Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website reports Marvin Jones and Matthew Stafford have had "terrific chemistry" all through training camp.

Twentyman labels Jones the Lions' 1A receiver with Golden Tate the 1B. Jones has secured 5-of-6 targets this preseason for 81 yards and shredded his former Bengals teammates for some chunk gains and acrobatic grabs on the sideline last week. He continues to be a strong sixth- to seventh-round fantasy pick.
Aug 26 - 9:05 AM

Lions WR Corey Fuller (foot) will open 2016 on the reserve/PUP list.

It will cost him at least the first six regular season games. Fuller broke his foot at OTAs. He has 18 catches for 288 yards through three NFL seasons.
Aug 25 - 11:39 PM

Seventh-round RB Dwayne Washington is expected to make the Lions' 53-man roster.

Washington's odds got a huge boost when the Lions cut Stevan Ridley loose. "I’ve been impressed with some of the things he’s done," OC Jim Bob Cooter said. "When the guy gets the ball, he does impressive things." Washington figures to open the year behind Zach Zenner for No. 3 duties, but is an elite athlete. He has eight carries for 34 yards through two preseason games.
Aug 25 - 4:57 PM

DetroitLions.com reports Zach Zenner has "consistently" been the No. 3 back in camp.

The Lions admitted as much when they cut Stevan Ridley, but Zenner still has seventh-rounder Dwayne Washington and George Winn to contend with. Zenner has 11 carries for 28 yards (2.54 YPC) through Detroit's first two preseason games. Even with Ameer Abdullah yet to prove himself on early downs, Zenner is off the re-draft radar to begin the season.
Aug 25 - 3:43 PM

Eric Ebron (ankle) did not practice Thursday.

Ebron was in uniform for Tuesday's session but ultimately did not do much work. He was held out completely both Wednesday and Thursday. He is not going to play this week, but he still appears to be on track for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 12:16 PM

The Lions' offense has utilized a no-huddle look on 62 percent of their plays during the preseason.

Detroit used no-huddle on just 7.0 percent of plays last season, finishing 30th in situation-neutral pace according to Football Outsiders. Both numbers should be significantly higher this year. "The faster you can push the tempo, when you want to, really, it just makes it more stressful on the defense," Matthew Stafford said. "If you feel like you're playing at a normal speed, and they think you're playing really fast, it feels a whole lot better for us." Stafford shined with OC Jim Bob Cooter calling the shots late last season, and the coordinator is molding his system to Stafford's strengths again this year. Currently the 16th fantasy quarterback off the board, it is possible Stafford is being undervalued.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 25 - 8:48 AM

Lions SLB Kyle Van Noy has all but locked up a starting job.

"I think he's improved dramatically as a football player," DC Teryl Austin said. "Like anything, until we get to the games, we'll know more. But I'm pleased with his progress and what he's doing, and he's been competing well. I like where he is right now." On track to be a second-round bust through two seasons, Van Noy should finally get an opportunity to play a significant role.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 25 - 8:29 AM

Eric Ebron (ankle) dressed for practice Tuesday, but was held out of individual and team drills.

In other words, Ebron was in uniform, but limited to side work. Either way, it's a sign that he's progressing on schedule. Ebron will probably miss the Lions' final two preseason games, but barring a setback, will be ready to roll for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 6:36 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to play Week 1.

Ebron has been sidelined since August 6 with what Caplan called a "pretty decent ankle sprain." Despite the severity of the injury, Caplan reports Ebron has a shot to play in the fourth preseason game, but it seems unlikely the Lions risk him in a throwaway contest. Even with the missed time, Ebron remains one of the most interesting upside-TE2 picks in fantasy drafts.
Aug 23 - 10:22 AM

MLive's Kyle Meinke said Lions third-round C Graham Glasgow was "closing on" Travis Swanson before injuring his leg.

Unfortunately, Glasgow suffered a leg injury which required him to wear a walking boot during practice this week. Coach Jim Caldwell refused to divulge details, but it looks like the rookie could be out a while. Even so, it is clear he is improving, and it would not be surprising if he supplanted Swanson in the starting lineup soon after he gets healthy.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 23 - 8:13 AM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press gets the "sense" that Eric Ebron (ankle) will be ready for Week 1.

Ebron still isn't practicing, but he was spotted jogging before catching passes from a JUGS machine on Sunday. Birkett says that was the first time he's seen Ebron run since the ankle injury on August 6. Ebron's ADP has fallen nearly two full rounds since he went down. He's a high-end TE2 pick in fantasy.
Aug 21 - 4:59 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein projects seventh-round RB Dwayne Washington to make the team's 53-man roster.

Rothstein previously had Stevan Ridley making the team over Washington. Washington has logged eight carries for 34 yards and a touchdown during preseason play with Ridley totaling 27 yards on nine carries. In addition to Ridley, Rothstein had George Winn getting cut in his latest roster projections. Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner are locked in as the Lions' top three running backs.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 21 - 10:24 AM

Ameer Abdullah was not in a no-contact jersey at Saturday's practice.

It is the first time he has been seen without the red jersey in training camp. The development suggests he is close to ready for action. There is a chance he plays in the third preseason game, and there is no concern about his availability for Week 1.
Aug 20 - 5:14 PM

Marvin Jones caught 4-of-5 targets for 65 yards in the Lions' second preseason game Thursday night.

Facing his former team, Jones gave Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick all kinds of trouble with superb route running and toe-tapping catches down the sideline. Through two preseason affairs, Jones has secured 5-of-6 targets for 81 yards while looking like the most explosive option in Detroit's offense. Jones continues to be a value pick when he lasts until the late sixth and seventh round.
Aug 18 - 10:32 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Lions LB Jon Bostic is out six-to-12 weeks with a broken foot.

It was thought Bostic would be sidelined for the entire season, so this timetable is actually good news. It is still likely he lands on injured reserve, but the Lions could designate him to return later in the season. With Bostic down, Detroit is extremely thin at linebacker.
Aug 16 - 12:27 PM


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