Lions Rumors & News

  • Calvin Johnson curious about role in Lions' new offense "Megatron is headed to battle under his third coaching staff and fourth offensive coordinator in eight seasons. Calvin Johnson will see his first game action Friday, and even the reciever is pondering what he will look like in Joe Lombardi's new offense "I'm as curious as anybody else,"..." August 21

  • Lions DT Nick Fairley says he plans to start in season opener

    Detroit News "Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley stood at his locker smiling Wednesday, answering questions about his recent demotion with a surprisingly cavalier attitude. He admitted to gaining weight since training camp, up to 315 pounds despite thinking his ideal weight is 305. He didn’t think the idea..." August 21

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    Fairley said his eating habits have gotten in the way the last couple weeks. He says he's at 315 and wants to be 305.

  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford poised to take the next step

    Detroit News "Nothing has changed physically about Matthew Stafford in 2014. “I’m not any faster, I don’t think,” the Lions quarterback said, tongue in cheek, Tuesday. “I don’t think I’m any more jacked.” Instead, most of the changes for Stafford will be mental and fundamental this season as he tries to..." August 20

  • The NFL's Most Valuable Teams "Just because the auction of the Buffalo Bills is having a tough time drawing bids above $1 billion two years after the Cleveland Browns sold for $987 million, and just weeks after the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers were sold for $2 billion, doesn’t mean the National..." August 20

  • Lions' Nick Fairley breaks silence: 'I want to stay here in Detroit'

    Detroit Free Press "Nick Fairley said he has gained seven pounds since the start of training camp and, after nearly two weeks in a backup role, the big defensive tackle is hopeful that he’ll regain his starting job with the Detroit Lions by preseason’s end. “Really, what I plan on doing is just continue to get..." August 20

  • Lions' kicker battle remains too close to call

    Pride Of Detroit "Throughout training camp, the Detroit Lions' kicker battle between Nate Freese and Giorgio Tavecchio has been pretty even. It's also been pretty even through the first half of the preseason. Neither player has been able to take complete control of the starting kicker job, and this position battle..." August 19

  • Lions release CB Drayton Florence

    Pride Of Detroit "Less than two weeks after signing him, the Detroit Lions have released cornerback Drayton Florence. Cornerback Drayton Florence's second stint with the Detroit Lions was a short one. After returning to the team just 12 days ago, the Lions released him on Tuesday. When Florence signed with..." August 19

  • Lions coach: DT Fairley on the 'second team' "A week ago, Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said not to read too much into the fact that Nick Fairley wasn't working with the starters during practice. Now, he's declaring that Fairley, the defensive tackle who was Detroit's first-round pick in 2011, is definitively working with the second..." August 18

  • Team could deal Nick Fairley during the season

    Detroit Free Press "The 2011 NFL draft could go down as one of the best ever. The top-seven picks all have been to at least one Pro Bowl. Pick No. 11 J.J. Watt might be the best defensive player in football. And Day 2 steals Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have quarterbacked teams to a Super Bowl. But while..." August 18

  • 'Little-man syndrome' motivates Lions receiver Golden Tate

    Detroit News "A couple weeks ago in practice, Lions receiver Golden Tate fell on cornerback Darius Slay, and coach Jim Caldwell joked that the wide receiver can be a pain in the neck once in a while. Caldwell’s funny wordplay was an accurate way to describe Tate’s game, though, because his all-around game..." August 16

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    Adam Levitan @adamlevitan

    Matt Stafford played 17 snaps last night. During that time, Reggie Bush played 10 snaps, Joique Bell played 8. Lined up together once.

  • Lions' Jim Caldwell remains coy on Nick Fairley's status after game

    Detroit News "Defensive tackle Nick Fairley generated little push when he was on the field in the Lions’ 27-26 exhibition loss to the Oakland Raiders Friday night, but coach Jim Caldwell said it was too early to evaluate his performance after the game. C.J. Mosley replaced Fairley in the starting lineup..." August 16

  • Lions’ pass rush a good test for Raiders

    Pro Football Talk "If the second preseason game is any indication, the success of the Raiders’ offense could very well come down to whether it can counter pass rush pressure. Though the Lions didn’t sack Raiders starter Matt Schaub, Detroit was able to get after the 11th-year passer on several of his dropbacks...." August 16

  • 3rd-string QB Matt McGloin leads Raiders to win over Lions

    San Francisco Chronicle "In the preseason, try and try again, and good things will happen. The Raiders' first-team defense looked terrible early Friday night for the second straight preseason game, and the offense wasn't a lot better. But head coach Dennis Allen left in the starters for a while, and first-round pick..." August 16

  • Lions TE Joseph Fauria working on his blocking technique

    Detroit Free Press "The book on Joseph Fauria last year was simple — red-zone threat, not a field stretcher, allergic to blocking — and in retrospect a bit unfair. The Lions signed Fauria as an undrafted rookie out of UCLA and got more than anyone imagined for their $12,500 investment. Fauria made the team as..." August 13

  • Who should you draft with the No. 1 pick in fantasy football?

    USA Today "LeSean McCoy is in the best position to succeed Tim Heaney, senior fantasy writer: Why blindly pick last year’s top running back at No. 1? Jamaal Charles is a first-rounder, but 12 rushing scores and 70 receptions are hard to repeat, even with Andy Reid running things. After his monumental..." August 13

  • Nick Fairley in the doghouse, replaced by C.J. Mosley on Detroit Lions' defensive line

    Michigan Live "Nick Fairley's demotion to the second-team defense continued Tuesday when the Detroit Lions took the field for a late-night practice. Veteran C.J. Mosley took Fairley's usual spot alongside defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Fairley was coupled with Andre Fluellen on the second team. It's..." August 13

  • Lions claim Conner Vernon, waive Quintin Payton

    Pride Of Detroit "The Detroit Lions have made a swap at wide receiver by claiming Conner Vernon and waiving Quintin Payton. The Detroit Lions made a minor change to their roster on Monday by claiming wide receiver Conner Vernon off waivers. To make room for him, they waived wide receiver Quintin..." August 12

  • Lions prized draft picks thrown into the fire -- and they hold their own

    Detroit News "The Lions threw many of their draft picks into the fire during Saturday’s 13-12 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Browns. Tight end Eric Ebron and linebacker Kyle Van Noy both earned significant playing time, and even though neither contributed much on the stat sheet, they showed glimpses..." August 10

  • Lions' defense protects end zone in win over Browns

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Lions’ defense played well, was impressive at times and kept the Cleveland Browns out of the end zone in Saturday’s 13-12 victory in the exhibition opener at Ford Field. The Lions made some nice plays, including a near strip-fumble by Kyle Van Noy. With the Browns facing..." August 10

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    Kevin Jones @Mr_KevinJones

    WR Calvin Johnson is sitting out for the Lions.

  • Johnson, Ebron still could play on Saturday night

    Pro Football Talk "Megatron and Ebraton (I tried) may still suit up and play during the Saturday night debut of Johnny Manziel. Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, receiver Calvin Johnson and tight end Eric Ebron returned to practice on Friday. It’s unclear whether either or both will play against the..." August 09

  • Lions re-sign Nate Ness

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions have re-signed a defensive back familiar with their defensive system. On Friday, the club brought back Nate Ness, who spent about three weeks with Detroit in the spring. In a corresponding roster move, the team released linebacker Cory Greenwood, leaving the Lions at the 90-player..." August 09

  • Mikel Leshoure excited to see the field again, whether or not he's trade bait

    Michigan Live "Mikel Leshoure has received a somewhat surprising number of first-team reps with the Detroit Lions in training camp. He's listed third on the depth chart. And it appears he'll play quite a bit Saturday night when Detroit opens the preseason with a game against the Cleveland Browns (7:30 p.m.,..." August 08

  • Lions' offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi encouraged by squad's progress

    Detroit Free Press "Ah, rookies. Tight end Eric Ebron, the Lions’ first-round draft pick, assured everyone this week that after one week of training camp, he had busted through the so-called rookie wall. Hearing that, offense coordinator Joe Lombardi smiled. “He needs to watch interview tapes from ‘Bull..." August 08

  • Former Lions receiver Nate Burleson says he's going to 'go off' on ex-team Saturday

    Detroit News "Nate Burleson is still in the NFL, so he can’t complain about life. And he hopes to show the Lions what they’re missing when his Cleveland Browns open the exhibition schedule at Ford Field on Saturday night. “Once I put on a different jersey, those Lions players, they’re just the..." August 08

  • When will NFL consider marijuana reform?

    USA Today "The NFL has not yet ruled on what’s next for Cleveland’s Josh Gordon, but the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot is reporting the Browns are bracing for the star wide receiver to be out eight games. Gordon appealed his positive drug test earlier this week. His appeal is based on the..." August 08

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    NFL: AroundTheLeague @NFL_ATL

    Lions sign CB Drayton Florence. He was in Detroit in 2012, played for Carolina in 2013.

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    Tim Twentyman @ttwentyman

    The #Lions have waived WR Jon Baldwin, who they claimed Monday off waivers, due to a failed physical.

  • Ex-Dolphins QB Scott Mitchell to compete on Biggest Loser at 366 pounds

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The cast for NBC's weight-loss reality show 'The Biggest Loser' has been released, and it includes three former pro athletes, including ex-Miami Dolphins quarterback Scott Mitchell. Mitchell became a standout performer in the 1993 season after Dan Marino was felled by a ruptured Achilles'..." August 06

  • Lions claim WR Jon Baldwin off waivers

    Pride Of Detroit "The Detroit Lions have claimed wide receiver Jon Baldwin, a former first-round pick, off waivers. A day after he was waived by the San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver Jon Baldwin was claimed by the Detroit Lions. The move was first reported by Michael Schottey, and it's unknown at this time who..." August 05

  • Ndamukong Suh's goal to be highest paid defensive player in NFL

    Detroit Free Press "It’s anyone’s guess whether the Lions will be able sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a new contract. But one former sports agent and one of Suh’s closest friends weighed in on the contract situation and his chances of returning to Detroit next year. Perhaps fittingly, since so little has..." August 04

  • Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron blames 'mental blockage' for drops, expects improvement soon

    Michigan Live "Most rookies have a hard enough time learning one position. Eric Ebron has to learn as many as four, and do it with the scrutiny of a first-round draft choice. That magnifies every mistake, and especially the drops. But Ebron believes those will subside once he becomes comfortable in the..." August 03

  • Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick impresses, but competition tough

    Detroit Free Press "Theo Riddick had a pretty impressive spring, and the second-year running back is off to a good start in training camp. But with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in front of him on the depth chart and Mikel Leshoure vying for time in a big-back role, it remains to be seen how much of an impact..." August 03

  • Lions receiver Corey Fuller's speed may earn him role

    Detroit News "If the Lions run their offense like the Saints, second-year receiver Corey Fuller could have the inside track to a roster spot. The Saints, the team for which Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi coached the past seven years, typically had a receiver on the roster whose primary role was as..." August 02

  • Veterans looking to set enduring legacy

    Detroit Free Press "Dominic Raiola’s question is the same question everyone has for the Detroit Lions’ offensive line. “My question to the guys: ‘Was that really us?’ ” Raiola said. Last season, the Detroit Lions’ offensive line allowed 23 sacks, second fewest in the NFL to the Denver Broncos’ 20. The Lions..." August 01

  • Detroit Lions' Nick Fairley sentenced, but his NFL punishment unknown

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley intends to appeal the suspended sentence he received Thursday for a 2012 DUI charge, his attorney said today. But it’s unclear whether he’s still subject to NFL discipline. “I think they’ve already met, and they were waiting for the outcome,”..." August 01

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Lions want an informed Ndamukong Suh to sign a deal he’s happy with. I’m told DET is willing to allow him to explore FA to gauge his market

  • Lions asked Nick Fairley to lose weight, but 295 is too skinny

    Pro Football Talk "Not many people who weigh 295 pounds are told that they need to gain weight, but Nick Fairley is not like most people. Fairley, the Lions defensive tackle who was told by the team that he needed to lose weight this offseason, took his conditioning seriously — and even took the weight-loss thing..." July 29

  • Detroit Lions' Jim Caldwell: Matthew Stafford seems to have grasp of new offense

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford won’t throw a meaningful pass until the season starts Sept. 8. But, for the time being, coach Jim Caldwell has been impressed with how much Stafford as absorbed and learned about the new offense. “He is getting better,” Caldwell said today in a news..." July 28

  • Lions activate Golden Tate from PUP list

    Pro Football Talk "The Lions opened up training camp without wide receiver Golden Tate on the practice field as a result of a shoulder injury that he suffered during the spring, but Tate was sure that he’d be an active participant before too much more of the summer was gone. Tate was proven correct on Monday. The..." July 28

  • Early signs indicate Lions' Matthew Stafford is 'getting better'

    Detroit News "The Lions made clear this offseason they wanted to find help for Matthew Stafford, looking for coaches and players that could help the franchise quarterback stop his regression the past two seasons. With coach Jim Caldwell, offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterbacks coach Jim Bob..." July 28

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    Lions pres Tom Lewand said team has tabled contract discussions w/Ndamukong Suh, who's in the final year of his deal, until after the season

  • Jim Caldwell optimistic Ndamukong Suh will stay with Lions

    Detroit News "As the Lions prepare for training camp Monday, star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s future in Detroit remains in doubt. But the team is confident Suh’s contract negotiations won’t be a distraction as it prepares for the season, and coach Jim Caldwell remains optimistic that the Lions can keep..." July 28

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    Dave Birkett @davebirkett

    Nick Fairley weighed 305 lbs today ,10 more than at minicamp, 15 less than last year.

  • Detroit Lions' Reggie Bush: Jim Caldwell was our biggest free-agent signing this year

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush made the rounds at the Fox Sports campus in Los Angeles on Thursday, doing everything from taking over their Twitter account to appearing on their television network to even joining Charrisa Thompson on a podcast. During which, the most interesting comment..." July 26

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    Chris Mortensen @mortreport

    Lions are not optimistic about signing Ndamukong Suh to a new contract. He enters camp counting 22,412,500 against sal cap.

  • Detroit Lions rookie Eric Ebron may be early favorite as next team leader

    Detroit Free Press "They nudged quiet Calvin Johnson into a more vocal role and got the introverted Ndamukong Suh elected captain, and with the Detroit Lions on the lookout for their next group of leaders, one newcomer seems like an obvious choice. Rookie tight end Eric Ebron, more than any of the Lions’ recent..." July 24

  • NFL in LA? It could happen sooner than you think

    Sporting News "At long last, after a 19-year absence, the NFL is ready to return to Los Angeles. It's no longer a matter of if, but when. Expect the NFL to announce a return to America's entertainment capital and the second-biggest market in the next 12 months, with one or two teams debuting in Los Angeles no..." July 24