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  Lions | Having productive talks with Ndamukong Suh's agent    Tue Apr 15, 10:05 AM

The Detroit Lions are having productive talks with DT Ndamukong Suh's agent about a contract extension.

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  Lions | Jadeveon Clowney to visit    Mon Apr 14, 02:07 PM

The Detroit Lions are scheduled to meet with South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Clowney going to the Lions would be unfair for opposing quarterbacks. He'd be a fine fit and give them another elite level pass-rusher. The Lions have considered moving up for WR Sammy Watkins, and they'd have to do the same for Clowney. He's unlikely to be available at 10th overall.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron visiting    Mon Apr 14, 02:07 PM

The Detroit Lions are meeting with North Carolina TE Eric Ebron Monday, April 14.

Footballguys view: The Lions could use a playmaking tight end like Ebron. He's not much of a blocker, but he can work well after the catch and attack the deep middle seam of the defense. Ebron can create mismatches every time he's on the field, and he would be a nice weapon for the Lions' passing game.

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  Lions | Rashean Mathis to re-signs    Mon Apr 14, 12:44 PM

The Detroit Lions will re-sign CB Rashean Mathis to an undisclosed one-year deal, according to a league source. Mathis started 13 games last year and recorded 47 tackles.

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  Lions | Kourtnei Brown official    Mon Apr 14, 10:18 AM

Detroit Lions DE Kourtnei Brown passed his physical, and the waiver claim by the team is official.

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  Lions | Worked out Darqueze Dennard    Sat Apr 12, 10:46 PM

Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard said he had a private workout with the Detroit Lions last month and that the workout went well. Defensive coordinator Teyrl Austin was part of the workout.

Footballguys view: Dennard's draft stock may be falling just a bit, but the Michigan State prospect could be an option for the Lions in the first round at 10th overall. He's an instinctive player who puts up a fight at the point of the catch. Dennard is not one of the faster corners in this draft, and that may be hurting his draft stock.

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  Lions | Working out two LSU prospects    Sat Apr 12, 11:06 AM

The Detroit Lions are scheduled to conduct private workouts with Louisiana State FB J.C. Copeland and WR Kadron Boone Saturday, April 12.

Footballguys view: Boone is a lesser-known LSU receiver, but he certainly has the talent to make it in the NFL as a priority free agent. He could help out on special teams and as a part-time possession receiver.

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  Lions | Interested in Aaron Murray    Sat Apr 12, 10:18 AM

The Detroit Lions have asked to either a private workout or a team visit with University of Georgia QB Aaron Murray.

Footballguys view: There's a lot to like about Murray. He's an accurate quarterback who is known as a tough leader. Murray is short, but lacks the athleticism of Russell Wilson or Drew Brees. His arm isn't incredibly strong, and he'll struggle to throw deep when he can't set his feet. Murray could compete with Kellen Moore for the third-string job in Detroit.

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  Lions | Kourtnei Brown claimed    Fri Apr 11, 07:10 PM

The Detroit Lions have claimed DE Kourtnei Brown off waivers from the Buffalo Bills.

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  Lions | Cody Latimer in town    Fri Apr 11, 10:26 AM

The Detroit Lions are visiting with Indiana University WR Cody Latimer Friday, April 11.

Footballguys view: The Lions are looking for wide receiver help even though they added Golden Tate in free agency. They may move up for Sammy Watkins in the first round, or they could wait until the third day of the draft to add a guy like Latimer. He's a big receiver who can make difficult catches. Latimer doesn't have elite speed, so he may have trouble getting separation at the pro level.

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  Lions | More on Ndamukong Suh    Thu Apr 10, 02:00 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions teammates and coaches were not surprised that DT Ndamukong Suh was not taking part in voluntary workouts. 'It certainly didn't blindside me,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'We certainly knew. He and I have probably had more discussions than any player that we've had on the team. He's been in-and-out. I think he was here on a couple days when I came on a visit, so we kind of knew exactly what was going on.

Footballguys view: This is the kind of non-story story that we see as the draft analysis is winding down and news is slow. We'd like to see Suh there, as it could be a sign that he is taking more of a leadership role on. But not being there isn't necessarily a sign of the apocalypse.

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  Lions | Reggie Bush to see smaller load    Thu Apr 10, 10:33 AM

Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.

Footballguys view: Bell has been very effective and keeping Bush's body intact will be a big help down the stretch. Bell is a solid runner with some pop to his carries and is a nice counter to Bush, but also able to stand on his own.

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  Lions | Zach Mettenberger to visit    Wed Apr 9, 04:32 PM

The Detroit Lions will host Louisiana State QB Zach Mettenberger Saturday, April 12.

Footballguys view: The Lions are looking for a backup quarterback they can develop behind Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. Kellen Moore is their current third-string quarterback, but he lacks the arm strength to make an impact as a pro. Mettenberger's game is all about arm strength, but he struggles with accuracy.

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  Lions | Could move up for Sammy Watkins    Wed Apr 9, 02:23 PM

Some people around the NFL believe the Detroit Lions may be willing to trade up in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft in order to select Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.

Footballguys view: The Lions need a playmaker opposite Calvin Johnson. Watkins is like a smaller version of Johnson as his game is nearly flawless. He can run crisp routes, track passes deep, and Watkins is dangerous after the catch.

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  Lions | Ryan Broyles cleared to participate    Wed Apr 9, 12:15 PM

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') has been cleared to participate in offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: Broyles is getting a "clean slate" with the new Jim Caldwell regime. He's got talent, but Broyles may never be the same player he used to be after multiple knee problems.

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  Lions | Aaron Ross works out    Tue Apr 8, 04:51 PM

The Detroit Lions worked out CB Aaron Ross (Giants) Tuesday, April 8.

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  Lions | Scheduled to visit with Kyle Fuller    Tue Apr 8, 04:34 PM

The Detroit Lions are scheduled to visit with Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller.

Footballguys view: Fuller's brother Corey, a wide receiver, is on the Lions roster. The pair and two other Fuller brothers (Vincent who played in the NFL, and Kendall, who is also a cornerback and currently a Hokie) all played their college ball in Blacksburg. Fuller at number 10 might be a little high, but some have him as their top corner in this draft.

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  Lions | Josh Wilson visited    Tue Apr 8, 12:54 PM

The Detroit Lions visited with free-agent CB Josh Wilson (Redskins) Monday, April 7.

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  Lions | Jeremy Ross re-signed    Mon Apr 7, 05:24 PM

The Detroit Lions have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent WR Jeremy Ross. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Ross can stick around with the Lions as receiver depth. With his speed, Ross can also help out on special teams as a return man.

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  Lions | Nick Fairley taking part in workouts    Mon Apr 7, 02:21 PM

Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley was present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 7, even though he will be entering the final year of his contract.

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  Lions | Ndamukong Sun not at workout    Mon Apr 7, 02:18 PM

Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was not present for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 7.

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  Lions | Cassius Vaughn agrees to terms    Mon Apr 7, 02:05 PM

The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free-agent CB Cassius Vaughn (Colts) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Cassius Vaughn working out    Mon Apr 7, 09:06 AM

The Detroit Lions are working out free-agent CB Cassius Vaughn (Colts) Monday, April 7.

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  Lions | Cody Latimer to visit    Mon Apr 7, 09:02 AM

Indiana University WR Cody Latimer is expected to visit the Detroit Lions this week.

Footballguys view: Latimer is a big possession receiver in the mold of Eric Decker (Jets). He does a good job of using his frame to shield defenders away from the ball and winning at the point of the catch. He's not a burner and may have trouble getting separation at the pro level.

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  Lions | Still want to sign Nick Fairley to new deal    Sun Apr 6, 11:45 PM

The Detroit Lions would like to sign DT Nick Fairley to a long-term contract extension if he starts to show consistency in his play and has a good work ethic.

Footballguys view: Fairley has disappointed as a pro since being a first-round pick in 2011. He needs to stay healthy and stay in shape in order to play up to his potential. Fairley is currently set to hit free agency after this season. If he has a monster season it could result in a monster payday for him next offseason.

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  Lions | Taylor Lewan visits    Sun Apr 6, 02:52 AM

Michigan OT Taylor Lewan was brought in by the Detroit Lions for a pre-NFL Draft visit, according to team sources.

Footballguys view: Lewan is considered one of the top offensive tackles in this draft class. He's a fiery player with perfect measurables for the position. We're likely to see Lewan selected in the top 15 of the 2014 NFL draft.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky contract update    Sat Apr 5, 12:29 PM

Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions signed QB Dan Orlovsky to a one-year deal worth $855,000.

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  Lions | C.J. Fiedorowicz to visit    Thu Apr 3, 11:56 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz said he is scheduled to meet with the Detroit Lions before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Fiedorowicz is a huge tight end, measuring in at 6'6" 260 pounds. He's an in-line player who can work well as a blocker and red-zone threat.

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  Lions | J.B. Shugarts signed     Thu Apr 3, 07:03 PM

The Detroit Lions have signed free-agent OT J.B. Shugarts (Jets). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Martavis Bryant visits    Thu Apr 3, 02:19 PM

The Detroit Lions visited with Clemson WR Martavis Bryant Thursday, April 3.

Footballguys view: The Lions will keep adding to the offense to help Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson out. They may pass (or miss out on) Watkins or Evans and look later in the draft for help.

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  Lions | LaAdrian Waddle likely top choice at RT     Wed Apr 2, 04:36 PM

Detroit Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle is expected to be the leading candidate for the start right tackle job entering training camp. OT Corey Hilliard is expected to compete for the job.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky agrees to terms    Wed Apr 2, 04:04 PM

The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky (Buccaneers) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Lions | Expected to add Dan Orlovsky    Wed Apr 2, 03:44 PM

The Detroit Lions are expected to sign free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky (Buccaneers).

Footballguys view: The team lost Shaun Hill (Rams) in free agency, so they need a veteran backup behind Matthew Stafford. Orlovsky began his pro career with the Lions when he was a fifth-round pick in 2005. He played in Detroit for three seasons before moving on. Their interest in Orlovsky shows that third-string QB Kellen Moore hasn't made the necessary improvements to his game.

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  Lions | Deone Bucannon visits    Wed Apr 2, 01:14 PM

The Detroit Lions are meeting with Washington State SS Deone Bucannon Wednesday, April 2.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky could be option    Mon Mar 31, 05:57 PM

The Detroit Lions are believed to be interested in free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky (Buccaneers).

Footballguys view: The Lions lost backup QB Shaun Hill (Rams) in free agency, so they'll need a veteran behind starter Matthew Stafford. Orlovsky began his pro career with the Lions in 2005 when he was a fifth-round pick by the team.

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  Lions | Have not considered DeSean Jackson    Mon Mar 31, 03:40 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said the team has not discussed the possibility of signing free-agent WR DeSean Jackson (Eagles) but did not rule out the possibility.

Footballguys view: We don't believe the Lions would be the team Jackson lands on. They already added Golden Tate in free agency earlier this month, and he'll start opposite Calvin Johnson in 2014.

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  Lions | Willing to keep two FBs on roster    Sun Mar 30, 11:56 PM

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team is willing to keep FBs Jed Collins and Montell Owens on their 53-man roster in 2014 because they fill different roles.

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  Lions | James Ihedigbo contract update    Sun Mar 30, 11:42 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions SS James Ihedigbo signed a two-year contract worth $3.15 million.

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  Lions | DC looking for improvement from Darius Slay    Sun Mar 30, 08:09 PM

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said CB Darius Slay has to improve in certain areas but believes he will play better with reps and time. Austin said Slay has shown flashes of great play but needs to improve his consistency.

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  Lions | Glover Quin expects to be ready for workouts    Fri Mar 28, 11:26 PM

Detroit Lions FS Glover Quin (ankle) said he expects to be ready for the start of offseason workouts after undergoing ankle surgery in February. Quin said he has also been working out with SS James Ihedigbo since the team signed him.

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  Lions | Anthony Barr could be draft option    Thu Mar 27, 09:33 PM

The Detroit Lions could consider UCLA LB Anthony Barr with their first-round draft choice, because the team is looking to add a pass-rushing outside linebacker.

Footballguys view: The Lions would add yet another strong pass-rusher to the mix if they select Barr. He reminds some in the scouting community of DeMarcus Ware (Broncos) because of his freakish combination of size and athleticism.

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  Lions | Three expected compete for DE job    Thu Mar 27, 08:56 PM

Detroit Lions DEs Jason Jones, Devin Taylor and Darryl Tapp are expected to compete for one of the starting defensive end jobs during training camp. The team could draft a defensive end to join the competition.

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  Lions | Jed Collins, Montell Owens may compete with one spot    Thu Mar 27, 08:43 PM

Detroit Lions FBs Jed Collins and Montell Owens likely will compete for one roster spot during training camp because both are not expected to make the final roster.

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  Lions | Kellen Moore could be on bubble    Thu Mar 27, 08:42 PM

Detroit Lions QB Kellen Moore could be on the roster bubble if the team signs a veteran backup quarterback in free agency.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. The Lions took a chance on Moore as a developmental quarterback. His lack of arm strength has held him back, and we don't see him having much of a future in the NFL.

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  Lions | Not interested in Mark Sanchez    Wed Mar 26, 05:38 PM

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said the team has not discussed the possibility of signing free-agent QB Mark Sanchez (Jets) this offseason.

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  Lions | Mike Davis to visit    Wed Mar 26, 05:18 PM

The Detroit Lions will visit with University of Texas WR Mike Davis Monday, March 31.

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  Lions | Enamored with Sammy Watkins    Wed Mar 26, 01:29 PM

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew watched Clemson WR Sammy Watkins' pro day workout earlier this month, and he and head coach Jim Caldwell also had dinner with Watkins' family. Detroit is obviously very interested in Watkins, and they may decide to trade up in the draft to select him. Watkins is widely regarded as the top receiver in this year's draft class, and many have him pegged to go in the top five picks. The Lions have the 10th overall selection.

Footballguys view: Oakland is a team that is probably looking to trade down from #5, so St. Louis, Cleveland, and Jacksonville pass on Watkins, he could end up being a Lion, which would submarine Golden Tate's newfound value.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah won't be ready for offseason workouts    Wed Mar 26, 10:06 AM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder, biceps) won't be ready for offseason workouts and will be brought along slowly. Ansah had surgery on his shoulder, but he also had a biceps issue last season. 'He may have had an issue with it of some sort and, oftentimes, those things are interconnected, as you well know,' head coach Jim Caldwell said.

Footballguys view: Ansah was a beast when he was healthy, but that was too often not the case in his rookie year. He is looking like a big hit as the #5 pick in the 2013 draft, but to reach his potential, Ansah will have to avoid this kind of injury frequency and severity.

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  Lions | James Ihedigbo expected to start    Tue Mar 25, 11:42 AM

Detroit Lions SS James Ihedigbo is expected to start opposite FS Glover Quin next season. Ihedigbo is replacing FS Louis Delmas, who signed with the Miami Dolphins.

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  Lions | James Ihedigbo agrees    Mon Mar 24, 11:48 PM

The Detroit Lions agreed to terms with free-agent SS James Ihedigbo (Ravens) on a two-year contract Monday, March 24, according to a source.

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