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Mikel Leshoure enters camp "seemingly entrenched" as the Lions' No. 4 tailback, behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Riddick.

Leshoure is a between-the-tackles grinder, whereas Bush, Bell, and Riddick can theoretically all function on all three downs. Leshoure, 24, could be floated as trade bait as the season draws closer. He's on the roster bubble.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 23 - 9:43 PM

Lions placed WR Golden Tate (shoulder) and RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) on the active/PUP list.

Rookie WR T.J. Jones (shoulder) joins them. Tate landed on his shoulder wrong in the spring. We'll consider him day-to-day. Ansah is recovering from shoulder surgery and was fully expected to open camp on PUP. He'll be ready for Week 1.
Jul 23 - 5:26 PM

Lions rookie WR T.J. Jones (shoulder surgery) may not be ready for the start of training camp.

The Lions open camp next Monday. A sixth-round pick, Jones will start off behind the eight ball as he competes for sub-package receiver duties behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Jones primarily practiced at Z receiver during pre-camp workouts. Megatron played Z under outgoing OC Scott Linehan, but is more likely to be utilized at X by new playcaller Joe Lombardi, with Tate at Z.
Jul 21 - 2:42 PM

The Detroit Free Press believes DT Ndamukong Suh will get a contract extension before Week 1.

Suh, still on his rookie deal, is under contract for $11.55 million this season and then has a voidable year at just $3.5 million in 2015. The Lions are going to have to make him one of the league's highest paid defenders sooner rather than later. In four NFL seasons, Suh has piled up 27.5 sacks, been named a first-team All-Pro twice and missed just two games.
Jul 21 - 9:02 AM

Lions signed G Garrett Reynolds.

Reynolds opened last season as the Falcons' starting right guard, but was benched following Week 12 and was released in February. The 27-year-old will fight for a reserve role behind starting guards Larry Warford and Rob Sims.
Jul 17 - 12:33 PM

Seventh-round rookie Nate Freese is favored to win the Lions kicking job.

The Lions wouldn't have used a draft pick on a kicker if they didn't expect him to easily beat out Giorgio Tavecchio. Freese made all 20 of his field-goal attempts at Boston College last year and will be on the fantasy radar as a dome kicker in an explosive offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 11:13 AM

Lions signed RB George Winn, formerly of the Patriots.

A 2013 undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati, Winn had cups of coffee with the Patriots and Texans last offseason. He spent time on the Cowboys, Raiders, and Steelers' practice squads, but failed to earn a futures contract after the season. Winn will be a major roster long shot with Detroit.
Jul 16 - 8:26 PM

Lions second-year RE Ziggy Ansah will be moved around more in new DC Teryl Austin's defense.

"I like the changes we have now," Ansah said. "I don’t always have to be on the right side. I can get up and move around and drop into coverage." Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last season despite playing limited snaps. He should see his role on defense increase this season, and is a good bet to break the double-digit sack barrier.
Jul 10 - 10:35 AM

Lions FB Jed Collins should win the starting job in camp.

Collins worked with new OC Joe Lombardi in New Orleans and is more accomplished as a lead blocker than his competition, Montell Owens. Collins' presence is great news for Joique Bell. Bell rushed for 182 yards on 31 carries (5.87 YPC) in the 2011 preseason running almost exclusively behind Collins.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 10 - 10:26 AM

Ndamukong Suh's personal trainer says he'll report to camp as a "physical specimen."

Suh's absence from voluntary workouts led to lots of pointless sound and fury, but was never a concern. "Ndamukong is a stud," Suh's trainer said. "A guy like that is a pretty unique guy. ... He knows what he has to do to be ready, and I think he's proven that every year he's been ready." Already one of the league's most-imposing physical presences, Suh is firmly in his prime heading into his age-27 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 8:22 AM

Joique Bell (knee) has been cleared to run at full speed, and says he's "feeling 100 percent."

Bell missed all of OTAs and minicamp, but received medical clearance two weeks after last month's minicamp came to a close. He plans to report to training camp a few days early to test out his body. Bell has been working out at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Performance Center the past few weeks. We like Bell better than his current late-fifth round ADP. He has high-end RB2 upside.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 8 - 1:40 PM

Backup QB Dan Orlovsky expects Theo Riddick to serve in a Darren Sproles-like role for the Lions.

We're a bit loath to post about a No. 2 quarterback praising a No. 3 running back, but this isn't the first we've heard of a Sproles-type role for Riddick. "(Riddick), he wasn’t covered a single time in OTAs and minicamp," Orlovsky said. "And I think that it’s even going to be easier for him when he gets pads on because, once linebackers just try to start colliding him, and that’s what teams started to do with Sproles sometimes. ... You hit the home run once every 10 plays, and then 9 out of 10 times, Sproles wins. And that’s what I think Theo’s going to do for us." Riddick is unlikely to make a re-draft impact behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, but is becoming a more-attractive target in Dynasty leagues.
Jul 7 - 2:56 PM

Ryan Broyles has been working with a speed coach this summer.

Broyles has suffered two ACL tears and a torn Achilles' the past three years. The Detroit Free Press observed during the spring that Broyles didn't look as explosive as he did in college. That's to be expected. His explosion has been sapped by injuries. He still appears to be the favorite for No. 3 receiver duties, but isn't really on the fantasy radar outside of deeper PPR leagues.
Jul 6 - 11:50 AM

Brandon Pettigrew says he's embraced a more blocking-oriented role following the Lions' selection of Eric Ebron.

"Whatever it is, I’m a team guy," said Pettigrew, who inked a four-year, $16 million contract to stay in Detroit before the Ebron pick was made. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We’re trying to win." Look for Pettigrew to play the Ben Watson role in new OC Joe Lombardi's offense, with Ebron eased into Jimmy Graham duties. 29-year-old Pettigrew has no fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 1:46 PM

New Lions DC Teryl Austin is expected to employ DeAndre Levy as a strict weak-side linebacker.

Levy played the majority of his snaps on the weak side under coach Jim Schwartz and DC Gunther Cunningham last season, but moved around some and had a breakout campaign. He was a stud in coverage, reeling in six interceptions and breaking up 15 passes. With rookie Kyle Van Noy now in the picture on the strong side, Levy will man WILL with Stephen Tulloch at MIKE.
Jul 2 - 2:17 PM


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