Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/14/15 11:12pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah drew a comparison to Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith Wednesday, May 13, from personal trainer Otis Leverette. 'He reminds me a ton of Steve Smith and you see what he's done in the league,' Leverette said. 'I played with him in (a college) all-star game and played with him in the league for a while, they've kind of got that same thing to them. They just don't know that they're supposed to be small, they don't believe in obstacles. The things that other people see as obstacles, they just see as another day at the office.'
Huddle Up: Any time a player is compared to Steve Smith -- yes, that one -- it's most definitely a complement. Joique Bell is the Lions' projected lead back right now, but definitely don't be surprised if Abdullah makes a quick transition to the pro game and carves out a sizable role in the Motown backfield.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/7/15 10:43pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he believes he is an every-down back but is willing to accept any role the team gives him.
Huddle Up: The 5-9, 205-pound second-round pick brings an all-around game to the table but seems destined to fill the Reggie Bush role as a steadily-used complement to starter Joique Bell.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/1/15 10:47pm ET
The Detroit Lions selected Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah in Round 2 (No. 54 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft on Friday, May 1.
Huddle Up: The Lions entered the draft needing a RB after parting ways with Reggie Bush this offseason, and Abdullah -- the fourth RB coming off the board overall -- will team with Joique Bell to give Detroit a solid 1-2 rushing punch. At 5-9 and 205 pounds, Abdullah isn't built to shoulder a heavy load, but he's a decent receiver, hauling in 73 passes, including seven scoring receptions, during his four years in Lincoln.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 4/12/15 11:03pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is expected to open the 2015 season as the primary running back, but Detroit is likely to draft another back, and head coach Jim Caldwell said they plan to add the most talented player available, even it means adding a power back.
Huddle Up: While Bell's workload has steadily increased -- going from 134 touches in 2012 to 219 in 2013 to 257 this past season -- he's always had another back to share the workload with. Look for that to continue, especially since the Lions need another back in any case with Theo Riddick and George Winn being the only other RBs currently listed behind Bell on the Lions' depth chart.
Ezekiel Ansah - DEPosted 4/9/15 11:00pm ET
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is nearing the end of his rookie contract, and team president Tom Lewand mentioned Ansah as a possible candidate for an extension.
Huddle Up: With Ndamukong Suh now gone, Ansah will be counted on as the Lions' defensive-front play-maker after recording 15.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and 82 total tackles over his first two seasons in the Motor City.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 3/31/15 7:12pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will have his role expanded in 2015. The team may opt to draft a running back in the NFL Draft, so how much his role will expand has yet to be determined.
Huddle Up: The opportunity is certainly there for Riddick with the Lions and Reggie Bush parting ways, but look for the team to draft or sign another back with Riddick and George Winn currently the only backups to projected starter Joique Bell.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 3/26/15 10:41pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has been impressive with his offseason work, and the team is expecting him to take a significant step in his play next season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Huddle Up: Ebron, the 10th overall pick last season, struggled -- as most rookie TEs do -- with 25 catches for 248 yards and a TD on 47 targets this past season but the talent, potential and situation are there for a second-year breakout.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 3/26/15 10:59pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford won't be throwing more than he did last season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said if the Lions are throwing a lot, it could very well mean they'll be playing catch up, something he wants to avoid.
Huddle Up: With 602 attempts, Stafford hit a four-year low this past season -- and that was the same for his passing yards (4,257) as he finished 15th among fantasy QBs. Obviously, throwing fewer passes isn't exactly the recipe for a return to QB1 territory.
Kellen Davis - TEPosted 3/25/15 4:26pm ET
Free-agent TE Kellen Davis (Lions) signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, March 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: This signing barely registers on the fantasy scale, as the Jets have plenty of other receiving options lined up ahead of Davis.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 3/14/15 5:35pm ET
Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (Lions) has reached an agreement with the San Francisco 49ers Saturday, March 14, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Bush has demonstrated he can't be a lead back in the NFL, but he still has the skill to be a complementary back. He offers an alternative to Carlos Hyde in the San Francisco backfield and should see plenty of third-down work as well.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 3/1/15 5:14pm ET
Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (Lions) is not getting any interest from the New York Giants, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: The Giants appear content with Rashad Jennings and second-year back Andre Williams for now, leaving Bush to look elsewhere for his new team.
Ndamukong Suh - DTPosted 3/1/15 10:36pm ET
Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh is not expected to be a serious option for the Miami Dolphins, according to beat writer Barry Jackson.
Huddle Up: Suh might not even make it to the open market if the Lions decide to use the franchise tag, and while the Dolphins certainly need defensive-line help, they're not going to be able to pay top dollar unless they continue their WR purge (i.e. getting rid of Mike Wallace).
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 2/26/15 1:54am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush has been cut Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: This isn't much of a surprise, as rumors have been circulating. It certainly improves the fantasy prospects of Joique Bell and makes Theo Riddick and maybe George Winn a bit more attractive. But it also likely means the Lions will be looking for a complimentary back in the draft as well. As for Bush, he still has something in the tank but it's tough to see him finding another opportunity with as much fantasy upside as his previous gig at this juncture in his career.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 2/26/15 4:45pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick likely will be given the chance to earn a bigger role in the offense next season after the team released RB Reggie Bush.
Huddle Up: Riddick, a sixth-round pick in 2013, scored four TDs and gained 367 yards on his 70 touches a year ago and could slide into the No. 2 RB role in back of Joique Bell, but it also wouldn't be surprising to see the Lions add another back in free agency or the draft in the coming months.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush's status is still uncertain at this point in the offseason, according to general manager Martin Mayhew. There is speculation that Bush may be asked to take a pay cut or be released.
Huddle Up: The Lions have a couple of defensive linemen they'd like to re-sign, and with Joique Bell playing as well as he has the Lions can view Bush as more of a luxury item than a must-have.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 2/12/15 1:20pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush is under contract for the 2015 season, but neither head coach Jim Caldwell nor general manager Martin Mayhew would commit to bringing Bush back after an injury-riddled 2014 season.
Huddle Up: After piling up a career-high 1,512 yards from scrimmage in 14 games with the Lions in 2013, Bush had only 116 touches for 550 yards and two scores in 11 games -- four of which featured 10 or fewer touches -- this past season and it might be the end of the line for the soon-to-be-30-year-old RB in Motown as the Lions could either draft or sign another (cheaper/younger/more dependable) RB to pair with Joique Bell.
Kellen Moore - QBPosted 2/12/15 8:28pm ET
Detroit Lions impending restricted free-agent QB Kellen Moore is not expected to receive a tender offer from the team this offseason.
Huddle Up: Moore, an rookie free agent in 2012, has spent three seasons with the Lions without taking a regular-season snap, and it now looks like he'll have to find another team's clipboard to hold.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 2/2/15 3:42pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will not require surgery for a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 3, he said prior to the NFL Honors ceremony Saturday, Jan. 31. Johnson says he will be taking the time to strengthen the problematic areas.
Huddle Up: Always good to avoid surgery, assuming the injury can be rehabbed without going under the knife. This appears to be one of those situations, meaning Megatron should be up and running at full speed well in advance of the start of training camp.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 1/21/15 12:44pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had minor surgery last week to clean up his knee and Achilles' tendon. He is expected to return in time for organized offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: What's the famous quote, the only minor surgery is when it's done on someone else? No reason to think Bell won't be back in the mix by the time the Lions start OTAs, but it's worth keeping an eye on as Joique has elevated himself to a significant fantasy contributor.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/7/15 3:26pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was named to the Pro Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 7, replacing Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson.
Huddle Up: Beckham should have received an invite to the Pro Bowl anyway; now he gets to go at the expense of Calvin Johnson, who has been banged up all season.
Brandon Pettigrew - TEPosted 1/4/15 8:39pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (head) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter to be evaluated for concussion.
Huddle Up: Pettigrew returned after apparently being cleared and was the intended target on the highly controversial pass-interference no-call in the fourth quarter. He finished with one catch for 11 yards on two targets to cap a disappointing season overall.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 1/3/15 1:07am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is expected to be covered by Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr in the wild-card playoff game Sunday, Jan. 4. The last time the two faced off last year, Johnson had 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. Carr was often left on an island against Johnson last year, when QB Matthew Stafford threw for 488 yards. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said the Cowboys will make Johnson more of a focal point in their game plan this time around. 'I think we're going to be able to maybe give (Carr) more help than we did,' Marinelli said. 'And I feel like Brandon is a terrific corner and he's up for this challenge, but as a staff we've got to find ways to help him.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, 14-329 definitely sounds deserving of more defensive attention, although Johnson has had a down season by his standards, catching 71 passes for 1,077 yards -- his worst totals in five seasons. Megatron, however, will likely need to have a big game if the Lions are to win their first postseason game since 1991.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 12/26/14 7:12pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles') is probable for Week 17 against the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Bell has had double-digit fantasy points in each of his last four games and should see plenty of work Sunday with the Lions hoping to keep Aaron Rodgers and Co. off the field.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/25/14 9:11pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Johnson took his customary Wednesday off before returning Thursday, and there should be no issues come Sunday.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 12/24/14 1:13am ET
Detroit Lions rookie TE Eric Ebron has been improving as a blocker and progressing as an overall player, head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: While Ebron figured to have work to do as a blocker, the 10th-overall pick has disappointed as a pass-catcher with only 23 receptions for 210 yards and a TD on 41 targets. A big second-year stride will be required for Ebron to register on the 2015 fantasy radar.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 12/22/14 10:24am ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) hauled in six receptions for a game-high 103 yards in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, as he went over 1,000 yards receiving for the fifth straight season, and sixth time in eight NFL seasons. He left the game briefly due to an ankle issue, but was able to return.
Huddle Up: Johnson's ankle should be fine after Golden Tate was tackled into the back of his legs while blocking on a screen. He only missed a few plays. The Lions face the Packers in a nice Week 17 matchup for Johnson
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 12/11/14 11:36pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) and the coaching staff believe that he can return to form and be one of the most dangerous weapons out of the backfield. Bush has missed five games because of injuries this year, and he had just 12 touches for 34 total yards in Week 14 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. RB Theo Riddick didn't play at all, but offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that was a one-game anomaly.
Huddle Up: It's been a lost year for Bush, and it's going be tough for the RB to come close to re-gaining his form given the limited time left in the season. Joique Bell remains the only starting choice among the Detroit backs.
Joseph Fauria - TEPosted 12/10/14 1:48pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 10, with an ankle injury, and the team re-signed TE Kellen Davis.
Huddle Up: Fauria finally caught a TD this past Sunday, but don't get too excited about Davis as Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew remain around as well.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 12/9/14 11:36pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has completed 75.9 percent of his passes, thrown for 701 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the last two weeks against the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I feel good. I feel confident in what we're doing and I think the guys in the locker room and on offense definitely feel confident in what our game plan is each week," Stafford said. "We're doing a great job of going out there and trying to execute. Guys are catching the ball, which is always great."
Huddle Up: Stafford, who had only two 300-yard games in his first 11 contests, has matched that total over the last 2 weeks, and he closes out the season with a trio of decent matchups, although the final two will be outside with the possibility of inclement conditions likely in Chicago and Green Bay.
Reggie Bush - RBPosted 12/5/14 12:10am ET
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle, back) said he is '100 percent healthy' and will play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 7.
Huddle Up: Bush's optimism has fallen short of reality in recent weeks, but it looks like he may indeed return Sunday after a three-game absence, and coach Jim Caldwell has said he'll regain his starting role. Joique Bell will still get his share of touches, but his workload will obviously take a hit -- at least until Bush gets hurt again.
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