Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Lions RG T.J. Lang (hip, foot) said he will be ready for training camp.

Lang underwent foot and hip surgeries after the season, but that did not stop the Lions from giving him a three-year, $28.5-million contract early in free agency. The veteran will sit out his first offseason program in Detroit, but he claimed to be a little ahead of schedule in his recovery. With Rick Wagner now at right tackle, the Lions managed to upgrade their offensive line despite losing Larry Warford and Riley Reiff in free agency.
Apr 25 - 12:34 PM

Lions signed P Kasey Redfern.

An UDFA in 2014, Redfern has yet to play in a regular season game. He is just a camp leg behind Sam Martin and Matt Prater.
Apr 25 - 10:40 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said the team has yet to make a decision on Eric Ebron's fifth-year team option for 2018.

"It’s a possibility," Quinn said. "We’re still in the process of evaluating Eric’s situation. We have until May 2, so we’ll use our time." Quinn said what the Lions do in the draft could alter their plans for Ebron's future. There have been stories from beat writers about the potential for Detroit to start overhauling its tight end room this year, though Quinn has also openly said he's willing to talk extension with Ebron. Ebron has incrementally gotten better each year he's been in the NFL.
Apr 21 - 9:35 AM

Golden Tate singled out second-year WR Jace Billingsley as a player who could earn more playing time this season.

Tate obviously isn't making personnel decisions in Detroit, but this isn't the first time Billingsley's name has come up this offseason. Dubbed "White Thunder" by Tate, Billingsley is a small, shifty slot receiver at 5'8/189. "He reminds me a lot of a younger me," Tate said. "Just very, very shifty. I think he’s got some running back in him. ... I hope to see him out there. I trust him. I think he’s a heck of a player." The slot job is open with Anquan Boldin still a free agent.
Apr 19 - 3:13 PM

Matthew Stafford (finger) said he has been throwing for a month and a half.

Stafford was bothered by an injured finger late in the season, but the issue did not require surgery and he is already back to normal. He should be good to go for the entire offseason program. Entering the final year of his deal, Stafford is expected to get a market-setting extension this summer.
Apr 18 - 12:31 PM

Lions signed WR T.J. Jones to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

Jones was an exclusive rights free agent. DE Kerry Hyder and LB Brandon Copeland also signed their ERFA tenders on Monday. A sixth-round pick in 2014, Jones missed all of his rookie year with nerve damage from a shoulder injury and was waived at final cuts last season before finding his way back to the roster in December. He will fight for one of the final spots on the roster in camp.
Apr 18 - 9:26 AM

Lions re-signed OT Cornelius Lucas to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.

It's the value of the low tender Lucas was extended as a restricted free agent. Lucas is the favorite to open the season as the Lions' swing tackle.
Apr 17 - 9:12 AM

Lions CB Alex Carter said he was not fully healthy last season.

A third-round pick in 2015, Carter lost his rookie season to an ankle injury and spent most of his sophomore season on the practice squad working back from the same issue. Carter said doctors have not been able to tell him why his recovery has taken so long before adding his ankle "is never going to be the same." Entering his third season with just one appearance under his belt, Carter could fall out of the league if he cannot get and stay healthy.
Source: ESPN
Apr 11 - 9:12 AM

The Lions have yet to open extension talks with contract-year RE Ziggy Ansah.

The Lions want to lock up Ansah, but there’s been no progress to this point. Things should heat up closer to training camp. Ansah would cost $16.9 million if franchised in 2018.
Apr 7 - 8:02 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn believes newly-signed TE Darren Fells has some upside as a receiver.

Fells will be 31 soon and has 40 catches in three NFL seasons, but the Lions think he can offer more. "He’s a big, primarily blocking tight end," Quinn said, "but we think we can utilize him in other areas as well because he’s a really athletic guy for being so big." Perhaps Fells falls into some desperation fantasy value if something happens to Eric Ebron, but even that seems highly unlikely.
Apr 6 - 11:18 AM

Lions signed LB Nick Bellore, formerly of the 49ers, to a one-year contract.

Bellore started 10 games for the lowly Niners last season, but in Detroit he'll surely be asked to play more of a special teams role as a backup.
Apr 3 - 12:06 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn considers Miles Killebrew a "safety, first and foremost."

Killebrew has the size to be a linebacker (6'2/222) and played that position in certain sub-packages last year. But ultimately the Lions believe his future is at safety. "You can call him what you want to call him," said Quinn. "He can play down near the box because of his size, but he’s a safety." The 2016 fourth-rounder could push starter Tavon Wilson for snaps at strong safety this season.
Apr 2 - 9:47 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he is "glad" DT Haloti Ngata decided to come back for his 12th season.

Ngata considered retirement following the season, but he is coming back for his third year in Detroit. Ngata has not played 16 games since 2011 and no longer contributes as a pass rusher, but he is a solid anchor in the middle of the line and a great veteran presence in the locker room.
Apr 1 - 10:14 AM

The Detroit Free Press considers LG Laken Tomlinson's roster spot in jeopardy.

Tomlinson made double-digit starts his first two seasons, but is coming off a down 2016. With T.J. Lang and Graham Glasgow expected to man the starting guard jobs, Tomlinson could face competition for a backup role. Tomlinson is set to make $2.3 million in the third year of his rookie deal.
Mar 29 - 7:07 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell expects Ameer Abdullah (foot) to be ready for OTAs.

"He’ll be able to, at some point, work out there on the field this spring. So we’ll see where he is," Caldwell said. "Obviously, we know what he can do. He’ll bounce back and play well for us. He’ll be fine." Abdullah was medically cleared earlier this month, but it sounds like he could be limited at OTAs. The Lions haven't ruled out upgrading on Abdullah in the draft.
Mar 29 - 6:25 PM


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