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The Detroit Free Press considers Kevin Ogletree the favorite for the Lions' No. 3 receiver job.

It's just a reminder that the Lions still have serious depth issues at wideout even after signing Golden Tate. They'll be in trouble if Tate or Calvin Johnson gets hurt. Ogletree is competing with Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles and Jeremy Ross. Whomever wins the job won't have any fantasy value.
Jul 31 - 6:57 PM

Joique Bell (knee) is cutting and accelerating "with ease" at Lions camp.

Bell rested during OTAs and minicamp, but it was never a real concern. He's been back to 100 percent since early July, and is not limited at camp. Bell, who was just handed a three-year contract by the Lions, has a realistic shot at leading the team in carries. There's some value in his current fifth-round ADP.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 30 - 9:40 PM

Lions DL coach Jim Washburn believes RE Ziggy Ansah "can be an elite player at some point in time."

"He’s got real potential," Washburn continued. "He’s got elite potential, he’s just got to do it." Ansah has been sidelined throughout the offseason and during training camp as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He may miss most of camp, but should be ready for the opener. Under new DC Teryl Austin, Ansah is expected to move around more. But he's going to get after the quarterback.
Jul 30 - 1:21 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports first-round TE Eric Ebron has dropped "an inordinate number" of passes through spring and the first two days of camp.

Before the draft, at least one NFL scout questioned Ebron's hands, especially when going over the middle. He had an 11.4 percent drop rate last season at UNC. Coach Jim Caldwell isn't worried, and blames Ebron learning so many positions and thinking too much for his shaky hands. It could be an up-and-down rookie year for Ebron. He's a late flier in re-draft, but we love him in Dynasty.
Jul 30 - 9:56 AM

Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has "spent time" with the first-team offense during the first two days of training camp.

Ogletree is competing with the likes of Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles, and Jeremy Ross for the third receiver role in Detroit. Though he seems like the front runner now, Ogletree will carry little fantasy value even if he wins the job. The Lions love to utilize their running backs in the passing game, and rookie TE Eric Ebron should see most of his snaps in the slot this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 10:16 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions are willing to let walk-year DT Ndamukong Suh reach the open market next offseason.

Per Rapoport, the Lions want an "informed" Suh to "sign a deal he’s happy with." It's a bizarre tact, one that would all but assure Suh leaves as a free agent. Players of his caliber almost never hit the market. It's possible the Lions are simply tired of the Suh experience, but he's an irreplaceable presence up front.
Jul 29 - 7:35 PM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team's "expecting a good performance" from second-year CB Darius Slay this season.

Mayhew has put all his eggs in Slay's basket after not drafting a cornerback high and releasing "top" CB Chris Houston last month. Slay is atop the depth chart after an up-and-down rookie season. He'll be bookended by soon-to-be 34-year-old Rashean Mathis. The Lions are really going to need a lot out of their pass rush to help mask potential secondary problems.
Jul 29 - 12:27 PM

Mike Leshoure reported to training camp at 242 pounds.

Leshoure played at 227 two seasons ago when he led the Lions in rushing, and was at 233 last year. He's always been a big back, but 242 is awfully heavy. Considering Leshoure was never overly explosive, the weight gain isn't a positive in our eyes. The Lions don't seem concerned. Coach Jim Caldwell believes Leshoure is in "very good shape." Leshoure's ticketed for No. 4 duties.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 29 - 12:01 PM

The Lions are tabling extension talks with walk-year DT Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

The word comes from team president Tom Lewand, who remains "optimistic" a deal will get done. It's quite a gamble from the Lions, who boast precious little leverage in talks with one of the league's very best players. Thanks to his insane salary-cap number this season, Suh would cost $26.7 million to franchise tag in 2015. That means it's not going to happen, and that Suh will reach the open market if the sides can't hammer out an extension before free agency.
Jul 28 - 3:26 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell is "impressed" by how Matthew Stafford is performing early in training camp.

Stafford has a firm grasp on the new scheme and is also flashing improved mechanics. "In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things," Caldwell said. With Golden Tate and Eric Ebron added to an already potent attack, Stafford's arrow is pointing up. He's our No. 4 quarterback behind only Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.
Jul 28 - 10:55 AM

Lions removed Golden Tate (shoulder) from active/PUP.

Tate's "injury" was never considered serious and he will practice Monday. Calvin Johnson's new bookend will finally get to spread his underrated wings as he's escaped the Seahawks' run-heavy scheme. We're expecting career-best numbers for Tate.
Jul 28 - 10:11 AM

Lions DT Nick Fairley reported to training camp at 305 pounds, down 15 from this time last year.

He's up ten pounds from his minicamp weight, although that appears to be by design. It's worth noting Fairley's 2011 Scouting Combine weigh-in was 6-foot-4, 291. Still only 26, Fairley is entering the final year of his rookie deal. He's collected 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles through three seasons.
Jul 27 - 2:10 PM

The Lions plan to use Darius Slay in more man-coverage this season.

Slay struggled with zone and off-man coverages as a rookie, and should benefit from playing closer to the line of scrimmage. The Lions are expected to run a more aggressive, press-man scheme under DC Teryl Austin. Slay had just five pass breakups and 34 tackles in 13 games last year. Slay and Rashean Mathis are Detroit's starters on the outside, with Bill Bentley the favorite for nickel duties.
Jul 26 - 6:37 PM

MLive.com's Justin Rogers doesn't envision Mikel Leshoure "having any role" in the Lions' offense "unless there's an injury."

Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Reddick are leaps and bounds ahead of Leshoure on the depth chart. The Lions claim Leshoure isn't being viewed as an afterthought, but we're not taking the bait. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract, and will likely ride the bench for much of it before entering free agency next spring. Leshoure just turned 24 in March.
Jul 25 - 11:03 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Lions are "not optimistic" about agreeing to an extension with Ndamukong Suh before the season.

That's bad news, as Suh's $22.412 million cap number means he'd cost $26.7 million to franchise tag next offseason. One of the league's most dominant players, Suh holds all the cards in long-term talks.
Jul 24 - 4:13 PM


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