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Justin Tuck: Raider Nation would appluad signing Ndamukong Suh
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

If defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh doesn't sign a long-term deal with the Lions, then he will become a free agent March 10 and there will be plenty of teams interested in the Pro Bowl lineman. 

Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck indicated if Suh wanted to sign with Oakland, then he would be welcomed in Raider Nation.

"(He's) Raider-ish," Tuck said, per the Detroit Free Press. "And that's one of the reasons why I know Raider Nation would applaud that move, beyond the fact that he's an awesome football player. He kind of fits the mold of ... the toughness and the ferocious player that built the Oakland Raiders."

It is speculated Suh will receive a contract worth at least $100 million. Tuck believes the three-time All-Pro deserves such a lucrative deal.

"The thing about him, you know what you're getting every day. Some of the tactics, you could probably do without, but he's a hell of a football player," Tuck said. "I would love to have the opportunity to line up beside of him and let him take all the double teams that I normally take."

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Raiders hire Bobby Johnson to coach tight ends
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Raiders hired Lions assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson as their tight ends coach, reports the Lions' website. Johnson coached tight ends for Detroit in 2013.

His contract with Detroit was set to expire at month's end.

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Lions see plenty of upside in WR Corey Fuller
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Lions are looking for a solid No. 3 receiver to supplement Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and converted track star Corey Fuller could be the guy, reports the team's website. Fuller was Johnson's backup in 2014 and played in some multi-receiver sets, catching 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.

“I think I had a big improvement coming in from last year to this year,” said Fuller, a sixth-round pick in the 2013 draft. “If I just keep on progressing, who knows where I can go.”

Fuller, who brings a unique combination of speed and strength, said his main focus this offseason is improving his route running.

“The whole (route) tree,” he said. “Being able to expand the routes they throw me.”

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Travis Swanson will compete to be Lions' starting center in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

With center Dominic Raiola being told he will not be back on the Lions' roster in 2015, the attention nows turns to the development of Travis Swanson, who was drafted in the third round in 2014 to be Detroit's future center.

“I thought he made good progress last year,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew at the Senior Bowl, per the team's official website. “I think this is a really important offseason for him, obviously. He’s going to have an opportunity to get in there and compete for that job at center.”

Swanson started four games at guard and one at center during his rookie season. He struggled when he first joined the starting lineup, but by season's end he was much improved. In his final two starts, including the playoff game against Dallas, Swanson finished each of those games with a positive grade from Pro Football Focus.

“I think it’s important this offseason that he continues to show the same type of improvement he showed last year,” Mayhew said. “There’s nothing promised to anybody, but I’m excited about the potential that he showed last year with his ability to get into some games, finish some games for us and start some games for us at guard and one game at center. But he’s got a ways to go in terms of being a great player in this league."

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Lions' Caldwell feels Tate can surpass Pro Bowl numbers in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Lions Pro Bowl receiver Golden Tate had a career year in 2014, posting 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games. While his numbers were impressive, coach Jim Caldwell feels Tate could be in for an even better campaign in 2015, per the Detroit Free Press.

"It doesn't take a whole year to determine what a guy can do from a schematic standpoint, but I do think that what happens is, guys get more comfortable within the system from quarterback to offensive line to running backs to all those involved, and you should see an uptick," Caldwell said Wednesday at the Senior Bowl. "If we're not playing better than we played this year then obviously all of us are going to be disappointed about that. So I would anticipate in every phase that we're going to be able to improve."

Caldwell said Tate's role probably won't change much, but he added the Lions should be more balanced when Tate and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are on the field at the same time. Johnson missed some time in 2014 due to an ankle injury.

"Golden had a superb year with 99 catches and just did an incredible job on third down for us," Caldwell said. "Was a great leader for us as well. Stepped into some very, very difficult situations and certainly gave us an opportunity."

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