Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th112.0 (18th)280.1 (5th)
Defense16th99.8 (5th)246.9 (23rd)
2014 Draft
110Eric EbronTEUNC
240Kyle Van NoyOLBBYU
376Travis SwansonCARK
4133Nevin LawsonCBUTAHST
4136Larry WebsterTEBLO
5158Caraun ReidDTPRINCE
6189TJ JonesWRND
7229Nate FreeseKBC


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Golden Tate activated from PUP list
by Larry Hartstein |

The Lions activated receiver Golden Tate from the PUP list, reports the National Football Post. Tate had what he called a minor shoulder injury.

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Mikel Leshoure still part of team's plans
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Lions running back Mikel Leshoure appears to be No. 4 on the depth chart to open the season behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but the team has other plans, reports

"I think Mikel has a chance to be a big part of what we do," running backs coach Curtis Modkins said. "As a matter of fact, I'm anticipating him being a big part of what we do and a big role in our success."

While it would seem tough for Leshoure to get consistent work this year, the new offensive system in Detroit could help. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi developed his scheme while in New Orleans the past seven years, and New Orleans is known for using a fleet of tailbacks.

Four had at least 53 carries last year, compared to just two for Detroit. Given that context, Modkins' prediction doesn't seem so far-fetched.

Still, since he is behind Bush, Bell and Riddick, don't count on Leshoure to do much in 2014.

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Lions don't think they'll extend Ndamukong Suh
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Lions are not optimistic they'll get an extension done with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh before the season starts, ESPN reported. If they can't, his franchise tag will be $26.7 million, a by-product of the lucrative contract they agreed to back when he was a rookie. Suh is slated for free agency after this season. 

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Golden Tate dealing with 'minor' shoulder injury
by Larry Hartstein |

Lions receiver Golden Tate, who was placed on the active/PUP list Wednesday, said he's dealing with a "minor shoulder injury from an errant fall" during OTAs, reports the Detroit Free Press. However, the injury kept him out of the team's June minicamp and landed him on the PUP list.

"Just a little soreness in my shoulder and I’m just doing what the doctors tell me to do and I’m trying to get better as fast as I can,” Tate said in June. “As a competitor it sucks to be on the sideline watching guys, especially when I want to be out there trying to fine-tune this offense."

Tate is eligible to come off the PUP list at any time.

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Lions place Ziggy Ansah on PUP list
by Larry Hartstein |

The Lions placed defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who's recovering from shoulder surgery, on the PUP list. Ansah had eight sacks as a rookie and is fully expected to be ready for the season opener.

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