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Lions hired ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator.

The Lions were turned down by many other candidates, but they finally found someone to take the job. Bevell was interviewed for the Falcons and Jaguars openings, but those jobs went to Dirk Koetter and John DeFilippo, respectively. Bevell will now call plays for defensive-minded coach Matt Patricia, who ran the offense into the ground in his first year on the job by putting shackles on OC Jim Bob Cooter and Matthew Stafford. As a run-first guy, Bevell fits Patricia's personality. The Lions will be better off once Patricia is out of Detroit.
Jan 16 - 4:05 PM

Former Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell is interviewing with the Jaguars for the same job.

Bevell also interviewed with the Falcons, but they are expected to hire Dirk Koetter, who was Atlanta's coordinator before moving to the Bucs. Bevell had some success in Seattle, but he would be an uninspiring hire.
Jan 8 - 9:33 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn confirmed the team has no plans to trade Matthew Stafford.

This was obvious after Detroit just gave Stafford an August extension. Stafford set four-year lows in touchdowns (21) and passer rating (89.9) but the Lions think an improved supporting cast and new coordinator can get him turned around. Detroit can’t realistically get out of Stafford’s contract until after the 2019 season.
Jan 4 - 8:53 PM

Lions signed RB Kerwynn Williams to a reserve/future contract.

The longtime Cardinal spent 2018 out of the league. A plodder, Williams fits coach Matt Patricia's style, but he is unlikely to crack the 53-man roster in 2019.
Jan 3 - 2:58 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell will interview for the Jaguars' offensive coordinator vacancy in addition to the Falcons'.

Retread like you've never retreaded before. Bevell has been connected to the Falcons' opening for weeks. The Jags would be a far less attractive job, but it sounds like Dirk Koetter could be the man in Atlanta.
Jan 1 - 6:00 PM

Lions signed QB Connor Cook to a reserve/future contract.

It's a homecoming of sorts for Cook, who played his college ball at nearby Michigan State. A fourth-round pick in 2016, Cook played his first two years in Oakland before spending last season on the Panthers and Bengals' practice squads. With veteran Matt Cassel headed for free agency, Cook could conceivably back up Matthew Stafford in 2019, though the Lions are sure to deepen their quarterback stable this offseason.
Jan 1 - 11:35 AM

Kerryon Johnson (knee) said he's "very close" to being healthy and "probably could have been available" to play if the Lions made the playoffs.

Johnson missed the final six weeks of the season and was ruled out for the remainder of the year after the Lions were officially eliminated from the postseason. Johnson expects to have a normal offseason and should be fine well ahead of OTAs, minicamp, and training camp. Johnson was easily the star of the offense, along with Kenny Golladay, in a lost season for the Lions.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 09:50:00 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Falcons will interview ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell for the same position in Atlanta.

An NFL coordinator since 2006, Bevell had a long stint in Minnesota followed up by seven years in Seattle. He spent 2018 out of the league. Bevell is far from incompetent, but he would not move the needle in Atlanta. Whereas Steve Sarkisian was an outside-the-box hire, Bevell would be as inside as possible.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 01:17:00 PM

T.J. Jones caught 3-of-3 targets for 40 yards in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers.

The fifth-year pro struggled to get on the field this season despite the Lions' mid-season trade of Golden Tate. Going on 27, Jones is also headed to free agency.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 06:42:00 PM

Brandon Powell caught 6-of-9 targets for 103 yards in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers.

Hyped as a potential Golden Tate replacement in the slot, Powell entered the finale with just eight targets on the year. He showed today why some beat writers were bullish on his ability. The 23-year-old should have an inside track on a 2019 53-man roster spot. Powell is an end-of-bench stash in deeper dynasty leagues.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 06:39:00 PM

Levine Toilolo caught 4-of-4 targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers.

Slow as molasses, Toilolo somehow became the Lions' primary pass-catching tight end down the stretch. Today's touchdown was just his fourth in the past four years. Going on 28, Toilolo is headed back to free agency.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 06:15:00 PM

Zach Zenner rushed 21 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers, adding a 30-yard reception.

It was a strong day, albeit against a packed-in defense missing both Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark. Featured over LeGarrette Blount down the stretch, Zenner ended up rushing for over 45 yards in each of his final four games. posing a 4.81 YPC on the year. Going on 28, Zenner is not good enough to be a feature back but will undoubtedly remain in the 2019 Lions' 53-man roster mix.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 06:12:00 PM

Theo Riddick was not targeted in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers, rushing four times for 24 yards.

It was the first time all season Riddick was held without a catch, let alone a target. An ineffective slot receiver in a running back's body, Riddick averaged a woeful 6.3 yards per catch this season. You generally want a running back to manage at least eight yards per grab. Going on 28, Riddick is signed through next year. He will undoubtedly be called on to catch passes and do little else.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 05:28:00 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed 11 times for 15 yards in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers.

Pointlessly given the start, Blount brick-walled against the Packers' injury-ruined defensive line. The 32-year-old closes the book on 2018 having averaged 2.71 yards on his 154 carries. Truly dreadful. Unless coach Matt Patricia is willing to extend his sinecure through 2019, Blount could be at the end of the line.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 04:05:00 PM

Matthew Stafford completed 20-of-32 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions' 31-0, Week 17 demolition of the Packers.

In the midst of redefining "lost season," Stafford got to have a little fun in a meaningless Week 17 tilt where Aaron Rodgers was lost to a first half concussion. With new coach Matt Patricia obsessed with playing stone age football — all the way to 6-10 — Stafford finishes 2018 with 3,777 passing yards, his fewest ever for a non-injury shortened campaign. Always adventurous, Stafford was an eyesore in Patricia's run-established offense. He needs more weapons and more leeway for 2019. Signed through 2022, Stafford turns 31 in February.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 04:02:00 PM


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