Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Lions waived/injured TE Tim Wright.

For now, Wright's injury is undisclosed. He should pass through waivers unclaimed and revert to injured reserve. Provided his injury isn't a season-ender, Wright will likely eventually be cut loose with an injury settlement. Wright caught just nine passes in nine games in 2015.
May 26 - 4:53 PM

Kyle Van Noy was working as the first-team strongside linebacker at Lions OTAs.

A 2014 second-round pick, Van Noy's career has been stuck in neutral thus far. He should be given every chance to win the strongside job this year, but nothing in his NFL career suggests he will run away with the opportunity. DeAndre Levy and Tahir Whitehead also worked with the first-team on Thursday.
May 26 - 12:48 PM

Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker opened OTAs as the first-team left tackle.

Riley Reiff was expected remain on the left side in the final year of his rookie deal, but he was playing right tackle on Thursday. This is just one offseason practice, but the Lions have been fairly open about their desire to move Reiff to the right side. Decker was not seen as the player who would facilitate that switch by people outside the organization, but it seems Detroit has other ideas.
May 26 - 12:37 PM

Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.

Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined.
May 26 - 12:18 PM

Third-year TE Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds this offseason.

Ebron was listed at 255 pounds last season. Getting in better shape certainly will not hurt as he attempts to carve out a bigger role following the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Ebron posted a 47-537-5 line in 14 games as a sophomore.
May 26 - 11:24 AM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website expects Golden Tate to lead the team in receptions this season.

Twentyman predicts Tate will "edge out" Marvin Jones for the reception lead, but believes Jones will be "right there." Tate has led Detroit in catches in back-to-back seasons (99, 90). He could push for 100-plus in the post-Megatron era. Based on current ADP, however, Tate's expected leap is already being baked into his draft-day cost. He's often going in the fourth and even third round, while Jones commonly lasts until the seventh and eighth.
May 25 - 9:12 PM

Lions RG Larry Warford's starting job will be "on a short leash" this season.

The 65th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Warford looked like a future All Pro his first two seasons before enduring an injury-riddled third campaign. Now entering his contract year, Warford has a lot at stake. He's 25 years old (in June) with dominant drive-blocking potential and will get paid handsomely if his season goes well. Journeyman Geoff Schwartz will push Warford in camp.
May 25 - 9:04 PM

Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker is expected to play right tackle as a rookie.

Decker made all of his 42 college starts at left tackle, but his nasty playing demeanor and sub-34-inch arms may make him a better NFL fit on the right side. From left to right, Detroit's O-Line projects as LT Riley Reiff, LG Laken Tomlinson, C Travis Swanson/Graham Glasgow, RG Larry Warford, and RT Decker. It could be a passable unit if Swanson or Glasgow shores up center.
May 25 - 9:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett thinks Ameer Abdullah could be "in for a big season."

Birkett qualifies the statement by saying Abdullah needs to conquer his fumbling demons first. Detroit undoubtedly needs more from its running game, but Abdullah will not go it alone. Theo Riddick will be involved as a receiver while Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will compete for "big-back" carries. Still, Abdullah should lead the backfield in touches and has some breakout appeal.
May 23 - 10:36 PM

Rafael Bush is believed to have a "leg up" in the Lions' competition at strong safety.

Glover Quin is locked in as the playmaker at free safety. After losing Isa Adbul-Quddus to the Dolphins, the Lions signed Bush and Tavon Wilson before drafting Miles Killebrew in the fourth round. Bush played just 21 snaps last season before tearing his pec. In 2014, he started seven games for the Saints.
May 23 - 9:34 AM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (hip) is expected to be fully cleared for training camp.

Levy practiced without issue at voluntary workouts. He’s finally over the hip injury that cost him all but one 2015 game. Levy’s return will upgrade a Lions defense that took a major step back without him last year.
May 21 - 8:07 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein expects DE Devin Taylor to start opposite Ziggy Ansah.

With Jason Jones officially gone, the Lions do not have many other options. A fourth-round pick in 2013, Taylor has not started a game since his rookie season, but he broke out with seven sacks in 550 snaps last year. Detroit will hope he can take another step forward in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 11:37 AM

Matthew Stafford said he thinks Calvin Johnson is retired for good.

"He retired because he wanted to," Stafford said. "That’s it." We were not aware there was a question about Johnson's intentions, but this should help put any lingering thoughts to bed. The Lions added Marvin Jones in free agency to help fill the void created by Megatron's retirement.
May 19 - 11:04 AM

MLive's Kyle Meinke believes Lions third-round C Graham Glasgow could "make a play" for the starting job as a rookie.

New GM Bob Quinn has not hidden his desire to upgrade on incumbent starter Travis Swanson, who graded out as one of the worst centers in the league last season. Glasgow will be given every opportunity to unseat him in training camp. Glasgow also has experience at guard.
Source: MLive.com
May 17 - 9:10 AM

MLive's Kyle Meinke reports Lions CB Darius Slay wants to sign a contract extension this offseason.

After some early struggles, the 2013 second-rounder has emerged as a legitimate shutdown corner. Slay told the Lions in February he was interested in an extension, but it is not clear if the sides have begun negotiations. Only 25 and still getting better, Detroit should lock Slay up as soon as possible. He will earn just north of $1.1 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: MLive.com
May 14 - 10:33 AM


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