Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st81.9 (30th)256.9 (11th)
Defense18th106.3 (18th)248.4 (19th)

Schedule

1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 10
ARI
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Sep 18
at NYG
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 24
ATL
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 1
at MIN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 8
CAR
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 15
at NO
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 29
PIT
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 6
at GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 12
CLE
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 19
at CHI
12:30 pm EST
Thu Nov 23
MIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 3
at BAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 10
at TB
4:30 pm EST
Sat Dec 16
CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 24
at CIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 31
GB

Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Green Bay10-6-05-1-0
Detroit9-7-03-3-0
Minnesota8-8-02-4-0
Chicago3-13-02-4-0
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Lions' T.J. Lang: On track to be back by training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lang is on track to be back from his hip injury for the start of training camp, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Lang stated that he is actually a little ahead of his original return schedule. He is known as being a very tough player and played through a good portion of last season with injuries, so Lang will likely be back as soon as he is physically able.

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Lions' Kasey Redfern: Signs with Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Redfern signed with the Lions on Tuesday.

Redfern will likely slide in as the Lions second-string punter for training camp and the preseason. Detroit is his fourth team in the last two years, a sign that Redfern hasn't made a significant impact on special teams on any of those other squads. He will need to impress in the coming months if he hopes to make the Lions' regular season roster come September.

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Lions' Eric Ebron: Fifth-year option may be declined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said the team hasn't decided if it will exercise the fifth-year option on Ebron's contract, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "It's a possibility," Quinn said. "We're still in the process of evaluating Eric's situation. We have until May 2, so we'll use our time."

The Lions' decision could depend on what the team does in a draft which offers a strong crop of tight ends. The 10th overall selection in the 2014 draft, Ebron has been held back by injuries, drops and shaky blocking through his first three seasons, but he did catch 61 of 86 targets for 711 yards and a touchdown in only 13 games last year. While he hasn't developed quite the way the Lions were hoping, the 24-year-old tight end is already a capable starter and seemingly possesses untapped upside. Ebron's fifth-year option would lock him in for 2018 at a salary around $8-9 million, but the Lions could potentially lower that cap hit by working out an extension.

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Lions' Jace Billingsley: Gets vote of confidence from teammate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Teammate Golden Tate believes Billingsley has enough talent to earn a key role in the Detroit offense, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "[Billingsley] reminds me a lot of a younger me," Tate said. "Just very, very shifty. I think he's got some running back in him. I think he might have played running back in college, I think. But talented guy. I'm excited for him to get his opportunity in practice and going into the preseason, and he made this team for a reason.

An undrafted rookie last year, the 5-foot-9 Billingsley parlayed a strong preseason into a spot on the practice squad, which gave him time to learn how to play from the slot after splitting time between wide receiver and running back in college. With last season's slot receiver, Anquan Boldin, unsigned as the draft approaches, the Lions may need to find a replacement or else move Tate back to his pre-2016 role as the primary slot target. If Boldin signs elsewhere and the Lions decide to mostly keep Tate outside, Billingsley could be part of a competition for the No. 3 job. The competition likely would include TJ Jones, Keshawn Martin, Jared Abbrederis and potentially a rookie or two.

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Lions' Matthew Stafford: Finger feeling fine
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Stafford said his finger, which was injured late last season, is now fine, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Stafford said of the situation, "It just needed rest. No surgery, no procedure, anything like that. It feels good, threw with it today. It feels fine. Been throwing with it for a month, month and a half, now. It just took some rest."

Stafford dislocated the middle finger in his throwing hand during Week 14's win over the Bears. He played the remainder of the season, including a Wild Card loss to the Seahawks, but looked significantly affected by the injury, throwing twice as many interceptions to touchdowns during the span. After taking some time off, the quarterback, who is entering the last year of his contract, should be ready for the beginning of OTAs.

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