Fantasy Football News & Views
Lions | Evan Rothstein retained Sat Feb 17, 08:13 AM
The Detroit Lions named Evan Rothstein head coach assistant/research & analysis Friday, Feb. 16. He has been a member of the coaching staff since 2012 and had served as an offensive and research & analysis assistant for the past three seasons.Link to story
Lions | Detroit hires Hank Fraley Fri Feb 16, 04:05 PM
The Detroit Lions have hired former Minnesota Vikings assistant offensive line coach Hank Fraley as their new assistant offensive line coach.Link to story
Lions | DeMarco Murray an option for DET? Thu Feb 15, 06:42 PM
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray could be an option for the Detroit Lions if the Titans release him this offseason, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers.
|Footballguys view: There's a good chance they will, as Derrick Henry looked good this year. Detroit has yet to find a permanent answer in the backfield, though they have been able to cobble together some pieces. We're not sure Murray is really going to be their answer, but if the price is right, it makes sense for them to try.|
DeMarco Murray player page
Lions | Dion Lewis of interest to Lions? Tue Feb 13, 02:27 PM
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis may be pursued by the Detroit Lions if he does enter free agency, according to The Boston Globe's Ben Volin.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots connections abound in Detroit. New head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn both worked for the Patriots, so a guy like Lewis makes for an easy fit. The Lions have had difficulty drafting a good running back, and even though this is a great draft class at the position, they may choose to go the free agent route to find their lead ball-carrier for 2018.|
Dion Lewis player page
Lions | Quandre Diggs could remain at safety Fri Feb 9, 09:33 PM
Detroit Lions CB Quandre Diggs 'played really well' after being moved to safety last year, according to general manager Bob Quinn, and Quinn said he and head coach Matt Patricia will meet to decide what position Diggs will play in 2018.Link to story
Quandre Diggs player page
Lions | Two Detroit coaches staying with team Fri Feb 9, 04:12 PM
Detroit Lions special teams coach Joe Marciano and assistant special teams coach Devin Fitzsimmons will remain with the team, according to a source.Link to story
Lions | Detroit hires Bo Davis Fri Feb 9, 02:21 PM
The Detroit Lions have hired University of Texas-San Antonio assistant coach Bo Davis as their new defensive line coach.Link to story
Lions | Bob Quinn extended Fri Feb 9, 12:56 PM
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn signed a contract extension Friday, Feb. 9, which will run alongside head coach Matt Patricia's five-year deal.
|Footballguys view: Quinn picked Patricia to be the new coach of the Lions, and the two have a connection dating back to their time working together with the Patriots. The Lions have a solid foundation in place in the front office and coaching staff. Now it's time for them to put it all together on the field.|
Lions | Travis Swanson not expected back Fri Feb 9, 10:30 AM
Detroit Lions impending free-agent C Travis Swanson isn't expected back with Detroit.Link to story
Lions | Graham Glasgow could move to center Fri Feb 9, 10:30 AM
Detroit Lions OG Graham Glasgow could move to center permanently in 2018 as the team isn't expected to re-sign C Travis Swanson.Link to story
Lions | Several hired by Lions Wed Feb 7, 11:09 AM
The Detroit Lions hired defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, quarterbacks coach George Godsey , linebackers coach Al Golden, defensive backs coach Brian Stewart, tight ends coach Chris White and director of football research David Corrao Wednesday, Feb. 7.Link to story
Lions | Paul Pasqualoni joining Lions Mon Feb 5, 06:30 PM
Former Boston College defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni has been hired by the Detroit Lions Monday, Feb. 5, according to a source.Link to story
Lions | Matt Patricia named Detroit head coach Mon Feb 5, 01:25 PM
The Detroit Lions hired former New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as head coach Monday, Feb. 5, according to FS1's Kristine Leahy during The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
|Footballguys view: This move was expected for quite some time now. A defensive minded coach, Patricia takes over a team with talent on both sides of the ball. We'll see if he can bring some of that New England flavor to the Motor City. Several former Patriots assistants have failed as head coaches across the league, and Patricia is coming off a Super Bowl where his defense couldn't stop a Nick Foles led Eagles team.|
Lions | Marvin Jones thinks DET can have top offense Sun Feb 4, 02:10 PM
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he believes the Lions have the chance to be the top offense in the NFL next season with QB Matthew Stafford and all of the main receivers under contract.
|Footballguys view: The Lions offense needs to develop a running game before that can happen. Jones did have an excellent 2017 and showed he belongs among the ranks of #1 NFL wide receivers.|
Marvin Jones player page
Lions | Tony Oden will not return Thu Jan 25, 03:57 PM
Detroit Lions cornerbacks coach Tony Oden will not return to the team next season.Link to story
Lions | Jim Bob Cooter expected to stay Wed Jan 24, 05:17 PM
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter is expected to remain on the coaching staff next season.
|Footballguys view: Soon-to-be head coach Matt Patricia will be constructing his own staff, but all reports indicate that Cooter will stay. Now, the team just needs to find a way to run the ball better in 2018.|
Lions | Alan Williams won't return Wed Jan 24, 01:34 AM
Detroit Lions safeties coach Alan Williams will not be retained for the upcoming season, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.Link to story
Lions | Brian Callahan to leave Detroit Mon Jan 22, 09:21 PM
The Detroit Lions and quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan agreed to part ways Monday, Jan. 22.Link to story
Lions | T.J. Lang headed to Pro Bowl Sat Jan 20, 09:31 AM
Detroit Lions OG T.J. Lang was added to the Pro Bowl roster Friday, Jan. 19, as an injury replacement for Washington Redskins OG Brandon Scherff (foot).Link to story
Lions | Ron Prince fired Thu Jan 18, 01:30 AM
Detroit Lions offensive line coach Ron Prince was fired on Monday, Jan. 1.Link to story
Lions | Detroit likely to hire Matt Patricia Sun Jan 14, 11:16 AM
The Detroit Lions likely will hire New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as their next head coach, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: He would be working with a GM (Bob Quinn) from the Patriots system, which would assist in finding good fits for the Lions defense, which has holes at multiple positions. It seems likely that the Patriots are going to lose both of their coordinators this offseason.|
Lions | T.J. Jones has surgery Thu Jan 11, 10:18 AM
Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones (shoulder) had surgery on his shoulder recently. His recovery timetable is not known.Link to story
T.J. Jones player page
Lions | Cam Johnson signed to futures deal Mon Jan 8, 02:03 PM
The Detroit Lions signed DE Cam Johnson to a Reserve/Future contract Monday, Jan. 8. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Cam Johnson player page
Lions | Matt Patricia headed to Detroit? Sat Jan 6, 09:56 PM
The New England Patriots are expecting defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to leave to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
|Footballguys view: Patricia seems to be the primary target for the Lions, and he has been ever since they opened up their head coaching search. He can't be officially hired until the Patriots are done in the playoffs.|
Lions | Don Carey may need surgery Sat Jan 6, 04:27 PM
Detroit Lions FS Don Carey (knee) said he is not sure if he will need surgery on the knee injury he suffered in Week 17. Carey said he did not suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Link to story
Don Carey player page
Lions | Darius Slay fined Sat Jan 6, 10:21 AM
Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay was fined $12,154 by the National Football League for unsportsmanlike conduct in Week 17's game against the Green Bay Packers. After making an interception in the fourth quarter, Slay pretended the football was a gun he was shooting.Link to story
Darius Slay player page
Lions | Quandre Diggs fined Sat Jan 6, 10:17 AM
Detroit Lions CB Quandre Diggs was fined $9,115 by the National Football League for a low block on an interception return by LB Jarrad Davis during the first quarter of Week 17's game against the Green Bay Packers.Link to story
Quandre Diggs player page
Jarrad Davis player page
Lions | Marvin Jones to work with Randy Moss Fri Jan 5, 10:29 PM
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones had a league-high 16 receptions on passes thrown 20 or more yards down the field this year and ranked third in yards and touchdowns, and he credited his success on deep throws to his offseason work with retired WR Randy Moss. 'I'm probably just going to replicate what I did this offseason,' Jones said. 'I worked with Randy more toward the summer, so I'm going to do that.'
|Footballguys view: Jones always had the speed and ball-tracking ability to be a fine deep threat. His work with Moss only helped him take his game to the next level. The Lions are going through another coaching change, but the offense - specifically the passing game - is one of the strengths of the team.|
Marvin Jones player page
Lions | Detroit signs Stefan McClure Tue Jan 2, 03:45 PM
Detroit Lions S Stefan McClure was signed to a Reserve/Future contract Tuesday, Jan. 2.Link to story
Lions | Calvin Johnson not coming back Tue Jan 2, 11:23 AM
Former Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson reiterated on The Players' Tribune Tuesday, Jan. 2, that he is not coming out of retirement.Link to story
Calvin Johnson player page
Lions | Mike Vrabel with DET interview Wednesday Tue Jan 2, 09:18 AM
Updating previous reports, Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel will interview for the Detroit Lions' head coaching vacancy Wednesday, Jan. 3.Link to story
Mike Vrabel player page
Lions | Detroit to talk with Pat Shurmur Mon Jan 1, 08:34 PM
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is scheduled to interview for the Detroit Lions head coaching position Thursday, Jan. 4.
|Footballguys view: With the success the Vikings offense has had this year, it's no surprise that Shurmur is getting his fair share of attention. The Vikings have the makings of a team that can go deep in the playoffs, and they've done that while losing QB Sam Bradford and RB Dalvin Cook along the way.|
Lions | Detroit makes Reserve/Future deals Mon Jan 1, 03:09 PM
Detroit Lions CB Adairius Barnes, TE Brandon Z. Barnes, DE Alex Barrett, WR Dontez Ford, DT Toby Johnson, C Leo Koloamatangi, S Rolan Milligan, OT Dan Skipper, QB Alek Torgersen and DE Jeremiah Valoaga were signed to Reserve/Future contracts Monday, Jan. 1.
|Footballguys view: Ford is an interesting prospect to monitor in super deep dynasty leagues. At 6'2" 210 pounds, Ford plays bigger than his size. He does a good job of tracking passes deep over his shoulder and he's a smooth runner after the catch. Ford is strong and can break tackles to pick up extra yards after contact. The Lions added Ford as a UDFA out of PITT in 2017. He didn't make their final roster out of training camp, but Ford has spent the entire season on the Lions practice squad.|
Lions | Teryl Austin to interview for HC spot Mon Jan 1, 11:31 AM
Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin will interview for the head coaching spot with the Lions Tuesday, Jan. 2.
|Footballguys view: Austin has had nine head coaching interviews since he joined Jim Caldwell's staff in 2014. This may be the year he gets his shot for a head coaching position by taking Caldwell's spot with the Lions. Austin is one of four defensive coordinators the Lions are currently considering for that vacancy.|
Lions | Pat Shurmur requested for DET interview Mon Jan 1, 11:13 AM
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been requested for an interview with the Detroit Lions for their head coaching vacancy, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Through key injuries (Sam Bradford, Dalvin Cook), the Vikings have a top-10 scoring offense under Shurmur this year. He's got previous head coaching experience from his time with the Browns.|
Lions | Steve Wilks sought for Detroit interview Mon Jan 1, 09:46 AM
Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks has been requested for an interview by the Detroit Lions for their head coaching vacancy.
|Footballguys view: Wilks cannot be officially hired by any team until the Panthers are done playing in the postseason. The Panthers are busy this week preparing for a game on the road against the Saints. Wilks and new Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman have a previous working relationship as Gettleman was the GM with the Panthers from 2013 until being fired last July.|
Lions | Mike Vrabel to interview with Lions Mon Jan 1, 09:45 AM
Houston Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel will interview for the Detroit Lions' head coaching vacancy, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Vrabel just got done running the Texans defense for the first year. A former linebackers coach, most of his time in the pros was with the New England Patriots. That gives him a connection to Lions GM Bob Quinn who also spent time in that first-class organization.|
Mike Vrabel player page
Lions | Matt Patricia to interview with Lions Mon Jan 1, 09:09 AM
New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is expected to interview for the Detroit Lions' head coaching vacancy.
|Footballguys view: The Lions are on the hunt for a new head coach with Jim Caldwell getting fired. Patricia has ties to the Lions as their GM Bob Quinn spent some time with Patricia in New England. We've seen Patricia interview for several head coaching jobs and this year it feels like he should get one.|
Lions | Jim Caldwell fired Mon Jan 1, 08:22 AM
The Detroit Lions have fired head coach Jim Caldwell after four seasons, per team sources.
|Footballguys view: The move was expected with the Lions out of the playoffs. There is buzz building that the team is looking at Jim Schwartz (Eagles) as their next head coach, but they are going to interview others including but not limited to Matt Patricia (Patriots). In four seasons as the Lions top man, Caldwell has a 36-28 record with two playoff berths. The veteran coach should land another gig quickly, even if that means he has to go back to being an offensive coordinator.|
Lions | Theo Riddick bangs up ribs Sun Dec 31, 05:27 PM
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (ribs) suffered an injury to his ribs in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.Link to story
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Lions | Week 17 game recap for Lions Sun Dec 31, 04:40 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-29 passes for 323 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers. RB Tion Green rushed for a team-high 21 yards, while RB Ameer Abdullah rushed eight times for 18 yards and a score. WR Golden Tate led the way with 104 yards on seven grabs with a score, while WRs Marvin Jones Jr. and Kenny Golladay also found the end zone. Jones had four grabs for 81 yards, and Golladay had 80 yards on his two grabs.
|Footballguys view: Stafford and the Lions offense had one more excellent day in them, but the finish to the season feels disappointing after a more promising first half of the season. Jones established himself as a true WR1 this year and Golladay bookended the season with long touchdowns in a good sign for his future.|
Matthew Stafford player page
Golden Tate player page
Marvin Jones player page
Ameer Abdullah player page
Kenny Golladay player page
Lions | Teez Tabor injures arm Sun Dec 31, 02:24 PM
Detroit Lions CB Teez Tabor (arm) suffered an arm injury in Week 17 and is considered questionable to return.Link to story
Teez Tabor player page
Lions | Knee injury for Don Carey Sun Dec 31, 01:57 PM
Detroit Lions FS Don Carey (knee) suffered a knee injury in Week 17 and will not return to the game.Link to story
Don Carey player page
Lions | Michael Roberts punished Sun Dec 31, 12:08 PM
Detroit Lions TE Michael Roberts was declared inactive for Week 17's game against the Green Bay Packers after skipping a team meeting Saturday, Dec. 30. He was also fined by the club for the unexcused absence.Link to story
Michael Roberts player page
Lions | Week 17 inactives for Detroit Sun Dec 31, 11:45 AM
The Detroit Lions have declared OL Brian Mihalik, RB Dwayne Washington, WR Jace Billingsley, TE Michael Roberts, CB Nevin Lawson, DL Rodney Coe, RB Zach Zenner inactive for Week 17.Nevin Lawson player page
Zach Zenner player page
Dwayne Washington player page
Jace Billingsley player page
Michael Roberts player page
Lions | Detroit eyeing Matt Patricia? Sat Dec 30, 09:33 PM
New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia would be the 'leading candidate' to fill the Detroit Lions head coaching position if Jim Caldwell is fired, according to Michael Silver of NFL.com.Link to story
Lions | D.J. Hayden added to injury report Sat Dec 30, 03:57 PM
Detroit Lions CB D.J. Hayden (illness) has been added to the Week 17 injury report because of an illness and is listed as questionable for the game.Link to story
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Lions | Detroit adds Toby Johnson to practice squad Sat Dec 30, 01:03 PM
The Detroit Lions signed DT Toby Johnson (Panthers) to their practice squad Saturday, Dec. 30.
Lions | Detroit's Week 17 injury report Fri Dec 29, 04:43 PM
Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson (concussion) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and has been ruled out for Week 17. DE Anthony Zettel (groin) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. TE Eric Ebron (knee), OG T.J. Lang (foot), OT Ricky Wagner (ankle) and DE Dwight Freeney (non-injury) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.Link to story
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Eric Ebron player page
Nevin Lawson player page
Anthony Zettel player page
Lions | Eric Ebron on track to play Fri Dec 29, 04:37 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
|Footballguys view: Ebron was the most valuable fantasy tight end during the fantasy playoffs Weeks 14-16, and he should be one of the best plays of Week 17.|
Eric Ebron player page