    Wed Aug 10, 02:21 AM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has had sure hands in camp while his counterparts have had issues. WR Jeremy Kerley had at least three of the six-plus drops in practice Saturday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Tate should lead the team in receptions, although if he is lined up on the outside more often because of Anquan Boldin's place in the slot, he might not equal the high catch rate he had with Calvin Johnson out in 2014.

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Jeremy Kerley player page


  Lions | Cole Wick standing out    Tue Aug 9, 01:25 PM

Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick, an undrafted rookie from the University of Incarnate Word, ran with the first-team offense Monday, Aug. 8, in the place of injured Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle). The 6-6, 257-pound Wick has improved throughout the offseason and has caught the ball well. 'He's growing,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'Last spring I thought he caught onto things fairly well, and now we have a lot more information going in, it happened a lot faster. But I think he's hanging in there, he's working at it and doing a good job.'

Footballguys view: Wick is more blocker than receiver, which means he isn't a tight end to turn to in fantasy leagues if Ebron misses time, but he could help Ameer Abdullah and the running game.

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  Lions | Andre Roberts would like to be returner    Mon Aug 8, 07:38 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts said would like the chance to be a kick returner during the preseason because he could help him earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

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  Lions | Matthew Mulligan works with starters    Mon Aug 8, 06:41 PM

Detroit Lions TE Matthew Mulligan worked with the first-team offense during practice Monday, Aug. 8, in place of TE Eric Ebron (ankle).

Footballguys view: We just don't think there's a lot of fantasy value in the Lions TE...even when Ebron returns. Veteran WR Anquan Boldin can do more on TE-like routes close to the line of scrimmage.

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  Lions | Taylor Decker in line for LT job    Mon Aug 8, 06:37 PM

Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker is listed as the starting left tackle on the team's first depth chart.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron has sprained ankle    Mon Aug 8, 01:25 PM

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) has a 'pretty decent' right ankle sprain, according to a source. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell refused to address the injury when asked Monday, Aug. 8.

Footballguys view: A severely sprained ankle is a lot better than the Achilles' injury this could have been. Ebron is going to get plenty of time off to recover. We weren't high on him from a fantasy perspective anyway and feel that veteran WR Anquan Boldin can be a fine target on the underneath routes where Ebron would (will?) be.

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  Lions | One waived, one signed in Detroit    Mon Aug 8, 11:12 AM

Detroit Lions WR Damian Copeland was waived Monday, Aug. 8, and WR Alex Chisum was signed to an undisclosed deal.

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  Lions | Optimism for Eric Ebron    Mon Aug 8, 10:51 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (foot) had a sleeve on his right foot on the sidelines Monday, Aug. 8, but he was not wearing a boot.

Footballguys view: Ebron doesn't appear to be on the shelf for the long haul, although this could allow Anquan Boldin to assert himself as a presence in the middle of the field in the passing game. Ebron remains an upside TE2/low TE1 who should have a larger role than last year with Calvin Johnson retired. Whether that role will grow enough to support an every week starting role for fantasy teams is yet to be seen.

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  Lions | Rafael Bush likely will start    Sun Aug 7, 02:04 PM

Detroit Lions SS Rafael Bush has received most of the snaps with the first-team defense during training camp and likely will start next to FS Glover Quin this season.

Footballguys view: Bush is inheriting a position that was a very good IDP spot for James Ihedigbo over the last few years. He should be a priority waiver wire pickup in IDP leagues.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron expects to be fine    Sat Aug 6, 05:24 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) told at least two teammates that he is OK after it was feared he may have torn his right Achilles' tendon, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: We'll know more about this injury in the near future. Fantasy owners shouldn't be relying on Ebron that much anyway even if he is healthy and able to play. The Lions added Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin via free agency to bolster their passing game. We think those two WRs (plus Golden Tate and Theo Riddick) are going to make up a majority of their air attack.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron may have torn Achilles'    Sat Aug 6, 02:17 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) may have torn his right Achilles' tendon, the team fears, according to a source.

Footballguys view: It's obviously still very early but this looks potentially very bad for Ebron. And of course it would affect Matt Stafford as well. TE Brandon Pettigrew is on the PUP list. This probably means Cole Wick would get the look. There had been some glowing reports on Wick from offseason practices with the word "spectacular" thrown about. It looks like he may get the opportunity. Again, nothing is confirmed yet. We just wanted to pass along what we know.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron carted off field Saturday    Sat Aug 6, 01:04 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (leg) was carted off the field after suffering a lower right leg injury during practice Saturday, Aug. 6. He grabbed the back of his leg and was unable to put weight on it as he rose to his feet.

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  Lions | Raphael Kirby waived    Sat Aug 6, 12:02 PM

The Detroit Lions have waived LB Raphael Kirby.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron held out of practice Friday    Sat Aug 6, 11:51 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) missed practice due to an undisclosed injury that is believed to be minor in nature Friday, Aug. 5.

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