Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th112.0 (18th)280.1 (5th)
Defense16th99.8 (5th)246.9 (23rd)
Jed Collins expected to beat out Montell Owens
by Larry Hartstein |

Jed Collins should beat out Montell Owens in the Lions' training camp battle at fullback, reports The website favors Collins "based on his frame and his familiarity with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi."

Collins (6-1, 255) spent the last three seasons in New Orleans with Lombardi.

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Brandon Pettigrew fine with blocking more
by Larry Hartstein |

Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is ceding his spot as the top pass-catching tight end to rookie Eric Ebron, notes the Detroit Free Press. Pettigrew is O.K. with blocking more.

"Whatever it is, I’m a team guy," he said. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We’re trying to win."

Pettigrew signed a four-year, $16 million contract this offseason despite the fact that his receptions and yards have dropped three straight years.

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Calvin Johnson to be better in 2014?
by Larry Hartstein |

The Oakland Press expects Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to be better in 2014 for three reasons:

Johnson is healthier after undergoing offseason knee and finger procedures, so he'll be able to practice more than he did in 2013. Defenses will have to worry about receiver Golden Tate and rookie tight end Eric Ebron. And Johnson should benefit from new ideas brought in by coordinator Joe Lombardi.

In 14 games last year, Johnson caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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Ryan Broyles making good progress
by Larry Hartstein |

Lions receiver Ryan Broyles made "impressive catches" and "flashed his speed and agility" during minicamp as he continues to progress in his return from a torn Achilles, reports the Detroit Free Press. Broyles told the paper he feels like he's finally getting the benefit of a full offseason.

He was planning to work with a speed coach before training camp.

"It’s more just conditioning for the body, a lot of lightweight stuff for me to stay mobile, to stay healthy," he said. "Foot placement and things like that."

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Lions need picks from Rashean Mathis
by Larry Hartstein |

Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis led the team with 16 passes defended last year, but he had no interceptions, notes the Detroit Free Press. With the departures of Chris Houston and Louis Delmas, who combined for five of the team's 15 picks, Detroit is counting on Mathis to be more of a ball hawk.

Mathis, 33, made a career-high eight interceptions in 2006 with the Jaguars. Since then, he has 10 interceptions in seven years, none since 2011.

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