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Kevin Ogletree - WR Posted 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 - TE Posted 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 - RB Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - PK Posted 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 - WR Posted 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 - 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.

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