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Former Buccaneers OC Todd Monken will interview for the Lions' opening at offensive coordinator.

He's also interviewing for the OC vacancies in both Cleveland and Green Bay. Monken impressed as a play-caller in his short stint as the Bucs OC, though he hasn't had much luck on the interview circuit, failing to land a head-coaching job despite sit-downs with the Bengals, Jets and Packers. He'd be a smart hire for the Lions, who are looking to replace fired OC Jim Bob Cooter. Steve Sarkisian had also been vying for Detroit's offensive coordinator role, though it looks like he's heading to Arizona to work under Kliff Kingsbury.
Jan 11 - 2:57 PM

Ex-Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian is interviewing for the same position in Arizona on Thursday.

Kliff Kingsbury is going to serve as his own offensive coordinator/play-caller, but like Chip Kelly before him, he still needs a sounding board. Sark, who has coached in both the pros and college, could be a valuable resource for the Air Raid fish out of water. Sark is not from the Air Raid coaching tree, however. He is also reportedly a candidate for the Lions' job.
Jan 10 - 3:41 PM

SiriusXM's Alex Marvez reports ex-Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett is "in the mix" to replace Jim Bob Cooter in Detroit.

Doug Marrone's longtime right-hand man, Hackett oversaw a conservative, run-heavy offense in Jacksonville that was occasionally opened up whenever Leonard Fournette was hurt. He would be a double down on Matt Patricia's unsuccessful "run-first" edict in 2018.
Jan 10 - 2:30 PM

SiriusXM's Alex Marvez reports ex-Falcons OC Steve Sarkisian and ex-Jaguars OC Nathaniel Hackett are "in the mix" for the Lions' offensive coordinator vacancy.

Marvez also reports that Sark has "spoken with" the Cardinals. Sark would be a better choice than Hackett in Detroit. Hackett had some good spells in Jacksonville but too often fell back on unimaginative play-calling. Neither would be an inspiring antidote to what ailed the Lions in 2018.
Jan 10 - 2:26 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions and OC Jim Bob Cooter have agreed to "mutually part ways."

They're consciously uncoupling, apparently. We doubt the separation is truly "mutual." Cooter's hands were tied by new coach Matt Patricia's run-first edict, not to mention Golden Tate's trade and Marvin Jones' season-ending injury. The Lions scored 86 fewer points than they did in 2017. Patricia must want more of a flunky, someone who won't question running LeGarrette Blount 154 times. Cooter will have juice on the retread market.
Jan 1 - 5:31 PM

Free agent Nathan Peterman worked out for the Lions.

It's the first interest in Peterman since his Buffalo release. Despite starting experience, Peterman is likely going to have to settle for third-string offers. He isn't a lock to resurface.
Sat, Nov 17, 2018 04:42:00 PM

Vikings claimed RB Ameer Abdullah off waivers from the Lions.

Roc Thomas was let go in the corresponding move. It took the 2015 second-rounder roughly 24 hours to resurface after being let go by Detroit on Tuesday. Abdullah has appeared in just three games this year, recording 19 yards on three touches during that span. In Minnesota, the former Nebraska Cornhusker will just be a depth piece behind injury-prone starter Dalvin Cook and goal-line vulture Latavius Murray.
Wed, Nov 7, 2018 04:16:00 PM

Lions waived RB Ameer Abdullah.

It's been a long time coming for Abdullah, who surprisingly kept his roster spot behind Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick coming out of training camp. The No. 54 overall pick of the 2015 draft had been active just three times this season, touching the ball three times on offense. Abdullah has had a difficult time staying healthy as a pro and averaged just 3.82 yards per carry on 327 career totes. 2018 is his age-25 season. There is a chance Abdullah gets claimed off waivers.
Tue, Nov 6, 2018 02:17:00 PM

Free agent WR Brandon Marshall worked out for the Lions on Monday.

Marshall was released by the Seahawks last week. The Lions traded Golden Tate to the Eagles on the same day Marshall was released. In their first game minus Tate, the offense was horrendous. Marshall has little to nothing left in the tank, however. We're not sure he'd even be an upgrade on what's there.
Mon, Nov 5, 2018 06:36:00 PM

Free agent Bruce Ellington worked out for the Lions.

Ellington was released from Houston with an injury settlement. Detroit has been looking at veteran slot options after trading Golden Tate, also visiting with Jeremy Kerley. 27-year-old Ellington is a good bet to resurface over the next few weeks.
Sat, Nov 3, 2018 10:15:00 AM

Free agent WR Jeremy Kerley worked out for the Lions.

Kerley has been out of the league since Buffalo cut him in early September. He would give the Lions veteran slot insurance after trading Golden Tate, but this is likely just due diligence. T.J. Jones and Brandon Powell are expected to pick up Tate's snaps.
Fri, Nov 2, 2018 05:42:00 PM

Eagles acquired WR Golden Tate from the Eagles in exchange for a third-round pick.

Now this is a big-time move. Although now 30, Tate remains one of the league's best after-the-catch receivers and is a perfect fit for what the Eagles want to do on offense. He also addresses a drastic need for the defending Super Bowl champions. The Eagles will no longer have to run Jordan Matthews out there for 30 snaps per game. It is interesting that each of Tate, Nelson Agholor and Matthews are best utilized in the slot, though Tate is capable of playing outside if need be. Tate's arrival is unequivocally bad news for Agholor, who has had a poor season since Carson Wentz's return. As for the Lions, T.J. Jones will now slide into three-receiver sets alongside Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay. #GolladaySZN is back on. Tate will be a free agent at season's end.
Tue, Oct 30, 2018 01:46:00 PM

Lions released DT Sylvester Williams.

He was cut to make room for Damon Harrison, who the Lions acquired via trade on Wednesday. It is not a surprise as Williams had seen his snap share cut in recent games. The veteran will likely find a new home in the near future.
Thu, Oct 25, 2018 10:14:00 AM

Free agent QB Landry Jones has worked out for the Bills, Cowboys, Jaguars and Lions.

Jones has been on the market for over a month now. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the former Steeler is expected to find a job soon. The 29-year-old isn't starting material but he's been a competent backup throughout his career.
Sun, Oct 7, 2018 08:45:00 AM

Cowboys declared LB Sean Lee, DT Maliek Collins, C Travis Frederick, TE Dalton Schultz, OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, QB Mike White and WR Terrance Williams inactive for Week 4 against the Lions.

Lee is week to week with a hamstring injury. Despite drawing questionable tags on Friday, WR Cole Beasley (ankle) and DT Antwaun Woods (groin) are both good to go for Sunday's home tilt against Detroit.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018 11:41:00 AM

Lions worked out free agent LB Brandon Spikes on Tuesday.

Spikes has been out of the league since 2016, and he has played just 11 games since 2014. He did play for coach Matt Patricia in New England, however, so perhaps there is something to this.
Tue, Sep 25, 2018 12:54:00 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots nearly completed a deal to send Rob Gronkowski to the Lions back in April.

The Patriots and Lions were deep into trade talks leading up to the draft. Despite the presence of GM Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia, both Patriots alums, Gronkowski had no interest in joining the Lions and even threatened to retire if the Patriots traded him. Gronkowski was contacted repeatedly by the Lions while trade talks were going on, but wouldn't answer their calls. This prompted a sit-down meeting with Bill Belichick, which eventually led to a reconciliation between Gronk and the Patriots. Already on a Hall of Fame trajectory, the 29-year-old's 77 receiving touchdowns rank third all-time among tight ends.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018 10:25:00 AM

Free agent Paxton Lynch visited the Lions.

Lynch visited with the Bills earlier in the week. The Lions rarely roster three quarterbacks, so this is likely due dilligence. Lynch has also been linked to the Cowboys.
Fri, Sep 7, 2018 05:45:00 PM

Browns claimed DE Anthony Zettel off waivers from the Lions.

It took Zettel only 24 hours to resurface after being let go by the Lions on Wednesday. Zettel logged 6.5 sacks over 752 defensive snaps last season while also earning PFF's No. 11 run-stopping grade among 4-3 defensive ends. He'll continue to play defensive end in Gregg Williams' 4-3 scheme.
Thu, Sep 6, 2018 04:28:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent RB Donnel Pumphrey is working out for the Lions on Tuesday.

Pumphrey was cut by the Eagles over the weekend. The Lions do not have much use for a passing-down back, so this is likely just an opportunity to update their emergency list.
Mon, Sep 3, 2018 12:24:00 PM

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