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Joique Bell said he's "going to rush for over 1,200 yards."

Bell isn't worried at all about his Achilles' and knee ailments, or the arrival of exciting rookie Ameer Abdullah. "My first year here I rushed for a few hundred (yards)," he said. "Second year, close to (700). Then last year, almost 900. So this next year, I'm just going to jump the gun and say 1,200. That's the minimum." We'd bet the under on Bell's projection as he comes off his second straight sub-4.0 YPC season. Abdullah is a major threat.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 30 - 9:21 AM

Lions rookie Ameer Abdullah is confident he could be a three-down running back in the NFL.

"I came into this league hoping to get the opportunity to play running back on every down. I full-heartedly believe that is what my calling is," Abdullah said. "That's what I've done my whole life." With Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) coming off another limited offseason, Abdullah could become a "three-down" player as early as this season. No matter what, Abdullah looks poised to play a big role in the Lions' offense.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 12:13 PM

The Lions are counting on third-year DE Devin Taylor to take a step forward.

"One of the things that jumps out is the fact he has an unbelievable amount of talent," coach Jim Caldwell said. "His skill level is unusual. He was a young player (last season). He's a very important part of what we do and we’re expecting to see him develop by leaps and bounds." Taylor was limited to 227 snaps last year. With Jason Jones (knee) sidelined, he has a chance to make a run at more playing time. Detroit's unproven options behind Haloti Ngata should allow Taylor to see a bigger role as an interior sub-package rusher.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 26 - 4:39 PM

Matthew Stafford has reportedly shown improved accuracy during offseason workouts.

"He has a better feel for the system," coach Jim Caldwell said. "You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes they're running." Stafford threw just 12 interceptions in 2014, his lowest total in four years. The Lions expect him to outperform last season's 60.3 completion rate. Stafford is a bounce-back candidate in his second year with OC Joe Lombardi.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 24 - 5:23 PM

Golden Tate's 16-game pace stats in the five games Calvin Johnson was limited in or missed last season were 125-1,917-10.

With Johnson battling an ankle injury and Eric Ebron not much of an early-season factor, Tate's stats were spiked as the focal point of Detroit's passing offense. In the 11 games where Megatron played at full tilt, Tate's pace stats were 87-1,065-2. Tate had five 100-yard games in 2014, and four of them occurred within the five where Johnson missed or was limited. For more stats like this, read Evan Silva's Lions Fantasy Preview at the link below.
Jun 24 - 4:55 PM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says Zach Zenner "didn't do a ton to impress me" during offseason workouts.

Zenner's dominant FCS career and crazy measurables made him a favorite of #DraftTwitter. But he landed in a tough spot, as Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are all roster locks. Rothstein says if the Lions end up keeping four tailbacks, George Winn would be ahead of Zenner thanks to special teams value. That would leave Zenner as a practice squad candidate.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 22 - 12:11 PM

Calvin Johnson said the Lions' offense is "100 percent better than last year at this time."

It took the Lions a year to acclimate to Joe Lombardi's new offense, but now they seem to be firing on all cylinders. It doesn't hurt that Megatron is the healthiest he's been in years. "I feel good, man, I'm in a good place right now," said Johnson. "I had a whole offseason to heal up." An obvious WR1, Johnson went over 1,000 yards last season despite missing three games with an ankle injury.
Jun 21 - 10:08 AM

Lions signed S Taylor Mays.

A second-round pick in 2010, Mays has not played more than 440 snaps in any season and only managed 61 plays for the Bengals last year. Still just 27, Mays will hope to stick on the Lions' roster as a backup safety and special teamer.
Jun 20 - 8:54 AM

Lions LE Jason Jones is recovering from offseason knee surgery.

It sounds like a cleanup procedure one year after Jones suffered a torn patellar tendon. Jones is expected back for training camp, although this could open the door for Larry Webster or Devin Taylor to make a run at left-end snaps.
Jun 18 - 1:27 PM

Ameer Abdullah took the first rep with the first team at this week's minicamp.

Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) is not participating. The Lions aren't wasting time playing any veteran deference games, running Abdullah with the starters ahead of George Winn and passing back Theo Riddick. A well-rounded back with truly special athletic ability, Abdullah is a threat for a major workload right out the gate.
Jun 18 - 9:36 AM

Vikings released S Taylor Mays.

Mays lasts just three months with the Vikings even though their head coach is Mays' former Cincy friend, Mike Zimmer. He should draw some interest around the league as versatile backup safety/linebacker who can help on special teams and is still just 27 years old.
Jun 16 - 10:19 AM

According to the Detroit Free Press, "it's evident" that second-round pick Ameer Abdullah "will play significant minutes this fall."

Abdullah endeared himself to the coaching staff during OTAs, impressing with his "quick feet" and "sure hands." With Lions minicamp taking place Tuesday through Thursday, we'll be keeping tabs on how many first-team reps Abdullah receives. Joique Bell remains sidelined by Achilles' and knee surgeries.
Jun 15 - 4:47 PM

720 of Golden Tate's 1,331 receiving yards last season came after the catch.

That was the third-highest total in the league behind only Le'Veon Bell and Matt Forte. Tate also recorded the third-lowest drop rate among receivers with at least 100 targets. All of this is evidence of Tate's massive growth as a wide receiver. A fantasy WR2 pick this season, Tate should have plenty of room to operate with a healthy Calvin Johnson demanding coverage.
Jun 15 - 1:56 PM

Sophomore OT Cornelius Lucas is getting first-team reps at right tackle during Lions' OTAs.

Lucas struggled in two starts at right tackle last season after playing exclusively on the left side at Kansas State. "Just playing left my whole life, when I went over to the right last year I just wasn't comfortable at all and you could see it on film," Lucas said. "I just wasn't comfortable in my stance." With LaAdrian Waddle sidelined by a late-season ACL tear, Lucas has gotten significant reps on the right side and could start in Week 1.
Jun 13 - 1:44 PM

Second-year C Travis Swanson has a firm grip on the Lions' starting center job.

He's comfortably in front of trade acquisition Manuel Ramirez, who will likely settle into a swing backup role. A 2014 third-round pick out of Arkansas, Swanson held his own as a spot starter and is now tasked with replacing stalwart C Dominic Raiola. At OTAs, Swanson has looked up to the task. "Awesome," OC Joe Lombardi said of Swanson's performance. "Awesome. He's been great."
Jun 12 - 10:41 PM


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