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Darren Fells | Tight End | #87

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 270
College: UC-Irvine
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Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter expects to use more two tight end sets with Darren Fells.
"We're excited about Darren as a blocker and receiver. He's a really good blocking guy. He’ll get plenty of use," said Cooter. The Lions project for fewer three-wide sets with Anquan Boldin gone, but Fells isn't a threat to Eric Ebron's targets. Fells should upgrade Ameer Abdullah and Detroit's run game. Jul 8 - 5:11 PM

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Lions GM Bob Quinn believes newly-signed TE Darren Fells has some upside as a receiver.

Fells will be 31 soon and has 40 catches in three NFL seasons, but the Lions think he can offer more. "He’s a big, primarily blocking tight end," Quinn said, "but we think we can utilize him in other areas as well because he’s a really athletic guy for being so big." Perhaps Fells falls into some desperation fantasy value if something happens to Eric Ebron, but even that seems highly unlikely.
Apr 6 - 11:18 AM

Lions signed TE Darren Fells, formerly of the Cardinals, to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Fells was non-tendered by the Cardinals as a restricted free agent. The 6-foot-7, 281-pound onetime basketball player doesn't offer much as a receiver (14 catches last season) but can hold his own as a blocker. It's unclear if signing Fells takes the Lions out of the mix for Jared Cook, who had also been on their radar. Eric Ebron is still locked in as Detroit's receiving tight end.
Mar 11 - 1:04 PM

Restricted free agent TE Darren Fells is a non-tender candidate.

Fells had a decreased role last year, playing 371 snaps as a blocker behind Jermaine Gresham. The Cardinals want to avoid paying him $1.8 million on a low tender. Fells should re-sign closer to the $600K he made in 2016.
Feb 25 - 8:17 PM

Cardinals declared TE Darren Fells, TE Gerald Christian, WR Chris Hubert, OLB Alex Okafor, G/T Cole Toner, DT Olsen Pierre, DT Xavier Williams, and DT Ed Stinson inactive for Week 8 at Carolina.

Jermaine Gresham will be a full-time tight end with Fells (shoulder) down.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Cardinals TE Darren Fells is week to week with a shoulder injury.

He's been ruled out for Week 5. The blocker has eight catches through four games.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 04:33:00 PM

Cardinals TE Darren Fells secured 2-of-3 targets for 44 yards in Sunday's third preseason game.

His big play was a 40-yard gain delivered by Carson Palmer with John Brown (concussion) and Larry Fitzgerald (knee) getting the night off. A former pro basketball player, Fells has more athleticism than his pass-catching track record indicates, but he was not a big part of the Cardinals' passing game last season and it's difficult to envision his role growing much. Fells may end up rotating with Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 06:38:00 PM

Cardinals TE Darren Fells has dropped roughly 20 pounds since last season.

Fells is listed at 281 pounds on the Cardinals' website, but it sounds like he's closer to the 265 range nowadays. Carson Palmer said Fells had the "best offseason" on the team. Fells' 28 targets were 41st among tight ends last season despite him appearing in 16-of-18 games. He's not on the fantasy map.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 01:25:00 PM

Cardinals re-signed exclusive rights free agent TE Darren Fells to a one-year contract.

He'll make the minimum salary and be a restricted free agent in 2017. Turning 30 in April, Fells easily held off Troy Niklas for the Cardinals' starting job this past season, collecting 21-311-3 receiving. Fells blocked poorly in both the run and pass games, however, and should not be guaranteed first-string status in 2016. Niklas needs to get healthy and stay healthy.
Mon, Feb 1, 2016 03:45:00 PM

Darren Fells caught 2-of-4 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals' NFC Championship Game loss to the Panthers.

Fells' most notable first-half play came on a hurdling run after catch that resulted in Panthers WLB Thomas Davis' game-ending arm injury. Fells caught Carson Palmer's lone touchdown pass, beating Carolina's zone up the seam for a 15-yard score. Primarily a blocking tight end, Fells is an impending restricted free agent. Fells turns 30 this April.
Sun, Jan 24, 2016 10:29:00 PM

Darren Fells (shoulder) is probable for Week 10.

Fells practiced in full coming off Arizona's bye. His return should result in fewer snaps for Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 05:46:00 PM

Darren Fells (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Browns.

He didn't practice this week and was never expected to play. Fells should return following Arizona's Week 9 bye.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 05:27:00 PM

Cardinals TE Darren Fells is out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder sprain.

It sounds more like a dislocation or separation. Mainly a blocker, Fells' absence will result in more snaps for Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas.
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Darren Fells exited the Cardinals' Week 6 game against the Steelers with a left shoulder injury and is questionable to return.

Fells left in the second quarter. He caught one of two targets for nine yards before exiting. Jermaine Gresham is next up on Arizona's tight end depth chart.
Sun, Oct 18, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Darren Fells (hip) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Fells has been targeted just five times since his 4-82-1 outburst Week 1. He's a blocking tight end in Bruce Arians' wideout-centric passing attack.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 04:19:00 PM

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QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
3Brad Kaaya
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Dwayne Washington
5Matt Asiata
GLB1Ameer Abdullah
2Zach Zenner
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
WR11Golden Tate
2Jace Billingsley
3Jared Abbrederis
4Michael Rector
WR21Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
3T.J. Jones
4Keshawn Martin
5Noel Thomas
WR31Kenny Golladay
TE1Eric Ebron
2Darren Fells
3Cole Wick
4Michael Roberts
5Tim Wright
LT1Greg Robinson
2Cyrus Kouandjio
3Corey Robinson
4Taylor Decker
LG1Graham Glasgow
2Laken Tomlinson
3Brandon Thomas
C1Travis Swanson
2Leo Koloamatangi
RG1T.J. Lang
2Joe Dahl
RT1Rick Wagner
2Cornelius Lucas
3Storm Norton
4Nick Becton
K1Matt Prater