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Lions second-year RE Ziggy Ansah will be moved around more in new DC Teryl Austin's defense.

"I like the changes we have now," Ansah said. "I don’t always have to be on the right side. I can get up and move around and drop into coverage." Ansah led all rookies with eight sacks last season despite playing limited snaps. He should see his role on defense increase this season, and is a good bet to break the double-digit sack barrier.
Jul 10 - 10:35 AM

Lions FB Jed Collins should win the starting job in camp.

Collins worked with new OC Joe Lombardi in New Orleans and is more accomplished as a lead blocker than his competition, Montell Owens. Collins' presence is great news for Joique Bell. Bell rushed for 182 yards on 31 carries (5.87 YPC) in the 2011 preseason running almost exclusively behind Collins.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 10 - 10:26 AM

Ndamukong Suh's personal trainer says he'll report to camp as a "physical specimen."

Suh's absence from voluntary workouts led to lots of pointless sound and fury, but was never a concern. "Ndamukong is a stud," Suh's trainer said. "A guy like that is a pretty unique guy. ... He knows what he has to do to be ready, and I think he's proven that every year he's been ready." Already one of the league's most-imposing physical presences, Suh is firmly in his prime heading into his age-27 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 9 - 8:22 AM

Joique Bell (knee) has been cleared to run at full speed, and says he's "feeling 100 percent."

Bell missed all of OTAs and minicamp, but received medical clearance two weeks after last month's minicamp came to a close. He plans to report to training camp a few days early to test out his body. Bell has been working out at Jay Glazer's Unbreakable Performance Center the past few weeks. We like Bell better than his current late-fifth round ADP. He has high-end RB2 upside.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 8 - 1:40 PM

Backup QB Dan Orlovsky expects Theo Riddick to serve in a Darren Sproles-like role for the Lions.

We're a bit loath to post about a No. 2 quarterback praising a No. 3 running back, but this isn't the first we've heard of a Sproles-type role for Riddick. "(Riddick), he wasn’t covered a single time in OTAs and minicamp," Orlovsky said. "And I think that it’s even going to be easier for him when he gets pads on because, once linebackers just try to start colliding him, and that’s what teams started to do with Sproles sometimes. ... You hit the home run once every 10 plays, and then 9 out of 10 times, Sproles wins. And that’s what I think Theo’s going to do for us." Riddick is unlikely to make a re-draft impact behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, but is becoming a more-attractive target in Dynasty leagues.
Jul 7 - 2:56 PM

Ryan Broyles has been working with a speed coach this summer.

Broyles has suffered two ACL tears and a torn Achilles' the past three years. The Detroit Free Press observed during the spring that Broyles didn't look as explosive as he did in college. That's to be expected. His explosion has been sapped by injuries. He still appears to be the favorite for No. 3 receiver duties, but isn't really on the fantasy radar outside of deeper PPR leagues.
Jul 6 - 11:50 AM

Brandon Pettigrew says he's embraced a more blocking-oriented role following the Lions' selection of Eric Ebron.

"Whatever it is, I’m a team guy," said Pettigrew, who inked a four-year, $16 million contract to stay in Detroit before the Ebron pick was made. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We’re trying to win." Look for Pettigrew to play the Ben Watson role in new OC Joe Lombardi's offense, with Ebron eased into Jimmy Graham duties. 29-year-old Pettigrew has no fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 1:46 PM

New Lions DC Teryl Austin is expected to employ DeAndre Levy as a strict weak-side linebacker.

Levy played the majority of his snaps on the weak side under coach Jim Schwartz and DC Gunther Cunningham last season, but moved around some and had a breakout campaign. He was a stud in coverage, reeling in six interceptions and breaking up 15 passes. With rookie Kyle Van Noy now in the picture on the strong side, Levy will man WILL with Stephen Tulloch at MIKE.
Jul 2 - 2:17 PM

First-round TE Eric Ebron said learning multiple positions is "what's killing me."

"I'm used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it's the Y, the F, the Z," Ebron continued. "It's really hard, but I'm not going to say I'm not enjoying it or not having fun doing it because I know the more I learn the faster I'm able to play, the faster I'm able to produce." Ebron went on to say he expects to line up in the slot on 50 percent of his snaps as a rookie, with the other 50 percent coming as an inline blocker and out of the backfield. We don't expect TE1 production from Ebron until 2015.
Jul 1 - 10:29 AM

LaAdrian Waddle remains the favorite to start at right tackle for the Lions.

Waddle, 23 next month, is competing with 29-year-old Corey Hilliard. The organization is said to be "high on his future" after Waddle proved to be steady both in pass protection and as a run blocker in eight starts as an undrafted rookie last season. The Lions' front five is expected to be: LT Riley Reiff, LG Rob Sims, C Dominic Raiola, RG Larry Warford, and RT Waddle.
Jun 27 - 9:32 AM

Bill Bentley is expected to open the season as the Lions' slot corner.

He'll be the nickel back between Rashean Mathis and Darius Slay, likely holding off rookie Nevin Lawson. Bentley has zero INTs through 17 NFL games, and also struggles in coverage. Due to secondary deficiencies, the Lions will be putting a lot of pressure on their front four to generate pass rush this year. Mathis is entering his age-34 campaign, and Slay played poorly in 2013.
Jun 26 - 2:16 PM

According to the Detroit Free Press, third-year WR Ryan Broyles is "not as explosive" as he was before tearing both of his ACLs, and his Achilles'.

This is to be expected. Whether Broyles regains his college burst is totally up in the air, but beat writer Dave Birkett hints Broyles may still have the inside track on the Lions' No. 3 receiver job, ahead of Kris Durham and return man Jeremy Ross. Broyles' lead was strengthened following rookie T.J. Jones' shoulder surgery. Broyles is worth a look in particularly deep PPR leagues.
Jun 25 - 8:56 PM

Lions sixth-round WR T.J. Jones had his shoulder scoped earlier this month, but should be ready for training camp.

Jones sprained the AC joint in his shoulder during Notre Dame's bowl game and had the clean-up surgery during Lions minicamp. He'll be sidelined 4-6 weeks. Jones has a reliable pair of hands and could contribute as a slot receiver in year one, though the surgery obviously puts him behind the eight ball.
Jun 24 - 10:05 AM

No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron spent most of spring practices running with the Lions' second-team offense.

Ebron "struggled with drops" in OTAs, but finished minicamp with a bang. "He's super athletic and can get in and out of cuts," Matthew Stafford said. "He's raw, he's young, he's got to learn the NFL game like every rookie does. But there's definitely flashes of big-time talent." Ebron won't make much re-draft noise as a 21-year-old rookie, but his long-term ceiling is through the roof.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 19 - 10:43 PM

Darius Slay lined up as the No. 1 corner on the Lions' first-team defense during minicamp.

Friday's release of Chris Houston has cleared things up in Detroit's secondary. Slay will be counted on to take a huge step forward as a the top corner, while Rashean Mathis steps in opposite him and Bill Bentley slides in as the No. 3. In other words, the Lions will be relying on their fearsome defensive line to hide their defensive backs once again. Slay couldn't even hold his starting job as a rookie, repeatedly getting demoted into sub-packages.
Jun 16 - 8:56 AM


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