Fantasy Football News & Views
Lions | Ameer Abdulla staying focused Mon May 22, 02:19 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) said he's attacking this offseason with a more focused mindset and working as hard as he can to be the best player he can be. The third-year running back also hopes to leave his injury woes behind him. He's focused on the little things and the work he has to do to maintain his body for the NFL after suffering a season-ending foot injury in Week 2 last season.
|Footballguys view: Abdullah needs to stay healthy more than stay focused, but we get the drift of this article. He's a dynamic runner and very dangerous in the open field, but we've always felt Abdullah was better suited as a part-time running back. He sits atop the depth chart but will likely split time with Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner at the position.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Lions | Teez Tabor hoping to be ready for camp Fri May 19, 01:04 PM
Detroit Lions second-round pick CB Teez Tabor (hamstring) is still rehabbing the strained hamstring he suffered in his final pre-draft workout last month, although he expects to be cleared by start of training camp, according to the team's website.Link to story
Lions | Eric Ebron may receive extension Wed May 17, 02:42 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he has talked with general manager Bob Quinn about a possible contract extension.
|Footballguys view: The Lions picked up Ebron's fifth-year option for 2018 in a no-brainer move earlier this offseason. Ebron's numbers as a receiver have gotten better each year he's been in the league. He's not a TD machine, and some of those red-zone looks could go to rookie Mike Roberts (noted TD hog from Toledo). Ebron's currently getting drafted at TE15 (12.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Eric Ebron player page
Lions | T.J. Lang to miss workouts Mon May 15, 06:53 PM
Detroit Lions OG T.J. Lang (hip) will not participate in organized team activities and minicamp because he is recovering from hip surgery.
|Footballguys view: The Lions added 'Twanger in free agency earlier this year, and he should be a quality starter for them. One of the toughest players in the league, Lang believes he'll be ready for the start of training camp.|
Lions | Tahir Whitehead moving to OLB Mon May 15, 06:50 PM
Detroit Lions LB Tahir Whitehead is expected to compete for playing time at outside linebacker with LB Jarrad Davis taking over at middle linebacker. Head coach Jim Caldwell would not say where Whitehead is on the depth chart.Link to story
Tahir Whitehead player page
Lions | Jarrad Davis expected to play in middle Mon May 15, 06:50 PM
Detroit Lions LB Jarrad Davis is expected to be the starting middle linebacker this upcoming season.
|Footballguys view: It's easy to fall in love with Davis' potential when watching him on film. During his career with the Gators, Davis was known as a strong leader on and off the field. He's always around the ball, can cover and rush the passer if asked to. Davis can have an immediate impact as a starter for the Lions.|
Lions | Matt Asiata not signed by Lions Mon May 15, 05:30 PM
Free-agent RB Matt Asiata (Vikings) was not given an offer following his participation in the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp last week.
|Footballguys view: Asiata is a TD hog, but if he can't stick with a team like the Lions then it will be tough for him to land elsewhere. Lions head coach Jim Caldwell insists they're happy with the current backs in place.|
Matt Asiata player page
Lions | Pierce Burton waived Mon May 15, 12:19 PM
Detroit Lions OT Pierce Burton was waived Monday, May 15.Link to story
Lions | Eric Ebron progressing nicely Sat May 13, 11:30 AM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has yet to play 16 games in a season for the Lions, but he set career-highs last year in receptions (61) and yards (711) last season. He has also improved as a blocker, while his drop rate went from 10.1 percent in 2015 to 5.8 percent in 2016 even as he was targeted 17 more times and had a higher percentage of targets per route run and receptions per route run, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
|Footballguys view: Ebron has been improving each year as a pro. The selection of noted TD-hog Mike Roberts (Toledo) in the 2017 NFL draft could keep Ebron from top fantasy status. We like him as a high-end TE2 this year.|
Eric Ebron player page
Lions | Jarrad Davis could make instant impact Sat May 13, 11:06 AM
Detroit Lions first-round LB Jarrad Davis is 'well-equipped' to help a defense that allowed the highest completion percentage against in NFL history last year,' according to head coach Jim Caldwell.Link to story
Lions | Detroit inks five UDFAs Fri May 12, 02:31 PM
The Detroit Lions signed undrafted free-agent WRs Dontez Ford (Pittsburgh) and Noel Thomas (Connecticut), TEs Brandon Z. Barnes (Alabama State) and Robert Tonyan (Indiana State) and RB Tion Green (Cincinnati) on Friday, May 12.Link to story
Lions | Detroit signs all eight draft picks Fri May 12, 02:20 PM
Detroit Lions first-round LB Jarrad Davis, second-round CB Teez Tabor, third-round WR Kenny Golladay, fourth-round TE Michael Roberts, fourth-round LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, fifth-round CB Jamal Agnew, sixth-round QB Brad Kaaya and seventh-round DE Pat O'Connor signed their four-year rookie deals Friday, May 12. Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Golladay is big, swift and able to haul in deep passes. He'll be worked into a larger role with the Lions offense, but may be limited as a rookie. Roberts is a "Y" tight end who can block and was known in college at Toledo as a TD hog. Kaaya is a developmental quarterback who will compete with Jake Rudock for the primary backup job behind Matthew Stafford.|
Lions | Two Lions waived Thu May 11, 02:43 PM
Detroit Lions TE Kennard Backman and WR Andrew Turzilli were waived Thursday, May 11.Link to story
Kennard Backman player page
Lions | Daniel Williams will try out for the Lions Mon May 8, 05:26 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Daniel Williams (Jackson State) will participate in the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp next weekend on a tryout basis.
|Footballguys view: At 6'3" 230 pounds, Williams is an interesting tryout prospect for the Lions. He has build up speed and the size to box out smaller defenders. Williams doesn't get much separation in his routes, but he has the strength to rip passes away and high-point them in the air.|
Lions | Anquan Boldin appears unlikely to return Sat May 6, 10:47 AM
Although free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) does not plan to retire, he has not had discussions with the Detroit Lions for more than a month. In the opinion of MLive.com's Kyle Meinke, the odds of him returning to Detroit for the 2017 season are growing increasingly slim, especially after the Lions drafted WR Kenny Golladay in the third round of the draft. In addition, Boldin's No. 80 jersey has been reassigned to TE Michael Roberts.
|Footballguys view: Boldin proved last year that he could still produce at the pro level. He's not done, but Boldin is likely in no rush to sign with a new team. We should get closer to training camp and hear more buzz about a potential landing spot for Boldin, but it sounds like a return to Detroit is not in the cards.|
Anquan Boldin player page
Lions | Glover Quin seeking contract extension Sat May 6, 10:34 AM
Detroit Lions FS Glover Quin has reached out to the team to express his interest in signing a contract extension. However, it is unknown if the organization has mutual interest in a long-term deal.Link to story
Glover Quin player page
Lions | Brian Xanders leaves Detroit Sat May 6, 10:11 AM
The Detroit Lions have parted ways with senior executive Brian Xanders after four seasons, according to a team source.Link to story
Lions | Matthew Stafford talks in early stages Thu May 4, 09:27 AM
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's extension talks remain in the early stages, according to Lions general manager Bob Quinn.
|Footballguys view: Given how hard to come by quarterbacks are, getting ahead of the game to lock Stafford down is smart for the Lions. Stafford is coming off a solid year after throwing for 4,327 yards, 24 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions, and it seems as if he has settled into life after Calvin Johnson just fine.|
Matthew Stafford player page
Lions | LeGarrette Blount has Lions' interest Wed May 3, 08:40 AM
Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) has interest from the Detroit Lions, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: That move would make a lot of sense for a team that doesn't have a true banger at the position. Right now, the Lions say that Ameer Abdullah is their starter but he's small, injury prone and likely best used in a change-of-pace capacity. The Giants also may have interest in Blount.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
Lions | Ian Wells waived by Lions Tue May 2, 02:45 PM
Detroit Lions CB Ian Wells was waived Tuesday, May 2.Link to story
Lions | Eric Ebron's option exercised Tue May 2, 08:30 AM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron had his fifth-year option exercised Tuesday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: Ebron has improved each year he's been in the pros, and finished 2016 with a career high 61 catches for 711 receiving yards. If Ebron scored more touchdowns (only one score last year), he would be a better fantasy asset.|
Eric Ebron player page
Lions | Anquan Boldin still welcomed in Detroit Sun Apr 30, 11:15 PM
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Saturday, April 29, that the 'door's open' for free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) to return to the Detroit Lions.
|Footballguys view: There's no rush for Boldin to sign at this point. We could see the veteran skip offseason work and sign right before the start of training camp.|
Anquan Boldin player page
Lions | Brad Kaaya could be backup QB Sun Apr 30, 10:00 PM
Detroit Lions QB Brad Kaaya will compete with QB Jake Rudock to be the backup quarterback this fall, according to beat writer Dave Birkett.
|Footballguys view: Rudock is tough and plays with moxie while Kaaya can make plays from the pocket but struggles on the run. The Lions don't have anything to worry about so long as Matthew Stafford stays healthy. Neither Rudock or Kaaya get us too excited in super deep dynasty leagues.|
Lions | Kenny Golladay brings size, versatility Sun Apr 30, 09:53 PM
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the skills to play outside or inside, according to general manager Bob Quinn, but Quinn said Golladay will probably start on the outside while he learns the offense.
|Footballguys view: Golladay's game is all about speed and the ability to make crazy catches seem routine. He's not a refined route runner, but Golladay can fly down the field and track the ball. Golladay reminds some in the scouting community of Jordan Taylor (Broncos).|
Lions | Ameer Abdullah has hold of starting job Sun Apr 30, 11:04 AM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will be the team's starting running back this fall, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
|Footballguys view: Theo Riddick will certainly play a big role in the passing game and Zach Zenner was strong enough at the end of the season to merit consideration as an inside runner, so Abdullah's upside is capped. Still, he was dynamic to open the season and the Lions line is arguably improved after the offseason. He's a mid-round consideration in PPR leagues.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Lions | Michael Rector joining Detroit Sat Apr 29, 07:40 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Michael Rector (Stanford) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Saturday, April 29. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Rector has speed and not much else to his game right now. The Lions lack a true burner at wide receiver, so he's a decent practice squad candidate.|
Lions | Detroit selects Kenny Golladay Fri Apr 28, 11:12 PM
The Detroit Lions selected WR Kenny Golladay with the 96th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: Ran well at the Combine, and he can stretch the field. If he can improve his route running and sideline awareness, he could become a threat in the red zone.|
Lions | Detroit selects Teez Tabor Fri Apr 28, 08:50 PM
The Detroit Lions selected Florida CB Teez Tabor with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: Tabor has the chance to be a very solid corner, because he has good size and quickness, but his speed issues and some lapses in judgement and awareness in coverage are concerns. Then again, he has nine career interceptions.|
Lions | Detroit selects Jarrad Davis Thu Apr 27, 10:40 PM
The Detroit Lions selected Florida LB Jarrad Davis with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Davis is a great linebacker prospect with a great deal of upside and ability. Davis is also a high character guy who is a bonus in the locker room. The Lions have a tough conference to get through with some excellent quarterbacks -- now they have a weapon who can help get after them.|
Lions | David Njoku has intriguing connection Thu Apr 27, 01:07 PM
Miami TE David Njoku has a connection with the Detroit Lions in that his former coach, Al Golden, is the tight ends coach for the Lions. Detroit possesses the No. 21 overall pick in the NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: Njoku is a name coming up a lot in regards to the first round and we know the New York Giants are interested as well. We expect he'll be gone by the end of the first round.|
Lions | T.J. Lang likely to be ready Tue Apr 25, 12:08 PM
Detroit Lions OG T.J. Lang (hip) said he's on track to return for training camp after offseason hip surgery.Link to story
Lions | Kasey Redfern to Lions Tue Apr 25, 10:52 AM
Free-agent P Kasey Redfern (Jaguars) signed an undisclosed contract with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, April 25.Link to story
Lions | DET not likely to go after OL Sat Apr 22, 03:35 PM
The Detroit Lions are not likely to pursue offensive linemen in the 2017 NFL Draft, as general manager Bob Quinn believes he addressed the line for the time being in 2016.Link to story
Lions | No decision made on Eric Ebron's option Fri Apr 21, 12:09 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron remains a candidate to have his fifth-year option worth more than $8 million picked up by the May 2 deadline, but general manager Bob Quinn has yet to make that decision.
|Footballguys view: There's been some buzz about the Lions moving on from Ebron and taking a tight end with a premium pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Ebron has improved his game, but with only seven TDs in three years the team may be looking for more. If they picked up his option, Ebron would make $8 million in 2018. It's likely better to extend him at a lower price if at all possible.|
Eric Ebron player page
Lions | Jace Billingsley creating buzz Wed Apr 19, 09:18 PM
Detroit Lions WR Jace Billingsley has emerged as a player to watch this spring and WR Golden Tate appears to be one of his biggest supporters, according to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.Link to story
Lions | Takkarist McKinley meets with Detroit Wed Apr 19, 02:14 PM
UCLA DE/LB Takkarist McKinley met with the Detroit Lions earlier this week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Length and hustle is the name of McKinley's game. He reminds some in the scouting community of Tamba Hali (Chiefs) because of his length and strength on the edge. McKinley needs to learn how to use his hands better, but his burst to the quarterback makes him someone to be feared when rushing the passer.|
Lions | Matthew Stafford healed up Wed Apr 19, 09:15 AM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) said his injured middle finger didn't require surgery, just rest, and it started to feel better in February.
|Footballguys view: In the 12 games before the injury, Stafford completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Over the final five games, including a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, he completed 59.6 percent with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.|
Matthew Stafford player page
Lions | Ameer Abdullah in 'really good spot' Mon Apr 17, 10:48 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) began the team's offseason program on time Monday, April 17. It's the first time he will go through this after missing last year's offseason work while rehabbing from shoulder labrum surgery. He's still 'getting there' in regards to his injury, but added that he's 'at a really good spot.'
|Footballguys view: Abdullah has a good skill set, but only as a change-of-pace back. The Lions have tried to use him in a larger role, and his body breaks down. If used properly, Abdullah can be a playmaker for their offense.|
Ameer Abdullah player page
Lions | Cornelius Lucas signs tender Mon Apr 17, 08:33 PM
Detroit Lions OT Cornelius Lucas signed his tender offer Monday, April 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Lions | Three Lions ERFAs sign tender Mon Apr 17, 08:25 PM
Detroit Lions exclusive rights free-agent DE Brandon Copeland, DE Kerry Hyder and WR T.J. Jones signed their tender offers Monday, April 17. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.T.J. Jones player page
Lions | Detroit looking to add speed on defense Sun Apr 16, 09:08 PM
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said speed and quickness are 'a crucial part' of what he looks for in young players. 'So speed and athleticism to play against three-wide receiver sets and athletic tight ends, it's paramount in our league, it's paramount in our division,' Quinn said. 'It's one of the first things we look at.'Link to story
Lions | Extension talks for Matthew Stafford Fri Apr 14, 09:10 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is in the early stages of contact extension talks, general manager Bob Quinn said Thursday, April 13.Link to story
Matthew Stafford player page
Lions | Reuben Foster meeting with Lions Fri Apr 14, 07:13 PM
Alabama LB Reuben Foster is meeting with the Detroit Lions Friday, April 14, according to a source.Link to story
Lions | Graham Glasgow favorite for LG job Sun Apr 9, 05:20 PM
Detroit Lions C Graham Glasgow appears to be the leading candidate for the starting left guard job entering offseason workouts.Link to story
Lions | Laken Tomlinson may be on roster bubble Sun Apr 9, 05:20 PM
Detroit Lions OG Laken Tomlinson is expected to compete for the starting left guard job during offseason workouts and training camp but may also need a strong training camp if he wants to make the roster.Link to story
Lions | Ziggy Ansah eager for extension Sat Apr 8, 09:57 PM
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah said Friday, April 7, that he is hoping to begin contract extension talks as soon as possible.
|Footballguys view: We should see things get busy for Ansah when training camp is near. If franchise tagged in 2018, Ansah would cost the Lions almost $17 million.|
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Lions | Detroit will add another QB Sat Apr 8, 02:08 PM
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said the team will add a third quarterback to the roster at some point this offseason. Caldwell would not say if the team will draft a quarterback or add one in free agency.
|Footballguys view: They have starter Matthew Stafford and backup Jake Rudock on the roster at this time. It only makes sense to add a camp arm, and that's likely what they'll do. Rudock is seen as intriguing developmental prospect and potential heir apparent if his game grows.|
Lions | Nick Bellore contract details Sat Apr 8, 10:21 AM
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions LB Nick Bellore's one-year deal is worth $855,000. He will receive a base salary of $775,000 and a signing bonus of $80,000.Link to story
Nick Bellore player page
Lions | Darren Fells to have bigger role? Sat Apr 8, 12:13 AM
Detroit Lions TE Darren Fells will have his role expanded, according to general manager Bob Quinn. 'He's a big, primarily blocking tight end, but we think we can utilize him in other areas as well because he's a really athletic guy for being so big,' Quinn said.
|Footballguys view: We'd be shocked to see Fells catch more than 15 or so passes in 2017. Eric Ebron is their primary receiving tight end, and Fells will continue to work mostly as a blocker. Even if his role is expanded, Fells won't do enough to be fantasy relevant.|
Darren Fells player page
Lions | Kenny Golladay visiting Lions Wed Apr 5, 11:27 AM
Northern Illinois WR Kenny Golladay is visiting the Detroit Lions Wednesday, April 5.
|Footballguys view: Golladay is likely a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He has great concentration and can stretch out to catch passes that seem out of reach. Golladay is not a great route runner, but he's good down the sidelines on a "go" route. His size/wingspan can make him a threat in the red zone too.|