Theo Riddick - RBPosted 5/28/17 8:21am ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) is unlikely to do much at OTAs as the team has a history of bringing back established players from injury slowly, per ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Riddick is coming off surgery on both wrists and Rothstein believes the goal is to have him ready 'by some point in August.' The fifth-year back will continue to see most of his snaps on passing downs, while the Lions cross their fingers Ameer Abdullah can stay healthy and hope the improvements they made on the offensive line are enough to pick up their woeful rushing attack. Riddick should be considered a decent RB2 option in most PPR formats.
Marvin Jones - WRPosted 5/27/17 6:51pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he is a lot more comfortable with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's system entering this season after struggling to master the offense last year.
Huddle Up: Jones cooled off after a scorching start to last season, but he still flirted with 1,000 yards. He enters 2017 as Detroit No. 2 receiver, and Jones is worth drafting as a low-end WR3.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/24/17 2:03pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) accelerated through openings and changed direction without breaking stride during organized team activities Wednesday, May 24.
Huddle Up: Abdullah appears to be recovered from his foot injury and should be part of a committee at running back in 2017. He probably will receive most of the carries in the offense but would see limited targets in the passing game. Owners in most leagues probably should consider Abdullah as a No. 3 running back.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/22/17 11:19am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) said he's attacking this offseason with a more focused mindset and working as hard as he can to be the best player he can be. The third-year running back also hopes to leave his injury woes behind him. He's focused on the little things and the work he has to do to maintain his body for the NFL after suffering a season-ending foot injury in Week 2 last season.
Huddle Up: Abdullah has the right mindset and the right attitude, but those can only go so far. He'll have had almost a full year to recover from his ailments and has already been named Detroit's starting running back. Abdullah's involvement in the passing game will be limited with Theo Riddick there, but drafting Abdullah as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 could be worth the risk.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 5/17/17 11:42am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he has talked with general manager Bob Quinn about a possible contract extension.
Huddle Up: Ebron posted a career-high 711 receiving yards in 2016 but recorded only one touchdown in 13 games. He has missed at least two games in each of the last three seasons, so he does have a bit of an injury concern. He probably can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper fantasy leagues.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 5/13/17 8:30am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has yet to play 16 games in a season for the Lions, but he set career-highs last year in receptions (61) and yards (711) last season. He has also improved as a blocker, while his drop rate went from 10.1 percent in 2015 to 5.8 percent in 2016 even as he was targeted 17 more times and had a higher percentage of targets per route run and receptions per route run, according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein.
Huddle Up: Ebron will complain about the fact he scored only one touchdown, but the evidence does support Rothstein's assertion. The tight end position is one of the hardest for young players to learn, and Ebron entered the league more as a glorified slot than in-line tight end. He's climbed into TE1 territory for fantasy purposes and can be expected to take another leap forward this year so long as he stays healthy for the first time in his career.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 5/4/17 6:27am ET
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford's extension talks remain in the early stages, according to Lions general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: Stafford has about a year-long sample size of extremely good play with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, but his finger injury derailed him last year. Now 29, and in a contract year, Stafford should be an upper-middle QB1 you can bank on this season.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 5/2/17 5:30am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron had his fifth-year option exercised Tuesday, May 2.
Huddle Up: Ebron continues to tease with his athletic ability and continues to go down to injury. He had career highs of 61 catches and 711 yards last season but just one touchdown. This will be a pivotal year for him as a midrange TE1 in fantasy.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 4/30/17 8:04am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah will be the team's starting running back this fall, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: The Lions didn't select a running back in the draft, so there was little doubt about this one. Abdullah's 2016 season was marred by injury, but he possesses a ton of big-play ability and upside, especially now since Detroit addressed the offensive line in the offseason. Theo Riddick wlll assume his usual passing-down work, but a healthy Abdullah should be able to perform at a RB2 level in fantasy.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 4/30/17 6:53pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the skills to play outside or inside, according to general manager Bob Quinn, but Quinn said Golladay will probably start on the outside while he learns the offense.
Huddle Up: Golladay has all the physical tools to be a matchup problem for defenses, but there could be a decent learning curve as he adjusts to an NFL offense. Still, the Lions sound committed to having him involved, so he is worth a speculative stash in dynasty formats.
Kenny Golladay - WRPosted 4/28/17 8:12pm ET
The Detroit Lions selected WR Kenny Golladay with the 96th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Golladay has an intriguing combination of size and speed, but he is a project. You can file the name away, but even in keeper formats, he is a bit of a reach.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 4/21/17 9:09am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron remains a candidate to have his fifth-year option worth more than $8 million picked up by the May 2 deadline, but general manager Bob Quinn has yet to make that decision.
Huddle Up: Ebron has steadily improved over his first three years in Detroit, but he has still been a bit of a disappointment, especially considering Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald went two and three picks after him, respectively. Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku has been a popular mock draft selection for the Lions this spring, perhaps in part because second-year position coach Al Golden recruited him to the Hurricanes.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 4/19/17 6:15am ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) said his injured middle finger didn't require surgery, just rest, and it started to feel better in February. In the 12 games before the injury, Stafford completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Over the final five games, including a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, he completed 59.6 percent with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Huddle Up: Stafford looked like a rejuvenated quarterback before the injury, and with his hot stretch at the end of 2015, there's enough of a sample size to give his performance merit. He's a midrange QB1 option in fantasy.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 4/17/17 7:48pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) began the team's offseason program on time Monday, April 17. It's the first time he will go through this after missing last year's offseason work while rehabbing from shoulder labrum surgery. He's still 'getting there' in regards to his injury, but added that he's 'at a really good spot.'
Huddle Up: Entering his third season, Abdullah has already been through an assortment of injuries, missing all but two games a year ago. Before going down, he showed some glimpses of what made him a second-round draft pick in 2015, rushing for 101 yards on 18 carries in just six quarters before tearing a ligament in his left foot. With Theo Riddick still around getting a good chunk of work out of the backfield, it's hard to trust Abdullah as a fantasy option going into 2017.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 4/14/17 6:10pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is in the early stages of contact extension talks, general manager Bob Quinn said Thursday, April 13.
Huddle Up: Stafford's numbers remained solid last year despite the loss of Calvin Johnson, and you can feel comfortable drafting him as a low-end QB1.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/29/17 6:09pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is expected to see some work during OTAs this spring, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Abdullah ran for 101 yards on 18 carries and caught five passes for 57 yards before injuring his foot last season, and he remains the best early-down option for the Lions at the moment when he is healthy. The Lions should be a much better running team this year simply after adding Rick Wagner and T.J. Lang up front, so Abdullah could have some low-end RB2 appeal if he can put his injury woes behind him.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 3/26/17 12:03pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist) underwent surgery on both of his wrists after the season, according to sources. Riddick is expected to be a full participant in organized team activities later this spring.
Huddle Up: The Lions appear to be doing everything in their power to improve the running game this offseason, but Riddick's role as the passing-down specialist in an offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's quick-hitting offense would seem to make him the safest fantasy investment at his position. At the moment, he's worth a look as a low-end RB2 in PPR leagues this season.
Anquan Boldin - WRPosted 3/18/17 3:18pm ET
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) could return to the Detroit Lions for a second season according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein, but likely only if T.J. Jones and Jace Billingsley do not step up to assume the No. 3 receiving job. Rothstein also believes Boldin is unlikely to sign with any team until just before training camp.
Huddle Up: Boldin is 36, so it makes sense the Lions would want one of their younger receivers to step forward. Boldin was arguably Matthew Stafford's favorite third-down and red zone weapon last season and still has enough left to help a team in a similar role in 2017. Regardless of where he lands, he'll like be no more than a low-end WR4 or WR5 in fantasy.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/9/17 9:12pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot) foot injury was frustrating to deal with last season, according to general manager Bob Quinn, and beat writer Bob Wojnowski believes Detroit needs to add a power back to stabilize a running game that has produced one 1,000-yard rusher in the last 14 seasons.
Huddle Up: If Detroit decides to give Abdullah another chance to lead the backfield, he will be worth grabbing as a low-end WR2 despite the injury risk.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/3/17 7:30am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) has been medically cleared from his foot injury.
Huddle Up: Abdullah is as talented as anyone at the position, but he has been plagued by injuries. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry before his foot injury. He figures to be a big part of the offense, and a case can be made for him as an RB2 in fantasy.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 3/1/17 1:39pm ET
Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team would like to sign QB Matthew Stafford to a contract extension this offseason.
Huddle Up: Stafford has one year left in his current contract and likely will be interested in an extension. Stafford has thrown for at least 4,200 yards in each of the last six seasons and has recorded at least 24 touchdowns in three of the last four seasons. Stafford probably can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues next season.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 3/1/17 5:47pm ET
Updating a previous story, Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is entering the final season of his five-year contract, but general manager Bob Quinn said he and Stafford's agent have yet to talk about a contract extension. 'I think that is something that eventually we will get to. ? These things don?t usually happen in April or May,' Quinn said.
Huddle Up: Quinn is right, if only because it makes little sense for Stafford to sign now when a player like Kirk Cousins could set the market. It seems highly unlikely Detroit will allow Stafford to leave anytime in the near future, so expect a long-term deal to get worked out well before training camp. The 29-year-old should remain a solid QB1 in fantasy in 2017.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 2/25/17 9:22pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate averaged 3.4 catches, 6.1 targets and 26.8 yards per game over the first five games of 2016, but he posted per-game averages of 6.7 catches, 9.5 targets and 85.7 yards over the final 11 games.
Huddle Up: Despite the slow start, Tate reached 90 receptions for the third straight year and topped 1,000 yards. He should be a dependable WR2 in PPR formats in 2017.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 2/18/17 5:46pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) remains on track to return for spring practice, and he posted a video of himself running on an incline treadmill.
Huddle Up: Detroit may try to upgrade the running game in the offseason, but if Abdullah breaks camp as the top back, he has RB2 potential.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 2/11/17 5:48pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah has the 'potential' to develop into an every-down back, according to retired RB Barry Sanders.
Huddle Up: Injuries have derailed Abdullah's career thus far, but he has shown some promise in his limited playing time. If Detroit doesn't spend a high pick on a back, Abdullah could reach RB2 status in 2017.
Anquan Boldin - WRPosted 2/9/17 7:28pm ET
Detroit Lions impending free-agent WR Anquan Boldin said he is looking forward to seeing what opportunities present themselves in free agency and is in no hurry to decide his future.
Huddle Up: If Boldin does decide to return, it will likely be with a team that plans to utilize him. He showed last year he can still provide useful depth as a WR4.
Zach Zenner - RBPosted 2/6/17 9:48am ET
Lions RB Zach Zenner finished with 334 yards on 88 carries for the year and a team-high four rushing touchdowns, leading the team in rushing the last three weeks of the season. Even though Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are expected to be completely healthy by the start of 2017, WR Anquan Boldin said in a recent interview Zenner could handle a growing role. 'I think he's a guy that definitely will take the next step next year. ? Whenever you have a young guy like that who is able to play every down, that's big. He's a guy that can run the ball effectively, catch the ball out of the backfield, he can pick up blitzes,' Boldin said.
Huddle Up: Abdullah should remain the odds-on favorite to open camp as the starter. However, Zenner flashed enough ability as a runner and receiver down the stretch to be used to be used in tandem with him if Detroit chooses to do so. Riddick should return to his usual role of 'space back'. Abdullah and Riddick should be considered low-end RB2 options next season, while Zenner can be considered a valuable handcuff.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 1/30/17 9:52pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (finger) had a chance to play in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 29, but chose to rest his injured middle finger instead. He was the second alternate at quarterback on the NFC team.
Huddle Up: Stafford dislocated his middle finger in mid-December, and while he downplayed the injury, it was obvious that he was being affected by it, as evident in the fact that he threw just two touchdown passes afterwards in the season's final three games. Luckily, this shouldn't be something that will affect the former No. 1 overall draft pick going into training camp, and Stafford could provide solid value as a sneaky QB1 target later on in drafts as a result.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 1/26/17 9:43pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah is a 'complementary' back, according to NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks, and Brooks said the Lions need to target an every-down, 'crown-jewel type' back in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Abdullah lost most of his 2016 season to a foot injury, but the former second-round pick has some potential. If Detroit doesn't spend a high pick on back, he will be worth taking a chance on as a low-end RB2 in 2017.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 1/16/17 4:09pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said his goal for next season is to have a 1,000-yard season. He said another goal is to stay healthy for the entire season.
Huddle Up: Ebron will be a free agent this offseason but should be able to find a starting job with a team during free agency. He has had problems with injuries during his career but can be considered a No. 2 tight end in fantasy drafts if he stays healthy.
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