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ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew could be a trade target for Baltimore during the draft.

Pettigrew has seen his passing-game role disappear over the last two years, and with second-year TE Eric Ebron expected to take a leap this season, he could be expendable. The Ravens reportedly liked Pettigrew when he came out of Oklahoma State in 2009, and they could use a veteran option in their depleted tight end corps. Hensley also mentions Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis as an option. Even if they land a veteran tight end, Baltimore should target a pass-catching tight end in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 18 - 12:24 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell said second-year DE Larry Webster "has made leaps and bounds in his ability to rush the passer."

"At some point in time, you're going to see that young man take the field for us and perform extremely well," Caldwell said of Webster. The 136th overall pick in last year's draft out of tiny Bloomsburg, Webster didn't play a single snap as a rookie. At 6'6/262, Webster has a ton of upside as a backup pass rusher.
Apr 16 - 12:52 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi expects Travis Swanson to start at center this season.

The future is now at the pivot for the Lions, who have moved on from veteran mainstay Dominic Raiola. Swanson, the No. 76 overall pick a year ago, brings good size (6'5/312) and NCAA experience (50 starts at Arkansas) but lacks athleticism. Still, he can't be much worse than Raiola was last year.
Apr 13 - 7:59 AM

The Lions are expecting a breakout season from third-year RE Ziggy Ansah.

Ansah is in his first full NFL offseason after sitting out last year's minicamp with a shoulder injury. He has 15.5 sacks through two seasons and the upside to be one of the league's top pass rushers. Ansah led the NFL with 20 quarterback hits in 2014. He turns 26 years old in late May.
Apr 11 - 2:39 PM

Lions president Tom Lewand mentioned LCB Darius Slay and RE Ziggy Ansah as candidates for extensions.

Slay is coming off a breakout season in his first year under DC Teryl Austin, grading out as PFF's No. 19 corner. He's signed through 2016, but the Lions could get ahead by signing him to a sub-prime extension. Ansah has 15.5 sacks through his first two seasons.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 8 - 5:59 PM

The Lions have not decided whether to exercise OT Riley Reiff's fifth-year option.

Reiff has been serviceable the last two seasons, starting 32-of-33 games on Matthew Stafford's blindside. He would make $7.5 million if the Lions pick up his option. Detroit has until May 3 to extend Reiff.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 8 - 5:32 PM

The Lions plan to open extension talks with WLB DeAndre Levy.

Levy is entering the final season of a three-year, $9.8M deal. With Detroit moving on from Ndamukong Suh, Levy and Haloti Ngata are candidates for extensions. Levy has been one of the league's best outside linebackers the last two seasons. He finished behind only Khalil Mack and Von Miller in PFF's 2014 ratings.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 8 - 5:07 PM

Lions SS James Ihedigbo is holding out of OTAs as he seeks a new contract.

Per Ihedigbo's agent, he "does not plan to report to any Lions offseason activities until he and the team come to terms on a new contract." Now 31, Ihedigbo is headed into the second season of a two-year, $3.15 million deal. Already paid a $500,000 roster bonus, Ihedigbo is due just $1.1 million after grading out as PFF's No. 14 safety in 2014. Ihedigbo has a case for a raise, but his holdout is unlikely to concern the Lions until it extends to June's mandatory minicamp.
Source: WXYZ.com
Apr 7 - 7:02 PM

The Lions haven't opened extension talks with WLB DeAndre Levy yet.

The Lions likely want to hold off another year on Levy's extension as they are carrying a bunch of dead money in 2015 (Reggie Bush, Ndamukong Suh, Chris Houston). The problem with that is his contract is up following the season. If Levy makes it to the open market, he'll have plenty of suitors as he's emerged as one of the game's top 4-3 outside linebackers, especially against the run.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 7 - 11:17 AM

Lions TE Eric Ebron traveled to Atlanta this offseason to work on his routes with Matthew Stafford.

Ebron was targeted just 46 times last season. The Lions are counting on a bigger role for him now that he's more acclimated. Ebron projects as the No. 3 option behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Limited to a 25/248/1 line as a rookie, Ebron is a second-year leap candidate.
Apr 4 - 3:37 PM

Lions signed CB Josh Wilson, formerly of the Falcons.

Wilson, 30, played 458 snaps for the Falcons last season mainly as a slot corner. He'll bring a veteran presence and compete for a final spot on Detroit's roster.
Apr 3 - 11:00 AM

Lions signed LB Brandon Copeland.

Copeland was the buzz of the Veteran Combine, running a 4.52 40-yard dash. The 25-year-old (in July) 2013 undrafted free agent will fight for a spot on the Lions' special-teams unit.
Apr 2 - 8:46 PM

The Lions don't believe the Ravens tampered with DT Haloti Ngata.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti — who's been known to put his foot in his mouth — made accidental waves on Wednesday when he hinted Ngata could return to the Ravens in 2016. The Lions consider the matter a "non-issue," however. Headed into his age-31 season, Ngata is unsigned beyond 2015.
Apr 2 - 4:44 PM

OC Joe Lombardi wants Matthew Stafford to take more chances with the football this season.

The Lions pulled the reins in on Stafford last season, asking him to take a more conservative/game-managing approach as they rode an elite defense. It resulted in a career-low 12 interceptions and an 11-5 record, but the Lions were held under 20 points seven times. "I thought that he played smart football (last year), and sometimes to a fault," Lombardi said. "We'll look to him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football. He's got the arm to do it and he's got the receivers to throw it to."
Apr 2 - 9:00 AM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi said he's counting on second-year TE Eric Ebron being the No. 3 weapon on offense behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

This is nothing new, but Lombardi is just the latest in a long line of Lions higher-ups to sing Ebron's praises this offseason. Since the season ended, Ebron has been making routine flights to Atlanta to work side-by-side with Matthew Stafford. Everyone involved is expecting a big jump from Ebron.
Mar 31 - 8:13 PM


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