Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 6/24/16 5:42pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the second of last season, and beat writer Tim Twentyman believes Abdullah will be given the opportunity to be the lead back in 2016.
Huddle Up: It will certainly be a step up for the second-year back who rushed more than 14 times in only one game last season and finished the year with 143 attempts.
Jeremy Kerley - WRPosted 6/20/16 5:23pm ET
Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Kerley (undisclosed) and T.J. Jones are expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp even though Kerley missed some offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: The Lions tend to post enough passing game volume to feed three fantasy wide receivers, and with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones locking down the top two spots Kerley and TJ are battling for one fantasy-relevant role.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 6/12/16 10:11pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed a career-best 67.2 percent of his passes during the 2015 season, but offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter still wants to utilize Stafford's big arm and gunslinger mentality. 'We're not going to bury that guy yet,' Cooter said after organized team activities finished. 'We had to do what we had to do last year with certain instances, kind of where we were in the season, and some of that showed up in the game tape. I don't think we'll put any restraints on our quarterback. So there may be some short passes, there may be some long ones. So we're not going to restrain him at all.'
Huddle Up: Stafford should be there for taking later than ever in fantasy drafts this summer with his bandwagon losing steam with the retirement of his long-time top target (Calvin Johnson), and he's now in the solid QB2 category -- down from his customary low-end QB1 range.
Corey Fuller - WRPosted 6/10/16 11:17am ET
Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller underwent foot surgery Wednesday, June 8, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said he doesn't know how long Fuller will be out. Fuller will compete with WRs Jeremy Kerley, T.J. Jones and Andre Caldwell, among others, for a roster spot.
Huddle Up: Fuller, a sixth-round pick in 2013, has caught only 18 passes in first two seasons, and even though, the Lions have a big WR hole to patch with Calvin Johnson's retirement, this is a rather inopportune time for an injury.
Theo Riddick - RBPosted 6/10/16 11:33am ET
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick could have a bigger role running the ball in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
Huddle Up: With 46 more receptions (118) than rushing attempts (72) in three seasons, Riddick certainly has been classified in the Shane Vereen category of pass-catching backs, but he certainly looks to be line for more carries with only second-year Ameer Abdullah currently ahead of him on the Motor City RB depth chart.
Brandon Pettigrew - TEPosted 6/7/16 12:18pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) will not be ready for the start of training camp because of his knee injury, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: Any chance Pettigrew had of pushing Eric Ebron for playing time will be impacted by his availability (or lack thereof) at camp; bump him down your fantasy rankings accordingly.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 6/7/16 12:18pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Huddle Up: A healthy Abdullah should take over feature-back touches in Detroit, and with the offense losing Calvin Johnson and adding new faces they'll want to get as many reps with the projected first team as possible. So it's good news for the Lions--and fantasy owners looking for bigger and better from Abdullah this season--that he should be ready to roll when camp opens.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 6/6/16 11:30am ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (undisclosed) did not participate in OTAs because of an undisclosed injury.
Huddle Up: The Lions are banking on Ebron as a major factor in their quest to replace Calvin Johnson, so it would be nice for him to get healthy and get on the field sooner rather than later.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 5/31/16 10:21am ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is approaching film study in a more traditional fashion this year. Stafford believes defensive looks will be more standard with former WR Calvin Johnson now retired. 'Some things are going to look differently to us because of the fact that there was always the Calvin factor,' head coach Jim Caldwell said, 'just in terms of what kind of coverage he was going to get.'
Huddle Up: No question Stafford would rather deal with the unique defenses Megatron required, but with Johnson retired he may as well make the best of the situation. He'll have Golden Tate and Marvin Jones to help him take advantage of the more vanilla looks he'll see, which isn't a bad way to start.
Tim Wright - TEPosted 5/27/16 10:50am ET
Detroit Lions TE Tim Wright (undisclosed) was waived/injured Thursday, May 26.
Huddle Up: Wright had a brief run of success in Tampa Bay, but he hasn't been able to latch on since then. He'll likely get another look somewhere else in training camp, assuming he's healthy, but a shot at fantasy value is far less probable.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 5/27/16 2:40pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he has lost 10 pounds this offseason.
Huddle Up: Ebron nearly doubled his rookie-year totals by catching 47 passes for 537 yards and five TDs last season, and should be in line for even more work this season with the Lions' passing game now without a fellow by the name of Calvin Johnson.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 5/26/16 2:53pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) had surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder in January and could miss the rest of the offseason, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Abdullah led the team in rushing last year with 597 yards. He's said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab, but the Lions are being cautious with him until training camp. Abdullah is expected to be the starting running back in 2016.
Huddle Up: Yikes! Not the way those banking on a strong sophomore season from Abdullah wanted to see his offseason start. Definitely a player to track the rest of the summer whether you already own him or not.
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.
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