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  Lions | Matthew Stafford unsung so far    Wed Jun 29, 07:54 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford tallied over 4,200 passing yards and 32 touchdowns last season, throwing nearly 600 passes.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell talks two-point attempts    Wed Jun 29, 05:14 PM

Detroit Lions head Jim Caldwell was noncommittal on his approach to two-point conversions this upcoming season. Caldwell said going for two points or not will depend on the situation. In Caldwell's two years as head coach, the Lions converted zero of their three two-point attempts last year and one of three tries the year before.

Footballguys view: It's going to be interesting to see how the Lions offense looks without superstar WR Calvin Johnson. Caldwell is a conservative coach by nature, so we're not expecting him to go for a two-point conversion that often.

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  Lions | Calvin Johnson staying retired    Sat Jun 25, 08:37 PM

Retired WR Calvin Johnson (Lions) said Saturday, June 25, that he feels good about his decision to retire and is not coming back to the NFL.

Footballguys view: Johnson might change his tune next year if his body feels better and he gets an itch to play football again, but the Lions would have the first shot at him. He might be worth a roster spot in very deep dynasty leagues, but the chances of him playing again are tiny despite his retiring when he still probably had multiple productive years left.

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  Lions | Zach Zenner fully recovered    Sat Jun 25, 02:15 PM

Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (ribs, lung) has appeared to be fully recovered from his rib and lung injuries last season.

Footballguys view: Zenner should be considered a slight favorite over Stevan Ridley and seventh-round pick Dwayne Washington for the power runner roster spot. If he wins the job, Zenner will have draftable value as the most likely option on traditional goal line running plays and closer when the Lions have a lead.

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  Lions | Jeremy Kerley favored for No. 3 WR?    Sat Jun 25, 02:05 PM

Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Kerley is expected to be the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver behind WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones and ahead of WR T.J. Jones.

Footballguys view: Kerley still has to beat out recent signing Andre Roberts and the Lions like Jones, so this is far from settled. No matter who wins, this is not going to be a fantasy-friendly role as the 5th target in the pass offense.

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T.J. Jones player page


  Lions | Cole Wick a roster candidate    Sat Jun 25, 01:54 PM

Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick too advantage of the first-team repetitions he received this offseason. He'll have a good chance to make the 53-man roster if he continues his progress in training camp.

Footballguys view: Brandon Pettigrew is likely to open camp on the PUP list after an ACL tear ended his 2015, so Wick might take his roster spot in the meantime. Wick isn't going to get on our fantasy radar, but he'll be a rugged blocker and complement Eric Ebron well.

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  Lions | Andre Caldwell could make roster    Sat Jun 25, 01:40 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Caldwell looked comfortable and confident with his new team in early offseason practices. He has a legitimate chance to make the final roster, in the opinion of MLive.com's Mike Mulholland.

Footballguys view: The Lions wide receiver depth chart is wide open after Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Veterans Jeremy Kerley and Andre Roberts are trying to get the slot receiver job along with youngster T.J. Jones. They also recently brought Anquan Boldin in for a visit, so this plot could thicken yet. Caldwell is steady, but lacks upside as a player, although his special teams contributions could give him an edge in a tight battle for one of the open spots at wide receiver.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah to carry the load?    Thu Jun 23, 09:42 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the second of last season, and beat writer Tim Twentyman believes Abdullah will be given the opportunity to be the lead back in 2016.

Footballguys view: "Lead back" for the Lions will still include Theo Riddick catching 70-80 passes out of the backfield and a downhill runner like Zach Zenner or Stevan Ridley handling some of the work between the tackles. Abdullah has upside as a seventh round pick, but it is still capped by the RBBC nature of his backfield.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah focused on little things    Thu Jun 23, 11:22 AM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder), who is expected to be ready for training camp, is focused on the little things in improving as a player. 'I feel like I showed some flashes last year, but in this league you can't show flashes,' Abdullah said. 'You have to be consistent. That definitely had a lot to do with growing pains. It also had a lot to do with me being immature as a player coming straight from college and not understanding what kind of preparation and mental focus it took for such a long amount of time. I know I have a lot to give to this team and a lot to give to this league. I know I can be a good back, but it starts with those little things I mentioned earlier.'

Footballguys view: Abdullah struggled with fumbles and uneven usage last year. The rookie, like the rest of the offense, improved with the addition of offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, so if Abdullah can get consistent usage, including in the passing game, he could deliver on his seventh round ADP. Theo Riddick should still lead the backfield in receptions, and another back could take the short yardage work and lead the team in rushing touchdowns.

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  Lions | Detroit offense tougher for defenses?    Tue Jun 21, 08:50 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes his offense will be tougher to defend without former WR Calvin Johnson. Stafford said defenses won't know who the Lions will go to on offense, whereas most of the time in previous years Johnson was their go-to guy.

Footballguys view: Yeah, we'll believe it when we see it. How can you lose a top WR in the game and be BETTER on offense? We'll be skeptical about this, but at least Stafford is showing confidence as he moves forward without Johnson. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will be the top two wideouts for the Lions in 2016. We see Tate as a low-end WR2 while Jones is more of a low-end WR3 for fantasy owners. The current ADP for Tate is WR22 (4.04) while Jones is at WR41 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Andre Roberts will be moved around    Mon Jun 20, 01:17 PM

Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts said he will be used as an outside receiver as well as a slot receiver during the preseason. He may also receive a chance to compete for the punt returner job.

Footballguys view: The Lions must not have been happy with some of the reserve WRs in place as they signed Roberts recently. He's a speedy veteran who doesn't have much fantasy value--even if he is involved as a return man. We see the Lions peppering WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones as much as possible. There's talk about using TE Eric Ebron more as a receiver and RB Theo Riddick could catch 60 or so passes. That doesn't leave a lot for Roberts (or any other receiver).

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  Lions | Two will compete for Lions' No. 3 WR job    Mon Jun 20, 01:15 PM

Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Kerley (undisclosed) and T.J. Jones are expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp even though Kerley missed some offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.

Footballguys view: No matter who wins this competition, we're not expecting much from either in fantasy value. A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Jones is known for his smooth athleticism after the catch.

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  Lions | Corey Washington cut    Fri Jun 17, 02:08 PM

Detroit Lions WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list.

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  Lions | Jim Caldwell quiet about Anquan Boldin    Thu Jun 16, 09:18 PM

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin's (49ers) visit with the Detroit Lions wasn't discussed by head coach Jim Caldwell, who declined to answer all questions related to Boldin Thursday, June 16.

Footballguys view: That bad, huh? The Lions are looking for more WR help, and that's why they signed Andre Roberts last week. No word on whether or not Boldin is an option.

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  Lions | Orson Charles signs    Thu Jun 16, 03:59 PM

Free-agent TE Orson Charles (Saints) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, June 16. DL James DeLoach was waived in a corresponding move.

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  Lions | Darius Slay seeking extension    Wed Jun 15, 02:30 PM

Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay said he would like to sign an extension that will reward him for being one of the top seven cornerbacks in the league. Preliminary talks have taken place, but Slay didn't know the status of the talks. Slay is entering his fourth year, and his rookie deal has an option for a fifth year.

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  Lions | More roster moves made    Mon Jun 13, 05:10 PM

Free-agent CB Keith Lewis (Jets) was signed by the Detroit Lions Monday, June 13. WRs Austin Willis was waived, while WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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  Lions | Andre Roberts signs with Lions    Mon Jun 13, 10:07 AM

Free-agent WR Andre Roberts (Redskins) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, June 13.

Footballguys view: Roberts has plenty of speed and big-play ability as evidenced by his work as a returner. However, he did almost nothing as a receiver with Washington and only had 11 catches in 2015. Roberts gives the Lions more veteran depth at the position. With Calvin Johnson retired, the team is turning to Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in 2016.

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  Lions | Anquan Boldin visiting Lions    Mon Jun 13, 09:47 AM

Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (49ers) is visiting the Detroit Lions Monday, June 13.

Footballguys view: Boldin wants to play for a contender, but the Lions don't really fit that category. They clearly aren't thrilled with the WR depth already on the team, that's why they signed Andre Roberts and are working out Boldin. We'll see if Boldin can latch on with a team before training camp.

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  Lions | Dan Orlovsky's job safe?     Mon Jun 13, 07:55 AM

Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky may have a lock on the No. 2 job despite the presence of QB Jake Rudock on the roster. Lions coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter were singing Orlovsky's praises after OTAs ended last week.

Footballguys view: Orlovsky or Rudock isn't really a battle that fantasy owners...even dynasty owners...should be watching. We'll be monitoring Rudock as the preseason goes along, but that's only for super-deep dynasty leagues. Rudock has plenty of experience from his days in college at Michigan, but he's merely a technically sound passer who struggles to drive the ball deep, lead receivers properly or throw accurately on passes to the opposite side of the field.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford will still let it fly    Sun Jun 12, 08:58 AM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed a career-best 67.2% of his passes during the 2015 season, but offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter still wants to utilize Stafford's big arm and gunslinger mentality.

Footballguys view: Stafford has to let it fly because the Lions don't have a great rushing attack. It will be interesting to see how his passes are distributed now that Calvin Johnson has retired. The team added Marvin Jones in free agency, and he'll split targets with Golden Tate. They also want TE Eric Ebron to actually do something (other than disappoint) this season. Stafford should be considered a low-end QB2 for fantasy owners. His current ADP is QB20 (12.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Corey Washington waived    Sat Jun 11, 02:38 PM

Detroit Lions WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was waived/injured Friday, June 10.

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  Lions | More running for Theo Riddick?    Thu Jun 9, 07:58 PM

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick could have a bigger role running the ball in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.

Footballguys view: We're not down with that. Riddick is a fantastic receiver out of the backfield, but he's not that great as a runner. The team should continue to focus on him as a receiver and let the rushing duties go to guys like Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner.

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  Lions | Corey Fuller had surgery    Thu Jun 9, 05:37 PM

Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller (foot) underwent foot surgery Wednesday, June 8, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said he doesn't know how long Fuller will be out. Fuller will compete with WRs Jeremy Kerley, T.J. Jones and Andre Caldwell, among others, for a roster spot.

Footballguys view: Fuller is in the mix for a reserve WR spot behind starters Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Behind those two, any WR...even Fuller...can only be considered a WR4/WR5 at best.

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Corey Fuller player page
T.J. Jones player page


  Lions | Kroy Biermann visiting Lions    Wed Jun 8, 10:18 AM

Free-agent DE Kroy Biermann (Falcons) is visiting the Detroit Lions Wednesday, June 8.

Footballguys view: The Lions still want to find pass-rushing help if they can. Biermann has spent his entire eight-year pro career with the Falcons. As a part-time player in 2015, Biermann had only 2.5 sacks. If added, Biermann would only be counted on for veteran depth and wouldn't see the field that much unless injuries strike ahead of him on the depth chart.

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  Lions | Damian Copeland signed    Tue Jun 7, 04:29 PM

Free-agent WR Damian Copeland (Jaguars) signed with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, June 7. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived OG Andrew Zeller.

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  Lions | Brandon Pettigrew to miss start of camp    Mon Jun 6, 01:16 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) will not be ready for the start of training camp because of his knee injury, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

Footballguys view: Pettigrew is a big-bodied blocker for the Lions, and his status for the start of the regular season is in question. He's not much of a fantasy factor, but keep an eye on this situation if you're going to invest in the Lions rushing game.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah will be ready for camp    Mon Jun 6, 01:09 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

Footballguys view: Abdullah needs to prove that he can be durable and be more than a change-of-pace back. The Lions are prepared to make him a larger part of the offense if he can hold up. They'll continue to use Theo Riddick as a receiving back, and second-year pro Zach Zenner could cut into Abdullah's workload. Abdullah has a current ADP of RB31 (7.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron sat out OTAs    Mon Jun 6, 12:00 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) did not participate in OTAs because of an undisclosed injury.

Footballguys view: It's make-or-break time for Ebron with the Lions. The guy will forever be remembered as the player they drafted over WR Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014, and Ebron has done little to impress during his time in the pros. He needs to get healthy, stay healthy and prove that he can be an impact player for the team. Call us doubtful in this matter.

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  Lions | Rod Sweeting works out    Sat Jun 4, 07:30 AM

Free-agent CB Rod Sweeting (Cowboys) recently worked out with the Detroit Lions.

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  Lions | Detroit will not sign Mike Neal    Fri Jun 3, 07:40 AM

Free-agent LB Mike Neal (Packers) will not be signed by the Detroit Lions. The Lions addressed linebacking needs in the NFL Draft and also signed LB Wallace Gilberry in free agency.

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  Lions | Two roster moves made    Thu Jun 2, 04:32 PM

Undrafted free-agent PK Devon Bell (Mississippi State) was signed by the Detroit Lions Thursday, June 2. P Kyle Christy was waived.

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  Lions | Sign two players    Wed Jun 1, 05:25 PM

Undrafted free-agents OT Dominick Jackson (Alabama) and TE Ben McCord (Central Michigan) signed with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, June 1.


  Lions | Tim Wright placed on IR    Tue May 31, 04:31 PM

Detroit Lions TE Tim Wright (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, May 31, with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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  Lions | Hosting Nate Chandler    Mon May 30, 05:53 PM

Free-agent OT Nate Chandler (Panthers) will visit the Detroit Lions Wednesday, June 1, according to a source.

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  Lions | Film different for Matthew Stafford    Mon May 30, 02:30 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is approaching film study in a more traditional fashion this year. Stafford believes defensive looks will be more standard with former WR Calvin Johnson now retired. 'Some things are going to look differently to us because of the fact that there was always the Calvin factor,' head coach Jim Caldwell said, 'just in terms of what kind of coverage he was going to get.'

Footballguys view: The coverage is going to be much different without Johnson on the field. Teams won't have to commit two or three defenders to slowing down the superstar receiver. This is something Stafford has a small bit of experience with during the few times Johnson was out with an injury. Expect a lot of WR Golden Tate and WR Marvin Jones in this new-look Lions offense.

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  Lions | T.J. Jones on the verge of a breakout?    Sat May 28, 03:38 PM

Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones was 'one of the obvious stars' in a recent organized team activity on Thursday, May 26, and has earned praised from head coach Jim Caldwell and QB Matthew Stafford for his offseason work.

Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft out of Notre Dame, Jones hasn't done much as a pro. He missed all of his rookie season due to a shoulder injury, and in 2015 he was targeted 18 times catching 10 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. We'll be watching him in our super-deep dynasty leagues.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy on the field Thursday    Fri May 27, 07:25 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) was able to participate in some individual drills and team drills during organized team activities Thursday, May 26.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds    Thu May 26, 09:13 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he lost 10 pounds this offseason.

Footballguys view: Sadly, I think I found them around my waist. While that may be unfortunate for me, it's good for Ebron as he will be more effective if he's in better shape. With Calvin Johnson retired, we could see Ebron get more opportunity and be a borderline TE1/TE2 this season.

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  Lions | Tim Wright waived    Thu May 26, 05:11 PM

Detroit Lions TE Tim Wright (undisclosed) was waived/injured Thursday, May 26.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah had offseason surgery    Thu May 26, 12:29 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder in January and could miss the rest of the offseason, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Abdullah led the team in rushing last year with 597 yards. He's said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab, but the Lions are being cautious with him until training camp. Abdullah is expected to be the starting running back in 2016.

Footballguys view: Abdullah played through the injury in December, and likely won't take part in any of the offseason program, perhaps even camp. We expect a decent season from him this year, but he might start off a bit slow because he'll have missed so much work. This whole season, Abdullah will likely split time with at least Theo Riddick. That's been cooked into his current ADP of RB30 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Darius Johnson waived    Tue May 24, 05:27 PM

Detroit Lions OL Darius X. Johnson was waived Tuesday, May 24.

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  Lions | Brandon Pettigrew plans to be ready    Tue May 10, 11:48 PM

Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) said Tuesday, May 10, that he plans to be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Pettigrew is not a fantasy factor, although he could be. He's a big target who can make plays as a receiver, but Pettigrew is such a great blocker that he's often used in that capacity instead. Last year for the Lions, Pettigrew played in only eight games, catching seven passes for 67 yards. He is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered back in December.

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  Lions | A'Shawn Robinson signs rookie deal    Tue May 10, 01:59 PM

Detroit Lions DT A'Shawn Robinson, Detroit's second-round pick, signed his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, May 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Robinson can be an impact player up front on the defensive line. He's huge (6'4" 307 pounds) and has a disruptive punch after the snap. Robinson is quick off the line and can create interior pressure as a pass-rusher. He's a brute who could at least make an impact as a rotational player for the Lions in 2016.

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  Lions | Riley Reiff could shift to left side    Tue May 10, 01:12 AM

Detroit Lions OT Riley Reiff might be moved to serve as the team's left tackle if OT Taylor Decker catches on and is able to line up as the Week 1 starter at right tackle.

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  Lions | Jonathan Bostic acquired    Mon May 9, 06:20 PM

New England Patriots LB Jonathan Bostic was acquired by the Detroit Lions Monday, May 9, in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft choice.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy recovering nicely    Mon May 9, 01:42 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) has been recovering nicely from hip surgery, according to LB Tahir Whitehead. Levy played just 17 regular season snaps before having surgery.

Footballguys view: He reported for voluntary workouts in April and reports indicate he'll be ready to go when training camp starts this summer. Whitehead and Levy are expected to be Detroit's starting linebackers.

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  Lions | Detroit not expecting Calvin Johnson back    Mon May 9, 01:18 PM

Retired WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to return to the Detroit Lions and play in 2016, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

Footballguys view: That's the best move for the Lions. Johnson is gone, and we'll likely never see Megatron in an NFL uniform ever again. The conversations Quinn had with Johnson before his retirement was announced lead the executive to feel the superstar WR is never coming back.

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  Lions | More on Talyor Decker's deal    Fri May 6, 06:08 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker signed a four-year deal worth $10.996 million. The deal includes a $6.175 million signing bonus.

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  Lions | Seven Lions rookies sign    Fri May 6, 01:47 PM

Detroit Lions OG Joe Dahl, SS Miles Killebrew, LS Jimmy Landes, QB Jake Rudock, RB Dwayne Washington, LB Antwione Williams and DL Anthony Zettel signed their rookie deals Friday, May 6.

Footballguys view: Washington is a size/speed back in the mold of Bryce Brown who could challenge Zach Zenner and Stevan Ridley for a roster spot and role running between the tackles.

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