Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 7/28/16 2:24pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is making progress in his recovery from a shoulder injury and should be ready to practice since he was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: A number of fantasy eyes will be tracking the second-year back in camp to see how he looks in his new role as the Lions' No. 1 back. In the meantime, we have ranked as a RB2 heading into August.
Ameer Abdullah - RBPosted 7/25/16 1:54am ET
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not appear on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, suggesting he will be a full-go for training camp following offseason shoulder surgery.
Huddle Up: Good news for the second-year back, who's set to take over as the Lions' No. 1 back this season. Sustained health, though, remain a concern for the 5-8, 198-pound back.
Jay Lee - WRPosted 7/25/16 8:42am ET
Detroit Lions WR Jay Lee's size and physicality stood out during offseason workouts, and beat writer Kyle Meinke believes Lee's blocking ability will be a good complement for Detroit's short passing game and rushing attack.
Huddle Up: There's a vacancy for a big receiver in Detroit, but with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones already slotted for the starting jobs Lee's upside is as the Lions' third receiver.
Cole Wick - TEPosted 7/24/16 1:21pm ET
Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick looked 'spectacular' in offseason practices and could be in line to push TE Eric Ebron for a starting job if he can carry over that momentum into training camp, according to Detroit Free Press reporter Carlos Monarrez.
Huddle Up: Wick is a name to remember in dynasty drafts to be sure, but if nothing else, the offseason showing of the undrafted rookie should be lighting a fire under the first-round pick Ebron, who had his moments last season with 47 catches for 537 yards and five TDs but has yet to develop into the over-the-middle threat the Lions drafted him to be.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 7/6/16 1:42am ET
The Detroit Lions will have several candidates in mind to complement RB Ameer Abdullah on the field. In contention for the second running back role are RB Stevan Ridley, RB Zach Zenner, and RB George Winn.
Huddle Up: Due to injuries and a lack of use, Ridley only has totaled 130 carries over the last two seasons in New England and New York, but he and Zenner are the favorites to secure the No. 2 gig.
T.J. Jones - WRPosted 7/3/16 12:31pm ET
Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones has seen plenty of practice times as the slot receiver with the first-team offense during the offseason, and he been able to create consistent separation.
Huddle Up: Jones only had 10 catches for 132 yards and a TD as a rookie last season, but keep an eye on him in camp as it's an extreme passing-game makeover in the Motor City with Megatron no longer in the picture.
Zach Zenner - RBPosted 7/1/16 8:35pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (rib, lung) is expected to receive plenty of carries this preseason to prove he is physically recovered from last year's injuries and ready to handle live tackling.
Huddle Up: With Joique Bell now gone, Theo Riddick still more of pass-catcher and questions lingering about how much of a load projected starter Ameer Abdullah can truly shoulder, Zenner looks to be in line for under-the-radar healthy dose of carries if he can show he's up to the task early in camp.
Matthew Stafford - QBPosted 6/30/16 1:11pm ET
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford tallied over 4,200 passing yards and 32 touchdowns last season, throwing nearly 600 passes.
Huddle Up: Aside from 2014, Stafford has finished as a low-end QB1 for the last five seasons, but he's now entering prove-it mode with Calvin Johnson's retirement and is currently the Huddle's 15th-ranked fantasy QB.
Zach Zenner - RBPosted 6/25/16 10:54pm ET
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner (ribs, lung) has appeared to be fully recovered from his rib and lung injuries last season.
Huddle Up: There is a definite role for Zenner in the Detroit backfield. He flashed last preseason and could make a run at a chunk of the carries this August as well.
Jeremy Kerley - WRPosted 6/25/16 10:54pm ET
Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Kerley is expected to be the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver behind WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones and ahead of WR T.J. Jones.
Huddle Up: The Lions throw enough to make a third wideout a potentially viable fantasy entity, so it's worth watching whether or not Kerley can hold off Jones for the gig this August.
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.
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