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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah the clear No. 1 RB    Sat Aug 19, 11:08 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has looked 'sharp' throughout training camp, 'appears to have retained speed and agility' he had prior to his injury last season and should get almost all the work on early downs for Detroit this season, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.

Footballguys view: Abdullah is the lead back, but the Lions backfield is going to be split three ways. Behind Abdullah we'll see Theo Riddick as the pass-catching back with Zach Zenner chipping in on short yardage and goal line situations.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron remains sidelined    Thu Aug 17, 09:40 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 17.

Footballguys view: Ebron's hamstring issue isn't going away. This makes it more difficult to take him as your TE1, as he might not be in game shape to open the season and faces a good set of linebackers and safeties vs. Arizona Week 1.

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  Lions | Three Detroit TEs do not practice    Wed Aug 16, 07:40 PM

Detroit Lions TEs Cole Wick (undisclosed), Tim Wright (undisclosed) and Khari Lee (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron misses practice    Wed Aug 16, 07:32 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Aug. 16.

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  Lions | Kenny Golladay works with starters    Wed Aug 16, 07:21 PM

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay worked exclusively with the first-team offense during practice Wednesday, Aug. 16, when they lined up in three-receiver sets. He lined up as an outside receiver.

Footballguys view: Golladay is a talented rookie WR from Northern Illinois that the Lions selected in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft. He's fast, can get by the defense quickly and has the body control to make difficult catches. The no3 WR for the Lions isn't a fantasy force, but we love the dynasty potential of this rookie.

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  Lions | Detroit waives one, adds three    Wed Aug 16, 02:30 PM

Detroit Lions LB Brandon Copeland (pectoral) was waived with an injury designation Wednesday, Aug. 16. The Lions added free-agent DE Giorgio Newberry (Steelers), OG Connor Bozick (Lions) and TE Andrew Price to fill out their 90-man roster.

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  Lions | Detroit makes three roster moves     Tue Aug 15, 04:09 PM

Detroit Lions OG Matt Rotheram was waived Tuesday, Aug. 15. In addition, DE Kerry Hyder (Achilles') and RB Mike James (concussion) were placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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  Lions | Ryan Spadola waived from IR    Tue Aug 15, 02:28 PM

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Spadola (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 15.

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  Lions | Brandon Copeland out for season    Mon Aug 14, 08:26 PM

Detroit Lions DE Brandon Copeland (pectoral) suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the first preseason game and will miss the entire 2017 season, according to a source.

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  Lions | Kerry Hyder tears Achilles'    Mon Aug 14, 12:39 PM

Detroit Lions DE Kerry Hyder (Achilles') is out for the season due to a torn Achilles', according to a source. He's scheduled for surgery this week.

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  Lions | Kerry Hyder suffers significant injury    Sun Aug 13, 05:31 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DE Kerry Hyder (Achilles') suffered a significant Achilles' tendon injury during the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 13, according to head coach Kim Caldwell.

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  Lions | Kenny Golladay shines in preseason debut    Sun Aug 13, 03:55 PM

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay finished with three catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns in the team's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Aug. 13.

Footballguys view: Golladay made a circus catch to get into the end zone against the Colts. A third-round pick out of Northern Illinois this year, Golladay has a nice size/speed combination. He can get downfield and makes for a nice target on 'jump' balls near the end zone. He'll work as the no3 WR for the Lions behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.

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  Lions | Kerry Hyder carted off in preseason opener    Sun Aug 13, 01:59 PM

Detroit Lions DE Kerry Hyder (leg) suffered an apparent left leg injury on a non-contact play and was carted off field during the team's preseason opener Sunday, Aug. 13, against the Indianapolis Colts.

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  Lions | Dwayne Washington showing more patience    Sun Aug 13, 11:27 AM

Detroit Lions RB Dwayne Washington saw his playing time cut dramatically toward the end of last year in part because he was too often seeking the big play. However, according to running backs coach David Walker, he's 'to the point he's kind of done a 180' as a player.

Footballguys view: Washington is competing for a spot on the 53-man roster. He's got size that guys like Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick don't have, but his main competition for short-yardage/power snaps is Zach Zenner.

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  Lions | Ricky Wagner injured Friday    Sat Aug 12, 09:36 AM

Detroit Lions OT Ricky Wagner (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury in the team's practice against the Indianapolis Colts Friday, Aug. 11, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. The injury is not believed to be serious.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron returns    Fri Aug 11, 09:41 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice Friday, Aug. 11.

Footballguys view: Ebron's absence was long enough that we should really worry if this comes up again, but not long enough to greatly move him on our draft boards.

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  Lions | Tim Wright back to Lions    Wed Aug 9, 08:09 AM

Free-agent TE Tim Wright (Lions) re-signed with the Detroit Lions on an undisclosed deal Wednesday, Aug. 9. TE Brandon Z. Barnes was waived.

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  Lions | Detroit signs two, releases two     Tue Aug 8, 03:13 PM

Free-agents WR Dez Stewart (Steelers) and CB Tramain Jacobs (Raiders) were signed by the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Aug. 8. WR Ryan Spadola (undisclosed) and CB Desmond X. Lawrence (undisclosed) were waived/injured in corresponding moves.

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  Lions | Coach has catch total in mind for Eric Ebron    Mon Aug 7, 08:51 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he envisions TE Eric Ebron to be in the 60-catch range this season.

Footballguys view: Ebron had 61 in 13 games last year. If Caldwell is correct, then we shouldn't project a big increase in Ebron's role this year. He is probably being drafted right about where he should be as one of the last TE1's on the board.

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  Lions | Two Lions off of PUP list    Mon Aug 7, 03:31 PM

Detroit Lions DE Armonty Bryant (undisclosed) and OG Brandon Thomas (undisclosed) were removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list and will practice Monday, Aug. 7.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron running on the side    Sun Aug 6, 09:06 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6, but he was able to run on the sidelines.

Footballguys view: The seal has already been broken on injuries for Ebron, but at least this makes it seem like a minor hamstring issue that is nothing to worry about as long as the rest of camp and the preseason passes without incident.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron still out    Sun Aug 6, 07:12 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6.

Footballguys view: More than likely a rest day for a veteran the team needs to have healthy and rested for the season. They'll be gentle with that hamstring, and we'll probably see more of him in the latter stages of camp. Ebron is tracking as a solid TE2 in drafts, going as the No. 13 tight end off the boards.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah receives day off    Sun Aug 6, 06:44 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah did not participate in practice Sunday, Aug. 6, but said it was a maintenance day. He expects to play in the first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Footballguys view: This whole situation stinks of committee, and with Theo Riddick getting passing downs and Zach Zenner getting goal line reps, Abdullah's production is going to be hard to pin down consistently. He's going as the No. 27 back off the board and 66 overall in ADP, but we wouldn't be shocked if it dropped a little from there even as cloudy as this situation is.

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  Lions | Brad Kaaya to the practice squad?    Sun Aug 6, 12:40 AM

Detroit Lions QB Brad Kaaya has no chance to unseat QB Jake Rudock from the backup quarterback role, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, and Meinke believes Kaaya could be placed on the practice squad this season.

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  Lions | Michael Roberts dropping passes    Sun Aug 6, 12:30 AM

Detroit Lions TE Michael Roberts dropped a pass and lost a fumble during the team's mock game Saturday, Aug. 5, and Kyle Meinke of MLive.com said Roberts has been struggling with ball security and catching the ball throughout training camp.

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  Lions | Dwayne Washington returning kicks    Sun Aug 6, 12:27 AM

Detroit Lions RB Dwayne Washington served as the kick returner in the team's mock game Saturday, Aug. 5.

Footballguys view: That's one way the team can afford to keep him on the roster. With Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and Ameer Abdullah all looking like they have carved out roles, Washington would likely otherwise be cut.

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  Lions | Jamal Agnew returning punts    Sun Aug 6, 12:25 AM

Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew has been working as the top punt returner in training camp, and Kyle Meinke believes Agnew is a safe bet to win the job in the regular season.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones shines in red zone    Sun Aug 6, 12:21 AM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones has emerged as one of the QB Matthew Stafford's favorite targets in the red zone, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.

Footballguys view: That's great but he still only had four touchdowns. So sure, he's getting targets but he's not finding the end zone. Jones is pretty much just a solid depth wide receiver and is currently tracking as the No. 51 receiver off the board in drafts.

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  Lions | Teez Tabor being burned     Sat Aug 5, 10:36 PM

Detroit Lions CB Teez Tabor has been struggling in one-on-one drills during training camp, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

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  Lions | Cole Wick exits practice    Sat Aug 5, 10:18 PM

Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick (undisclosed) exited practice Friday, Aug. 4, and did not return.

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  Lions | Tion Green playing fullback    Sat Aug 5, 10:13 PM

Detroit Lions RB Tion Green was playing fullback in some two-back sets during practice Friday, Aug. 5.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah not getting featured?    Sat Aug 5, 11:31 AM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner received the goal-line reps with the first-team offense during a padded practice ahead of Ameer Abdullah on Friday, Aug. 4.

Footballguys view: That's worth noting in touchdown heavy leagues more than anything else, though if he can find the end zone regularly, he could be a nice bye week or flex on a more consistent basis. Will Abdullah recover the look he had before being injured last season? Hard to say, and we should also keep in mind that the Lions ranked 30th in the NFL in rushing offense last year. Most of the backfield - even Theo Riddick - would be unreliable as more than an RB3 or so.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah to be Lions' featured back    Thu Aug 3, 12:44 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will be the club's main featured back this season, according to running backs coach David Walker, who said, 'Ameer's our guy.' Walker added: 'Theo has his role, and then the other guys, they got to kind of fit where they fit and that's how we'll go.'

Footballguys view: Abdullah probably won't get enough touches to be a consistent RB1, but he will likely have RB1 level games as he did in Week 1 last year, and he'll provide some PPR punch. The value of Theo Riddick might not be as close to Abdullah as the somewhat small gap in ADP indicates. Abdullah has enough upside in PPR leagues to justify a 5th/6th round price tag.

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  Lions | Anthony Zettel working with starter    Wed Aug 2, 11:06 PM

Detroit Lions DE Anthony Zettel has been working with the first-team defense during training camp since DE Ziggy Ansah (undisclosed) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Zettel has been performing well during practice and has a chance to be the No. 3 pass rusher if he continues his performance during preseason games.

Footballguys view: The Lions never solved the defensive end spot opposite Ansah. If he can't stay healthy, this defense will have a serious lack of pass rush punch.

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  Lions | Two Lions sharing snaps at LT    Wed Aug 2, 10:57 PM

Detroit Lions OTs Cyrus Kouandjio and Greg Robinson have been sharing reps at left tackle with the first-team offense over the last few practices.

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  Lions | Kenny Golladay locking down key role    Tue Aug 1, 08:31 PM

Detroit Lions rookie WR Kenny Golladay has emerged as the favorite for the No. 3 receiver job behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Footballguys view: Anquan Boldin got a ton of red zone targets in this role and was close to fantasy relevance. Golladay might not be as productive as Boldin was, but if he's a quality target as a rookie, it will limit Eric Ebron's ceiling and take a little edge off of the increased weekly upside for Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, while helping Matthew Stafford.

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  Lions | Don Carey off PUP    Tue Aug 1, 11:31 AM

Detroit Lions FS Don Carey (hamstring) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aug. 1.

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  Lions | Two Detroit players injured    Mon Jul 31, 09:32 PM

Detroit Lions SS Tavon Wilson (arm) suffered an arm or shoulder injury during practice Tuesday, July 31, and was not able to finish practice. DE Cornelius Washington (leg) limped off the field during practice because of a leg injury.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron sits again    Mon Jul 31, 09:30 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not participate in practice Monday, July 31.

Footballguys view: Ebron is going to get the rest he needs. His numbers have increased each year he's been in the league, and he should be able to continue that trend in 2017. Scoring more than one touchdown would be nice, but don't get too crazy projecting TD catches for the young tight end. Even without WR Anquan Boldin, the Lions still have plenty of pass-catching options when they get to the red zone.

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  Lions | Rolan Milligan off of PUP list    Mon Jul 31, 02:29 PM

Detroit Lions s Rolan Milligan (undisclosed) was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 31.

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  Lions | Nick Becton signs with Detroit    Mon Jul 31, 01:37 PM

Free-agent OT Nick Becton (Bears) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, July 31. OT Tony Hills informed the team that he plans to retire.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick wearing stop sign    Mon Jul 31, 09:18 AM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrists) practiced in a non-contact jersey Sunday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Riddick is the team's main receiving weapon out of the backfield, and he's got fantasy appeal in PPR leagues. We see Riddick as a RB3/flex option in PPR leagues and a 65-catch season isn't out of the question. Riddick has a current ADP of RB34 (7.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Greg Robinson sits out    Mon Jul 31, 09:11 AM

Detroit Lions OT Greg Robinson (undisclosed) was held out of team drills Sunday, July 30. OT Cyrus Kouandjio took first-team repetitions at left tackle.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron leaves practice early    Sun Jul 30, 07:37 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) left practice early Sunday, July 30, after he suffered an apparent hamstring injury, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: Ebron is set up for a larger role this year with Anquan Boldin no longer in Detroit, but injuries have kept him from fulfilling his potential in the past. Hopefully this is a short-term issue, but it's a bad omen for a player that has missed multiple games in every year of his career.

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  Lions | Glover Quin contract update    Sun Jul 30, 04:33 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions FS Glover Quin's two-year extension is worth $13 million. The deal also includes $9.5 million in guaranteed money.

Footballguys view: That's reasonable money for a mid-level starting safety, and it will look cheaper as the cap goes up.

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  Lions | Glover Quin agrees to extension    Sun Jul 30, 03:29 PM

Detroit Lions S Glover Quin signed a two-year extension Sunday, July 30. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Quin is a solid two-way safety who makes for a good back of the defense with Tavon Wilson. He's not a top-end fantasy safety in IDP leagues, but he can be a good spot injury/bye/emergency start.

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  Lions | Detroit bring two off NFI    Sun Jul 30, 01:57 PM

Detroit Lions OT Greg Robinson (undisclosed) and DE Cornelius Washington (undisclosed) were activated off the Non-Football Injury list Sunday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Robinson is competing to start at tackle with Taylor Decker out. He was a colossal bust as the #2 pick for the Rams in 2014, but could give the Lions some snaps as they are in a bind after Decker had shoulder surgery.

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  Lions | Taylor Decker's recovery on track    Sun Jul 30, 12:02 AM

Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker (shoulder) is on track with his recovery from shoulder surgery, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: Decker should be able to return sometime during the season, but until then, the team will be looking at Greg Robinson, Cyrus Kouandjio or Corey Robinson at one of the two tackle spots. Decker's absence will hurt the running game more than the passing game, although Greg Robinson's strength is run blocking and he could offset that if he fills the vacancy.

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  Lions | Detroit makes several roster moves    Sat Jul 29, 04:24 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (undisclosed) and OG Brandon Thomas (undisclosed) were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, July 29. OT Greg Robinson (undisclosed) and DE Cornelius Washington (undisclosed) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

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  Lions | Two Lions ready to practice    Sat Jul 29, 04:19 PM

Detroit Lions OT Cyrus Kouandjio (undisclosed) and CB Teez Tabor (hamstring) were activated from the Non-Football Injury list Saturday, July 29, and will be able to practice.

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