Player News - Lions

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Calvin Johnson said he knew 2015 would be his last year in the NFL before the season began.

Johnson has not wavered in his retirement decision, but that will not stop the comeback questions from popping up every time he is in public. He was asked about the future at his "Catching Dreams" football camp on Saturday, and he swatted down any talk of unretiring. Unfortunately for people who like to watch elite receivers dominate, Johnson has played his last NFL snap.
Jun 25 - 12:56 PM

Lions WR Andre Caldwell reportedly showed well during the offseason program.

Signed to a one-year deal in May, the eight-year veteran earned praise for his showing both on offense and special teams during minicamp. He will compete with fellow veterans Andre Roberts and Corey Fuller as well as undrafted rookies Jay Lee and Quinshad Davis for the No. 5 role.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 25 - 11:32 AM

MLive reports Rafael Bush is the "clear leader in the clubhouse" for the Lions' starting strong safety job.

Glover Quin is locked in at free safety, but there is a fairly open competition between Bush, Tavon Wilson, and rookie Miles Killebrew brewing at the other safety spot. Bush appears to have the early lead, but he has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. Killebrew is the future at the position, and it would not be surprising to see him makes starts this year.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 25 - 10:38 AM

No. 16 overall pick Taylor Decker took every snap at left tackle during the offseason practices open to the media.

It is officially time to call Decker the Lions' left tackle. Riley Reiff will switch to the right side in the final year of his rookie deal, strengthening a position which was a real issue for Detroit last season. The future is slightly more hazy on the interior of the line, with at least two of the three positions in question.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 25 - 10:12 AM

Matthew Stafford believes WR T.J. Jones could be in for a breakout season.

After playing limited snaps as a rookie, Jones should play a much bigger role in year two as the Lions look to replace top wideout Calvin Johnson. Jones came on strong late last season, logging eight targets against the Rams in Week 14 and later scoring his first touchdown against the 49ers in Week 16. Head coach Jim Caldwell praised Jones for his versatility. "He can catch screens for you. He can take off and go when he gets a seam," said Caldwell. "We really expect him to come forward and be a little bit more of a prominent threat." Jones isn't on the fantasy radar yet but he's trending in the right direction.
Jun 24 - 1:48 PM

Lions.com reporter Tim Twentyman considers DE Devin Taylor a candidate for double-digit sacks this season.

Taylor should be plenty motivated heading into his walk year. He finished second on the team with seven sacks last season and could face a lot of one-on-one blocks with Ziggy Ansah and Haloti Ngata attracting attention on the other side of the line. The 2013 fourth-round pick is slated to begin the year as a starter for the first time in his career.
Jun 24 - 1:13 PM

DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman thinks Tahir Whitehead could surpass 100 tackles this season.

The strong favorite for the starting middle linebacker job following the departure of Stephen Tulloch, Whitehead is in a great position to rack up counting stats. A three-down linebacker, he notched 91 tackles in 2014 while filling in for an injured Tulloch for 13 games. He is a solid sleeper in IDP formats.
Jun 24 - 9:26 AM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' website expects Ameer Abdullah to get "every opportunity" to carry "most of the load" in the Detroit backfield.

Abdullah is still recovering from January shoulder surgery, but he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Even without seeing him this spring, Lions beat writers have been talking the sophomore up as a potential breakout candidate. Abdullah averaged a respectable 4.2 YPC as a rookie, but after the Week 9 bye and promotion of OC Jim Bob Cooter, Abdullah averaged 4.7 YPC to finish the year strong. Abdullah is currently being drafted as RB29 in MFL best-ball leagues. He's a strong mid-round flier with upside.
Jun 23 - 9:52 AM

With Calvin Johnson retired, Matthew Stafford expects to "spread the ball around a bunch" this season.

Stafford thinks the absence of a clear No. 1 option like Johnson could actually make things more difficult for opposing defenses. "It’s gonna, I think, be tougher for defenses in a certain way that they don’t know who we’re going to," Stafford said. "A bunch of guys are gonna get a ton of catches and we’re gonna be alright." Free-agent addition Marvin Jones and Golden Tate should take on the majority of Johnson's targets, but the Lions will need people like Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick, and T.J. Jones to step up.
Jun 21 - 11:00 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said third-round C Graham Glasgow "made some strides" during minicamp.

The rookie worked with the third-team offense throughout the spring, but it sounds like he could start to climb the depth chart once training camp opens. "Really, the last week or so he’s really made some strides because we put a lot on the center, a lot like we do on the quarterback," Caldwell said. "That is a lot of information for a young guy to handle, so it takes them a little while." If Glasgow can pick up the offense, he should push incumbent starter Travis Swanson in camp.
Jun 21 - 8:48 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes sophomore RB Zach Zenner has "a good shot" to make the final roster.

Zenner made the roster last season, but multiple broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung landed him on injured reserve after Week 6. He was cleared to resume football activities in January. Zenner will need to beat out George Winn and seventh-rounder Dwayne Washington to secure a roster spot, but that is not a herculean task if he is healthy. Depending on how Stevan Ridley looks, Zenner could even find himself as the "big-back" complement to Ameer Abdullah.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 10:46 AM

The Oakland Press expects rookie DT A'Shawn Robinson to be a Week 1 starter.

Robinson has taken advantage of first-team reps with Tyrunn Walker sidelined. He'll enter camp as the favorite for the three-technique role next to Haloti Ngata.
Jun 18 - 5:01 PM

Lions DT Haloti Ngata said he is feeling like his old self.

Coach Jim Caldwell agreed, saying the staff is "getting a sense" of how good Ngata can be after he was hampered by injuries his first year in Detroit. Even at 32, Ngata has the ability to anchor a defensive line when healthy. The Lions will hope he stays that way this season.
Jun 18 - 11:15 AM

Travis Swanson has been working as the Lions' first-team center throughout the offseason program.

Swanson was a 14-game starter last season, but the Lions brought in stiff competition in the form of third-round pick Graham Glasgow. The rookie was expected to push Swanson right out of the gate, but Glasgow has been working with the third-team offense. Perhaps that changes in training camp, but as of now Swanson appears to be the favorite to start.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 18 - 9:41 AM

Coach Jim Caldwell said "there's not a phase" of the position Lions sixth-round QB Jake Rudock "has under control" after OTAs and minicamp.

Rudock gives Rams QB Sean Mannion a running as the most wasted draft pick of the decade. The rookie has been vastly outplayed by veteran Dan Orlovsky this spring and has virtually no chance to pass him on the depth chart. Rudock spent one year at Michigan but doesn't have an NFL-caliber arm.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 17 - 11:27 AM


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