Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/31/15 3:30pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') was activated from the Phyiscally Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Bell should resume his role as the Lions' early down back with rookie Ameer Abdullah mixing in as a change-of-pace back. Bell's ADP will rise now from Round 6 but the Lions look like they'll use at least two backs in their rotation this year.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 8/26/15 5:35pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to play in the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: No real news here as the Lions are doing everything they can to cut back on Megatron's wear and tear.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/24/15 3:59pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is expected to return this season as a bellcow running back, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Bell has been nursing injuries all offseason, but Caldwell still envisions him producing similarly to how he did last year.
Huddle Up: Bell will have a large role but Ameer Abdullah is going to see his share of touches as well. The question is Bell's health. He still isn't practicing and the season is less than three weeks away. Bell does represent some value right now. His current ADP is Round 7, while Abdullah is going in Round 4.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 8/20/15 7:52pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (rest) will not play Thursday, Aug. 20, against the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: No worries, just another exhibition-season rest day for Megatron.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/19/15 9:55am ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') will return as the starting running back when he returns from the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to RB Zach Zenner.
Huddle Up: This feels a little like lip service to the veteran. While Bell recovers from two offseason surgeries Ameer Abdullah has been the standout performer in Lions' camp. It's likely that if Bell gets healthy he gets significant touches, but Abdullah has been so good thus far it will be nearly impossible for Detroit to keep him off the field.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 8/14/15 9:32am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah rushed for a game-high 67 yards on seven carries in a 23-3 win over the New York Jets in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 13.
Huddle Up: Abdullah has been one of the standouts in training camp thus far, and he carried that success over to the game. He's still likely to share touches with Joique Bell, but with the latter coming off a pair of off-season surgeries the upside is that Abdullah takes over the bulk of the Detroit backfield workload sooner rather than later.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/13/15 6:09pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell and RB Ameer Abdullah are expected to have their touches fluctuate based on the weekly matchup, but it's unlikely there are games where one dominates the touches if both are healthy.
Huddle Up: Even with Bell bouncing back from injuries and Abdullah turning heads in camp, this has long had the look of a mix-and-match 50/50 RBBC with both having low-end RB2 value.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/11/15 11:42pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) ran harder on the side during practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Huddle Up: Bell had best be making steady progress as the glowing reports about second-round pick Ameer Abdullah seem to flow daily from Lions' camp. Currently, the rookie has the ADP edge, going 75th overall on average (26th among RBs) to Bell's 94 ADP (30th among backs).
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 8/10/15 7:48pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is listed as the starting running back on the team's first depth chart since RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list. RB Ameer Abdullah is listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart.
Huddle Up: By the time the games that count arrive, all three (Riddick, Bell and Abdullah) should be ready to go, giving the Motown RB situation the early look of a fantasy quagmire. Definitely a situation to keep tabs on this preseason to see if any one of the trio separates himself -- either moving ahead or falling behind.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 8/9/15 4:39pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick is expected to have a similar role in 2015 than he did last season but could see more time in the slot.
Huddle Up: All three of the Lions' top backs -- Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah and Riddick -- are solid to strong receivers, but Riddick is more of a pure pass-catcher than RB in the Shane Vereen mold with 38 career receptions to only 29 carries. His best value comes late in PPR leagues.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/9/15 11:44pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron caught four passes, including a touchdown, from QB Matthew Stafford on a scoring drive during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: The 10th overall pick a year ago, Ebron struggled mightily through a 25-248-1 season, but that only makes him more of a sleeper in upcoming drafts. If you're looking for a late-round TE flier, you can do a lot worse than Ebron.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 8/7/15 9:39am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah and RB George Winn handled a lot of first-team carries in training camp Thursday, Aug. 6, and Abdullah looked strong and decisive with his cuts.
Huddle Up: With Joique Bell continuing to recover from offseason knee and Achilles' surgeries, the early-camp door is open for Abdullah to impress--and so far he's been as good as advertised.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/7/15 6:24pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) has been working on a side field and could be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list in the near future. Bell has been sprinting, cutting and doing cone drills during workouts.
Huddle Up: In the meantime, second-round pick Ameer Abdaullah has been getting extra reps and making an impression. At 5-8 and 198 pounds, though, the rookie would seem better suited for a complementary role, but Bell is going to have to show he's recovered before he can make a run at seizing the starting role.
Haloti Ngata - DTPosted 8/3/15 4:07pm ET
Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Monday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: The Lions are saying Ngata has a minor injury to his hamstring. He'll be fine. Ngata will be practicing in a day or two.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 7/31/15 3:55pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) is making progress in his recovery from injuries, but there is still no timetable for his return, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Bell is a RB2 on many draft boards, but each day he misses this preseason is another opportunity for rookie Ameer Abdullah to stake his claim in the Motown backfield.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 7/29/15 8:36pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: The Lions plan is to move Bell along slowly after offseason Achilles and knee surgeries. Bell will miss the start of training camp, allowing impressive rookie Ameer Abdullah to get more reps with the starters. Bell is still very much in the Lions' plans but his fifth round ADP is too high with the talented Abdullah lurking.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 7/21/15 10:58pm ET
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. Bell suffered Achilles' and knee injuries last season, but still managed nearly 1,200 total yards and eight total touchdowns.
Huddle Up: That's certainly been an under-reported factor with everyone discussing the looming competition between the veteran back and second-round pick Ameer Abdullah. We should know early in camp, though, how Bell is progressing, and if he's close to full health, count on him getting the majority of touches this season in Motown.
Dan Orlovsky - QBPosted 7/19/15 3:24pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Orlovsky returned to the Motor City after two seasons in Tampa while Moore is prepping for his fourth straight year with the Lions, but it might not matter much as starter Matthew Stafford has overcome his early-career injury concerns and hasn't missed a start since his second season in 2010.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 7/10/15 12:20am ET
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.
Huddle Up: Tate easily hit career highs with 144 targets, 99 receptions and 1,331 yards last season in his debut campaign with the Lions, actually finishing with four more fantasy points than Calvin Johnson. But unless Megatron's injury woes continue -- he missed three games and was limited in several others -- Tate's numbers are due to drop.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 7/9/15 12:21pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Last season's 10th overall pick only had 25 receptions on 47 targets and failed to crack 40 yards receiving in a game and finished with only one TD catch. He has nowhere to go but up, but he has a lot of work to do just to even reach TE2 territory.
Lance Moore - WRPosted 7/8/15 12:18am ET
Detroit Lions WRs Lance Moore, Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles 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.
Huddle Up: Even though Moore is with his third team in three seasons and has only caught 51 passes over the last two seasons, he's reunited with former Saints offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, under which he enjoyed his greatest success. With Golden Tate's emergence last season opposite Calvin Johnson, the slot position doesn't carry as much fantasy weight as it would've in recent Lions' seasons past but it's still an intriguing battle to keep an eye on.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 6/30/15 5:33pm ET
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.'
Huddle Up: To hit 1,200 yards at his career average of 4.1 yards per carry, Bell is going to need 293 rushes -- 70 more than his career high last season. That might not be feasible with impressive-looking second-round pick Ameer Abdullah also expected to get his fair share of work.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 6/28/15 1:49am ET
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.'
Huddle Up: With Joique Bell coming off multiple offseason surgeries, Abdullah could very well be asked to be a three-down back for the Lions. He's certainly in position to outperform expectations, both fantasy and otherwise.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 6/25/15 3:27pm ET
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.'
Huddle Up: For the record, Stafford did post his second-highest completion percentage (60.3) of his career a year ago, but things figure to be smoother overall in the second year with OC Joe Lombardi.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 6/23/15 3:31pm ET
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 percent" better this year than it was last year at this time.
Huddle Up: Turning 30 isn't the line of fantasy demarcation for WRs as it is for RBs, and Megatron certainly is set up for a big bounce-back season after hitting five-year lows last season in receptions (71) and yards (1,077) and -- maybe most importantly -- games played (13).
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 6/11/15 1:52pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: The second-round pick continues to draw rave reviews but still is playing second fiddle to Joique Bell. However, this will be one of the more intriguing fantasy RB training-camp battles to watch to see if the rookie can overtake the vet.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 6/11/15 11:12pm ET
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.'
Huddle Up: Megatron was the consensus No. 1-ranked fantasy WR, but he finished a stunning 15th following a five-year lows in receptions (71) and receiving yards (1,077) while missing three full games and playing at less than full power in several others. Even teammate Golden Tate (99-1,331-4) posted fantasy figures. Better knowledge of the system will help, but the key will be health, and if the soon-to-be 30-year-old can play 15 or 16 games, look for his numbers to rebound.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
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.'
Huddle Up: The Lions were hoping Ebron would be an alternative to Calvin Johnson when they picked him in the first round last year; if Tate is correct, maybe this year they'll start collecting on that investment.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 6/1/15 1:16am ET
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.'
Huddle Up: Bell hit career highs in rushing attempts (223) and rushing yards (860) last season, splitting time with Reggie Bush. Second-round pick Ameer Abdullah has now replaced Bush and could make a move for a starting role with a strong training camp and preseason.
Joseph Fauria - TEPosted 6/1/15 11:36pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Fauria was already facing a difficult task in carving out targets in a crowded Lions receiving corps; missing OTAs won't help.
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