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According to the Lions' website, the team plans to use "all" three of their running backs in a 2015 committee.

Coach Jim Caldwell noted that Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah, and Theo Riddick all have different skill sets. "In this day and age, you generally don’t have just one guy at that position because it requires teamwork," Caldwell said. "It requires more than one or two, so there’s a role for all of those guys. The thing about it, we don’t have two guys the same for the most part. They all have a little different sort of strength and we can utilize that." Abdullah offers the best all-around skill set, and should have a chance to emerge as the "lead" back by midyear or sooner.
May 27 - 3:43 PM

Lions rookie CB Quandre Diggs played with the first team at OTAs on Wednesday.

He got some work in at nickel back and "didn't look too out of place" per beat writer Michael Rothstein. Diggs probably would have played with the second unit had Bill Bentley or Nevin Lawson been healthy. Rothstein noted Diggs was the only rookie to play significant snaps with the first team on Wednesday.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:28 PM

Kellen Moore took first-team snaps ahead of Dan Orlovsky at Wednesday's OTAs.

Both are competing for backup reps behind starter Matthew Stafford. Moore completed 10 of his 12 passes while Orlovsky was 8-of-11. Moore is six years younger than Orlovsky and was given more guaranteed money this offseason. Neither one played a snap last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:16 PM

Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is sitting out Lions OTAs.

Bell had both his knee and Achilles' surgically repaired following last season. He enters 2015 with red flags concerning injuries, ineffectiveness after averaging under 3.9 YPC the past two seasons, and role following the addition of Ameer Abdullah. Joique also turns 29 before the season. Per Fantasy Football Calculator, Bell's current ADP is in the middle of round four.
May 27 - 1:13 PM

Lions No. 2 quarterback Dan Orlovsky praised Theo Riddick on Tuesday.

"Theo's too good to not put on the field," Orlovsky said. "Theo has stuff that you can't coach, that you can't teach, that you're born from God with. He just has an ability to get open better than everyone else." It's humorous because Orlovsky lavished similar praise on Riddick last summer. Riddick indeed flashed as a pass catcher in 2014, but his depth chart standing took a hit with the selection of Ameer Abdullah. MLive.com believes Riddick could see major time in the slot this year.
May 26 - 3:51 PM

Lions SS James Ihedigbo is reporting to voluntary OTAs Tuesday.

Ihedigbo skipped the first set of offseason workouts to protest his contract. He's due just $1.1 million this season, the final year of his deal. Despite needing to cash in at age 31 and coming off an excellent season, Ihedigbo has caved already.
May 26 - 10:10 AM

MLive.com's Kyle Meinke envisions most of Theo Riddick's snaps coming at slot receiver this season.

With the selection of Ameer Abdullah, Riddick's no longer the front-runner for passing-down work out of the backfield. If he wants to play, slot receiver may be his best bet. The Lions have Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate followed up by a host of unknowns on the depth chart out wide. Veterans Lance Moore and Ryan Broyles appear to be the favorites inside but also may not even make the team.
Source: MLive.com
May 22 - 9:32 AM

Lions DE Larry Webster said he’s up to 270 pounds.

The 136th overall pick in last year’s draft, Webster spent his rookie season as a weekly inactive. With George Johnson no longer in Detroit, Webster is battling Devin Taylor, Darryl Tapp, and Corey Wootton for the No. 3 defensive end job. Webster ran 4.58 at the 2014 Combine and should contribute as a situational pass rusher. Coach Jim Caldwell expects Webster to make a second-year leap.
Source: MLive.com
May 20 - 4:40 PM

Lions DT Tyrunn Walker is expected to get the first crack at the starting job next to Haloti Ngata.

After losing both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley and choosing not to re-sign C.J. Mosley, the Lions acquired Ngata and Walker before spending a fourth-round pick on Gabe Wright at defensive tackle. Walker was a role player for the Saints, but flashed in limited snaps. The Lions are banking on Walker and second-year DT Caraun Reid to take steps forward on the interior.
May 20 - 8:15 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Mike Rothstein said Detroit "envisions" Joique Bell as the primary running back.

Spending a second-round pick on Ameer Abdullah is an odd way to express confidence in your starting running back, especially after that running back has averaged less than 4.0 YPC in back-to-back seasons. Bell should open training camp as the primary running back, but Abdullah is a more talented player who should quickly wrestle the lion's share of the work away from Bell.
Source: ESPN.com
May 16 - 11:28 AM

Lions RT LaAdrian Waddle (knee) is targeting Week 1 for his return.

Waddle suffered a partially torn ACL in Week 15 and underwent surgery in January. He just started running this week. The Lions failed to draft a tackle, leaving second-year UDFA Cornelius Lucas as Waddle's primary competition.
May 15 - 11:50 AM

Lions signed DL Corey Wootton to a one-year contract.

Wootton looks good getting off the bus at 6'6/270 with edge-rushing speed. But he's been wholly unproductive in the NFL, getting just 12 sacks in five seasons and failing to earn significant playing time in Minnesota last season. Wootton will play mostly defensive end in Detroit, where he has a reasonable shot at sticking on the final roster as depth. Last year's No. 3 DE, George Johnson, was traded to the Bucs.
May 14 - 11:18 AM

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch (knee) expects to be ready for OTAs.

The Lions were considering holding Tulloch out until training camp, but he's healthy enough to start participating in on-field work. Eight months removed from ACL surgery, Tulloch will likely be limited throughout OTAs.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 4:38 PM

Lions restructured FS Glover Quin’s contract.

The move saves Detroit $2.17 million in cap space. The Lions are converting $3.26M of Quin’s base salary into a signing bonus. Coming off an NFL-leading seven interceptions, Quin is signed through 2017.
May 13 - 4:19 PM

Lions signed second-round RB Ameer Abdullah to a four-year contract.

Abdullah is a freak athlete despite not being blessed with great long speed. He's exceptionally quick with plus lower-body explosion. Abdullah figures to begin the year splitting time with Joique Bell, but he has the talent to earn more touches as the season goes on. Abdullah is a first-round pick in Dynasty rookie drafts.
May 13 - 2:24 PM


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