Player News - Lions

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MLive's Justin Rogers believes it is "unreasonable" to expect a lot more carries for Theo Riddick.

Riddick made his bones in the passing game last season, recording 80 receptions for 697 yards and three scores, but he was only given 43 touches in the running game. Even with significant questions at running back, it does not sound like the Lions will give him a ton more work on the ground. Riddick is still in the FLEX mix in PPR formats because of his involvement in the passing game.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 25 - 12:31 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports TE Brandon Pettigrew (ACL) is "expected back somewhere around the middle of next month."

If so, he would be ready for Week 1. It's been speculated since the spring that Pettigrew might land on reserve/PUP to open the season, which would cost him the first six games. When healthy, Pettigrew is the Lions' blocking tight end.
Jul 24 - 3:17 PM

Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) avoided the active/PUP list to begin Lions camp.

Players who aren't cleared to practice go on active/PUP. This means Abdullah has been cleared and should be all systems go following offseason shoulder surgery. Although Abdullah's rookie year was a disappointment from a fantasy standpoint, he did average 4.70 yards per carry in the Lions' final ten games and should see more volume as a sophomore. Concerns on Abdullah's ceiling stem from Theo Riddick's near-monopolization of running back receiving work and the Lions' insistence on using a "big back" to handle short-yardage and goal-line carries. Abdullah is a middle-round fantasy pick.
Jul 24 - 3:13 PM

Lions placed WR Corey Fuller (foot) on the active/PUP list.

Fuller has been shut down since June surgery. He isn't a lock to return in camp. Even when healthy, Fuller is on the outside looking in for a roster spot.
Jul 24 - 1:59 PM

Lions placed TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Pettigrew was never expected to be ready for training camp. He's seven months into his ACL recovery. Pettigrew is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, costing him the first six games.
Jul 24 - 1:58 PM

The Detroit Free Press believes UDFA TE Cole Wick could push to start.

Wick put on a show at offseason workouts, but this is more of a bold prediction. Eric Ebron has never been a full-time starter, and the Lions have snaps to fill with Brandon Pettigrew sidelined. Wick’s role is worth tracking this preseason.
Jul 23 - 6:07 PM

Lions signed DE Quanterus Smith.

Smith, 27 in November, was a 2013 fifth-round pick by the Broncos and came to fame when he bullied Alabama OT D.J. Fluker several times for sacks when Smith's Western Kentucky squad travelled to Tuscaloosa in 2012. Smith hasn't been able to get on the field since entering the NFL.
Jul 20 - 2:36 PM

DetroitLions.com’s Tim Twentyman said to "watch out" for WR T.J. Jones this season.

Twentyman reports Matthew Stafford singled out Jones as a breakout candidate this spring. Jones has earned rave reviews all offseason and was even called the "obvious star" of OTAs. The Lions are set at the top of the depth chart with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, but the No. 3 role is up for grabs. Jones appears to have a good shot to win the job.
Jul 19 - 11:53 AM

MLive’s Justin Rogers believes DT Gabe Wright’s roster spot is in danger.

The Lions traded up to grab Wright in the fourth round last year, but that was a different front office. New GM Bob Quinn has no connection to Wright, and he could be ready to move on after the tackle played 134 mostly ineffective snaps as a rookie. Still, it would be surprising if Detroit gave up on a player they spent two picks to land after just one season. Wright will likely stick on the roster, but he needs a good showing in camp.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 19 - 11:50 AM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett writes "there's no reason" Ameer Abdullah "can't break 1,000 yards rushing" this season.

Beat writers are rarely good numbers forecasters, but we pass these things along nonetheless. Abdullah managed 597 rushing yards as a rookie. Birkett also foresees an "uptick" in Abdullah's receiving usage after a 25-catch first season. Birkett predicts Abdullah will play a "bigger role in the offense," citing Calvin Johnson's retirement and the Lions' "desire to run more." Birkett goes as far as to already crown Abdullah the eighth best player on the Lions' 90-man roster.
Jul 17 - 8:53 PM

Lions team reporter Tim Twentyman considers Stevan Ridley the favorite for Detroit's No. 3 running back spot.

Twentyman sees Ridley as a change-of-pace back behind Ameer Abdullah and passing-down specialist Theo Riddick. Of course, that's if he can stay healthy. Ridley looked sluggish last year in his first season back from an ACL tear and missed most of the Lions' offseason program for undisclosed reasons. Ridley has to hold off Zach Zenner, George Winn and rookie Dwayne Washington.
Jul 17 - 10:46 AM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said CB Nevin Lawson's physical style is a good fit with DC Teryl Austin.

Lawson had ups and down after taking over as a starter last season, but he is the clear favorite to open the year opposite Darius Slay after the Lions failed to address the corner position. Playing opposite a legitimate shut-down corner, Lawson will be targeted early and often. He's name to keep in mind for DFSers to pick on.
Jul 12 - 10:49 AM

Retired Calvin Johnson told ESPN E:60 that he took painkillers "every day" during his playing career.

Megatron stated team doctors handed out painkillers "like candy" early in his career, before scaling back as it progressed. "You can’t take Toradol and pain medicine every day, you know. You’ve got to give that stuff a rest, and that was one thing I wasn’t willing to do." Megatron also admitted he had his "fair share" of concussions. Johnson added that he might have put off retirement for another few years if the Lions were more competitive: "If we would’ve been a contender, it would have been harder to let go." Johnson turns 31 in September.
Jul 6 - 10:54 PM

MLive's Justin Rogers believes Zach Zenner is the "early front-runner" for the big back job.

Stevan Ridley is his primary competition, but the veteran never proved fully recovered from a 2014 ACL tear last season and sat out the offseason program because of an undisclosed injury. Zenner would easily win the job if Ridley cannot get healthy, but he might have the inside track regardless. Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) is clearly atop the depth chart.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 4 - 10:02 AM

The Lions plan to give Zach Zenner a heavy preseason workload.

Zenner was a full participant in offseason workouts, but Detroit wants to get him back in football shape after a lost rookie year. Zenner has a good chance to make the final roster if he stays healthy.
Jul 2 - 7:29 PM


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