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  Lions | Golden Tate removed from PUP    Mon Jul 28, 01:00 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (shoulder) was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 28, and he is expected to take part in the team's first training camp practice later in the day. Tate missed part of the team's spring workouts with a shoulder injury and said his shoulder was 'just a little soreness' in June.

Footballguys view: This is a relief for those targeting Tate as a sleeper due for a big boost in numbers in Detroit. When players go on the PUP to begin camp, it is often innocuous, but sometimes a more serious injury or situation will blend in with the "precaution" cases, so we always need to stay tuned in until these early camp injury issues are resolved.

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  Lions | HC hopeful to sign Ndamukong Suh    Mon Jul 28, 12:58 PM

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh's negotiations to sign a contract extension have not been a distraction, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. He is optimistic about the team re-signing Suh.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford improving    Mon Jul 28, 10:44 AM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has improved his command of the offense and his knowledge of the new offense has been impressive, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: That's nice, but Stafford turned into a terrible QB late last year when Calvin Johnson was limited. Stafford is going in the top 5 QBs in most drafts, but the depth at QB means that you're taking him assuming he'll hit his ceiling if you pay that price. Certainly the possibility of Stafford becoming more like Drew Brees now that the offense is run by a former member of the Saints staff (Joe Lombardi) and the upgrade in weapons will help, but Stafford is the still the key to unlocking his extra value potential.

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  Lions | Sign Drew Butler    Fri Jul 25, 04:42 PM

The Detroit Lions signed P Drew Butler (Bears) Friday, July 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Sign Drew Butler    Fri Jul 25, 04:42 PM

The Detroit Lions signed P Drew Butler Friday, July 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Waive Gabe Lynn    Fri Jul 25, 04:04 PM

The Detroit Lions waived S Gabe Lynn Friday, July 25.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron primed for leadership role?    Fri Jul 25, 01:26 AM

Detroit Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron exudes charisma and vocal leadership skills that are commonly found among team captains. He took on a 'front and center' role at the NFL Rookie Symposium, while other Lions rookies stayed out of the spotlight. Ebron wasn't a captain in three years at North Carolina, because head coach Larry Fedora required captains to be senior classmen. 'I don't ever talk about being a leader. I just always do actions,' Ebron said. 'I've never been a vocal person about leadership and about being, 'Hey man, you ought to do this.' We're all grown men. I just always show through actions or whisper, 'Hey, let's go.' That's all I do.'

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  Lions | Ndamukong Suh would be expensive to franchise tag    Thu Jul 24, 05:53 PM

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh would cost $26.7 million under the 2015 franchise tag.

Footballguys view: Thanks, but no thanks. The Lions are not going to shell out that kind of money for Suh on a one-year deal. He has the leverage in any long-term contract negotiations.

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  Lions | Ndamukong Suh extension unlikely before camp    Thu Jul 24, 04:55 PM

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh's long-awaited contract extension is highly unlikely to occur before the start of training camp, according to a source. The Lions commence training camp Sunday, July 27.

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  Lions | Montell Owens facing roster battle    Wed Jul 23, 11:14 PM

Detroit Lions FB Montell Owens has company, as the team will employ a more traditional fullback in the offense. They signed FB Jed Collins for the role. Owens is more of a hybrid player who excels on special teams. He likely needs to set himself apart in that role or risk not making the final roster, as he doesn't fit the traditional blocking fullback role like Collins.

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  Lions | Jed Collins to be traditional FB    Wed Jul 23, 10:20 PM

The Detroit Lions are re-incorporating the traditional fullback into their new offensive scheme this season, and that's why they went out and signed FB Jed Collins.

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  Lions | Mikel Leshourse expected to compete    Wed Jul 23, 10:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure is currently believed to be the fourth tailback on the club behind RBs Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick heading into training camp and the preseason, but general manager Martin Mayhew expects Leshoure to compete for snaps. The team will use an offense similar to the New Orleans Saints, and they occasionally used a fourth tailback.

Footballguys view: Leshoure still has natural talent. Injuries and inconsistencies have plagued his pro career. This could be his final year with the Lions, and he may need a fresh start to get the most out of his skill set.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick might break into rotation    Wed Jul 23, 10:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick has the chance to break into the rotation at tailback, and he has drawn considerable praise from his teammates and coaches for his development this offseason. If he proves himself in training camp and the preseason, he could potentially fill a Darren Sproles-like role in the offense.

Footballguys view: Riddick has been getting a lot of praise this offseason. The drumbeat of positive information about Riddick has been constant. Fantasy owners need to keep this in mind. Keep Riddick on your waiver wire speed dial, especially in PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Joique Bell expects to be ready    Wed Jul 23, 10:17 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) missed most of the offseason due to a knee injury, although he has said his condition is minor and he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next week.

Footballguys view: Bell is a talented runner and receiver out of the backfield. The team should ease him back into practice as he comes back from this knee injury.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah placed on PUP list    Wed Jul 23, 05:34 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Recovering from shoulder surgery, Ansah is on track to begin the season in Week 1.

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  Lions | Golden Tate placed on PUP list    Wed Jul 23, 05:25 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Tate landed on his shoulder wrong earlier this offseason. He should be ready to go soon, but consider him day-to-day at this point. Tate could be a nice fantasy player this year as the team's WR2 opposite Calvin Johnson.

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  Lions | Reese Wiggins claimed    Fri Jul 18, 07:05 PM

The Detroit Lions have claimed WR Reese Wiggins off waivers from the New England Patriots. The team also released WR Naaman Roosevelt.

Footballguys view: Wiggins has spent the last couple of months with the New England Patriots after he was added as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina. During his career at ECU, Wiggins totaled 80 career catches for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns. He's a camp body for the Lions, but he could impress enough to find a home on the practice squad.

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  Lions | Goldent Tate confident in blocking ability    Thu Jul 17, 06:30 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate knows he can block. Tate said blocking is just as important as catching the ball and even went as far as to say it's not that challenging.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to scoop up Tate at his current ADP. Tate is going off the board at WR32 (7.04) in 12-team PPR leagues. He could outperform that draft position as the primary target behind superstar Calvin Johnson.

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  Lions | J.B. Shugarts waived    Thu Jul 17, 05:19 PM

The Detroit Lions waived OT J.B. Shugarts. Shugarts was released in order to sign OG Garrett Reynolds.

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  Lions | Sign Garrett Reynolds     Thu Jul 17, 01:23 PM

The Detroit Lions signed OG Garrett Reynolds (Falcons) Thursday, July 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Cut D.J. Morrell    Wed Jul 16, 05:16 PM

The Detroit Lions cut OL D.J. Morrell Wednesday, July 16.

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  Lions | Larry Webster may not contribute this season    Wed Jul 16, 04:35 PM

Detroit Lions DE Larry Webster may not contribute to the roster in 2014 if he does not show signs of development in training camp. Webster could end up on Injured Reserve so that the team does not have to risk losing him to waivers.

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  Lions | Sign George Winn    Wed Jul 16, 03:44 PM

The Detroit Lions signed RB George Winn (Cowboys) Wednesday, July 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Winn is a decent all-around back, but he's nothing more than a camp body for the Lions. We'd be surprised if he made the roster over guys like Theo Riddick or Mikel Leshoure.

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  Lions | Three WRs will compete to make team    Wed Jul 16, 01:22 PM

Detroit Lions WRs Kris Durham, Kevin Ogletree and Corey Fuller could compete for one or two roster spots, depending on how many receivers the team decides to keep.

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  Lions | Jeremy Ross has chance to win slot job    Wed Jul 16, 01:17 PM

Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Ross has a good chance to win the slot receiver job during training camp. Ross likely will make the team even if he does not win the job, because he is a returner.

Footballguys view: Ross is a talented player with good quick-twitch ability and elusiveness after the catch. He's a good option as a slot receiver behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. His fantasy value is low because the team should use plenty of rookie tight end Eric Ebron this season.

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  Lions | Golden Tate expects more receptions     Mon Jul 14, 04:45 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he expects to catch more passes in 2014 than he did last season because opponents will be focusing on trying to cover WR Calvin Johnson. 'I think if I can stay healthy ... it's going to be fun,' Tate said. 'I have a chance to catch a ton more balls. I'm going to see a lot of single coverage. I'm probably going to see a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks because everyone's going to be on No. 81.'

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. Like Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos), Tate is a bit underrated in fantasy circles right now. The new Joe Lombardi offense should be able to produce big numbers through the air. This is good news for Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Tate. His current ADP is WR32 (7.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Two in running for No. 3 QB job    Mon Jul 14, 04:24 PM

Detroit Lions QBs Kellen Moore and James Franklin will compete for the No. 3 quarterback job during training camp. Franklin did not receive any team reps during offseason workouts, but head coach Jim Caldwell said he will receive snaps with the offense during training camp and preseason games.

Footballguys view: We like Franklin here. Moore has had his chance to prove himself as a pro, but he just doesn't have the arm strength or velocity to be an impact player at this level. Franklin lost confidence as a passer after a solid sophomore season, but he has great athleticism and elusiveness as a runner in the open field.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky likely will be No. 2 QB    Mon Jul 14, 04:23 PM

Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky likely will be the primary backup quarterback this upcoming season unless he suffers an injury during the preseason.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Losing Shaun Hill (Rams) in free agency may sting if Matthew Stafford gets injured. Orlovsky is a seasoned veteran, and he's a better option than weak-armed Kellen Moore and raw (but athletic) rookie James Franklin.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford working hard    Mon Jul 14, 10:38 AM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford impressed backup QB Dan Orlovsky with his work ethic this offseason in learning the new offense. Stafford spent his own time going over the offense with the new staff this offseason. 'There was so much uncertainty, just trying to figure out how we'd run this offense,' Stafford said. 'I just wanted to make sure that once we started playing and practicing, I was as well equipped and well prepared as I could be.'

Footballguys view: Stafford can put up monster numbers (thanks Calvin!), but he needs to win more games as the starter. The Lions are trying to make a playoff push this year, and they could flourish under the guidance of new head coach Jim Caldwell and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Stafford's current ADP is QB4 (5.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Darryl Tapp gets praise    Sat Jul 12, 10:05 AM

Detroit Lions LB Darryl Tapp got praise from head coach Jim Caldwell for his enthusiasm and professionalism. "I think Darryl was a great addition for us because not only does he bring some enthusiasm and love the game, but he's a professional and a consummate professional," head coach Jim Caldwell said.

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  Lions | FB not expected to have big impact    Thu Jul 10, 04:40 PM

The winner of the Detroit Lions fullback job is expected to receive less than 25 total touches this upcoming season. FBs Jed Collins and Montell Owens are competing for the job.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson has high hopes for team    Thu Jul 10, 03:52 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson thinks the team is in a place where they can win the Super Bowl in 2014. "We need to win a Super Bowl," Johnson said. "That's the No. 1 thing. That's the No. 1 thing (and) should be for every team going into the beginning of the year.'

Footballguys view: This is about as loaded a team as the Lions have had in a long time. At least offensively. Defensively there are some questions about the secondary and special teams has long been an issue. No matter what happens with this team, we know one thing for sure--Megatron is a surefire WR1 and as a staff we feel he is worthy of a top-five pick overall.

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  Lions | Team to get creative with defensive line    Thu Jul 10, 01:24 PM

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh said the team is going to have fun with how the defense is used in 2014. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin plans to get creative with how he uses the defensive line. "We're going to have a lot of fun going against offenses and our defensive line play is going to be very similar but at the same time very different," Suh said. "That will be for those offensive lines to figure out; not going to give any secrets away right now but we're going to have some fun out there."

Footballguys view: We've heard and seen the team move Suh around but it hasn't helped his fantasy numbers. We'll believe it when we see it and we're a bit hesitant to think it would make a big difference anyway.

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  Lions | Ndamukong Suh's time ticking?    Thu Jul 10, 10:48 AM

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh's odds of re-signing aren't great if the team doesn't sign him to an extension before the season begins.

Footballguys view: Suh is one of the best defensive tackles in the game. His ability to rush the passer is ridiculous and while his run-stopping ability isn't always perfect, he's still good. The Lions have to start making some tough decisions with the roster given their lack of cap room. Still losing Suh would hurt--the Lions more than Suh who would be a free agent for about 15 minutes and only that long because lines would be jammed. From a fantasy standpoint, Suh is ranked as a DT3 by our staff--he's a decent producer but has a much bigger NFL impact than he has a fantasy impact.

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  Lions | Jed Collins expected to start    Thu Jul 10, 10:45 AM

Detroit Lions FB Jed Collins is expected to win the starting job over FB Montell Owens.

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  Lions | Teammate high on Theo Riddick    Wed Jul 9, 01:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick looked good during offseason workouts and could be a Pro Bowler if he continues to improve, according to RB Joique Bell. 'The only thing I can say is he's going to keep learning and keep getting better. He keeps doing what he's been doing, he'll be a Pro Bowler in no time. I was thinking down the line, but he definitely has the potential to be a great running back in this league,' Bell said.

Footballguys view: Add another name to the Theo Riddick buzz list. We try to take offseason items with a grain of salt when they are isolated, but there has been too much smoke around Riddick for there not to be some fire there. He might not have fantasy relevance this year, but he could cut into Reggie Bush and Joique Bell's reception totals. Riddick's profile is high enough now that he should be owned in every dynasty league.

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  Lions | Ndamukong Suh receives praise from trainer    Tue Jul 8, 06:59 PM

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh goes beyond what is demanded of him, according to personal strength coach Mike Barwis. Barwis said Suh is a unique 'physical specimen' who works overtime to improve his conditioning.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron wants to help Megatron    Tue Jul 8, 06:53 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said in a Tuesday, July 8 interview that his biggest goal this year is to take pressure off and open up the field for WR Calvin Johnson.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron says timing with QB is great    Tue Jul 8, 06:51 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said in a Tuesday, July 8 interview that his timing with QB Matthew Stafford has been great. Ebron said Stafford has a good understanding of how Ebron can help the team.

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  Lions | Expect a lot of two-tight end sets    Tue Jul 8, 06:19 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said in a Tuesday, July 8 interview that fans should expect an 'awful lot' of two-tight end sets this season. Ebron and TEs Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria figure to split time at the position.

Footballguys view: Ebron is probably not the top red zone option among the tight ends, and he isn't the best blocker of the group either. He'll likely be brought along more slowly than a typical top 10 pick, so we wouldn't make him a top sleeper tight end option late in your draft.

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  Lions | Joique Bell back to full strength    Tue Jul 8, 03:21 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) said he is back to running at full speed and is feeling fully healthy. 'I'm making a lot of progress, a lot of progress,' Bell said. 'Actually started back running full speed, got cleared for full go probably two weeks, a week after minicamp. I'm feeling 100%. I'm feeling great.'

Footballguys view: This is a relief for his owners, who had to worry about an unspecified knee injury that sidelined Bell for OTAs. With the possible emergence of Theo Riddick, the Lions backfield could be split three ways like the Saints backfield has been in the past, but Bell should get goal line carries in any event, preserving his mid-round value.

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  Lions | Ryan Broyles looks in shape    Mon Jul 7, 05:35 PM

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') is always in the workout room and looks to be in great shape, according to teammates. Broyles has made good strides this offseason but has admitted in the past that he's still working on his speed.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick receives praise from teammate    Mon Jul 7, 03:11 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick could surprise some people this season, according to teammate QB Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky said Riddick has 'really, really good vision and suddenness,' adding that he'd be surprised if Riddick doesn't get 50 catches.

Footballguys view: Riddick has been the subject of buzz from numerous sources, so this is in line with what we've been hearing. His RB/WR hybrid skillset overlaps more with Reggie Bush's talents than Joique Bell's, so it is likely Bush who will be hurt most by the Lions possibly switching to a three-headed RB approach that offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi saw work very well in New Orleans before being hired in Detroit. Riddick still isn't worth a late redraft pick except in the deepest of leagues, but put him on the waiver wire speed dial list in PPR if he starts hot, and make sure to not overdraft Reggie Bush.

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  Lions | Ryan Broyles looking to work with speed coach    Sun Jul 6, 11:21 PM

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') said he was going to look to work with a speed coach in the weeks leading up to training camp. Broyles said his rehab went well this offseason and was able to fully participate in minicamp.

Footballguys view: That Broyles could still make the Lions roster this year is a testament to his perseverance. He has come back from two ACL tears, and if Broyles can get back to any kind of functional level of NFL play after an achilles tear, he'll be a terrific player to cite as a reason to not give up on players who know how to work back from multiple serious injuries. He is still very unlikely to have any fantasy value this year.

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  Lions | Brandon Pettigrew willing to block more    Fri Jul 4, 11:28 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew said he is willing to block more often this upcoming season if he helps the team win.

Footballguys view: Pettigrew is a good all-around tight end. He's a fantastic blocker, and he should thrive in a more traditional role. The Lions selected TE Eric Ebron in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. Ebron is a move tight end in the mold of Julius Thomas (Broncos). We should see the rookie carve out a good role in the passing game behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

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  Lions | James Ihedigbo believes in new team    Fri Jul 4, 03:14 PM

Detroit Lions SS James Ihedigbo believes in his new team, and believes his team can get back to the top. 'It's one of those things, you can feel it,' Ihedigbo said. 'With this team, I can feel the makings of a championship-DNA team. Are we willing to sacrifice? That's the question, and I know we are. There are guys in this locker room that are willing to pay the price, whatever it is, to put the work in to be a champion. Yeah, we definitely have that championship DNA.'

Footballguys view: We'll see if the Lions can make a push for the playoffs this year. They have a strong offense, and they've made quality additions to their passing game. They've also made some moves on defense to improve their team.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy focusing on new role    Wed Jul 2, 02:29 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy is moving to weakside linebacker this season. He recently said he is trying to focus on his coverage and trusting his instincts, adding that some of his interceptions from last season were made by just being around the ball and capitalizing on opportunities.

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  Lions | Devin Taylor may play inside    Wed Jul 2, 02:06 PM

Detroit Lions DE Devin Taylor may spend some time at defensive tackle this season, according to a source. He's practiced inside this offseason and played there some in his rookie season.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron struggling to learn all positions     Tue Jul 1, 12:32 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has been lining up everywhere on the field, and it is overwhelming to him. 'I've been everywhere and that is what's killing me,' Ebron said. 'I'm used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it's the Y, the F, the Z.'

Footballguys view: The Lions needed other weapons in the passing game besides Calvin Johnson. Brandon Pettigrew is a good all-around tight end, but he's not the threat after the catch that Ebron is. It will be interesting to see the pecking order for targets behind Megatron. Ebron and free agent addition Golden Tate will compete to be the next go-to guy.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron expects to be in slot a lot    Tue Jul 1, 10:21 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he expects to line up in the slot 50 percent of the time this season. He said he expects to be on the line with his hand in the ground 40 percent of the time and in the backfield 10 percent of the time.

Footballguys view: This sounds about right. Tight end is a different position than it was even 10 years ago. A player like Ebron is going to be used like Jimmy Graham (Saints) or Julius Thomas (Broncos). Ebron is big, fast and physical down the seam. It will be interesting to see how much the rookie is involved in the offense this year. Ebron's current ADP is TE12 (11.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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