Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense20th83.4 (32nd)263.2 (9th)
Defense18th113.0 (18th)236.6 (14th)

Schedule

4:25 pm EDT
Sun Sep 11
at IND
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 18
TEN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 25
at GB
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 2
at CHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 9
PHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 16
LAR
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 23
WAS
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 30
at HOU
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 6
at MIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 20
JAC
12:30 pm EST
Thu Nov 24
MIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 4
at NO
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 11
CHI
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 18
at NYG
8:30 pm EST
Mon Dec 26
at DAL
1:00 pm EST
Sun Jan 1
GB

Standings

NFC
North
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Minnesota11-5-05-1-0
Green Bay10-6-03-3-0
Detroit7-9-03-3-0
Chicago6-10-01-5-0
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Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Should get shot at heavy workload
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah (shoulder) will have every opportunity to earn most of the Lions' rushing workload, according to Tim Twentyman of the team's official site.

Abdullah missed the Lions' offseason program while recovering from January surgery to repair a torn labrum, but there doesn't seem to be any concern within the organization about his availability for training camp. Though not of much use to fantasy owners, Abdullah's rookie campaign wasn't a lost cause from his perspective, as he led the team in carries (143), rushing yards (597) and YPC (4.2), showing notable improvement along with the rest of Detroit's offense after Jim Bob Cooter replaced Joe Lombardi as the offensive coordinator mid-season. Abdullah averaged 10.7 carries for 51 yards (4.8 YPC) over the final six weeks, albeit with just one touchdown and 63 receiving yards (11 catches) while facing a soft part of the schedule. The 2015 second-round selection also did a better job taking care of the ball as the season progressed, with only one of his five fumbles occurring after Week 6, though it was still somewhat alarming to see his fumbling issues from college (23 on 980 touches) re-emerge. Assuming he returns to full health and mostly holds onto the ball, Abdullah doesn't have anything standing between him and the lead-back role, as Detroit's other running backs are either plodders (Stevan Ridley, Zach Zenner), pass-catching specialists (Theo Riddick) or special-teamers (George Winn). While easily the most explosive runner of the bunch, Abdullah is unlikely to surpass Riddick as the primary passing-down back -- a crucial role on a Detroit team that attempted 600+ passes each of the last six years. Further adding to Abdullah's workload concerns, Zenner and/or Ridley may take on most of the goal-line and short-yardage carries, with one of the two possibly even pushing for something akin to Joique Bell's role from last season. Even so, Abdullah offers an intriguing ceiling for prospective fantasy owners, entering his second NFL season with a clear path to lead-back status, assuming the shoulder checks out.

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Lions' Alex Carter: Seeing some first team reps
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Carter (ankle) has practiced as a slot corner with the starting defense in offseason workouts, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Carter missed all of his rookie season with an ankle injury, but is getting back into the flow of things this offseason. He was originally placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list, but the injury lingered and he couldn't recover in time. Now that he's back to full strength, the 2015 third-round pick has been rotating between the first- and second-team defense, while spending time at both outside and slot corner back. In training camp, he'll be competing with Darrin Walls, Quandre Diggs, and Crezdon Butler for reps in the slot and behind starters Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson.

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Lions' DeAndre Levy: Showing no signs of hip injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Levy "shows no signs of the hip injury that limited him" last season during mandatory minicamp, Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site reports.

Levy was seen running stride-for-stride with TE Eric Ebron, and evidently appears to be be nearing his 2014 form. That season, Levy racked up 117 solo tackles - 16 more than anyone else - and finished second in the league in total tackles (only behind Luke Kuechly). Should Levy make a full recovery and maneuver through the rest of the offseason without any setbacks, he will undoubtedly re-bolster a Lions defense that finished 19th in the league against the run in 2015.

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Lions' Glover Quin: Progressing well from surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Quin (ankle) practiced in near-full capacity during the first day of minicamp, the Lions' official site reports.

Quin had been taking it easy since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, but participated in near-full capacity during Tuesday's session. For reference, Quin never participated in any team drills during OTAs. However, now in minicamp, he lined up as the starting free safety during team drills, admittedly only for a portion of the snaps, though. It appears Quin has been setback-free in his recovery and will continue to amp up his workload in practice as the offseason wears on.

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