Player News - Lions

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Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Dwayne Washington is "still learning how to play NFL football."

It comes on the heels of an up-and-down rookie year for the seventh-round pick. "I think he would maybe like some of his runs back," said Cooter. Washington saw more snaps than expected with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on the shelf, but he was phased out down the stretch as the Lions went with Zach Zenner. Washington isn't a lock to keep his roster spot this summer.
Jan 20 - 2:24 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein doesn't expect impeding free agent RT Riley Reiff to re-sign with Detroit.

Reiff is expected to market himself as a left tackle after starting the first four seasons of his career there before flipping to right tackle this past season to make room for 2016 first-round LT Taylor Decker. Reiff may not be able to find a suitor to give him a left-tackle gig, but the Lions also have RG Larry Warford as a free agent-to-be. Reiff will likely command $6-8 million per year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 8:35 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said he thinks WLB DeAndre Levy "can be the same player he was a couple years ago."

Levy has lost most of the past two seasons to injury, but he played well after returning down the stretch. "It looks to me, he was getting healthier and healthier as the weeks went on when he came back," Quinn said. "That’s what we envision." A serious injury risk and set to count $8.39 million against the cap, Levy is theoretically a potential cap cut, but Detroit would not save much by releasing him and has very little talent at linebacker. Perhaps the two sides work out a restructured deal, but Levy should be back for his age-30 season.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 9:36 AM

Eric Ebron said his goal for 2017 is to stay healthy and reach 1,000 receiving yards.

Ebron hasn't played all 16 games in a season since being drafted No. 10 overall in 2014. He missed three games this year with knee and ankle injuries and played hurt much of the first half of the season. Ebron still managed to set career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711) while cutting down on his drops. Only two tight ends managed 1,000 yards in 2016. Ebron can become a fantasy asset in 2017 if he stays healthy and gets more involved in the red zone.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

Free agent RG Larry Warford expects to test the open market.

Warford had a bounce back year after an injury filled 2015, missing just one game and grading as a top-25 guard at PFF. He should draw interest from multiple teams this offseason. Detroit has Laken Tomlinson as Warford's potential replacement.
Jan 14 - 2:45 PM

When asked if Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick could be lead backs, Lions GM Bob Quinn said, "I do."

The Riddick remark can be safely ignored — he's more of a wide receiver than running back — but Quinn's continued trust in Abdullah is notable. The Lions' run game scuffled badly in his absence this year, though Zach Zenner emerged as a passable three-down back down the stretch. We're guessing Abdullah will be the No. 1 running back heading into training camp, but won't be gifted the starting job.
Jan 12 - 3:26 PM

Speaking about his 2016, Marvin Jones said "in terms of my standards, it wasn't good at all."

408 of Jones' 930 yards came in his first three games. "When you look at how I started, you wouldn't think it would end this way," Jones said. "Obviously, I had some uncharacteristic drops here and there and early on. I never had a season like this. I don't know what to say." Jones is still only 27 (in March), but he's now looked like more of a role player than No. 1 receiver with two different teams/quarterbacks. There's no real reason to expect a major 2017 leap.
Jan 10 - 6:58 PM

Lions signed RB Mike James, TE Kennard Backman, TE Khari Lee, LB Steve Longa, OT Matt Rotheram, T/G Brandon Thomas, WR Andrew Turzilli, and CB Charles Washington to reserve/future contracts.

We already blurbed Jared Abbrederis, who was among this group. Backman is a former Packers draft pick. James has spent most of his career at the bottom of the Bucs' roster. Thomas is a former top-100 pick of the 49ers.
Jan 9 - 4:42 PM

Lions signed WR Jared Abbrederis, formerly of the Packers.

Abbrederis announced the signing on his Twitter account. It's likely a reserve/future deal that will allow Abbrederis to attend all Lions offseason training and give him a shot to make the 53 if he holds onto a roster spot into August.
Jan 9 - 1:36 PM

Ameer Abdullah (foot) expects to be 100 percent for the start of OTAs.

Abdullah injured his foot in Week 2 and ended up missing the remainder of the season despite the Lions holding out hope that he could return from I.R. He carried the ball 18 times for 101 scoreless yards in two games, adding a 5-57-1 receiving line. With the emergence of Zach Zenner as a three-down back the final couple games, Abdullah's 2017 role has become unclear.
Jan 9 - 11:39 AM

Impending free agent Anquan Boldin hinted after the Wild Card loss to the Seahawks that he would like to continue his playing career.

"Yeah," Boldin said. "I haven’t sat down with my family at this point, but there’s still a passion that burns within me for football." Boldin just wrapped up his age-36 season but showed he still has game left in the tank. He isn't someone who is going to win with speed, but Boldin catches everything thrown to him and became one of Matthew Stafford's most-trusted red-zone targets. If he wants to play in 2017, the Lions would likely bring him back.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 9 - 9:40 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions DC Teryl Austin's interview for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy will take place on Tuesday.

Austin is also interviewing for the Rams' job. The Lions' defense got pasted in three straight games to close out the season, but Austin is well regarded in league circles. We'd say he's 50-50 to land a head-coaching job this offseason.
Jan 8 - 9:46 PM

Zach Zenner played 53-of-55 offensive snaps in Saturday's Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

A week earlier he played 64-of-66 offensive snaps in a loss to Green Bay. Detroit's season ended in disappointing fashion but Zenner shined down the stretch by averaging 96.7 yards from scrimmage with three touchdowns over his last three outings. Zenner has clearly surpassed rookie Dwayne Washington on the depth chart but is still behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, who were both hampered by injuries in 2016.
Jan 8 - 11:12 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for head-coaching vacancies in Los Angeles and San Diego.

Both teams had already shown interest but couldn't interview Austin until the Lions were eliminated from the postseason. After losing to Seattle in the Wild Card round, Austin is now free to pursue a head-coaching opportunity. Austin made the rounds last offseason as well, earning interviews with the Browns, Dolphins, Giants and Titans. He just finished his third season as the Lions' DC.
Jan 8 - 8:29 AM

Eric Ebron hauled in 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in the Lions' Wild Card loss to the Seahawks.

At least two of the missed connections were drops, and he did not record a catch in the second half. It is a fitting end for Ebron, who once again flashed big-time upside as a pass catcher but also missed three games due to injury and disappeared for big stretches when healthy. Ebron did post new career-highs in catches (61) and yards (711), but he found the end zone just twice, and one of those was on the ground. The Lions will have to decide by May 3 whether to pick up Ebron's fifth-year option for 2018, which will cost somewhere north of $8 million due to his top-10 status. Detroit will likely activate the option, but it is not a slam dunk.
Jan 8 - 12:43 AM


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