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  Lions | Detroit releases trio of players    Fri Feb 15, 01:48 PM

Detroit Lions WR Bruce Ellington, S Glover Quin and LB Nicholas Grigsby were released by the team on Friday, Feb. 15.

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  Lions | Mike Gillislee works out for Lions    Fri Feb 15, 08:59 AM

Free-agent RB Mike Gillislee (Saints) worked out for the Detroit Lions Thursday, Feb. 14.

Footballguys view: Gillislee was with the Patriots during the preseason in 2018 but he didn't make their final roster. The Saints did pick him up for about a month after that, but Gillislee has been out of work since that time. A veteran back who runs with power, Gillislee should find a spot somewhere to compete this offseason.

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  Lions | Danny Amendola an option for Detroit?    Thu Feb 14, 11:04 PM

Miami Dolphins WR Danny Amendola could fill the slot receiver role for the Detroit Lions in 2019 because of his connection to head coach Matt Patricia, in the opinion of Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: Amendola could find his way to the Motor City. The Lions need to find someone to take over the Golden Tate role on underneath routes. Amendola could fill that void while Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay work on the outside.

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  Lions | Detroit eyeing Greedy Williams?    Thu Feb 14, 09:27 PM

Louisiana State CB Greedy Williams could be a target for the Detroit Lions with the No. 8 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, according to Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com.

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  Lions | Devin Fitzsimmons leaves for NCAA    Wed Feb 13, 03:31 PM

Detroit Lions special teams coach Devin Fitzsimmons was named the new special teams coach of Vanderbilt University Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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  Lions | Don Muhlbach re-signs with Detroit    Wed Feb 13, 02:36 PM

Detroit Lions LS Don Muhlbach was re-signed to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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  Lions | Detroit in tight end market    Tue Feb 12, 12:33 PM

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Monday, Feb. 11, that 'the tight end position is definitely a priority for us this offseason.' The Lions had the fewest tight end receptions (45) aside from any team but the Miami Dolphins and Quinn said the team will look to free agency and the draft for help at the position.

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  Lions | QB an option with Detroit's top pick?    Mon Feb 11, 08:52 PM

Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team is not ruling out the possibility of selecting a quarterback with their first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

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  Lions | Detroit re-signs two players    Mon Feb 11, 03:31 PM

Detroit Lions LB Steve Longa and DE Mitchell Loewen were re-signed Monday, Feb. 11.

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  Lions | Defense the focus in Detroit?    Sun Feb 10, 08:38 PM

The Detroit Lions will likely focus on bolstering their defense during free agency and in the 2019 NFL Draft, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com, and Rothstein believes finding a starter across from CB Darius Slay and a pass-rusher will be the team's top priorities.

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  Lions | Ricky Jean-Francois could return    Sun Feb 10, 05:48 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ricky Jean-Francois could re-sign with the team this offseason since the team will be looking for a player to be part of the rotation at defensive tackle, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers.

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  Lions | Ndamukong Suh unlikely a target    Sun Feb 10, 05:45 PM

Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh likely will not be a be a target for the Detroit Lions in free agency, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers.

Footballguys view: Suh signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Rams in 2018. They could try to bring him back for another run because of the way he helped the defensive line and superstar Aaron Donald. Suh as a first-round draft pick for the Lions back in 2010 but is unlikely to return to the Motor City.

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  Lions | Detroit adds Tre' Williams     Wed Feb 6, 02:48 PM

Free-agent LB Tre' Williams (Jets) was signed by the Detroit Lions Wednesday, Feb. 6.

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  Lions | LeGarrette Blount struggles in 2018    Sat Feb 2, 11:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB LeGarrette Blount's 2.7 yards per carry were the fewest of any running back with at least 150 rushing attempts in 2018.

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  Lions | Bruce Ellington wants to stay    Thu Jan 31, 10:12 PM

Detroit Lions impending free-agent WR Bruce Ellington said he hopes to remain with the team in 2019.

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  Lions | Sean Ryan set to coach QBs in Detroit    Tue Jan 29, 08:06 PM

Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan accepted the same position with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Footballguys view: Ryan helped Deshaun Watson and Eli Manning improve in previous stops and was well thought of around the league. He was mentioned as an offensive coordinator candidate in some circles. Hopefully he can help Matthew Stafford identify some of the reasons his game dropped off in 2018.

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  Lions | David Walker leaving Lions    Tue Jan 29, 04:37 PM

Detroit Lions running backs coach David Walker announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, that he will step away from coaching.

Footballguys view: The Lions will be looking for a new coach to groom Kerryon Johnson and figure out the best group to assemble around him as complements. Walker had stayed with the team through the replacement of Jim Caldwell with Matt Patricia.

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  Lions | Detroit to pursue slot receivers?    Fri Jan 25, 09:31 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley and WR Tavon Austin and New England Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson and WR Chris Hogan could be options for the Detroit Lions in free agency, according to Nate Atkins of MLive.com. Atkins believes the Lions will want a veteran presence in the slot to pair with WR Kenny Golladay.

Footballguys view: Those players are all options for the Lions this offseason. They'll need a slot receiver to work underneath routes like Golden Tate used to. In fact, there is speculation that Tate might be on their radar to return in free agency after they traded him to the Eagles last season.

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  Lions | Marvin Jones no longer needed?    Fri Jan 25, 09:23 PM

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones could be 'expendable' this offseason because of the emergence of WR Kenny Golladay, according to Nate Atkins of MLive.com.

Footballguys view: Jones has a cap hit of $9.1 million in 2019 and there is still $5.3 million remaining in dead money. That's a chunk of change to swallow if the team wants to move on. Golladay has emerged but the Lions still need other weapons in the passing game. There has been some speculation that they would bring back Golden Tate in free agency this offseason.

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  Lions | Detroit to pursue tight ends?    Thu Jan 24, 10:19 PM

Detroit Lions TE Luke Willson's lack of production and the injuries to TE Michael Roberts (shoulder) will have the Lions targeting tight ends in free agency and in the 2019 NFL Draft, according to Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com.

Footballguys view: We could see that happening for the Lions. The tight end class is a good one, and the Lions may be tempted to select someone like T.J. Hockenson (Iowa) in the first round. The Lions currently have the no.8 overall selection in the 2019 NFL draft.

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  Lions | Theo Riddick done in Detroit?    Thu Jan 24, 04:42 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is expected to be released or traded this offseason, which would save the Lions more than $3.4 million, according to Spotrac.

Footballguys view: Even though he caught 61 passes in 2018, Riddick was not quite himself averaging just 6.3 yards per catch. He's a receiving back who can catch 50-plus passes no matter where he goes.

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  Lions | Detroit signs Brandon Reilly    Tue Jan 22, 05:23 PM

Free-agent WR Brandon Reilly (Cowboys) was signed to a Reserve/Futures contract by the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Footballguys view: Reilly was undrafted out of Nebraska in 2017 and has bounced around to a few different teams since then. He finds his way back to the Lions (his second stint) to see if he can impress enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Reilly measures in at 6'1" 200 pounds and is known as a tough receiver who can make clutch catches. Only Fantasy GMs in crazy deep dynasty leagues should be monitoring his progress.

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  Lions | John Bonamego back in Detroit    Tue Jan 22, 04:08 PM

Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego was hired as the special teams coordinator for the Detroit Lions Tuesday, Jan. 22. He served in the same role with the Lions from 2013 to 2014.

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  Lions | Detroit adds Darrell Bevell as OC    Wed Jan 16, 04:08 PM

Former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was hired by the Detroit Lions Wednesday, Jan. 16, as their new offensive coordinator.

Footballguys view: Bevell interviewed for a few jobs out there but lands with the Lions. He's going to try and get more out of Matthew Stafford and company this year. Bevell loves to run the ball and that should be the emphasis for the Lions offense under his watch. That's potentially good news for Kerryon Johnson.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner has earned trust    Fri Jan 11, 09:59 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner was praised for his consistency by head coach Matt Patricia. 'He's somebody you can put in any situation, and he'll execute to the highest of his ability,' Patricia said.

Footballguys view: Zenner is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2019. He could easily return to the Lions where he's spent the last few years after coming out of South Dakota State as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Zenner rushed for 265 yards in 2018 with three rushing touchdowns and a career-high 4.8 yards per carry.

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  Lions | Detroit could bring back Ziggy Ansah    Sat Jan 5, 10:51 AM

The Detroit Lions have not ruled out re-signing DE Ziggy Ansah, who will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

Footballguys view: Ansah was playing on the franchise tag in 2018 and only made it through seven games. Shoulder injuries cut his season short and put his future with the team in doubt. The team might see what kind of market the veteran pass rusher has before deciding whether or not they want to bring him back.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford has backing of GM    Fri Jan 4, 01:25 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford drew a vote of confidence Friday, Jan. 4, from general manager Bob Quinn, who said he believes the team can win a Super Bowl with Stafford. 'Matthew Stafford is our quarterback; he will be our quarterback here,' Quinn said Friday, Jan. 4, in his annual end-of-season news conference.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford would 'love' to stay put    Thu Jan 3, 07:40 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford admitted he would 'love' to remain with the only team he's ever played for. 'I think there's something special about a guy getting a chance to play his entire career in one place,' Stafford said. 'Not many guys get to do that these days. I would love to be one of those guys.' It remains to be seen, however, if the Lions feel the same way.

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  Lions | Detroit signs two players    Thu Jan 3, 03:18 PM

Free-agents P Ryan Santoso (Lions) and RB Kerwynn Williams (Chiefs) were signed to Reserve/Futures contracts by the Detroit Lions Thursday, Jan. 3.

Footballguys view: Williams has speed to burn and we'll keep monitoring him in crazy deep dynasty leagues. The Lions could use him as a return man or just depth at the RB position if he ends up making the 53-man roster later in the year.

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  Lions | Kerryon Johnson feeling good    Wed Jan 2, 10:17 PM

Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) said his knee is close to 100 percent and believes he could have returned this season if the Lions had made the playoffs.

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  Lions | Detroit adds Mark Thompson    Wed Jan 2, 03:21 PM

Free-agent RB Mark Thompson (Jets) was signed to a Reserve/Futures contract by the Detroit Lions Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Footballguys view: Thompson measures in at 6'1" 232 pounds and has a hard-charging style as a runner. There's not a lot of wasted motion when he's running the rock. We'll watch this power back but only in super deep dynasty formats.

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  Lions | Connor Cook signed to Futures deal    Tue Jan 1, 01:22 PM

The Detroit Lions signed QB Connor Cook (Bengals) to a Reserve/Futures contract Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Footballguys view: Originally a fourth-round pick of the Raiders in the 2016 NFL draft, Cook has bounced around the league to a few different teams. The Lions are just signing him as a camp arm and developmental prospect for the offseason. The chances of him making the 53-man roster in the fall are slim.

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  Lions | Jim Bob Cooter's return undecided    Tue Jan 1, 11:48 AM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's return to the team has not been decided. His contract is set to expire following the 2018 season.

Footballguys view: Things seem like the Lions are going to move on. Lions head coach Matt Patricia said he is in no rush to make a decision and wants to 'allow the emotion of the season to come down' before making the final call.

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  Lions | Five signed to futures contracts    Mon Dec 31, 09:31 PM

The Detroit Lions signed WR Deontez Alexander, LB Garret Dooley, S David X. Jones, OT Jarron Jones and DE Jonathan Wynn to Reserve/Futures contracts Monday, Dec. 31. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Jarrad Davis just misses century mark    Sun Dec 30, 05:25 PM

Detroit Lions LB Jarrad Davis posted seven total tackles with a sack in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers. He finished with 99 combined tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery with four passes defensed in 2018.

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  Lions | Quandre Diggs finishes season strong    Sun Dec 30, 05:22 PM

Detroit Lions CB Quandre Diggs registered five total tackles with a pass defensed and an interception in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers. He finished with 78 combined tackles, three interceptions and a touchdown with eight passes defensed in his 16 games.

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  Lions | Andy Jones targeted 12 times    Sun Dec 30, 05:19 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andy Jones registered six grabs for 50 yards on 12 targets in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers, as the organization gave their younger receivers a good long look in this one.

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  Lions | Two scores for T.J. Jones    Sun Dec 30, 05:16 PM

Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones finished with three grabs for 40 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: Jones has hovered on the bottom of the depth chart for a while in Detroit and finally came through with an extended opportunity. He'll try to turn this performance into another contract as a free agent next year.

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  Lions | Brandon Powell erupts for 103 yards    Sun Dec 30, 05:12 PM

Detroit Lions WR Brandon Powell posted six grabs for a career-high 103 yards on nine targets in the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: Powell was touted as Golden Tate's possible heir after the trade, in part due to Tate's recommendation. He'll be a player to monitor in the offseason for value growth in dynasty PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner totals 123 yards, TD    Sun Dec 30, 05:10 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner ran 21 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers while posting a 30-yard reception on his two targets.

Footballguys view: It took an injury to Kerryon Johnson for Zenner to see the field, but he came through with a solid game late in the season for the second time in three years. He'll try to catch on in Detroit again or elsewhere as a free agent next year.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford tosses two touchdowns    Sun Dec 30, 05:06 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-32 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers. It was his first multi-TD game since Nov. 11 in Chicago.

Footballguys view: Stafford came alive without Kenny Golladay. He finished on a high note with murmurs about his future in Detroit being uncertain. The team is still very very likely to keep him, but that buzz is an indication of just how underwhelming he and the team has been in Matt Patricia's first year as a head coach.

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  Lions | Kenny Golladay not active for Week 17    Sun Dec 30, 11:49 AM

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) is not active for Week 17's game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Lions | Week 17 Detroit Lions inactives    Sun Dec 30, 11:34 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared DL Mitchell Loewen, WR Kenny Golladay, CB Nevin Lawson, LB Nicholas Grigsby, CB Jamal Agnew, OL Leo Koloamatangi and TE Luke Willson inactive for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Andy Jones, Brandon Powell, and TJ Jones will be the top three receivers for the Lions this week with Golladay.

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  Lions | Two Detroit players downgraded to out    Sat Dec 29, 05:01 PM

Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew (knee) and CB Nevin Lawson (ankle) have been downgraded to out for the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Lions | Andre Chachere up to active roster    Sat Dec 29, 04:26 PM

The Detroit Lions promoted CB Andre Chachere from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Saturday, Dec. 29.

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  Lions | DeShawn Shead ends season on IR    Sat Dec 29, 04:25 PM

The Detroit Lions placed CB DeShawn Shead (knee) on the Reserve/Injured list on Saturday, Dec. 29.

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  Lions | A'Shawn Robinson on Injured Reserve    Fri Dec 28, 07:42 PM

Detroit Lions DT A'Shawn Robinson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Dec. 28.

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  Lions | Detroit claims Mitchell Loewen    Fri Dec 28, 07:33 PM

Free-agent DE Mitchell Loewen (Saints) was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions Friday, Dec. 28.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford on track to play    Fri Dec 28, 06:04 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 28, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.

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  Lions | Kenny Golladay listed as questionable    Fri Dec 28, 06:01 PM

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay (chest) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 28, and is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Footballguys view: Golladay is still a must play this week with his likely huge target volume and ceiling. He has been playing with this injury for a few weeks.

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