Joique Bell - RBPosted 6/30/15 5:33pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is aiming to become the franchise's second running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2004. 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards,' Bell said. 'That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all.'
Huddle Up: To hit 1,200 yards at his career average of 4.1 yards per carry, Bell is going to need 293 rushes -- 70 more than his career high last season. That might not be feasible with impressive-looking second-round pick Ameer Abdullah also expected to get his fair share of work.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 6/28/15 1:49am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he could be a three-down back if needed. 'That's what I've done my whole life,' Abdullah said. 'I haven't done anything else, so I don't see why I wouldn't be confident in my game. I know my teammates trust me in such a short time to do so. I trust myself.'
Huddle Up: With Joique Bell coming off multiple offseason surgeries, Abdullah could very well be asked to be a three-down back for the Lions. He's certainly in position to outperform expectations, both fantasy and otherwise.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 6/25/15 3:27pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has shown improved accuracy during offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'He's improved,' Caldwell said. 'He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement.'
Huddle Up: For the record, Stafford did post his second-highest completion percentage (60.3) of his career a year ago, but things figure to be smoother overall in the second year with OC Joe Lombardi.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 6/23/15 3:31pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he still has big years ahead of him despite now being 30 years old. Johnson said he's feeling well after having a full offseason to heal after dealing with a high-ankle sprain last season. Johnson added that the offense is "100 percent" better this year than it was last year at this time.
Huddle Up: Turning 30 isn't the line of fantasy demarcation for WRs as it is for RBs, and Megatron certainly is set up for a big bounce-back season after hitting five-year lows last season in receptions (71) and yards (1,077) and -- maybe most importantly -- games played (13).
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 6/11/15 1:52pm ET
Detroit Lions rookie RB Ameer Abdullah has already caught the attention of QB Matthew Stafford. 'I think he has great balance. He's obviously a low-to-the-ground guy. He seems to hide pretty well behind [the offensive line] and he's got good vision,' Stafford said. Stafford also praised Abdullah for his pass-catching ability, including his hands and route-running.
Huddle Up: The second-round pick continues to draw rave reviews but still is playing second fiddle to Joique Bell. However, this will be one of the more intriguing fantasy RB training-camp battles to watch to see if the rookie can overtake the vet.
Calvin Johnson - WRPosted 6/11/15 11:12pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson should be very productive in his second year under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, according to WR Lance Moore. 'It's going to be pretty crazy, a second year in this offense,' Moore said. 'I'm trying to help him with a few little things route-wise that I think can help him a whole lot and make his job a lot easier out there.'
Huddle Up: Megatron was the consensus No. 1-ranked fantasy WR, but he finished a stunning 15th following a five-year lows in receptions (71) and receiving yards (1,077) while missing three full games and playing at less than full power in several others. Even teammate Golden Tate (99-1,331-4) posted fantasy figures. Better knowledge of the system will help, but the key will be health, and if the soon-to-be 30-year-old can play 15 or 16 games, look for his numbers to rebound.
Eric Ebron - TEPosted 6/3/15 3:13pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has made progress during offseason workouts and is expected to be the No. 3 target for the team in 2015. 'He's grown up a little bit more,' WR Golden Tate said. 'His confidence is way high right now. He's playing well. I can't wait to see him in pads running around making plays. He's a specimen athletically. So we'll see.'
Huddle Up: The Lions were hoping Ebron would be an alternative to Calvin Johnson when they picked him in the first round last year; if Tate is correct, maybe this year they'll start collecting on that investment.
Joique Bell - RBPosted 6/1/15 1:16am ET
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell said he is not assuming he is going to be the starting back in 2015. 'I don't plan out the roles,' Bell said during OTAs. 'I go out to do what the team needs.'
Huddle Up: Bell hit career highs in rushing attempts (223) and rushing yards (860) last season, splitting time with Reggie Bush. Second-round pick Ameer Abdullah has now replaced Bush and could make a move for a starting role with a strong training camp and preseason.
Joseph Fauria - TEPosted 6/1/15 11:36pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) will not participate in organized team activities (OTAs) due to the ankle injury he has been battling since September. However, he is expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Fauria was already facing a difficult task in carving out targets in a crowded Lions receiving corps; missing OTAs won't help.
Corey Fuller - WRPosted 6/1/15 11:36pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller is projected to be the teamís third wide receiver, according to beat writer Dave Birkett.
Huddle Up: WR3 in an offense that throws as much as the Lions isn't a bad fantasy gig to have, so there's some upside to Fuller claiming that role.
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.
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