Golden Tate - WRPosted 8/27/14 10:10am ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he believes his numbers can go up this year despite moving from the top option in Seattle to the No. 2 option in Detroit. 'I think my numbers can be way better in this offense naturally how it's set up,' Tate said. 'I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage with a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks.'
Huddle Up: The Lions will throw the ball infinitely more than Tate's former team did in Seattle, so that alone should increase his opportunities. And while he's running as the WR2, playing Calvin Johnson's wingman should yield plenty of chances to face single coverage. In other words, fantasy owners should join Tate in expecting big--or at least improved--numbers this season.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 8/26/14 11:55pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush will probably sit out the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, as head coach Jim Caldwell plans to give his veterans some extra rest.
Huddle Up: Bush, who is currently the 16th RB being drafted, showed he was ready for the games that matter with an 86-yard scoring sprint in the exhibition win over the Jaguars last Friday night.
Giorgio Tavecchio - PKPosted 8/26/14 11:55pm ET
The Oakland Raiders claimed PK Giorgio Tavecchio (Lions) off waivers Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: Tavecchio made a strong run at the Lions' PK job and has been added as insurance in case Sebastian Janikowski's quad injury sidelines him past the preseason.
Kris Durham - WRPosted 8/17/14 2:02pm ET
The Detroit Lions have a huge competition at the wide receiver spot for a starting role behind WRs Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. WRs Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Andre Peacock are all in contention at this point.
Huddle Up: For what it's worth, Peacock, an undrafted rookie out of Appalachian State, leads the Lions with 8 targets and 6 receptions so far this preseason, but Durham and Broyles, the injury-hampered 2012 second-round pick, remain the favorites. Don't expect much fantasy relevancy past Megatron and Tate, however.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 8/15/14 9:38pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (finger) was inactive for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 15, against the Oakland Raiders. WR Kris Durham made the start in his absence.
Huddle Up: The Lions have been limiting Megatron while he deals with knee and finger issues. There's nothing for fantasy owners to worry about though. Johnson should be on the field next week with Detroit's starters when the Lions take on Jacksonville.
George Winn - RBPosted 8/13/14 10:30am ET
Detroit Lions RB George Winn ran with the first-team kickoff units Tuesday, Aug. 12. He also had a few situational plays with the first-team offense. The team wants to get a closer look at him as he's having an impressive camp.
Huddle Up: With Reggie Bush and Joique Bell atop the depth chart there aren't a ton of touches available for Winn. However, he's sparkled this preseason and may force his way into the mix--or at least provide solid insurance should Bush and/or Bell succumb to the injury bug.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/13/14 10:30am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has struggled at blocking in training camp.
Huddle Up: The Lions didn't draft Ebron to block, but it's still something he needs to be able to do to get and stay on the field on a regular basis. Pile this on top of the dropsies Ebron battled earlier in camp and the Lions' first-round pick is doing nothing to suggest he'll buck the trend of first-round tight ends struggling in their initial NFL season.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 8/13/14 6:43pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (finger) has a fabricated splint to wear on his previously injured finger for protective purposes only. Johnson had surgery on the finger after last season, but it's unclear how often he plans to wear the splint. Johnson hasn't shown any ill efffects from his finger or knee in training camp, where he has consistently beaten the team's cornerbacks in practice.
Huddle Up: The overwhelming majority of owners certainly aren't concerned about any health issues with Megatron as he currently owns the top WR ADP -- and third highest of any player -- at 4.71.
Ezekiel Ansah - DEPosted 8/12/14 11:42pm ET
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) won't play in the team's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 15, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Last season's No. 5 overall pick, who underwent shoulder surgery this past winter, was removed from the PUP list earlier Tuesday, but he has been limited to bag work and basic drills on the side. The DE should be able to get in some work in the final two games of the preseason.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 8/8/14 3:58pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is out of practice Friday, Aug. 8.
Huddle Up: Bell, who missed time in OTAs and mini camp rehabbing an injured knee, was excused Friday for undisclosed personal reasons, and there's a good chance he could suit up for the team's preseason opener Saturday night vs. the Browns.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 8/7/14 10:50am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) is day to day with an undisclosed injury, and he might miss the team's preseason opener Saturday, Aug. 9, against the Cleveland Browns. 'He has an injury,' head coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday, Aug. 6. 'We'll keep him out a couple days and see how he does.'
Huddle Up: Doesn't sound like the Lions' top rookie will see the field this weekend, which is unfortunate as fantasy owners would love to see where he fits into Detroit's passing game. More importantly, Ebron needs to get healthy and keep getting reps with the first team so we can get an extended look at him in the third preseason game.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 8/5/14 11:18am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush is 29 years old and about to enter his ninth NFL season, but he does not feel old and wants to play many more years. 'I don't want to put a timetable on it because I don't know,' Bush said. 'I don't know if it's five (years), four, three, six. I'm not sure. But I know if I get to 15 that'll be a blessing.' The coaching staff has done a careful job of managing his repetitions, with several other viable running backs to help shoulder the load, according to running backs coach Curtis Modkins.
Huddle Up: The Lions do have a stable of backs so they don't need to overwork Bush in the preseason. That might also cost him a few looks on game day, but not to the point he won't still be an effective football player--both for the Lions and for fantasy owners.
Ryan Broyles - WRPosted 8/1/14 11:17am ET
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') is trying to take things one day at a time after two days of training camp following a torn Achilles' tendon in 2013, saying he feels 'pretty good right now.' Broyles missed time in 2011 and 2012 with torn anterior cruciate ligaments in both knees, and he understands how to prepare for a season while rehabbing a major injury. Broyles has a new speed coach and is working on becoming more explosive, while not putting too much stress on his knees.
Huddle Up: If Broyles can stay healthy he could be a real threat against defenses focused on stopping Calvin Johnson. Of course, if the Lions believed Broyles could stay healthy they wouldn't have signed Golden Tate in the offseason to be Megatron's wingman.
Nick Fairley - DTPosted 8/1/14 2:33pm ET
Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley was sentenced to a 6-month suspended sentence and one year of probation Thursday, July 31, for a 2012 driving under the influence of alcohol arrest. It is unclear whether he will face discipline from the NFL. Fairley intends to appeal the decision.
Huddle Up: Unfortunately, this hasn't been the only off-field issue for Fairley, so some sort of league punishment could be forthcoming for the DT, who is coming off a career-high 6 sacks and 35 total tackles in 2013 season and is entering a contract year.
Kevin Ogletree - WRPosted 7/30/14 9:21am ET
Detroit Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has been spent time on the top unit each of the first two days of training camp, working as the No. 3 receiver. He is battling WRs Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham, Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross, among others, for the No. 3 job behind starting WRs Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi singled out Ogletree during the spring as a player that impressed him.
Huddle Up: The Lions throw the ball enough that even with a couple of talented tight ends and pass-catching backs in the mix, the WR3 still has some fantasy value. Ogletree's stiffest competition will likely come from Broyles, if he's healthy; otherwise he's a good name to keep on the speed dial list for when bye weeks take a bite out of your roster.
Brandon Pettigrew - TEPosted 7/30/14 2:33pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew and the other tight ends have split time between working on the offensive line and working with the pass-catching receivers and running backs catching passes. Pettigrew worked with the line while TEs Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria worked on catching passes Tuesday, July 29. 'We rotate and go down there during periods,' Pettigrew said. 'We have five guys here, why not split up and have some guys down there and some guys down here.' Pettigrew said this helps his blocking fundamentals, and aids Ebron and Fauria as well.
Huddle Up: Pettigrew is likely the team's best blocking TE and add to that the selection of Ebron with the 10th overall pick in May, and it's not hard to see why many foresee the veteran's receptions, receiving yards and TD catches declining in 2014 for a fourth straight season.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 7/30/14 10:56pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) missed organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, but he looked good cutting and accelerating with ease during team portions of practice Wednesday, July 30.
Huddle Up: Bell looks 100 percent and even with Reggie Bush in the same backfield he should see plenty of carries this season, especially near the goal line. Bell currently has an ADP of Round 5, mainly because he's proven to be one of the best all-around backs in the NFL when healthy.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 7/29/14 11:47pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is taking part in fewer reps in training camp this year than in years past and said he is trying to be smarter about his approach to practice with the goal of staying healthy the entire season. 'I'm older now,' Johnson said. 'I'm not diving for the balls anymore (in practice). Coach Caldwell has a big emphasis about us staying off the ground. I'm not playing every play in practice but they're working me in. I'm out here trying to get my extra running in after (practice) so I can keep my wind up.'
Huddle Up: Megatron still will only be 29 in Sept., but is coming off a 2013 season in which he matched his career low for games played with 14 and had three-year lows in catches (84) and receiving yards (1,492).
Giorgio Tavecchio - PKPosted 7/29/14 11:47pm ET
Detroit Lions Ks Giorgio Tavecchio and Nate Freese both missed field-goal attempts from nearly 50 yards during practice Tuesday, July 29, and the two remain in a tight competition for the starting kicking job.
Huddle Up: No rush here, and don't expect things to be decided until most -- if not all -- of the preseason has run its course.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 7/28/14 1:37pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (shoulder) was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 28, and he is expected to take part in the team's first training camp practice later in the day. Tate missed part of the team's spring workouts with a shoulder injury and said his shoulder was 'just a little soreness' in June.
Huddle Up: Tate's injury was never thought to be serious. He has a good opportunity to put up career-best numbers in Detroit's offense this season.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 7/23/14 10:01pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Tate should have time to carve out his wingman role opposite Calvin Johnson, assuming his undisclosed injury doesn't keep him on the sidelines for an extended period.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 7/15/14 3:06am ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he expects to catch more passes in 2014 than he did last season because opponents will be focusing on trying to cover WR Calvin Johnson. 'I think if I can stay healthy ... it's going to be fun,' Tate said. 'I have a chance to catch a ton more balls. I'm going to see a lot of single coverage. I'm probably going to see a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks because everyone's going to be on No. 81.'
Huddle Up: The Lions throw more in one game than Tate's former team threw in a month, so even if he's the second option for Matthew Stafford he'll see plenty of balls in Detroit this season.
Brandon Pettigrew - TEPosted 7/8/14 7:45pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said in a Tuesday, July 8 interview that fans should expect an 'awful lot' of two-tight end sets this season. Ebron and TEs Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria figure to split time at the position.
Huddle Up: Pettigrew hasn't finished as a top-15 fantasy TE since 2011, when he posted career receiving highs across the board (83-777-5), and he isn't about to return anywhere close to that territory with the arrival of Ebron, the 10th overall pick in the draft. The rook is the only Lions' TE you need to consider in standard-size leagues.
Ryan Broyles - WRPosted 7/7/14 12:56am ET
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') said he was going to look to work with a speed coach in the weeks leading up to training camp. Broyles said his rehab went well this offseason and was able to fully participate in minicamp.
Huddle Up: Broyles has sort of been lost in the Motown shuffle after playing the equivalent of one full season and logging only 30 receptions in his two years as a pro. Golden Tate has now been brought in to start opposite Megatron, and Broyles is going to have to stay healthy and work his way back into the Lions' WR rotation.
Nate Freese - PKPosted 6/30/14 12:25am ET
The Detroit Lions will have a competition for the long-term kicking job in training camp, with PKs Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio competing for the spot. " So good so far," Freese said at the NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea, Ohio. "I'm glad that there's some competition. Competition makes everyone better."
Huddle Up: Freese, a seventh-round draft pick, is taking on free-agent signee Tavecchio, but it may not matter much fantasy-wise -- even for PKs -- with veteran David Akers finishing 28th among all fantasy kickers a year ago with 99 points.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 6/24/14 10:22pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he wants his position to be known as a "hybrid" or "joker," and not a tight end. "I believe we should start either being called a hybrid or joker," Ebron said. "I think the 'tight end' word or name is traditional, but it's overplayed. It's overplayed into what people assume a tight end is."
Huddle Up: See what you started, Jimmy Graham? Ebron may be a rookie but he's certainly knows his football history, and the 10th overall pick has the tools to become the next "hybrid" TE/WR threat.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 6/16/14 10:39pm ET
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions first-round selection TE Eric Ebron's four-year contract is worth $12.249 million guaranteed, with a $7.228 million signing bonus, according to a source. Ebron will receive roster bonuses of $200,000 (2015), $300,000 (2016) and $500,000 (2017) if he attends training camp.
Huddle Up: Not a bad chunk of change for the guy Detroit hopes can become a suitable wingman for Calvin Johnson in their pass-happy offense.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 6/12/14 11:15pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) did not participate in any of the minicamp practices this week but should be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: This is definitely a situation to keep an eye on as Bell very well could receive the Lions' share (pun intended) of the RB touches in Motown.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 6/11/14 12:46am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is happy to be healthy and back on the practice field after injuries to his knee and finger prevented him from doing so late last season. 'It feels great to be out here playing with the guys,' Johnson said Tuesday, June 10. 'I missed a lot of practice time last year before games. You definitely feel like you need that practice time before a game, just to get on one accord with your quarterback.'
Huddle Up: A healthy Megatron will leave opposing secondary coaches feeling ill, especially now with the complementary weapons (WR Golden Tate, TE Eric Ebron) the Lions have added this offseason.
Golden Tate - WRPosted 6/8/14 5:29pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he has learned about 70 to 80 percent of the offensive playbook so far. 'I think I understand the majority of the material. I think I understand the concepts. I'd say around 70, 80 percent,' Tate said. 'The last 30 will really be understanding how to run their routes and how it's supposed to be executed.'
Huddle Up: Tate will be trying to repeat Nate Burleson's 2010 & 2011 stat-line feats as he's been the only No. 2 wideout to top 40 catches in a season playing alongside Calvin Johnson over the past 6 years.
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