Player News - Lions

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MLive.com's Kyle Meinke doesn't expect Jake Rudock to beat out Matt Cassel for the No. 2 quarterback job.

Rudock enterted the offseason as the favorite for backup duties, but Cassel has strong New England ties with Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn. The Lions are expected to keep two quarterbacks, so Rudock will be cut if he loses out. His release would save Detroit $630,000.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 21 - 10:54 AM

Lions WR Golden Tate thinks Kenny Golladay "can be dominant."

"He’s a WR1 kind of guy." said Tate. "I saw freakish catches, man — some real freakin' freakish catches. Kenny's still a young guy trying to figure it out, but he's moving at a great pace." Golladay drew raves for his route-running at minicamp. After playing through soft-tissue injuries as a rookie, Golladay is in line for a second-year leap as the locked-in No. 3 receiver. Golladay has plug-and-play upside if Tate or Marvin Jones gets injured.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 17 - 10:49 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions and franchise-tagged DE Ezekiel Ansah are not expected to reach a deal prior to Monday's deadline.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the same over the weekend. Although Ansah recorded 12 sacks last season, nine of those came in three games, and injuries continue to be a real concern. He is easily their biggest talent on the defensive line, but it makes sense for Detroit to take a wait-and-see approach. Playing under the tag, Ansah will earn $17.143 million this season, his age-29 campaign.
Jul 16 - 8:53 AM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website lists Dwayne Washington on the roster bubble.

This is obvious after Detroit added LeGarrette Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson. Washington struggled with injuries last year and is expendable as an early-down backup. He'll likely be showcasing for other teams this preseason.
Jul 14 - 10:20 AM

Lions.com's Tim Twentyman expects Ameer Abdullah to keep his roster spot.

Abdullah is buried on the Lions' depth chart behind LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and rookie Kerryon Johnson. He's a preseason trade candidate, but Abdullah's return value may secure his spot if he isn't dealt. Detroit would clear $1 million in cap space from releasing Abdullah.
Jul 14 - 10:10 AM

Golden Tate doesn't think his age should be held against him in contract negotiations.

"The only thing that really bothers me with this contract is that now people are trying to use 29 going 30 against me and I don't think that's fair because I haven't shown any decline," said Tate in an interview on SiriusXM. Tate has been among the most productive slot receivers in football during his Lions tenure, topping 1,000 yards in three of his last four seasons while averaging 93 catches over that span. The Notre Dame alum is slated to earn $7 million in the final year of his contract.
Jul 13 - 4:16 PM

Lions DE Kerry Hyder (Achilles') was a full participant at OTAs and minicamp.

Hyder tore his Achilles' last preseason and missed all of 2017 after surprising with eight sacks the previous year. The Lions badly need edge-rushing depth and are counting on Hyder to help provide that opposite Ezekiel Ansah. Anthony Zettel led all Lions' ends in snaps last year and recorded 6.5 sacks.
Jun 22 - 9:38 AM

Graham Glasgow has worked "exclusively" as the Lions' starting center during pre-training camp workouts.

First-round pick Frank Ragnow is manning left guard after spending his final two seasons at center with Arkansas. Glasgow shined on over 300 snaps at the pivot last season, earning PFF's No. 8 grade among 38 qualifying centers. The Lions' offensive line looks strong on paper, with Taylor Decker healthy at left tackle, Ragnow and Glasgow locked in, and RG T.J. Lang and RT Rick Wagner back.
Jun 11 - 4:23 PM

Lions DB Quandre Diggs is working with the safeties during OTAs.

A former corner, Diggs transitioned to safety late last season, and GM Bob Quinn said he looked natural in his new position. New coach Matt Patricia seems to agree since it appears like Diggs will be sticking at safety this season. Even if he is listed as a safety, Diggs will likely be tasked with covering slot receivers in sub packages.
Jun 7 - 11:01 AM

Lions rookie FB Nick Bawden suffered a torn ACL at minicamp.

He'll be placed on season-ending IR. A seventh-round pick, Bawden was the only fullback on Detroit's roster before Nick Bellore switched from linebacker to fullback this week. This injury helps explain the move.
Jun 6 - 5:10 PM

Lions QB Matt Cassel has been splitting second-team reps at minicamp.

He's competing with Jake Rudock for backup duties. Cassel's ties to GM Bob Quinn landed him a veteran minimum deal, but he doesn't have much left. He's going to need a strong preseason to beat out Rudock.
Jun 6 - 4:52 PM

Lions second-year CB Teez Tabor worked as the starter opposite Darius Slay for the entirety of Tuesday's OTA practice.

Tabor was the 53rd overall pick in last year's draft but opened his rookie season as a healthy scratch the first five weeks. He was able to crack the rotation by late season and is now pushing for the starting gig at a deep cornerback spot in Detroit. Tabor (6'/201) has good size but 4.62 speed and a 31-inch vertical were question marks last year. Nevin Lawson is his main competition.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 6 - 11:13 AM

The Lions' official website reports Kenny Golladay "looked like a veteran on the first day of minicamp."

"His routes were sharp, and he cut and accelerated after catching the ball with power and no hesitation," were the words of in-house writer Mike O'Hara. Golladay is coming off an impressive rookie season where he posted a 28/477/3 line on just 473 snaps. Although Marvin Jones and Golden Tate still loom as major obstacles to consistent re-draft fantasy value, Golladay has the Lions' No. 3 receiver job all to himself. He's going to become a bigger and bigger factor.
Jun 5 - 6:04 PM

The Lions are converting LB Nick Bellore to fullback.

A reserve linebacker last season, Bellore also caught a touchdown pass in December. It's possible he sees snaps in all three phases in 2018.
Jun 5 - 5:20 PM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein believes Lions S Miles Killebrew is on the roster bubble.

A fourth-round pick in 2016, Killebrew flashed on limited snaps as a rookie, but he failed to establish himself as anything more than a rotational player last year. Now facing new competition from 2018 third-rounder Tracy Walker, Killebrew's roster spot could be in danger. Perhaps the Lions look to move him during camp.
Source: ESPN
Jun 4 - 11:00 AM


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