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ESPN's Michael Rothstein considers the Lions a possible landing spot for free agent DT Alan Branch.

Branch played in Matt Patricia's scheme in New England. He hasn’t had any interest since his team option was declined in March, but would give Detroit a veteran replacement for Haloti Ngata. The Lions have also been linked to free agent DT Ricky Jean-Francois.
Source: ESPN
May 19 - 4:12 PM

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 waived RB Tion Green.

A second-year UDFA out of Cincinnati, Green mostly brick-walled on 42 carries in the Lions' banged-up backfield, generating 165 yards (3.92 YPC). Going on 25, Green was not an upside prospect coming out of the American Athletic Conference. His best bet could be landing back on the Lions' practice squad.
May 10 - 2:36 PM

Dolphins acquired DT Akeem Spence from the Lions in exchange for a conditional 2019 seventh-round pick.

It's likely contingent on Spence making the 53-man roster. The Dolphins had a strong need for a defensive tackle. Spence made it just one season into his "three-year, $9 million deal" with the Lions but had a serviceable campaign. He notched three sacks and forced a fumble in 16 games/11 starts, earning slightly negative marks from Pro Football Focus. He's not going to make Dolphins fans forget Ndamukong Suh.
May 3 - 4:02 PM

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said he's not worried about RB Kerryon Johnson's durability.

"I think this guy’s very versatile that he can run inside, but I think we’ll probably use him more to run outside as well," Quinn continued. "He’ll hold up." The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett added he'd be surprised if Johnson doesn't lead the team in carries. The Lions surrendered the No. 51 and 117 picks in order to move up and draft Johnson, and it seems likely they'll give the rookie every opportunity to take over their backfield. Ameer Abdullah is expected to be a frequent candidate on the inactives list if the team doesn't deal or release him in camp.
Apr 29 - 8:08 PM

Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett reports general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia remain steadfast on LB Jarrad Davis as the Lions' starting middle linebacker.

"I think in Matt’s scheme — Jarrad can play in any scheme, but I think it’s going to be really, his skill set is going to be exemplified in what we’re doing now," Quinn said. Davis was Detroit's No. 21 overall pick last season. He started 14 games for the Lions and finished with PFF's ninth-overall run-stopping grade among inside linebackers in his rookie year. His role was only in question since the Lions signed four linebackers, including ILB Christian Jones, and hosted Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch this offseason. Despite struggling in coverage, it's clear the staff still rightfully view Davis as an every-down player moving forward.
Apr 12 - 5:20 PM

The Detroit News' Justin Rogers reports DE Ziggy Ansah won't be with the Lions due to family obligations when the team reports for workouts Monday.

Ansah is still in Ghana but has kept the front office, including head coach Matt Patricia, in the loop. Expectation is that Ansah joins the team shortly. He still may decide to skip part of the offseason program when he returns due to contract talks, but he is not expected to hold out into training camp. Ansah will make $17.143 million in 2018 if he plays under the tag.
Apr 8 - 2:42 PM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports the Lions appear to be planning to move Graham Glasgow to center full-time this fall.

Glasgow performed admirably, albeit a small sample, in the 315 snaps he played at center last season. Joe Dahl and Kenny Wiggins should compete for the left guard spot assuming Glasgow starts over C Wesley Johnson, who signed a one-year, $880,000 deal with the Lions this offseason. Detroit is hoping their interior unit is improved as their running backs averaged just 0.96 yards before contact in 2017, the second-lowest average in the league.
Apr 8 - 2:32 PM

Eagles signed LB Paul Worrilow, formerly of the Lions, to a one-year contract.

Worrilow had a relatively successful one-year stop in Detroit, recording 30 tackles across 274 snaps as a rotational linebacker. He should serve as depth with the Eagles.
Apr 3 - 11:08 AM

Jets signed C Travis Swanson, formerly of the Lions.

The Jets and Lions have officially completed their center swap after Wesley Johnson signed with Detroit last week. Swanson is probably the better player of the two, but concussion issues have ended each of his last two seasons. He should serve as depth behind fellow new signing Spencer Long.
Apr 3 - 10:51 AM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein expects the Lions to target a tight end in the draft.

The expectation makes sense as Detroit has not really addressed the position since cutting ties with Eric Ebron -- signing Luke Willson and blocker Levine Toilolo to one-year deals does not really move the needle. Rising fast after a dominant Combine in which he ran a 4.54 with a 41.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, Penn State's Mike Gesicki could be an option for the Lions if they decide to invest an early-round pick in the position.
Source: ESPN
Apr 2 - 10:07 AM

Free agent Wesley Johnson is visiting the Lions.

Johnson was the Jets' replacement for Nick Mangold last year. He started 15 games but struggled with penalties and graded as one of the worst centers in the league. In Detroit, Johnson would add insurance if Travis Swanson doesn't re-sign.
Mar 28 - 4:15 PM

ESPN's Field Yates reports free agent DTs Johnathan Hankins and Alan Branch will visit the Lions.

Yates adds that fellow free agent DT Sylvester Williams is also on Detroit's radar. Hankins has visited the Redskins in recent days after being cut by the Colts over the weekend. He'd be a great get for whoever lands him.
Mar 21 - 10:06 AM

Free agent Levine Toilolo visited the Lions on Tuesday.

The Lions are looking to add a tight end after parting ways with former first-round pick Eric Ebron last week. Toilolo nabbed 12-of-14 targets for 122 yards and a touchdown while backing up Austin Hooper in Atlanta last season. The 26-year-old would likely be looking at a similar backup/blocking role in Detroit.
Mar 20 - 6:04 PM

Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract.

Ebron can earn up to $15 million over the course of the deal; it's a nice haul for the former No. 10 overall pick who was cut by the Lions last week before his $8 million-plus salary became guaranteed. In Indy, Ebron gives the Colts a pair of capable tight ends -- along with Jack Doyle -- for new coach Frank Reich and OC Nick Sirianni, who both come from offenses in Philly and San Diego/L.A. where multiple-tight end sets were an offensive staple.
Mar 19 - 8:57 PM

Jets signed LB Brandon Copeland, formerly of the Lions, to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

Copeland missed all of last season with a torn pectoral. He played in all 16 games for Detroit the previous season and will likely focus on special teams.
Mar 19 - 8:22 PM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein believes it is "pretty clear" the Lions will address running back "early in the draft."

Detroit brought in LeGarrette Blount in free agency, but he is not the answer for their considerable rushing woes. Rothstein thinks the Lions will attempt to find that answer on the first two days of the draft and left open the possibility they take a runner in the first round. Picking No. 20 overall, Detroit could be in position to nab LSU's Derrius Guice if they decide to go that way.
Source: ESPN
Mar 19 - 9:42 AM

Free agent LB Jonathan Freeny will visit the Lions on Friday.

Freeny played parts of three seasons under Matt Patricia when he served as New England's defensive coordinator. The 28-year-old bounced around the league last year, spending time in New England, Baltimore and New Orleans. He wouldn't be assured of a 53-man roster spot if he signs.
Mar 16 - 2:21 PM

Free agent TE Brent Celek will visit the Lions on Thursday.

It's Celek's first visit since being let go by Philadelphia on Tuesday. The Lions are in the market for a tight end after cutting former first-rounder Eric Ebron. Celek does have a 900-yard receiving season on his resume, but he's mostly a blocker at this stage of his career.
Mar 15 - 12:54 PM

Free agent LeGarrette Blount will visit the Lions on Friday.

The Lions are reportedly close to signing Frank Gore and also had DeMarco Murray in for a visit on Monday, so it's obvious the team is targeting a veteran. Blount watched his touchdown total drop from 18 in 2016 to just three last year while sharing reps with Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. He impressed in the postseason, however, scoring in all three playoff games. Clearly the Lions aren't satisfied with the production they received from Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick last year.
Mar 14 - 10:11 PM


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