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New Lions OC Joe Lombardi confirmed Joique Bell and Reggie Bush will "kind of have a split role."

"I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive," Lombardi said. We figured as much when the Lions signed Bell to a three-year, $9.3 million deal and hired new coach Jim Caldwell, who likes to run a more traditional offense than shotgun-obsessed Scott Linehan. The Detroit backfield is shaping up as a true 50:50 timeshare. We wouldn't be surprised at all if Bell led the team in 2014 carries, with Bush in a "space back" role.
Apr 15 - 8:47 AM

Lions agreed to terms with CB Rashean Mathis on a one-year contract.

Mathis was surprisingly the Lions' best corner last year, grading out 27th among 110 qualifiers per Pro Football Focus. But as he enters his age-34 season, he'll ideally be a stopgap No. 3 or 4 behind starters Chris Houston and Darius Slay. This signing shouldn't prevent the Lions from using a high draft pick on a cornerback, though we suspect they'll avoid one at No. 10 overall. There isn't a top-ten cornerback talent in this particular draft.
Apr 14 - 11:20 AM

Lions claimed DE/LB Kourtnei Brown off waivers from the Bills.

He has previous stints on the 49ers and Redskins practice squads, but hasn't appeared in a game since entering the league in 2012. 25-year-old Brown will spend the next few months trying to earn an invite to Lions training camp.
Apr 11 - 5:12 PM

Ndamukong Suh is skipping Detroit's voluntary workouts.

"It certainly didn’t blindside me," coach Jim Caldwell said. "He’s been in and out (of the facility). He was actually around a couple of days when I came to visit. So we kind of knew exactly what was going on." It's Suh's normal offseason routine. It's only news because of his controversial history.
Apr 10 - 3:04 PM

Bills waived LB Kourtnei Brown.

A former undrafted free agent, Brown has yet to appear in an NFL game. Getting waived at this stage of the offseason suggests he never will.
Apr 10 - 2:10 PM

Reggie Bush said he's fine with a potentially reduced workload this season.

Bush sees the writing on the wall. Instead of letting Joique Bell play on a one-year RFA tender, the Lions gave him a $9.3 million contract with $4.3 million guaranteed. Furthermore, the new Jim Caldwell regime is installing fewer pass-happy shotgun formations and more traditional sets that include a fullback. We're expecting Bell to lead the team in carries while Bush (now 29 years old) operates as more of a passing back.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 10 - 10:08 AM

Ryan Broyles (Achilles') has been cleared to participate in offseason workouts.

If nothing else, Broyles has proven to be an extremely quick healer. He tore his Achilles' in late October. Broyles probably won't do much in voluntary workouts this week or at OTAs but could be ready to roll for training camp. The Lions can't rely on Broyles, but he'll have a shot to earn the No. 4 or 5 receiver job.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 9 - 3:05 PM

The Lions' official website believes CB Chris Greenwood "could be a real wild card" and compete for defensive snaps.

Greenwood, a 2012 fifth-rounder who's in his second stint with the Lions after a brief pit stop in Dallas, played 67 snaps -- his only snaps of 2013 -- over the final two games last season and received positive marks from Pro Football Focus. He has ideal size at 6-foot-1 and 193 pounds. The Lions are looking for any help they can get at cornerback after LCB Chris Houston's disastrous 2013.
Apr 8 - 10:18 AM

Lions signed CB Cassius Vaughn to a one-year contract.

The Lions worked him out on Monday and moved quickly to add him. We're not surprised Vaughn looked good in shorts -- he has 4.42 speed -- but he has struggled mightily whenever asked to cover receivers in the NFL. Vaughn is a better special teamer and returner. He'll vie for a roster spot with Detroit.
Apr 7 - 2:04 PM

Free agent CB Cassius Vaughn is working out for the Lions Monday.

Vaughn started 15 games for the Colts over the last two seasons, often getting roasted in coverage. This is the first known interest the 26-year-old attracted since hitting the open market last month. The Lions continue to look for depth to add to their annually leaky secondary.
Apr 7 - 9:09 AM

Glover Quin will play the Ed Reed role in DC Teryl Austin's scheme.

Austin was Reed's position coach in Baltimore in 2011 and 2012. Quin will no longer play sides like he did under Gunther Cunningham, instead dropping to the deeper part of the field and reading the quarterback. It's a free safety position built for players with a nose for the ball, something Quin has shown during his five-year career. He's recorded 57 pass breakups, eight interceptions and four forced fumbles.
Apr 7 - 9:04 AM

Lions CB Darius Slay (knee) is 100 percent healthy.

Slay tore his meniscus in December. He also underwent a knee scope shortly after last year's draft. This offseason is considered a big one for the second-year corner. The Lions are banking on Slay taking the next step and possibly developing into their No. 1 corner. LCB Chris Houston was a disaster in 2013, and veteran stopgap Rashean Mathis hasn't been re-signed.
Apr 6 - 9:58 AM

Lions signed OT J.B. Shugarts.

With Detroit losing Jason Fox to free agency, 24-year-old Shugarts will compete for the No. 4 tackle spot behind Riley Reiff, LaAdrian Waddle, and Corey Hilliard. An undrafted free agent in 2012, Shugarts has spent time on the Browns, Cowboys and Jets practice squads the last two seasons.
Apr 4 - 7:33 PM

Lions signed QB Dan Orlovsky, formerly of the Bucs, to a one-year contract.

As expected. Orlovsky, 31 in August, was said to be at the top of the Lions' list for No. 2 duties after failing to re-sign Shaun Hill and missing out on Luke McCown. Orlovsky started five games for Lions coach Jim Caldwell's Colts in 2011.
Apr 2 - 4:04 PM

LaAdrian Waddle is considered the favorite for the Lions starting right tackle job.

Waddle started eight of the final nine games on the right side for Detroit as an undrafted rookie and received positive marks from Pro Football Focus as both a pass and run blocker. He's a big boy at 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds and dominated at times in the run game. Corey Hilliard will likely be the swing tackle.
Source: MLive.com
Apr 2 - 2:56 PM


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