Fantasy Football News & Views
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.|
Lance Moore player page
Lions | Corey Wootton visits Allen Park Mon May 11, 10:28 PM
The Detroit Lions worked out free-agent DT Corey Wootton (Vikings) Monday, May 11, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Wootton is coming off a down season, but he's gotten interest from a few teams this offseason. He should sign with a team before training camp.|
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Lions | Ameer Abdullah open to any role Thu May 7, 12:29 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he believes he is an every-down back but is willing to accept any role the team gives him.
|Footballguys view: He's got Joique Bell and Theo Riddick in front of him, so the rookie is wisely happy to take whatever scraps the team gives him his first year. The Lions seem to agree he can be an every-down back, so if he looks good in camp he could do well and climb the depth chart in a hurry. Right now though, he's no more than a RB5 with upside. We consider Abdullah a guy who will flash occasionally but could ride your bench to start the season.|
Lions | Ameer Abdullah picked by Detroit Fri May 1, 09:00 PM
The Detroit Lions selected Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah in Round 2 (No. 54 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Another back who goes earlier than expected. He's good, but not terribly psychical and will be firmly behind Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. He's going to be a pure upside pick in rookie drafts and not on many rosters for redraft.|
Lions | Laken Tomlinson selected 28th overall Thu Apr 30, 11:04 PM
Duke OG Laken Tomlinson was selected 28th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: Tomlinson hadn't allowed a sack over the last two years. He's a strong player at the point of attack, and he can get good push as a run-blocker.|
Lions | Detroit trades down Thu Apr 30, 10:40 PM
The Detroit Lions traded the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the Denver Broncos for C Manuel Ramirez, the 28th overall pick, the 143rd overall pick and a 2016 fifth-round pick.Link to story
Lions | Watching Rodney Austin's status Sat Apr 25, 02:52 AM
Free-agent C Rodney Austin (Lions) is being watched by the Detroit Lions, who have not ruled out bringing Austin back once his domestic violence issues are sorted out.
|Footballguys view: They may be watching his status, but that status may remain in question for a long, long time. Let's be honest, Austin is nothing special and a reserve player at best. There's plenty of street free agents right now who could do what Austin would have done with the Lions had they kept him on the roster.|
Lions | Rob Sims receives offer Fri Apr 24, 04:20 PM
Free-agent OG Rob Sims (Lions) has received a contract offer from the Detroit Lions, but the team has not heard back from his agent at this point.
|Footballguys view: Sims has been steady for the Lions, who are likely offering him a contract at the veteran minimum. He's seen no interest in free agency, so short of Sims retiring, we imagine his agent will return this call.|
Lions | Stephen Tulloch ready Fri Apr 24, 10:55 AM
Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he could play Thursday, April 23, if necessary, seven months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
|Footballguys view: Expect the Lions to take it easy on Tulloch, regardless of how he feels. We can expect some minor work during OTAs and then they'll ease him in during training camp. One would also assume they will ask him to avoid hurting himself again while celebrating.|
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Lions | Two draft prospects visit Wed Apr 22, 02:54 AM
Virginia S Anthony Harris and Michigan State DE Marcus Rush visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, April 21.Link to story
Lions | Rodney Austin released Tue Apr 21, 09:52 AM
Detroit Lions C Rodney Austin was released Tuesday, April 21. Austin is facing charges for assault on a female, assault on a child under 12, misdemeanor larceny and interference with an emergency communication in Mecklenburg County, N.C., online records show.
|Footballguys view: Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has said in the past he has a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. Austin was a reserve player--mainly on the practice squad--over the last three years.|
Lions | Jeremy Ross signs tender Mon Apr 20, 05:29 PM
Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Ross signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender Monday, April 20.
|Footballguys view: Ross is a decent option as a slot receiver and kick/punt returner. He's an explosive athlete who runs like a running back after the catch. Ross had a career-high 24 catches for 314 receiving yards and one touchdown in 2014.|
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Lions | Tre McBride visits Sat Apr 18, 02:10 AM
William & Mary WR Tre McBride visited the Detroit Lions on Friday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: McBride can make difficult catches seem routine. Level of competition is a question mark for McBride, and he'll need to show better pad speed on the field.|
Lions | George Johnson trade update Wed Apr 15, 02:35 PM
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DE George Johnson and a seventh-round draft choice were traded by the Lions to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice.Link to story
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