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Golden Tate - WR Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - PK Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - WR Posted 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.

Ezekiel Ansah - DE Posted 6/6/14 12:07am et
Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) will have to catch up since he is not taking part in workouts, because he is recovering from shoulder surgery. Austin said he is not worried about Ansah picking up the defense because he has been around the team during the workouts.
Huddle Up: Ansah, the fifth-overall pick last season, had a decent rookie campaign with 8 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 30 total tackles in 14 games but will need to put in extra work considering he is learning a new system under Austin, the team's new DC.

Ryan Broyles - WR Posted 6/4/14 4:48pm et
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles' tendon) has worked on the placement of his feet, knees and hips, and is learning movements and proper form in order to eliminate future injuries. Broyles has already come back from two ACL tears and says the Achilles rehabilitation has been easier.
Huddle Up: That's one way to prevent injuries, relearning to run. Assuming Broyles can master that quickly and return to being a natural receiver, he could compete with Golden Tate for looks opposite Calvin Johnson.

Ryan Broyles - WR Posted 5/24/14 1:53pm et
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles' tendon) is looking forward to the competition at the slot position, where first-round pick TE Eric Ebron and sixth-round pick WR T.J. Jones are also slated to see time.
Huddle Up: Broyles has proven to be a dynamic contributor when healthy; if he's all the way back from his injury the Lions will find a role for him in their high-octane passing offense.

Reggie Bush - RB Posted 5/23/14 11:38am et
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush would like to extend his playing career past the 2016 season, and he would like to retire in Detroit if at all possible. "I don't want to bounce around from city to city, from team to team. I think I have something good going here, have been really getting to know the city over the past year and just really looking forward to bringing a championship here someday and making history," Bush said.
Huddle Up: Something to keep in mind if you're holding Bush in a dynasty league. The fast track and Detroit's passing offense are good fits for Bush's skill set, and if he's able to stay healthy and stick around for a few more years in Detroit he'll continue to be a solid fantasy contributor.

Joique Bell - RB Posted 5/21/14 12:30pm et
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) did not participate in organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 20, due to a knee injury.
Huddle Up: Bell is receiving a surprising amount of preseason fantasy love as a member of the Lions' backfield committee, but if he's going to be as nicked up as Reggie Bush tends to be neither will be a particularly reliable fantasy option. Hopefully Bell's OTA absence is merely precautionary, but it's worth keeping an eye on heading into training camp--and fantasy drafts.

Michael Williams - TE Posted 5/21/14 12:32pm et
Detroit Lions TE Michael Williams has moved to offensive tackle.
Huddle Up: That's going to take a bite out of Williams' fantasy value.

Chris Houston - CB Posted 5/17/14 12:47pm et
Detroit Lions CB Chris Houston (toe) underwent surgery on his toe earlier this week, and it's unknown if he'll be able to make it back in time for training camp this summer. 'I'm not certain, to be honest with you,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'I kind of leave those things up to our physicians. Those guys went to school for a long time to get those medical degrees and so what I do is try to focus in on what we're doing and I let them sort of navigate through it and give me an indication of it at some point in time.' Houston is expected to be one of the team's starting cornerbacks this year alongside CB Darius Slay.
Huddle Up: Hopefully at some point the team doctors will update Caldwell as to Houston's status. The Lions' secondary is considered one of their weak spots to begin with, so being without a projected starting corner wouldn't exactly be the way they would hope to begin the season.

Calvin Johnson - WR Posted 5/15/14 11:17pm et
Despite recent rumors of the Detroit Lions potentially trading WR Calvin Johnson, his contract makes that unrealistic. Trading Johnson would create $29 million is dead salary-cap space.
Huddle Up: Unlike the other Pro Bowl wideout named Johnson -- the Texans' Andre -- who could possibly land on the trading block, this seems far too far-fetched.

Joseph Fauria - TE Posted 5/9/14 12:22pm et
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said TE Joseph Fauria will still have a role in the offense even though the team drafted TE Eric Ebron. 'Joseph (Fauria) is still going to have a very strong role in the red zone. There's nothing to say that we're not going to have three tight ends on the field at some point,' Lombardi said. 'Every game is different, every game plan is different, but Joe has impressed me in the short time we've been able to work with him.'
Huddle Up: Apparently you can't have enough big targets in Detroit, with Ebron joining Fauria and Calvin Johnson. If nothing else, that's a heckuva front court.

Joique Bell - RB Posted 5/8/14 7:17pm et
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell appears to be battling a knee injury based on a photo posted to his Instagram account Wednesday, May 7. Bell was in attendance for the Lions' three-day voluntary minicamp two weeks ago but didn't participate. The caption of the of the photo reads, 'Be (back) in no time.'
Huddle Up: We're still 4 months out from the games and fantasy numbers that count, but it's something to keep an eye on nonetheless with Bell slated for a big role in the Lions' backfield this fall.

Eric Ebron - TE Posted 5/8/14 10:35pm et
The Detroit Lions selected North Carolina TE Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Lions didn't wind up getting the draft's top WR, as rumored, in Sammy Watkins but they did snare the draft's No. 1 TE in Ebron, who gives QB Matthew Stafford an impressive middle-of-the-field weapon to complement WR Calvin Johnson.

Calvin Johnson - WR Posted 4/28/14 10:02pm et
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (knee) attended but did not take part in the Lions' three-day minicamp last week. He is recovering from surgery on his right knee and a finger on his left hand.
Huddle Up: No reason to tax Megatron at this juncture; just get him to the field in one piece on Sundays and it's all good.

Mikel Leshoure - RB Posted 4/25/14 10:18am et
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure missed the final two days of minicamp due to a personal issue.
Huddle Up: Leshoure has some baggage in his past, but there's no indication that his current absence is related to those issues. Meanwhile, Leshoure and whatever fantasy value he may cling to remain buried behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell on the Detroit depth chart.

Ryan Broyles - WR Posted 4/24/14 1:08am et
Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles (Achilles') is participating in the team's workout Wednesday, April 23. Broyles did not participate Tuesday, April 22.
Huddle Up: Broyles' injury cost him a shot at claiming the coveted Megatron wingman role in Detroit; now he'll have to battle Golden Tate for that honor, and Tate's contract suggests the playing field is tilted in his favor. On the bright side, at least Broyles is back on the field.

Golden Tate - WR Posted 4/23/14 12:08am et
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Tuesday, April 22, that he can already see a rapport between QB Matthew Stafford and new target WR Golden Tate. 'Matthew is certainly getting a good feel for Golden,' Caldwell said. 'Those two I think are going to function well.'
Huddle Up: Tate, who established career highs with 64 catches and 898 yards last season in Seattle, should eclipse those numbers in 2014 -- even going from a No. 1 to No. 2 wideout. That's what playing opposite Calvin Johnson can do for a WR who can stay healthy and take advantage of the opportunity.

Ndamukong Suh - DT Posted 4/10/14 3:45pm et
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions teammates and coaches were not surprised that DT Ndamukong Suh was not taking part in voluntary workouts. "It certainly didn't blindside me," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "We certainly knew. He and I have probably had more discussions than any player that we've had on the team. He's been in-and-out. I think he was here on a couple days when I came on a visit, so we kind of knew exactly what was going on."
Huddle Up: So Suh's absence wasn't a surprise, but it doesn't sound like it was exactly welcomed by Caldwell and the Lions' new staff, either. Suh, who had 5.5 sacks and 9 tackles for losses last season, has always marched to his own beat, and Caldwell and Co. are more or less going to have to adjust.

Reggie Bush - RB Posted 4/10/14 3:45pm et
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.
Huddle Up: Bush had 277 touches this past season to Bell's 219, and if the above is true, it's basically shaping up as 50-50 split in the Motor City this coming season. Adjust your draft board accordingly.

Nate Burleson - WR Posted 4/6/14 10:02pm et
The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) on a 1-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: The Browns continue adding complements to No. 1 wideout Josh Gordon, first signing slot man Andrew Hawkins and now Burleson, who has missed 17 combined games over the past 2 seasons due to injury.

Nate Burleson - WR Posted 4/3/14 3:58pm et
The Miami Dolphins are visiting with free-agent WR Nate Burleson (Lions) on Thursday, April 3.
Huddle Up: The Fish are looking for WR depth, and Burleson would be a good fit if he can stay healthy after missing a combined 17 games over the past 2 seasons.

Dan Orlovsky - QB Posted 4/2/14 5:45pm et
The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky (Buccaneers) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Orlovsky is familiar with new Detroit coach Jim Caldwell's offense from their time together in Indianapolis, which qualifies him to hold a clipboard behind Matthew Stafford.

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