Player News - Lions

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Eric Ebron believes the Lions' offseason additions at tight end will allow him to "do the things that I’m best at."

The Lions added two block-first tight ends in the offseason, signing Darren Fells in free agency and selecting Michael Roberts in the fourth round. Those two should allow Ebron to play more of a receiving role, something he believes will be "significant." After seeing 85 targets in 13 games last year, Ebron has a real path to 100 this season, and Anquan Boldin's departure leaves 22 red-zone targets up for grabs. If healthy, Ebron could finally be ready for a breakout.
Jun 22 - 8:23 AM

Lions 2015 first-round OG Laken Tomlinson is on the roster bubble.

The former No. 28 overall pick out of Duke was picked by ex-GM Martin Mayhew and has no ties to new boss Bob Quinn. Tomlinson has started 25 games in two seasons but was benched mid-season last year before being forced back into the lineup due to injuries. Tomlinson graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 65 guard out of 77 qualifiers. Graham Glasgow is expected to start at left guard.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 21 - 9:24 AM

NFL suspended Lions DT Khyri Thornton six games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

A run stopper, Thornton was dreadful against the run last season, but that didn't stop the Lions from giving him a two-year deal in free agency. Thornton was a restricted free agent. He'll be eligible to resume taking up space in Week 8.
Jun 20 - 4:01 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn told Sirius XM Radio he is "confident" the team will reach an extension with Matthew Stafford.

"We’re working toward that and hopefully we have some news later in the summer," said Quinn. Stafford recently said he has "no timetable" for a deal, while ESPN's Jeremy Fowler has reported the quarterback plans to wait for Derek Carr to set the market. When he does finally sign, Stafford will be one of the highest-paid players if not the highest-paid player in football.
Jun 20 - 8:27 AM

Lions signed third-round WR Kenny Golladay to a four-year contract.

The signing wraps up the Lions' draft class. It was somewhat surprising when the Lions reached into the second day to select Golladay, but every report out of the offseason program so far suggests they made the right decision. Golladay is the favorite for the No. 3 job.
Jun 19 - 10:57 AM

The Lions and contract-year FS Glover Quin have engaged in extension negotiations.

Quin turned 31 earlier this year but believes he has 3-4 more "high-level" years left. Based on his age, it probably wouldn't take more than $6 million annually to lock Quin up to another multi-year deal. Quin led the league in interceptions in 2014 and has always had a nose for the ball with 21 career picks. Quin was Pro Football Focus' No. 35 safety out of 91 qualifiers in 2016.
Jun 16 - 12:43 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said newly-acquired OT Greg Robinson will compete at left tackle.

As will Cyrus Kouandjio, who was signed on Thursday. The Lions have a clear need at left tackle with Taylor Decker (shoulder surgery) out for at least the early part of the season, but Robinson has shown nothing to suggest he is the answer. Kouandjio is a better bet, but he is recovering from hip surgery. Decker's injury has the potential to torpedo what otherwise looks like a strong offense.
Jun 15 - 9:58 AM

Lions signed OT Cyrus Kouandjio, formerly of the Bills.

The moves comes on the same day the Lions sent a sixth-round pick to the Rams for OT Greg Robinson. The dueling moves suggest they both are worried LT Taylor Decker (shoulder surgery) will not be ready for a while and did not like what the backups showed in minicamp. Kouandjio started five games at left tackle for the Bills last season, but he is recovering from hip surgery.
Jun 15 - 9:28 AM

Lions acquired OT Greg Robinson from the Rams in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Working behind Jamon Brown at right tackle during minicamp, it was clear Robinson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, was done with the Rams. It makes sense for the Lions to see what Robinson can do with Taylor Decker likely to miss the start of the season with a shoulder injury, but he has shown nothing to this point to suggest he can be even a competent fill-in. Robinson is not guaranteed to make the final roster.
Jun 15 - 9:21 AM

Lions SCB Quandre Diggs has taken most of the snaps with the first-team defense this spring.

Following a promising rookie year, Diggs took a step back as a sophomore before missing the final four weeks with a torn pectoral. It looked like that down season may have spelled doom for Diggs after the Lions signed D.J. Hayden and drafted two corners, but Diggs has held onto slot duties to this point.
Jun 15 - 8:30 AM

Marvin Jones said he worked out with Randy Moss this offseason.

"I was getting a lot of insight in terms of what I wanted to focus on," Jones said, listing lower-body strength, yards after catch, and route running as areas of focus. "So there’s a lot of things I got from him, us being on the field for two hours (at a time) that’s been good." Despite a scorching start, Jones' first season in Detroit was a disappointment. Working out with someone like Moss certainly will not hurt, but there is still not much reason to expect a breakout.
Jun 15 - 8:24 AM

Walk-year QB Matthew Stafford said he has "no timetable" for a new deal.

"The only time I ever talk about (my contract) or think about it is when you guys ask me questions about it, honestly," Stafford told reporters. "I just go out there and play ball, try to be aggressive, and get better." ESPN's Jeremy Fowler has reported Stafford plans to wait for Derek Carr to set the market before agreeing to anything with the Lions, and these comments paint the picture of a guy who is not in that big of a hurry. When Stafford does finally sign, he will become one of the highest-paid players in football.
Jun 15 - 8:16 AM

Greg Robinson appears to have lost his job permanently to Jamon Brown as the Rams' right tackle.

Brown is taking all of the first-team right tackle reps at minicamp, and Robinson "has barely even taken second-team reps." Robinson's $3.3 million base salary is fully guaranteed. Otherwise, Robinson would likely be released.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 10:13 PM

Second-year OL Joe Dahl has been getting the majority of the reps at left tackle in Taylor Decker's (shoulder) absence.

With Decker sidelined 4-6 months, it appears Dahl will be manning the blindside come Week 1. Dahl had been primarily competing at right guard before Decker's injury, but played left tackle his final two years at Washington State. He played just 20 snaps as a rookie. It's not a good situation for the Lions.
Jun 13 - 5:20 PM

Lions CB Quandre Diggs (pectoral) has been cleared.

Diggs went down last December. Diggs had been running as the Lions' slot corner, but was performing poorly. The Detroit Free Press expects Diggs to lose his job to D.J. Hayden, though Hayden isn't exactly the sort of talent who will take a job and run with it. Diggs could still have nickel duties come Week 1.
Jun 13 - 4:56 PM


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