Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th112.0 (18th)280.1 (5th)
Defense16th99.8 (5th)246.9 (23rd)
Report: Eric Ebron could line up in slot most of the time
by Larry Hartstein |

The Lions will run a lot of two-tight end sets with rookie Eric Ebron lining up in the slot "perhaps as much as two-thirds of the time," reports Brandon Pettigrew will be the in-line blocker.

New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, formerly of the Saints, "saw how a pass-catching tight end such as Jimmy Graham could dice up a defense, and that is what the Lions have planned for Ebron," the paper said.

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Lions could be leaning toward Nate Freese over Giorgio Tavecchio
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Lions could be leaning toward rookie kicker Nate Freese, on whom the team spent a seventh-round pick, over Giorgio Tavecchio, who has bounced around training camps the past two years, reports ESPN.

Tavecchio has the stronger leg. Freese is likely the more accurate kicker and, due to having a draft pick invested, would appear to be the favorite. 

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Four receivers for one spot in Detroit?
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Lions official team website believes four receivers will compete for one roster spot in camp this summer. Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham, rookie T.J. Jones and second-year wideout Corey Fuller are considered "leading candidates" for the job. Ogletree and Durham lead the way in terms of experience but Fuller and Jones are younger and might have more explosiveness to contribute. 

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Lions web site: Ryan Broyles on roster bubble
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Though a story previewing receivers on the Lions official team website says that the Lions will give Ryan Broyles every opportunity to make the team this summer, they still list him as being on the roster bubble. That's because Broyles has battled injuries throughout his short NFL career after being taken in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He's played 16 games over two seasons and has 30 catches for 395 yards and two scores. 

"Broyles still has to prove the explosiveness is back in his legs," writer Tim Twentyman explains. "If he does that, he should have a spot."

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Lions release D.J. Morrell
by Larry Hartstein |

The Lions cut guard D.J. Morrell, an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion, reports the National Football Post.

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