Many believed that guard and first-round pick Laken Tomlinson was a shoo-in to start for the Detroit Lions this season.
Not so fast.
Fellow newcomer Manny Ramirez , for whom the team traded in a swap with Denver, began OTAs this week working with the first team. Tomlinson was on the second unit.
Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.
"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told MLive.com. "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."
Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.SEE FULL ARTICLE
When the Detroit Lions drafted Travis Swanson a year ago, the idea was for him to emerge as a starting center for the franchise by 2015.
There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran Manny Ramirez in a trade on Thursday during the NFL draft.
"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."
Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation.SEE FULL ARTICLE
The Detroit Lions acquired interior lineman Manny Ramirez , the No. 143 pick in the draft and a 2016 fifth-round pick to move back five spots to No. 28, with the Denver Broncos trading up to No. 23 to select Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray.
The Lions pick up two fifth-rounders and Ramirez, who earned a negative grade from Pro Football Focus in both pass blocking and run blocking last season. He can slot in at either guard or center for the Lions.
The Broncos, who were predicted by some to focus on adding offensive-line talent in the draft, instead move up to grab Ray, who was one of the top-rated pass rushers during the predraft process but was cited for marijuana possession earlier this week, causing him to fall down some team's draft boards.SEE FULL ARTICLE
The Denver Broncos will have both Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders Week 17 against the Raiders.
Manning came into the contest listed as probable due to a thigh injury. He was never really expected to miss the contest. Sanders was listed as questionable with a hip issue. He was a limited participant in practice all week.
The team will also have nearly all of their probable players. That means C.J. Anderson , Lamin Barrow , David Bruton Jr., Ryan Clady , Chris Clark , Ronnie Hillman , Will Montgomery , Manny Ramirez , Jacob Tamme , Demaryius Thomas , Julius Thomas , Kayvon Webster and Derek Wolfe will all attempt to play.SEE FULL ARTICLE
The Denver Broncos have ruled out linebacker Brandon Marshall (foot) for Sunday's regular season finale against Oakland. Defensive back T.J. Ward (neck), tackle Paul Cornick (toe) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (hip) were deemed questionable, while 16 players were deemed probable.
Those included running back C.J. Anderson (ankle), linebacker Lamin Barrow s (illness), safety David Bruton Jr. (calf), tackle Ryan Clady (thigh), tackle Chris Clark (back), running back Ronnie Hillman (foot), Peyton Manning (thigh), center Will Montgomery (knee), center Manny Ramirez (illness), tight end Jacob Tamme (foot), wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle, hip), tight end Julius Thomas (ankle), running back Juwan Thompson (hip, knee), defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (illness), cornerback Kayvon Webster (shoulder) and defensive end Derek Wolfe (knee).SEE FULL ARTICLE