Brandon Pettigrew - TEPosted 5/12/16 10:29am ET
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) said Tuesday, May 10, that he plans to be ready for the start of training camp. He is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered back in December.
Huddle Up: With Pettigrew sidelined, Eric Ebron has an opportunity to solidify his hold on the Lions' lead tight end job. Anything Detroit can get from Pettigrew will be a bonus, but with Calvin Johnson retiring there are targets to be had in this offense.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 5/10/16 9:19am ET
Retired WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to return to the Detroit Lions and play in 2016, according to general manager Bob Quinn. Quinn said he has not thought about a possible return for Johnson because of the conservations the two had before Johnson made the decision.
Huddle Up: If you were holding out hope--or onto Megatron in a dynasty league--that Johnson might have a change of heart, better start making other plans. Looks like he's gone full Barry Sanders.
Andre Caldwell - WRPosted 5/5/16 12:00pm ET
Free-agent WR Andre Caldwell (Broncos) has signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: Caldwell, who caught only 32 passes for 337 yards and five TDs in four seasons as a backup in Denver, will be nothing more than that at best in the Motor City, even with the Lions revamping their WR corps in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement.
Ezekiel Ansah - DEPosted 5/3/16 3:29pm ET
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option in 2017 will be worth $12.374 million.
Huddle Up: Ansah's productivity has progressed at a steady pace, going from eight sacks and 30 total tackles as a rookie to 14.5 and 47 last season, making it an easy financial call for the Lions.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 4/24/16 8:42pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he hopes to become a safety net for QB Matthew Stafford in 2016 since WR Calvin Johnson decided to retire.
Huddle Up: Ebron's targets (47 to 70), receptions (25 to 47), receiving yardage (248 to 537) and TDs (1 to 5) all increased from 2014 to last season, and, don't look now, but similar leaps in 2016 would make him a no-doubt TE1.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 4/21/16 5:18pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will not be traded, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: With Dan Orlovsky the only other QB on the roster, and QBs -- decent draft prospects or otherwise -- as scarce as ever, there's absolutely no reasons right now for the Lions to even think of parting with Stafford, and look for him to continue prepping for his eighth -- and first Calvin Johnson-less -- season in the Motor City.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/27/16 2:47pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah battled through ball-security issues and an ineffective offensive line as a rookie, but head coach Jim Caldwell believes 'if there's anybody that is going to improve (this year), he's going to improve'.
Huddle Up: While the 2015 second-round pick certainly fell well short of his preseason hype, he's a definite buy-low candidate with considerable upside this offseason.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 3/20/16 2:26pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he was immature as a player last season and did not understand the amount of preparation and mental focus it took to play in the National Football league. He also mentioned he beat himself up too much about fumbling the football. 'You have to stay in the game. Sometimes those things happen and I beat myself up a little bit too long and that would keep me on the sideline and ultimately that would hurt the team. Film study, along with the realization that everything is faster in this league and defenders will attack the ball, helped clear up the fumbling issues the second half of the season.'
Huddle Up: Abdullah was a hot mid-round draft commodity last summer but only wound up with 780 yards from scrimmage and three total TDs. Right now, he's listed atop the team's RB depth chart, but expect the Lions to bring in another back via free agency or the draft.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 3/16/16 10:26am ET
Free-agent RB Joique Bell (Lions) visited the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, March 15, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With Shady McCoy's legal status still unknown the Bills need to have some backup plans at their disposal. Bell could even carve out some fantasy value on Rex Ryan's run-heavy squad, though he'd have to fight through Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee (as well as McCoy) to do so.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 3/8/16 4:34pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson filed his retirement papers Tuesday, March 8, and has officially retired from the NFL.
Huddle Up: Confirming the worst fears of Lions fans and his dynasty-league owners, Johnson officially is done after nine seasons, 731 receptions, 11,619 yards and 83 TD catches in the Motor City. It also obviously leaves the Lions in need of a wideout with Golden Tate and Lance Moore currently sitting atop the team's thin WR depth chart.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 2/29/16 8:54am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson took exception to the speculation that he's threatening to retire to receive more money from the Lions. A source close to Johnson said the he has no money concerns and is simply evaluating whether he wants to continue playing. He's not expected to come to a decision for several weeks.
Huddle Up: Johnson has been physically beat up the past couple of seasons and may be looking at the bigger picture--as in, how much longer does he want to endure such a toll? The Lions don't have many ways to convince him to stick around other than more money, however, so that may be what they attempt to do.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 2/22/16 9:22am ET
Free-agent RB Joique Bell (Lions) declined a pay cut that would have allowed him to remain with the Detroit Lions in 2016. 'The Lions made me an offer,' Bell said Saturday, Feb. 20. 'I thought I did what was best for my career. I ended up declining the offer.'
Huddle Up: Teams won't be in a rush to sign Bell, and he may have to wind up taking a discounted contract, but he should find a training camp to participate in come August.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 2/18/16 3:08pm ET
The Detroit Lions continue to wait on WR Calvin Johnson as he contemplates retirement. President Rod Wood said that he doesn't have a sense of what Johnson plans on doing, and there is no definitive timetable for a decision. The start of the new league year isn't really a deadline because they want to give Johnson all the time he needs. Johnson carries a $24 million salary cap hit in 2016.
Huddle Up: Meanwhile, Lions Nation and Megatron's dynasty- and keeper-league owners continue to hold their breath.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 2/16/16 3:14pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is in the second year of a three-year, $9.3 million deal and is slated to earn $2.5 million in base salary in 2016 and count $3.5 million against the salary cap. Detroit would save $2.5 million by releasing him, and it's a real possibility given the fact that Bell is about to turn 30 years old and has struggled to stay healthy.
Huddle Up: Bell only accounted for 597 yards from scrimmage this past season after topping 1,100 in each of the previous two years, and, meanwhile, the Lions have two other backs to build around in Ameer Abduallah and Theo Riddick.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 2/16/16 9:22pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell was released Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Huddle Up: Bell's five-year run in the Motor City has come to an end following his career-low 311 rushing yards this past season -- a campaign that was hampered by injuries. Second-year back Ameer Abdullah and pass-catching specialist Theo Riddick now move to the top of the depth chart, but don't be surprised if the Lions sign a veteran free agent or pick up another back late in the draft.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 2/11/16 9:19am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's body and injuries are the main reason he is contemplating retirement, according to WR teammate Golden Tate. 'But his body just isn't holding up. With his body type, and how he plays the game, he plays at a high level all the time for a bunch of years,' Tate said. Johnson needed weekly knee drains in 2013 in order to play, and he missed three games and was used as a decoy in two other games with a high ankle sprain in 2014. Johnson also battled ankle injuries this year.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Megatron wants to walk away from the game before he really does need artificial parts, and despite him obviously having something left in the football tank you can't fault him for that.
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.
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