Player News - Lions

Date: Team: Pos:

Lions first-round G/C Frank Ragnow has spent the "majority" of his time at left guard during OTAs.

There had been discussion if Ragnow would man guard or center, but the answer is increasingly appearing to be guard. Ragnow was a center his final two years at Arkansas. Shifting to guard would allow Graham Glasgow to remain at the pivot.
May 24 - 10:34 PM

The Lions' official website reports there's "no doubt" Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount have been the team's top two backs in OTAs.

Per reporter Tim Twentyman, "one or the other led every team session or 7-on-7 drill." It's confirmation that Ameer Abdullah is being phased out. Theo Riddick should maintain an active role on passing downs. A trade up target in the second round, Johnson should get the opportunity to be the Lions' leader on early downs, though Blount isn't pushover competition.
May 24 - 5:13 PM

Lions claimed WR Chris Lacy off waivers.

An undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State, Lacy was waived by the Patriots last week. A big body (6’3/205) with good speed (4.51), Lacy has some developmental upside. The Lions waived CB Josh Okonye in a corresponding move.
May 22 - 9:18 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports neither the Lions nor coach Matt Patricia will be subject to discipline following the resurfacing of a 1996 sexual assault allegation against Patricia.

The league met with the Lions and Patricia last week and decided the team "engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices." It also concluded Patricia did not "mislead the team during the interview process." Patricia was indicted for aggravated sexual assault by a Texas grand jury, but the case was dismissed before trial after the alleged victim decided not to testify. The episode was apparently unknown to the NFL before the Detroit News reported its existence two weeks ago. Patricia has strenuously maintained his innocence.
Source: ESPN.com
May 21 - 1:34 PM

Patriots waived WR Chris Lacy.

The Patriots needed to clear a roster spot for OG Jason King. Lacy lasted just two weeks in New England after going undrafted out of Oklahoma State. He was always a long shot to make the team with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell and Phillip Dorsett blocking him at wide receiver. Look for him to catch on elsewhere as camp depth.
May 18 - 2:58 PM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website expects LeGarrette Blount and second-round rookie Kerryon Johnson to get the "bulk of the work" in Detroit's backfield.

Theo Riddick will continue to handle passing work. That leaves Ameer Abdullah as the projected odd man out as it stands right now. That could obviously all change with an injury or if Johnson doesn't prove ready as a rookie. But for now, Abdullah might be better off with a change of scenery with a summer trade. The Lions were one of the worst rushing offenses last season.
May 18 - 10:29 AM

Lions signed third-round S Tracy Walker to a four-year contract.

The Lions' entire draft class is now under contract. Walker was a third-team All-Sun Belt pick in 2017. Long armed (33 ½") with good-enough speed (4.51), Walker is a physical safety with plus ball skills who some scouts projected to transition into a press- and/or Cover-3 corner role.
May 15 - 4:55 PM

Lions first-round G/C Frank Ragnow spent time at left guard during rookie minicamp.

This was always possible after Graham Glasgow finished strong at center last season. Of course, the Lions could also just be getting the rookie some reps at guard to see how he handles them. Ragnow and Glasgow should occupy the center and left guard spots, but the Lions have time to figure out which configuration works best.
May 13 - 11:41 AM

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have yet to have any "substantive" extension talks with contract-year WR Golden Tate.

The Lions aren't rushing anything with Tate, especially while Matt Patricia adjusts to his new role as head coach. "Obviously, we all know that I’d love to get something done, but I go into each year just trying to prove myself because there’s a new batch of guys that are probably coming in to try to take my job," said Tate. The 29-year-old slot receiver has exceeded expectations since joining the Lions on a five-year, $31 million contract in 2014, amassing at least 90 catches in each of his four seasons with Detroit. He's also been extremely durable, starting 95 straight games dating back to 2012.
May 13 - 9:51 AM

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah was reportedly frustrated with his light workload last season.

If Abdullah was frustrated last season, he'll absolutely despise his assumed workload this upcoming year. Rookie Kerryon Johnson will compete for touches, Theo Riddick is untouchable in Detroit's passing game, and free agent signee LeGarrette Blount remains the favorite for early downs and goal line work. Lions GM Bob Quinn recently insisted Abdullah will maintain a role in 2018, but we find that hard to believe.
May 12 - 9:44 AM

Lions signed No. 20 overall pick G/C Frank Ragnow to a four-year, $11.8 million contract.

The deal comes with a $6.6 million signing bonus and also includes a fifth-year team option for 2022. The Lions have now signed five of their six draft picks (third-round S Tracy Walker remains unsigned) as well as 16 undrafted rookies. Ragnow figures to be a Week 1 starter, though it's unclear if he'll begin his career at guard or center.
May 11 - 3:38 PM

Lions coach Matt Patricia says he was "falsely accused" of aggravated sexual assault in 1996.

Patricia was indicted for aggravated sexual assault following an alleged incident during spring break at South Padre Island in 1996. The case was dismissed before going to trial in part because the alleged victim declined to testify. "I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation," Patricia said in a statement. "I firmly maintain my innocence, as I have always done." In a joint statement from owner Martha Firestone Ford, GM Bob Quinn, and president Rod Wood, the Lions said they "believe and have accepted Coach Patricia’s explanation and we will continue to support him."
May 10 - 8:30 AM

According to state records in Texas, first-year Lions coach Matt Patricia was accused of aggravated sexual assault in 1996.

Patricia briefly faced charges, but he was never prosecuted and the case was dismissed five months after Patricia was indicted. Patricia's alleged victim was a college student on South Padre Island. Both the Lions and Patricia released statements late Wednesday. In his, Patricia says he was "falsely accused" and "firmly" maintains his innocence. The statement from the Lions was made in support of Patricia.
May 9 - 11:31 PM

Lions signed fifth-round OT Tyrell Crosby to a four-year contract.

Crosby was talked about as a possible Day 1 or 2 pick leading up to the draft, but he slipped due to what is believed to be concussion issues. He's also not a great athlete, relatively speaking, though Crosby does have 36 games of starting experience and was the Pac 12 Lineman of the Year in 2017. Crosby should be the Lions' swing tackle as a rookie with a chance to start down the line.
May 9 - 9:52 AM

Patriots signed Oklahoma State WR Chris Lacy.

Lacy (6’3/205) was a part-time receiver at Oklahoma State, logging a career 63/920/14.6/5 receiving line behind James Washington and Marcell Ateman. Lacy tested like a big slot receiver at the Combine with 4.51 speed and a 10-foot broad jump. Lacy improved to 4.44 at the Cowboys’ Pro Day, but he posted an especially sluggish 7.29 three-cone time. A backup in the Big 12, Lacy would do quite well to become anything more than a backup in the NFL.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 9:05 AM


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