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Date: Team: Pos:

Lions signed CB R.J. Stanford.

Stanford beat out fellow tryout players Javier Arenas and Ethan Davis to land the 90th spot on the Lions' roster. He'll replace Bill Bentley as depth for a unit headlined by Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis. Stanford has appeared in 46 career games across a five-year career, starting once.
Jul 28 - 12:34 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Lions WLB DeAndre Levy remains a candidate for a contract extension.

Per Rapsheet, the Lions view their contract-year linebacker as "essential." The sides began talks in April. It sounds like an agreement will likely be hammered out before Week 1. Headed into his age-28 season, Levy is one of the top weak-side linebackers in the league.
Jul 27 - 4:15 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says there seems to be more concern with Joique Bell's health this year than in 2014.

In 2014, Bell missed most of the offseason due to a knee issue but still played in 15 games and logged 257 touches. This year's Achilles' and knee ailments appear more serious. Joique is expected to be eased in slowly as camp opens next week and his progress will be worth watching closely. He's currently being overdrafted at a fifth-round ADP while dynamic rookie Ameer Abdullah is going a round later.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 12:06 PM

Dan Orlovsky "still holds the edge" over Kellen Moore for the Lions' backup quarterback job, according to MLive.com.

Beat reporter Justin Rogers said "the coaching staff is more familiar and comfortable" with Orlovsky even though he signed a shorter contract than Moore this offseason. Orlovsky has 24 games of experience while Moore has only played in the preseason. Neither will see the field unless Matthew Stafford gets injured. Stafford enters 2015 with a franchise-record 64 straight starts.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 12 - 8:56 AM

Lions.com reporter Tim Twentyman said rookie RB Ameer Abdullah was "as impressive as a back can be without pads" during the team's offseason program.

The Abdullah hype machine seems to grow every day. He was a monster at OTAs and looks poised to overtake starter Joique Bell in the very near future. Abdullah has a great set of hands, which should make him a fixture right away in PPR formats. The 22-year-old will also be involved on special teams and could open the season as Detroit's primary kick and punt returner.
Jul 10 - 9:21 AM

According to the Lions' website, the team envisions Joique Bell and rookie Ameer Abdullah as a "one-two punch."

The Lions hope SPARQ superstar Abdullah can "bring the big play back to the rushing attack," while Bell grinds between the tackles. Unless Joique's Achilles' and knee-surgery recoveries progress slower than expected, Abdullah fantasy drafters can't expect the second-round pick to open the year as Detroit's lead runner. Bell should also be locked in as the Lions' goal-line back.
Jul 9 - 3:11 PM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes the Lions envision second-round pick Ameer Abdullah as an eventual feature back.

Abdullah's detractors see him as a Gio Bernard- or Shane Vereen-type scatback. Birkett believes the Lions feel Abdullah can handle a heavier workload, saying the Nebraska alum "has the potential to be the Lions’ primary running back." Birkett envisions Joique Bell opening the season as Detroit's lead runner, "at least early on," but states that "the job will be Abdullah’s before long."
Jul 5 - 3:59 PM

Joique Bell said he's "going to rush for over 1,200 yards."

Bell isn't worried at all about his Achilles' and knee ailments, or the arrival of exciting rookie Ameer Abdullah. "My first year here I rushed for a few hundred (yards)," he said. "Second year, close to (700). Then last year, almost 900. So this next year, I'm just going to jump the gun and say 1,200. That's the minimum." We'd bet the under on Bell's projection as he comes off his second straight sub-4.0 YPC season. Abdullah is a major threat.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 30 - 9:21 AM

Lions rookie Ameer Abdullah is confident he could be a three-down running back in the NFL.

"I came into this league hoping to get the opportunity to play running back on every down. I full-heartedly believe that is what my calling is," Abdullah said. "That's what I've done my whole life." With Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) coming off another limited offseason, Abdullah could become a "three-down" player as early as this season. No matter what, Abdullah looks poised to play a big role in the Lions' offense.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 12:13 PM

The Lions are counting on third-year DE Devin Taylor to take a step forward.

"One of the things that jumps out is the fact he has an unbelievable amount of talent," coach Jim Caldwell said. "His skill level is unusual. He was a young player (last season). He's a very important part of what we do and we’re expecting to see him develop by leaps and bounds." Taylor was limited to 227 snaps last year. With Jason Jones (knee) sidelined, he has a chance to make a run at more playing time. Detroit's unproven options behind Haloti Ngata should allow Taylor to see a bigger role as an interior sub-package rusher.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 26 - 4:39 PM

Matthew Stafford has reportedly shown improved accuracy during offseason workouts.

"He has a better feel for the system," coach Jim Caldwell said. "You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes they're running." Stafford threw just 12 interceptions in 2014, his lowest total in four years. The Lions expect him to outperform last season's 60.3 completion rate. Stafford is a bounce-back candidate in his second year with OC Joe Lombardi.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 24 - 5:23 PM

Golden Tate's 16-game pace stats in the five games Calvin Johnson was limited in or missed last season were 125-1,917-10.

With Johnson battling an ankle injury and Eric Ebron not much of an early-season factor, Tate's stats were spiked as the focal point of Detroit's passing offense. In the 11 games where Megatron played at full tilt, Tate's pace stats were 87-1,065-2. Tate had five 100-yard games in 2014, and four of them occurred within the five where Johnson missed or was limited. For more stats like this, read Evan Silva's Lions Fantasy Preview at the link below.
Jun 24 - 4:55 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says Zach Zenner "didn't do a ton to impress me" during offseason workouts.

Zenner's dominant FCS career and crazy measurables made him a favorite of #DraftTwitter. But he landed in a tough spot, as Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are all roster locks. Rothstein says if the Lions end up keeping four tailbacks, George Winn would be ahead of Zenner thanks to special teams value. That would leave Zenner as a practice squad candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 12:11 PM

Calvin Johnson said the Lions' offense is "100 percent better than last year at this time."

It took the Lions a year to acclimate to Joe Lombardi's new offense, but now they seem to be firing on all cylinders. It doesn't hurt that Megatron is the healthiest he's been in years. "I feel good, man, I'm in a good place right now," said Johnson. "I had a whole offseason to heal up." An obvious WR1, Johnson went over 1,000 yards last season despite missing three games with an ankle injury.
Jun 21 - 10:08 AM

Lions signed S Taylor Mays.

A second-round pick in 2010, Mays has not played more than 440 snaps in any season and only managed 61 plays for the Bengals last year. Still just 27, Mays will hope to stick on the Lions' roster as a backup safety and special teamer.
Jun 20 - 8:54 AM


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