Player News - Lions

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Third-round pick Kenny Golladay worked primarily with the first-team offense for the first time in training camp Wednesday.

To this point, Golladay had practiced primarily with Jake Rudock and the second team. Golladay has outplayed second-team status, and is now getting a long look with the Matthew Stafford group. Beat writer Dave Birkett expects Golden Tate to move to slot receiver if Golladay wins a starting outside job across from Marvin Jones. Golladay remains a better Dynasty than re-draft investment, but it's past time we took him seriously as a 2017 fantasy factor.
Aug 16 - 8:20 PM

Lions placed RB Mike James on injured reserve with a concussion, ending his season.

The ex-Buc tallied eight touches in four games for Tampa last season. Injured reserve is obviously an alarming destination for anyone with a head injury, especially this early in the year, but it's probably more of a procedural move than anything else. James will be cut loose with an injury settlement once he gets healthy.
Aug 15 - 4:08 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said LT Greg Robinson was "solid" in the preseason opener.

"In terms of first outing within the system, you know, against another team, I thought he did some good things," Caldwell said. "But he’s still got a ways to go." With Taylor Decker (shoulder) out until at least October, the Lions hope Robinson, who they acquired via trade from the Rams, can hold down the left tackle spot. Considering how his career has started, "solid" is a great showing from Robinson.
Aug 15 - 10:13 AM

Lions LB Brandon Copeland suffered a torn pectorals in the preseason opener and is out for the season.

Copeland appeared in all 16 games last season, mainly on special teams. He's another casualty of the preseason opener, joining DE Kerry Hyder (Achilles').
Aug 14 - 8:27 PM

The Detroit Free Press believes third-round WR Kenny Golladay is on track to play an "important role" in the red zone.

Per reporter Dave Birkett, Golladay hasn't been getting many first-team reps in practice, but has been impressing teammates and the media. Golladay lit up the Colts' backups in his preseason debut, posting a 3/53/2 line. A size/speed prospect, Golladay is a Dynasty leaguer with re-draft flier appeal.
Aug 14 - 3:03 PM

Lions DE Kerry Hyder is done for the season with an Achilles' tear.

Hyder suffered the injury in the preseason opener on Sunday. This was the expected outcome after coach Jim Caldwell said the injury did not "look good," but it is still a massive blow to the Lions' pass rush. With Armonty Bryant suspended the first four games, the Lions need someone to step up opposite Ziggy Ansah.
Aug 14 - 12:40 PM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell admitted the injury suffered by LE Kerry Hyder in Sunday's preseason opener "doesn't look good."

Caldwell called the injury "significant." We suspect Hyder has a torn Achilles'. The Lions' 2016 sack leader with eight, Hyder's loss is a huge blow to a defense otherwise painfully short on pass rush. Offensively, expect the Lions to maintain a slow-paced offense designed to keep their defense off the field.
Aug 13 - 5:08 PM

Zach Zenner delivered 26 yards on six carries and absorbed his only target for three yards Sunday in the Lions’ preseason win over the Colts.

He was first off the bench behind starter Ameer Abdullah. Zenner ripped off 19 yards on his first carry but spent the rest of his afternoon running into brick walls. The third-year back appears to have the edge on Dwayne Washington but it will probably take an injury to Abdullah for him to gain fantasy relevance.
Aug 13 - 4:51 PM

Ameer Abdullah logged two yards on one carry and caught his only target for 14 yards Sunday in the Lions’ preseason win over the Colts.

Abdullah only played one series for the Lions. He broke a tackle for a 14-yard gain on Matthew Stafford’s first pass of the afternoon, but that was his only true highlight. Finally healthy after missing most of last year with foot problems, the former Nebraska Cornhusker is locked in as Detroit’s lead back, though Theo Riddick should spell him on most passing downs. He’s being drafted on the RB2/3 borderline.
Aug 13 - 4:51 PM

Dwayne Washington contributed 34 yards on six carries and secured his lone target for five yards Sunday in the Lions’ preseason win over the Colts.

Washington was the third Lions’ rusher to see the field following Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner. He also saw some run on special teams, returning the opening kickoff for 15 yards. Washington looked appropriately shifty, netting a long of 18 yards after eluding Quincy Wilson’s tackle attempt in the second quarter. The 2016 seventh-rounder has drawn rave reviews from coaches this summer, though his fantasy prospects remain minimal at best.
Aug 13 - 4:49 PM

Jake Rudock completed 13-of-21 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns while adding two rushes for 24 yards Sunday in the Lions’ preseason win over the Colts.

He was sacked once for a loss of nine yards. Rudock relieved Matthew Stafford after one series and ended up playing most of the first half. He enjoyed strong chemistry with Kenny Golladay, connecting with the rookie three times for 53 yards and two touchdowns. The first of Golladay’s touchdowns was slightly underthrown, though his second was a beauty that Golladay caught on a nifty back-shoulder grab. Rudock also flashed impressive mobility on his two runs, eating up gains of 13 and 11 yards. He’ll work as Stafford’s backup in 2017.
Aug 13 - 4:49 PM

Kenny Golladay snared three-of-four targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Lions’ preseason win over the Colts.

Golladay couldn’t have asked for a better debut, routinely roasting Indy’s overmatched secondary. His first touchdown came in the first quarter when he snuck a 23-yard catch between Quincy Wilson and Malik Hooker on a play-action pass from Jake Rudock. He found the end zone again in the second quarter, this time nabbing a back-shoulder catch for 15 yards after pulling away from Tevin Mitchel. The Northern Illinois alum has done nothing but impress since arriving as a third-round pick in April. He’s in play as a late-round flyer in fantasy.
Aug 13 - 4:49 PM

Lions DE Kerry Hyder was carted off with a left leg injury in Sunday's preseason opener against the Colts.

He went down on the Lions' second defensive series and has already been ruled out for the game. With Ziggy Ansah (ankle) and Cornelius Washington (ankle) both hurt and Armonty Bryant facing a four-game suspension, this could be a big blow to the Lions' pass rush. Hyder led the Lions with eight sacks in 2016.
Aug 13 - 2:02 PM

Lions RBs coach David Walker said second-year RB Dwayne Washington has done a "180" since last season.

Washington tried to do too much as a rookie, often chasing the big play instead of taking what the defense gave him. Walker has seen a noticeable change in Washington's mindset. "He’s made nice strides," said Walker. "He’s mastering the offense much better than what he was a year ago, and like I said, he doesn’t have to go make a play." Washington is still working behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick but could threaten Zach Zenner's position in Detroit's backfield hierarchy.
Aug 13 - 9:32 AM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) returned to practice Friday.

Ebron pulled his hamstring on the first day of camp. He's highly unlikely to suit up against the Colts this weekend, but Ebron should be ready to roll for the final three exhibitions as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Ebron is a popular breakout candidate at tight end with an expanded pass-game role expected in 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 9:59 AM


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