Eric Ebron - TEPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron is likely to see a larger role in the offense regardless of whether WR Calvin Johnson retires or not.
Huddle Up: The Lions spent a first-round pick on Ebron for him to play a large role in their offense, and he's shown flashes through the first two years of his career. Regardless of Megatron's status Detroit will need to turn to Ebron more frequently, and sans Johnson he could prove to be the Lions' top red zone target.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 2/2/16 10:00am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson may be offered an extension by the Lions in an effort by Detroit to bring their star wide receiver back. It was reported earlier that Johnson made the Lions aware of his intentions to retire following the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: No shock that the Lions want Megatron back, but the further away we get from a "heat of the moment" decision at the end of the season the less likely it becomes that Johnson will change his mind and return for 2016.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/31/16 7:44pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson told head coach Jim Caldwell after the regular season that he plans to retire, according to sources. Caldwell has told Johnson to take his time with his decision, and the Lions are hoping that Johnson will change his mind this offseason.
Huddle Up: Lions fans are bracing for another Barry Sanders situation/losing a star in his prime. The 30-year-old wideout may indeed change his mind as his aches and pains fade and we further into the offseason, but just the fact that this been such a story leads one to believe that Megatron isn't long for the NFL even he does play next season.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell said Monday, Jan. 25, that he is primed for a rebound in 2016, as he feels healthier entering the offseason than he has in year. 'Going into my third year, I had a pretty good season. I feel probably just as good now as I felt then. So I really have an offseason when I can train the way I want to train and get after it,' Bell said.
Huddle Up: Bell spent much of last season still working his way back from multiple offseason surgeries. However, the Lions' backfield remains crowded and even if healthy Bell lacks a clear role in Detroit.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/26/16 7:25pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson does not have a timetable on a decision to retire or not, according to Johnson's agent.
Huddle Up: Lions Nation is on edge this offseason waiting to hear from the 30-year-old wideout, who should have at least 2-3 solid years remaining if he decides to stay and play.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/14/16 5:25pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes WR Calvin Johnson is seriously considering retirement this offseason. 'I think, anytime Calvin says something, it's not for show, it's something serious,' Stafford said. 'I think you guys have covered him long enough to know that he's a pretty measured person, and everything that he says to the public is a thought-out thing. So in that regard, I'm sure it's thought-out.'
Huddle Up: The Calvin Johnson Watch is on in the Motor City as the 30-year-old wideout is doing some soul-searching this offseason. He finished 2015 with 88 catches for 1,214 yards and nine TDs.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/12/16 9:18am ET
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Monday, Jan. 11, that when the time is right he will reach out to WR Calvin Johnson about his future plans. He said a couple of weeks after the season isn't that time.
Huddle Up: There's still plenty of offseason before the Lions and Johnson need to figure out Calvin's future, so if the guy is still in the mindset of thinking about retiring it makes no sense to rush his decision.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/7/16 9:47am ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson told his mother he wasn't sure he wanted to play anymore, and he cleaned out his locker unlike other veterans.
Huddle Up: This adds fuel to the "Megatron retiring" chatter. Will he walk away with something left in the tank a la another great Lion, Barry Sanders? Some drama for the offseason.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/7/16 9:47am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson spent as much time in the training room as anyone this year, and his ankle injury forced him to miss large chunks of practice time for a second straight season. As a result, Johnson is contemplating his future and has mentioned the subject of retirement to at least one former teammate. Several people that know Johnson said it's not far-fetched. Johnson's production has declined in recent seasons due to injuries. He missed two games with knee and finger injuries in 2013, missed three games and parts of two others last year and missed Week 8 this season with a sprained ankle and played through the injury for much of the second half. He still managed to catch 88 passes for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015 and led the Lions in yards and touchdowns. Johnson is scheduled to make $16 million next year and has a cap number of $24.008 million. Detroit could ask him to take a pay cut or outright release him to save $11 million in cap space.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been banged up the past couple of seasons, but he finished on a high note in Week 17--clearly showing there's plenty left in the tank. Strange as it sounds the Lions might not be all that crushed if he does retire, as it gets them out from a big cap hit--though replacing Megatron certainly won't be easy. It's certainly something to watch in Detroit this offseason.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 1/4/16 8:47am ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick posted two receptions in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears to set a club record for catches by a running back (78) in a single season.
Huddle Up: Riddick was a valuable PPR contributor as Detroit's pass-catching back, worth keeping an eye on as things shake out in Detroit this offseason.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/1/16 6:33pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as questionable for the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears.
Huddle Up: Johnson went from limited work Thursday to sitting out Friday, but the Lions were outside in wintry conditions Friday, and it looks to be just another maintenance day for Megatron who has said he'll play Sunday against the Bears.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 12/31/15 9:49pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Abdullah should be able to play in Sunday's regular-season finale, but even if he does don't be at all surprised if Joique Bell outscores him for a fourth straight game.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/30/15 6:22pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Huddle Up: No surprise as it's hard to remember the last Wednesday practice Megatron DID participate in, but as usual, he says he's playing Sunday unless he can't walk.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/22/15 12:54am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson finished with one reception for 19 yards Monday, Dec. 21 in a 35-28 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: It was a second-straight brutal week for Megatron owners as he was targeted only once and finished with one reception for the second consecutive game, serving as nothing more than a glorified decoy as fellow wideout Golden Tate (6-45-2) and FB Michael Burton (2- 10-1) caught Matthew Stafford's three TD tosses.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/22/15 10:01am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) managed just one reception for 19 yards in the Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints. He was targeted just once in the win.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been dinged up and less than stellar each of the past two seasons. His time as an elite fantasy receiver may be drawing to a close sooner rather than later.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/21/15 8:14pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) and TE Eric Ebron (illness) are officially active for the Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints Monday, Dec. 21.
Huddle Up: As expected, both are active and both have juicy matchups against a Saints' defense which gives up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing WRs and the most points to tight ends.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 12/19/15 12:39pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (illness) is not participating in practice Saturday, Dec. 19.
Huddle Up: Ebron is getting a day of rest but he's expected to play Monday night. Ebron hasn't done much over the last two months but he's streaming option for those thin at tight end against a Saints' defense that gives up the most fantasy points to the position.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/19/15 12:39pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is not participating in practice Saturday, Dec. 19, but is still expected to play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 15.
Huddle Up: Johnson practiced on Friday, so this was likely just a day of rest with the Lions playing on Monday night. Megatron is expected to start and is a WR1 play against a historically bad Saints' pass defense.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/18/15 9:12am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he would like to retire a Lion, and he said that he isn't thinking about his future right now. 'I'll think about it more when the time comes,' Johnson said. 'If that time comes, whatever happens, happens. But not now. We still have our same coaches and we're going to continue moving forward and all I can worry about right now is the game plan that we have.'
Huddle Up: Keeping Johnson in an offense that features him, with a quarterback that feeds him, is exactly what fantasy owners want to see.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/18/15 4:23pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was back at practice Friday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Barring the unforseen, Johnson will play Monday night, and his fantasy owners who survived his disastrous one-catch, 16-yard showing in Week 14 need a bounce-back game against the porous Saints.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/18/15 9:09pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Johnson is expected to play Sunday against the Saints. Megatron may not be 100 percent but it's going to be tough to bench him this week against a Saints' defense on pace to allow the most passing touchdowns in NFL history.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/17/15 10:29pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is out of practice Thursday, Dec. 17, but says he's healthy and will play Monday, Dec. 21, against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: It was only the Lions' Wednesday -- i.e. their first practice of the week -- and Megatron should be good to go as usual. Now, all he needs is more targets than the five he had last week -- his second-lowest total of the season.
Matt Prater - PKPosted 12/3/15 10:39am ET
Detroit Lions PK Matt Prater (illness) is expected to play Thursday, Dec. 3, against the Green Bay Packers, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Prater is a sneaky fantasy grab and play for those of you who fear the impact of weather on kickers; he won't kick outdoors again until Week 17.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/3/15 10:39am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is expected to play Thursday, Dec. 3, according to a source.
Huddle Up: You'll want to track Megatron prior to kickoff, but all signs point towards him being in the lineup against Green Bay tonight.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 12/3/15 4:22pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has been more effective in play-action passing during the team's three-game winning streak. In the last three games he has 9.7 play-action attempts per game for a completion percentage of 69 percent, and he's thrown three touchdowns and no interceptions. In his first eight games he had just 5.6 play-action attempts per game for a 64.4 completion percentage and a touchdown and interception.
Huddle Up: With eight total TDs (7 passing, 1 rushing) over those three games after totaling only 13 in his first eight, Stafford is definitely in the midst of a late-season revival. He threw for a mediocre 242 yards and two scores in the Week 10 win at Green Bay and should be able to better those numbers at home tonight in the rematch.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/3/15 7:55pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) and PK Matt Prater (illness) are active Thursday, Dec. 3, against the Green Bay Packers. The Lions declared OT Corey Robinson, CB Dwight Bentley, DL Gabe Wright, DL Jermelle Cudjo, WR Lance Moore, TE Tim Wright and C Travis Swanson inactive for the game.
Huddle Up: As expected, both are playing tonight so turn your injury concerns to the Sunday slate.
Lance Moore - WRPosted 12/2/15 6:30pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Lance Moore (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 13.
Huddle Up: Moore will miss his first game of the season, and fellow WRs Golden Tate and Corey Fuller figure to be the primary beneficiaries with more looks.
Lance Moore - WRPosted 12/1/15 8:23pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Lance Moore (ankle) is expected to miss Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers with the ankle injury he suffered last Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Check before kickoff Thursday night to make sure, but it looks like Moore will miss his first game of the season. He has caught 27-of-41 targets for 321 yards and four TDs.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/1/15 9:58pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 1, but he was just resting his sore ankle and should play Thursday, Dec. 3, against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: There's been nothing to indicate that this is anything more than the usual week for Megatron, who hasn't missed a start despite missing practices on a weekly basis. Start with full confidence and see what he can do for an encore following his three-TD Turkey Day eruption.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 11/26/15 6:22pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson had huge days Thursday, Nov. 26, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Stafford threw for 337 yards and five touchdowns, while Johnson caught eight passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Those fantasy owners who stuck with Stafford and have endured Johnson's less-than-stellar start are giving thanks after hitting the Turkey Day fantasy lottery. Stafford came into the contest with 15 TD passes and only one 300-yard game while Megatron doubled his season-TD total in one impressive afternoon.
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