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"(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
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."
His contract with Detroit was set to expire at month's end.
“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.”
With center Dominic Raiola being told he will not be back on the
“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."
"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."