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  Lions | Gosder Cherilus visiting Detroit    Thu Jul 30, 09:35 AM

Free-agent OT Gosder Cherilus (Colts) will visit the Detroit Lions Thursday, July 30.

Footballguys view: Cherilus could be headed back to where he started his pro career. Coming out of Boston College in 2008, Cherilus was a first-round pick of the Lions. He spent five seasons with the team before leaving for the Colts in free agency. The Colts released him earlier this week, and the Lions might decide to bring him back.

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  Lions | LaAdrian Waddle on PUP list    Wed Jul 29, 07:39 PM

Detroit Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 29.

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  Lions | Jason Jones starting on PUP list    Wed Jul 29, 07:38 PM

Detroit Lions DE Jason Jones (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 29.

Footballguys view: The Lions are just being cautious with Jones. He is fully expected to play Week 1 of the regular season.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah has golden opportunity    Wed Jul 29, 07:21 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will have an excellent opportunity to turn heads in training camp, after RB Joique Bell (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 29.

Footballguys view: Bell is battling back from both Achilles' and knee issues. Abdullah is a speedy rookie with the ability to create his own space in the open field. He's not a grinder between the tackles, but he is tougher inside that his size would indicate. Abdullah has the skill set to be a three-down player in the NFL, but his ability to carry a full workload for an entire season is a question mark.

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  Lions | Joique Bell to begin on PUP list    Wed Jul 29, 07:20 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (undisclosed) was placed on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, July 29, as he recovers from offseason surgery. It is unclear what the specific injury is, but Bell did have issues with his knee and Achilles' last season.

Footballguys view: Bell is a fine all-purpose back when healthy, but he's going to take some more time to get ready for the season. We'll be monitoring this situation closely as the Lions go through camp. Bell's status for the start of the regular season is a question mark.

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  Lions | Joique Bell's health a big concern?    Tue Jul 21, 03:57 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell's health will be a concern until the Lions see him back on the field, according to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to have rookie Ameer Abdullah on the radar. Right now, Abdullah is coming off the board at RB28 while Bell is coming off at RB27 in 12-team PPR leagues. Bell suffered Achilles' and knee injuries last season, but still managed nearly 1,200 total yards and eight total touchdowns. Watch Bell's status in training camp to determine his level of play by the time the regular season gets here.

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  Lions | Backup QB battle in Detroit    Sat Jul 18, 06:03 PM

Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky may lose his job as the Lions' backup quarterback. QB Kellen Moore has a chance to win the job after taking a large share of the second-team reps this offseason. Orlovsky ranked No. 29 in an NFL.com ranking of all 32 backup quarterbacks.

Footballguys view: Moore doesn't have a rocket arm, but he's a smart quarterback who can throw short routes accurately. We don't have a lot of appreciation for either quarterback in dynasty leagues...even those with super deep rosters. We'll see if Orlovsky or Moore can look better in preseason than we expect.

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  Lions | Golden Tate wants to avoid letdown    Thu Jul 9, 09:36 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has spent the offseason working on his flexibility and eating healthier in an attempt to improve his conditioning and avoid a letdown in 2015.

Footballguys view: Tate was excellent last year, but his game log only really showed it when Calvin Johnson was out. He's a high floor WR3 with Johnson in, which makes him a little pricey at a 5th-6th round ADP where you are taking him over WRs with WR2 upside without teammate injuries.

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  Lions | Detroit RBs to make dynamic duo?    Thu Jul 9, 06:15 PM

Detroit Lions RBs Joique Bell and rookie Ameer Abdullah are expected to form a one-two punch in the Lions' backfield this year. Head coach Jim Caldwell is supposedly set on running the ball more in 2015.

Footballguys view: Bell's ADP has been declining and Abdullah's has been rising to the point that Abdullah is ahead of Bell in most drafts. If Abdullah gets more of the receiving touches and Bell gets the goal-line carries, they could be at similar production levels, making Bell a slight value. Abdullah has the appeal of unknown upside, and he could be the kind of player that makes your season if Bell wears down.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron's a tight end to watch    Wed Jul 8, 08:39 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron could be in for a big year in 2015, according to Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated. Burke notes rookie tight ends typically struggle, and that Ebron should have a much bigger role in the offense in his second year in the league.

Footballguys view: Ebron still wasn't much of a touchdown scorer at North Carolina, and he'll be at best on the third level of the pecking order for targets with the running back trio after Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate get theirs. He's an upside backup tight end for deep leagues.

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  Lions | Detroit's slot WR job up for grabs    Mon Jul 6, 07:02 PM

Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and Lance Moore will all be candidates for the slot receiver job during training camp. Ross worked with the first-team offense during offseason workouts, but his roster spot is uncertain at this point.

Footballguys view: RB Theo Riddick could also figure into the mix. Moore is the grizzled veteran of the group and he seems to be happy to be out of Pittsburgh. Broyles' perseverance has to be admired after coming back from yet another catastrophic injury. Ross will likely make the team as a return man, and Fuller has the best deep speed of the group, with some upside as a receiver to spare. When you add in 2014 first-round TE Eric Ebron and redzone monster Joseph Fauria, the Lions have a diverse supporting cast behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate in the passing game.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah the eventual featured back?    Mon Jul 6, 04:46 PM

Detroit Lions rookie RB Ameer Abdullah is expected to eventually take over RB Joique Bell as the Lions' primary running back, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Footballguys view: The question is how early. Bell's ADP has been dropping steadily since Abdullah was drafted, and Abdullah's rising, with Abdullah now ahead of Bell in most sources. Bell could become a value if he continues to drop because he should still get some goal line work in any scenario. Theo Riddick also looms as a passing down back, but he could be used in the slot to keep one of the other backs on the field.

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  Lions | Joique Bell aiming for 1,200 yards    Tue Jun 30, 11:28 AM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is aiming to become the franchise's second running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2004. 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards,' Bell said. 'That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all.'

Footballguys view: Bell certainly has the skill set to get that mark in 2015, but there are some obstacles in his way. First, he's not healthy and there's no telling when he'll be ready to practice. He's coming back from both an Achilles' and knee injury, but the team plans for him to be ready at some point in training camp. Second, Bell is going to be splitting time in 2015. The Lions added electric rookie RB Ameer Abdullah in the 2015 NFL draft, and he's going to challenge Bell for the starting job. Abdullah may be best served as a change-of-pace back, but he's too good to keep on the bench. Bell is a RB3 for fantasy owners if he's the starter, and that role might not be as big as some think because of Abdullah's presence.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford to hold workouts    Mon Jun 29, 01:13 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.

Footballguys view: Lots of players around the league hold these types of workouts before training camp begins. We like the leadership shown by Stafford here, and it will be interesting to see if the added chemistry shows up in the regular season. Stafford is a low-end QB1 with upside.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah just wants to contribute    Sun Jun 28, 09:06 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is just hoping to contribute to the team during his rookie season in 2015. 'Offensively, I feel like I can go in there and I can help out the team, but if that's not my calling for this year, definitely special teams. If that's not my calling this year, I'm going to be the best scout player in the country,' said Abdullah.

Footballguys view: It's a crowded backfield in Detroit. Right now the pecking order is Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and Abdullah, but we wouldn't be shocked if Abdullah had a significant role by the end of the season. Right now, Abdullah is ranked by us at about an RB4 level, while Bell is a low-end RB2 or a solid RB3. Interestingly, both players have an ADP in the sixth round right now, which means people are pulling the trigger on Adbullah very early.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah ready for big role    Fri Jun 26, 09:39 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he could be a three-down back if needed. 'That's what I've done my whole life,' Abdullah said. 'I haven't done anything else, so I don't see why I wouldn't be confident in my game. I know my teammates trust me in such a short time to do so. I trust myself.'

Footballguys view: Abdullah has the ability to be an impact player--at least as a part-time back at the pro level. He's not a pile-pusher, but Abdullah can make defenders miss in open space and he has the speed to eat up chunks of yards in a hurry. There is a debate about whether or not he can be more than a change-of-pace back in the NFL. The Lions may give him a shot to prove that he can be more of a full-time player than some think. Right now, Abdullah as an ADP of RB31 (6.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Jason Jones missed minicamp    Wed Jun 24, 06:36 PM

Detroit Lions DE Jason Jones (undisclosed) did not participate in the team's minicamp because of an undisclosed injury.

Footballguys view: Reports from other Lions beat writers indicate that Jones is recovering from offseason knee surgery. This may have been a clean-up procedure after Jones had to come back from a torn patellar tendon he suffered in 2013. He started all 17 games last year for the Lions, was a strong run-defender and finished with a career-high five sacks in 2014.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford showing better accuracy    Wed Jun 24, 02:41 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has shown improved accuracy during offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'He's improved,' Caldwell said. 'He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement.'

Footballguys view: A healthy Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron will help Stafford put up better numbers this year. The team also needs to do a better job of protecting him. The Lions OL gave up 45 sacks in 2014. We'll see if that improved accuracy shows through this season.

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  Lions | RB Zenner not standing out    Mon Jun 22, 08:52 PM

Michael Rothstein, from ESPN.com, reports that Detroit Lions rookie running back Zach Zenner did not do much to impress him during minicamp and OTAs.

Footballguys view: Zenner was a favorite of the draftnik community, but he went undrafted out of South Dakota State even though he rushed for over 2,000 yards for three seasons in a row. The Lions have a jam-packed backfield, and Zenner may be bound for the practice squad. We'll see if he can impress during training camp and the preseason.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson has lots left in tank    Sat Jun 20, 01:15 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he still has big years ahead of him despite now being 30 years old. Johnson said he's feeling well after having a full offseason to heal after dealing with a high-ankle sprain last season. Johnson added that the offense is 100% better this year than it was last year at this time.

Footballguys view: Johnson is superhuman, and he should still be taken as a WR1 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is WR6 (2.02) in 12-team PPR leagues. While he may not post similar numbers to what he did in 2012 (122 catches, 1,964 yards), we're expecting Johnson to have a bounce-back season after a 2014 where he never was quite himself. Snaring 10 touchdowns and getting about 1,400 yards receiving is not out of the question.

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  Lions | Rasheed Williams waived    Wed Jun 17, 09:05 AM

Detroit Lions RB Rasheed Williams was waived Wednesday, June 17.

Footballguys view: Williams was a star for Division III Alfred State. At 6'0" 215 pounds, Williams can run a 4.5 40-yard dash. He's got a proven nose for the end zone and some wiggle in the open field. However, this is the second time they've cut Williams in the last month. Lions beat writers tend to feel the team is looking to add offensive line help with the open roster spot.

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  Lions | Garrett Gilbert claimed    Fri Jun 12, 07:45 PM

New England Patriots QB Garrett Gilbert was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions Friday, June 12. The Lions also waived QB Anthony Boone.

Footballguys view: Gilbert is a camp arm at best. He can move around and shows good moxie when under duress, but we just don't see him sticking on an NFL roster.


  Lions | Big year expected from Calvin Johnson    Thu Jun 11, 02:16 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson should be very productive in his second year under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, according to WR Lance Moore. 'It's going to be pretty crazy, a second year in this offense,' Moore said. 'I'm trying to help him with a few little things route-wise that I think can help him a whole lot and make his job a lot easier out there.'

Footballguys view: Early ADP seems to have Calvin Johnson around the top of the second round, which could be extremely good value for owners at the turn. If Golden Tate replicates what he did last season, Johnson should see even more opportunity in single coverage than he did in 2014.

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  Lions | Laken Tomlinson signs rookie deal    Thu Jun 11, 08:41 AM

Detroit Lions OG Laken Tomlinson signed his rookie four-year deal Thursday, June 11. The deal is believed to be worth $8.3 million.

Footballguys view: The Lions are always looking to shore up their line, and while Tomlinson represents some upside he's still pretty raw. A powerful player up front on the line, he has very little athleticism, and even inside he might struggle at first.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah impressing QB    Wed Jun 10, 06:15 PM

Detroit Lions rookie RB Ameer Abdullah has already caught the attention of QB Matthew Stafford. 'I think he has great balance. He's obviously a low-to-the-ground guy. He seems to hide pretty well behind [the offensive line] and he's got good vision,' Stafford said. Stafford also praised Abdullah for his pass-catching ability, including his hands and route-running.

Footballguys view: Take note fantasy owners. Abdullah is an exciting rookie RB to watch out for. He'll split time this year with Joique Bell (provided that Bell is healthy), and Abdullah has the speed to take it the house any time he touches the ball. He's not a pile-pusher, but Abdullah is dangerous in space and can eat up chunks of yards in a hurry.

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  Lions | Joique Bell not able to practice    Wed Jun 10, 01:14 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) was present for organized team activities Wednesday, June 10, but was not able to participate in the drills.

Footballguys view: The Lions have been looking at some free agent running backs this week, leading some to speculate about Bell's injury status. Right now, the plan is for him to be ready at some point during training camp. The language of the NFL is money--or transactions--so watch for any running back signings in Detroit. If Bell needs more time to heal, the Lions should grab a veteran free agent. Bell underwent surgery back on January 20th.

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  Lions | Ryan Broyles misses OTAs    Wed Jun 10, 01:11 PM

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 10. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the absence was not due to an injury.

Footballguys view: Broyles has an injury history that reads like Infinite Jest. This is not an injury situation, and that's good news for the talented but oft-injured veteran receiver.

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  Lions | Detroit works out Robert Meachem    Mon Jun 8, 09:09 PM

The Detroit Lions will work out free-agent WR Robert Meachem (Saints) Tuesday, June 12.

Footballguys view: The Lions are looking for some wide receiver depth, and Meachem would give them just that. He's got experience working under OC Joe Lombardi from their days together with the Saints. We'll see if the Lions want to pick him up for a cheap price.

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  Lions | Daniel Thomas to work out for DET    Mon Jun 8, 09:08 PM

The Detroit Lions are expected to work out free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) Tuesday, June 12, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: The Lions again updating their emergency list as they've also taken a look at Ben Tate. This could be a slight indication that Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') isn't as healthy as the team would like at this time. Stay tuned.

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  Lions | Ben Tate to work out for Detroit    Mon Jun 8, 06:44 PM

Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Steelers) is scheduled to work out for the Detroit Lions Tuesday, June 9, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Lions are likely just updating their emergency list here. We like the collection of running backs they have for 2015. Veteran Joique Bell will try to keep rookie Ameer Abdullah at bay for the starting job while Theo Riddick carves out a role as a change-of-pace back. We're really interested in seeing if UDFA rookie Zach Zenner can make an impact in training camp and the preseason.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson returns to practice    Mon Jun 8, 03:19 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (personal) returned to organized team activities Monday, June 8, after missing practice last week for personal reasons.

Footballguys view: Not a big deal here. Johnson is the focal point of the passing game, and the seasoned veteran doesn't need a ton of reps in the offseason. We're excited to see him shine once again in 2015.

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  Lions | Kyle Van Noy not completely healthy    Sun Jun 7, 09:50 AM

Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (hernia) said he is not 100% at this point but is able to fully participate in organized team activities. He has been working with the first-team defense at strongside and weakside linebacker.

Footballguys view: A second-round pick in 2014, Van Noy's rookie season was hampered by this hernia, and he missed the first eight games of the season because of it. For a player who never missed a game in college at BYU, it had to be frustrating. He's getting a fresh start this season, and he wants to carve out a role as an impact player. Van Noy constantly made plays on the other side of the line of scrimmage (63 tackles for a loss, 26 sacks) in college, and the Lions are hopeful he can play like that this season.

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  Lions | Darius Slay sits out practice    Thu Jun 4, 12:57 PM

Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay (hands) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, June 4, because of bruised hands. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the injuries are not serious, and Slay should return in a few days.

Footballguys view: Slay should continue to anchor a solid secondary for the Lions--a must in the pass-heavy NFC North.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson sitting out    Thu Jun 4, 12:21 PM

Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is out of practice Thursday, June 4.

Footballguys view: No big deal for a guy whose ADP is currently at 2.02. What's surprising here is it puts him as the sixth receiver off the board, though in some ways it is just a sign that the younger guys are peaking. That said, if six receivers go off the board and you are able to draft Johnson after that, consider yourself lucky. While he missed three games last season and had to deal with Golden Tate playing out of his mind, Johnson still ended up as a top-15 fantasy receiver. He may be slowing down a tad, but he will definitely produce top numbers again this year.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron making progress    Wed Jun 3, 01:55 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has made progress during offseason workouts and is expected to be the No. 3 target for the team in 2015. 'He's grown up a little bit more,' WR Golden Tate said. 'His confidence is way high right now. He's playing well. I can't wait to see him in pads running around making plays. He's a specimen athletically. So we'll see.'

Footballguys view: The Lions will forever rue the day they passed on WR Odell Beckham Jr. so they could select Ebron instead. Drops are reportedly still an issue with Ebron during recent OTAs. Ebron's 52.1 percent reception-per-target ratio was 25th (out of 25) for tight ends. He'll continue to split time at tight end with veteran Brandon Pettigrew.

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  Lions | Rasheed Williams re-signed    Wed Jun 3, 12:56 PM

Free-agent RB Rasheed Williams re-signed with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, June 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Williams signed with the Lions last month as an undrafted free agent. He wasn't able to participate in OTAs until Alfred State finished final exams. So, the Lions released Williams only to bring him back on Tuesday.

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  Lions | Erik Lora cut    Wed Jun 3, 12:54 PM

Detroit Lions WR Erik Lora was released Wednesday, June 3.

Footballguys view: Lora was an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinois last year for the Vikings, but he didn't make the team. The Lions signed him earlier this year after a tryout during rookie minicamp, but he failed to make it out of OTAs.

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  Lions | Joseph Fauria out for OTAs    Mon Jun 1, 10:06 PM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) will not participate in organized team activities (OTAs) due to the ankle injury he has been battling since September. However, he is expected to be ready for training camp.

Footballguys view: Fauria is big and athletic, but it seems like he's always banged up. We're not getting excited about his upside until we see him improve his durability.

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  Lions | Corey Fuller to be third WR?    Mon Jun 1, 10:03 PM

Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller is projected to be the team's third wide receiver, according to beat writer Dave Birkett.

Footballguys view: Fuller is set to compete with guys like Ryan Broyles and Jeremy Ross for that spot. He's got a good size/speed combination (6'2" 207 pounds) and can attack the seam of a defense. We'll see this battle play out in training camp.

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  Lions | Joique Bell not taking role for granted    Sun May 31, 07:50 PM

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell said he is not assuming he is going to be the starting back in 2015. 'I don't plan out the roles,' Bell said during OTAs. 'I go out to do what the team needs.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners can make that assumption right now. However, Bell will be challenged by rookie Ameer Abdullah (Lions). At this time, Bell is coming off the board at RB21 (4.12) in 12-team PPR leagues. Abdullah is getting drafted at RB41 (9.04) in those leagues. Bell should begin the season as the starter, but Abdullah might finish the season as the top back for the Lions. Stay tuned.

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  Lions | Teammate high on Theo Riddick    Fri May 29, 02:08 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick should have a solid role in the offense this upcoming season because of his ability, according to QB Dan Orlovsky. 'Theo's too good to not put on the field,' Orlovsky said. 'Theo has stuff that you can't coach, that you can't teach, that you're born from God with. He just has an ability to get open better than everyone else.' Orlovsky said he believes Riddick can have 60 catches in 2015.

Footballguys view: Riddick is going to have to carve out a change-of-pace role behind both Joique Bell and rookie Ameer Abdullah. He's getting drafted late due to this three-headed backfield. Riddick has a current ADP of RB48 (11.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Lance Moore excited to be in Detroit    Thu May 28, 08:24 PM

Detroit Lions WR Lance Moore is excited to be back in the offense led by Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. "This is the offense I had the most success in in my career," said Moore. "I played in this offense for eight years and I think Joe Lombardi was there six or seven of those years that I was there,' Moore said Thursday, May 28.

Footballguys view: Moore played under Lombardi during their time together with the New Orleans Saints. The veteran receiver isn't quite the player he used to be, and we're not expecting much from him even though he's got a fresh start with the Lions.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah contract breakdown    Thu May 21, 02:29 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah signed a four-year, $4.16 million rookie contract that includes $2.29 million in guaranteed money. He received a $1.28 million signing bonus. Abdullah's 2015 and 2016 salaries are fully guaranteed at $435,000 and $573,915, respectively. He will receive a $50,000 reporting bonus in 2015 and workout bonuses of $50,000 in 2017 and 2018.

Footballguys view: Abdullah may start the season behind Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but he's a real threat to steal carries by the end of it. He doesn't have the size and mass to be a three-down running back, but he's quick and accelerates fast. We can expect the other two backs (likely Bell) to get more of the short-yardage work, but Abdullah could see significant work otherwise. He is trending as a mid-round pick right now, and could rise up boards with a solid training camp.

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  Lions | Lance Moore contract details    Thu May 21, 02:22 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Lance Moore signed a one-year contract worth $1.05 million. He will earn a base salary of $970,000 after receiving a $40,000 signing bonus. Moore will receive a $40,000 roster bonus if he makes the Lions' Week 1 roster. Earning the minimum salary benefit means Moore will count $655,000 against Detroit's 2015 salary cap.

Footballguys view: It's going to be hard for Moore to see much in the way of targets with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Eric Ebron, who we are predicting a bigger sophomore season from. Right now he is nothing but a deep-round flier.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah draws odd comparison    Wed May 13, 09:29 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah drew a comparison to Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith Wednesday, May 13, from personal trainer Otis Leverette. 'He reminds me a ton of Steve Smith and you see what he's done in the league,' Leverette said. 'I played with him in (a college) all-star game and played with him in the league for a while, they've kind of got that same thing to them. They just don't know that they're supposed to be small, they don't believe in obstacles. The things that other people see as obstacles, they just see as another day at the office.'

Footballguys view: Um, okay...so there's that. It's unusual to compare a running back to a wide receiver, but we get the point. Abdullah lacks ideal size to be a bellcow runner in the pros. However, he is a willing runner inside who does not shy away from contact. Abdullah is never going to push a pile or consistently run through arm tackles, but he's very dangerous in space. If he gets a crease, he can make a big play happen on a between-the-tackles carry.

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  Lions | Stephen Tulloch to participate in OTAs?    Wed May 13, 05:09 PM

Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) plans to be ready for organized team activities later this month. Tulloch is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but said he'll start running more in a couple weeks.

Footballguys view: He can return to OTAs soon, but the team doesn't want him to celebrate anything. Tulloch was injured celebrating a sack last year, and now he's going to be eased back in during OTAs. He'll be near 100 percent at the start of the regular season if the recovery goes as planned.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah signs deal    Wed May 13, 02:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah signed a four-year deal with the team Wednesday, May 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Abdullah is an explosive change-of-pace back who should fill in as the "Reggie Bush" of this offense behind Joique Bell. He has the speed to eat up chunks of yardage in a hurry as a runner in space or as a receiver out of the backfield. Abdullah lacks the ideal size to be a bellcow back at the pro level, but he is an intent runner between the tackles--he's just never going to push the pile or run through arm tackles regularly. He also needs to improve his pass-protection before he is asked to play a larger role on the Lions offense.

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  Lions | Greg Salas signed    Wed May 13, 02:18 PM

Free-agent WR Greg Salas (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Lions just signed Lance Moore earlier this week, and this move for Salas has a similar tone. They are looking for veteran experience and depth at the wide receiver position behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. We like Moore's chances of making the final roster, but we feel Salas faces a larger uphill battle.

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  Lions | Glover Quin restructures    Wed May 13, 09:06 AM

Detroit Lions S Glover Quin restructured his contract Wednesday, May 13, to create $2.17 million of salary cap space. His $4 million base salary was slashed to $745,000 for 2015.

Footballguys view: Quin has emerged as one of the top safeties in the league during his two seasons with the Lions. He's got 10 interceptions over that period and is a valuable asset for their defense. This move gives the Lions some much-needed breathing room on the salary cap. They are paying out more than $17 million in dead money this season and have a total cap number over $151 million according to OverTheCap.com.

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  Lions | Lance Moore signs with Motown    Tue May 12, 01:16 PM

Free-agent WR Lance Moore (Steelers) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Footballguys view: Moore is not the same player he used to be as evidenced by his 2014 season with the Steelers. The Lions have inexperienced--but talented--receivers behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Moore (known mostly for his time in New Orleans) is reunited with former Saints assistant Joe Lombardi, and he gives the team valuable veteran depth at the position.

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