Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) on the reserve/PUP.

The veteran is attempting to come back from a December ACL tear. The move will cost Pettigrew at least the first six weeks of the season. With Eric Ebron (ankle) questionable for Week 1, the Lions are extremely thin at tight end. Detroit also cut CB Brandon McGee to reach the 75-man roster limit.
Aug 30 - 10:26 AM

Retired WR Calvin Johnson will participate in the next season of "Dancing With the Stars."

Several other current and former NFLers including Antonio Brown and Hines Ward have participated in the show. At the very least, this announcement should put thoughts of a 2016 return to bed.
Aug 30 - 9:25 AM

Lions placed LB Jon Bostic on injured reserve with a broken foot, ending his season.

Bostic could apparently be the player the Lions activate off injured reserve, as he was given a 6-12 week timeline upon going down earlier this month. Bostic is a core special teamer, and was expected to be a key reserve for the Lions after they acquired him from the Patriots in May.
Aug 29 - 2:04 PM

Lions placed LS Jimmy Landes on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

Stunningly, using a draft pick on a long snapper turned out to be a poor investment. Landes will be back in 2017, where he'll compete to snap the snaps that are longer than normal snaps.
Aug 29 - 1:20 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes Anquan Boldin would benefit if TE Eric Ebron (ankle) was forced to miss time.

Ebron is expected to be ready for Week 1, but the Lions will be in trouble at tight end if he is not able to play. One solution could be to give Boldin a bigger role on passing downs. Even if Ebron sits, Boldin is nothing more than a back-end roster filler in PPR leagues playing behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.
Source: ESPN
Aug 29 - 11:52 AM

Lions acquired OG Brandon Thomas from the 49ers in exchange for WR Jeremy Kerley.

One of the 49ers' ACL rehab picks, Thomas missed his entire rookie year before playing 106 competent snaps last season. He was no longer needed in San Fran with an un-retired Anthony Davis shifting to guard. Thomas will provide depth behind the questionable duo of LG Laken Tomlinson and RG Larry Warford.
Aug 28 - 2:21 PM

Zach Zenner had three carries for 13 yards in Detroit's third preseason game.

Zenner outplayed both Dwayne Washington and George Winn, but has struggled this preseason. He remains the favorite to open the season as Detroit's No. 3 back.
Aug 27 - 10:05 PM

Lions TE Cole Wick caught two passes for 20 yards in the third preseason game.

He started with Eric Ebron (ankle) sidelined. Wick served as a solid security blanket, with both of his targets coming on check downs. Wick would need Ebron to suffer a setback to play a meaningful early-season role.
Aug 27 - 9:52 PM

Theo Riddick rushed three times for 35 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for seven yards in the Lions' third preseason game.

He got all of his yards on a 34-yard run. Riddick saw some red-zone work over Ameer Abdullah, but isn't going to be a factor in the run game. He's a low-end FLEX in PPR.
Aug 27 - 9:49 PM

Marvin Jones caught 3-of-6 targets for 25 yards in the Lions' third preseason game.

Jones was more involved than Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin. He was featured in the red-zone, but couldn't come down with either of his targets. The Lions should be one of the most pass heavy teams in the league, but they don't have a true No. 1 wideout. Jones will open the season opposite Tate in two-wide sets.
Aug 27 - 9:39 PM

Anquan Boldin caught 3-of-5 targets for 22 yards in Detroit's third preseason game.

Boldin got most of his targets on third down and in the red-zone. He projects as Detroit's primary underneath receiver to open the season. Boldin has five catches for 59 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 27 - 9:31 PM

Golden Tate caught 3-of-5 passes for 29 yards in Detroit's third preseason game.

He started opposite Marvin Jones, with Anquan Boldin playing the slot. Tate saw fewer targets than Jones, but Detroit's offense is going to be wide open this season. Tate is a low-end WR2.
Aug 27 - 9:19 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 14-of-23 passes for 95 yards and an interception in Detroit's third preseason game.

Stafford was mostly in command outside of his interception. He's coming off a strong finish to 2015, but is a candidate to take a step back without Calvin Johnson. The Lions offensive line remains a concern despite their offseason additions. Stafford has completed 26-of-40 passes for 266 yards and no touchdowns through three preseason games.
Aug 27 - 9:14 PM

Ameer Abdullah had four carries for 16 yards in the Lions' third preseason game.

Abdullah was making his preseason debut after sitting out the first two games. He started and got the majority of early-down work before getting rested in the second quarter. Abdullah didn't do much, but had a 15-yard touchdown called back. His shoulder injury was a non-issue.
Aug 27 - 8:49 PM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website reports Marvin Jones and Matthew Stafford have had "terrific chemistry" all through training camp.

Twentyman labels Jones the Lions' 1A receiver with Golden Tate the 1B. Jones has secured 5-of-6 targets this preseason for 81 yards and shredded his former Bengals teammates for some chunk gains and acrobatic grabs on the sideline last week. He continues to be a strong sixth- to seventh-round fantasy pick.
Aug 26 - 9:05 AM


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