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Haloti Ngata ready to be a veteran leader in Year 2 in Detroit

When Haloti Ngata was traded from the Ravens to the Lions last offseason, he stayed in Baltimore for much of the summer, his family still lived there, and it took him a few months before he was really a fit in the Lions’ defense. This year, however, Ngata signed a new contract, moved his family…
Via Pro Football Talk
1 day ago

NFL Notes: Colts, Jaguars, & Lions

Colts Mike Wells of ESPN doesn’t rule out potential roster additions between now and the start of the season. However, Wells says that the Colts would like to focus on developing their younger players, rather than bring in veterans to fill gaps on their roster. Jaguars According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN, Rashad Greene and Marqise Lee are the top-two candidates to open...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Ameer Abdullah must have pivotal role in the offense

Joique Bell has left Detroit after spending four full seasons with the Lions at running back. The former Harlon Hill trophy recipient with Wayne State University, just four miles from Ford Field, was released by the Lions this past February, after turning down an offer at a reduced salary. Bell appeared in 60 games, rushing for 2,235 yards while gaining another 1,640 yards through...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford delivers zinger when asked about Calvin Johnson's retirement

Megatron left the building and he's not coming back. After battling through a multitude of injuries, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson annouced his retirement in March, finishing his career with 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns, catching the majority of them from Matthew Stafford.The Lions QB spoke with media members outside the team's OTA's on Thursday when he was asked about...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions move on without Calvin Johnson

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Matthew Stafford dropped back and sailed a spiral through the air, over his intended target and onto the ground. Thud. The Detroit Lions gave their first glimpse of what life is like on the field without Calvin Johnson on Thursday, when the media had access to an offseason training activity for the first time this year. It didn't look good without Johnson...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions Waive TE Tim Wright With Injury Designation

The Detroit Lions placed TE Tim Wright on waivers Thursday with an injury designation, according to Doug Kyed. Should Wright clear waivers on Friday, he would revert to the Lions’ injured reserve list. Wright, 26, wound up signing on with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers back in 2013. He spent a year in Tampa Bay before he was traded to the Patriots in...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford has moved on from Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson who? After spending seven seasons playing with Johnson and recording some absurd numbers, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has reportedly closed the “Megatron” chapter in his book. This was Stafford’s response when asked how long it took to move on from Johnson after the receiver announced his retirement. Matthew Stafford, when asked how long it...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Detroit Lions’ Ameer Abdullah out until training camp

Back in January, Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery for a shoulder injury. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Abdullah could be inactive until the beginning of training camp. In the report, it said that Dr. James Andrews had fixed a torn labrum that the running back had sustained in a game during mid-December of last season. It also gave...
Via Campus Sports Net
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: previewing the wide receivers

The departure of Calvin Johnson is going to leave a void in the Lions receiving core for years to come.  It is almost impossible to instantly replace a phenomenal receiver like Megatron.  Amassing 11,619 receiving yards and 83 touchdowns in his nine seasons, Johnson is a receiver that most franchises dream of.  The Lions have quite a gap to fill and they hope to have the receivers...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Stafford talks about possibility of a Calvin Johnson return

Matt Stafford and the Lions have some things to figure out this offseason. Namely, just what they're going to wedge into that gaping, Calvin Johnson-sized crater in the team's offense.Stafford and Lions head coach Jim Caldwell recently gave an interview to WJR-AM in Detroit (h/t MLive.com's Justin Rogers) about Johnson and the prospect of a comeback for the recently retired wide...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Golden Tate, fiancee Elise Pollard went cliff diving in Oman…and OH MAN

Instagram Lions wide receiver Golden Tate and his fiancee Elise Pollard recently visited the country of Oman and ran off a cliff.  Cliff diving. And yeah, I just peed a little (ok, a lot) watching this. This video makes me have the travel bug. A highlight from the country of OMAN!! We literally ran and jumped off of this cliff!!! #sorryforthecommentary #wasjustsoexcited A...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford doesn’t see Calvin Johnson coming back to Lions

As much as he’d love to have him back, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford doesn’t think receiver Calvin Johnson has any designs of returning in 2016. Johnson retired this offseason after a frustrating season in which he dealt with nagging injuries. He’ll certainly be welcomed back if he does decide to change his mind, but Stafford expects him to stay the course. ...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford thinks Calvin Johnson will remain retired

When a player who had 88 catches for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns the previous season decides to retire the way Calvin Johnson did, it’s an easy inclination to continue wondering whether that player will reconsider his decision. Matthew Stafford does not think Megatron will. Stafford was interviewed on WJR-AM this week and talked about his longtime teammate’s decision to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions still bitter about facemask call against Packers

Everyone remembers the Hail Mary thrown by Aaron Rodgers to give the Green Bay Packers a victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 13 of the 2015 season. What many don’t remember is the facemask call on Devin Taylor the play before the Hail Mary with zeroes left on the clock that gave Rodgers that one extra shot at the victory. Needless to say, the Lions and their fans remember...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions rookie profile: A’Shawn Robinson

The Detroit Lions are looking to become a stronger team on both the offensive and defensive lines. One way they are hoping to succeed with their goal is by signing 6’4, 307 pound, Alabama defensive tackle, A’Shawn Robinson. The name may not be familiar to some, but that’s where I will step in to give you the low down on one of the Lions newest members. Robinson has always been...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Ex-Lions WR Brett Perriman in hospital, on life support

Former Detroit Lions and Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Brett Perriman is said to be in a fight for his life as he was hospitalized on Tuesday night. Brett's son Breshad, a receiver with the Baltimore Ravens, sent this tweet about his father on Tuesday night: Prayers up for my pops! He's the real definition of hard body so I know he will be walking out the hospital like nothing...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: Taylor Decker Meets The 2 Leopards The Columbus Zoo Named After Him

For the last two summers, Ohio State offensive lineman and Detroit Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker interned at the Columbus Zoo, and last week he received the honor of having a pair of clouded leopards born at his old employer named after him.  Today, Decker had the opportunity to meet his namesakes, a girl leopard named Taylor and a boy named Decker.  Stopped by the...
Via College Spun
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-NFL QB to draft prospects: NFL 'doesn’t care about you'

Joey Harrington, who the Detroit Lions chose with the No. 3 pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, has had to bear the “bust” label pretty much since early in his career. But Harrington is more than just a name on the many lists of all-time draft busts that surface at this time of year, and he has a lot to say about the draft process and life in the NFL. In an interview published by...
Via The Sports Daily
April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford: Things will be ‘obviously different’ without Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson shocked the NFL world in March when he officially announced his retirement at the age of 30. Matthew Stafford, Johnson’s longtime Detroit Lions teammate, understands that things — both on and off the field — will be a lot different without Megatron in the fold. Stafford pointed out that there were already plenty of changes in store for the Lions offense under...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
April 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Corey Fuller thought Megatron was joking about retirement

Calvin Johnson had apparently been long considering retirement, apparently telling his teammate Corey Fuller about his plans early in the season, according to MLive.com. But Fuller thought Johnson was joking. “Every time he mentioned it to me, I kind of took it as a joke,” Fuller said Thursday night. “Like, ‘Yeah, whatever. No you’re not.’ It wasn’t until close the...
Via The Comeback
April 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Eric Ebron trolls Mia Khalifa over UNC in championship game

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron trolled adult film star Mia Khalifa over North Carolina reaching the National Championship Game. Ebron played college ball at UNC for three years before entering the NFL Draft in 2014. After the Tar Heels beat Syracuse on Saturday in the Final Four to advance to the title game, Ebron sent this tweet to Khalifa: @miakhalifa I got a extra ticket...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Lions to add new color scheme to NFL jerseys beginning in 2016

It sounds as if the Detroit Lions are going to be the closest thing to the Oregon Ducks when it comes to uniform choices on gameday. Team president Rod Wood has indicated that there will be changes made to the Lions’ uniforms in the very near future, with the majority of those changes likely to come in 2017. But, in 2016, one of those changes will include an alternative jersey...
Via The Comeback
April 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Lions announce plans to continue raising ticket prices

After raising ticket prices 7.8 percent last year, because even bad teams still attempt to make money hand-over-fist, it appears the Detroit Lions are going to go back to the well of good faith among hardy fans and try to raise ticket prices. Lions president Rod Wood says the team is 24th in average ticket price and would like it to be 16th, bang average, so further hikes could...
Via The Comeback
April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Stafford 'wasn't shocked' by Calvin Johnson's retirement

Matthew Stafford had a big advantage in each of his first seven seasons in the NFL; Calvin Johnson was on his team. But with the 2016 season just a couple months away, the 2009 No. 1 overall pick now has to prepare to not have that advantage. Stafford spoke about Johnson’s retirement during a coaching clinic at the University of Georgia on Friday. “Not to say that I expected...
Via This Given Sunday
March 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Jim Caldwell says Calvin Johnson made the right decision to retire

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was understandably disappointed when he learned that Calvin Johnson was going to retire, for obvious reasons. But the way he sees it, when every factor is taken into account — especially the wide receiver’s own opinion — Johnson made the right decision. Calling Johnson a “great competitor” as well as a “world-class person,” Caldwell...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 23, 2016  |  Discuss
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