|Offense||19th||88.9 (28th)||251.9 (12th)|
|Defense||2nd||69.3 (1st)||231.6 (13th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||278||5/29/1989||3||Brigham Young|
|35||Bell, Joique||RB||5-11||229||8/4/1986||5||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|65||Boggs, Taylor||C||6-3||285||2/20/1987||3||Humboldt State|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||203||2/14/1987||7||Norfolk State|
|60||Cave, Braxston||C||6-3||305||7/29/1989||1||Notre Dame|
|63||Cudjo, Jermelle||DT||6-2||304||9/28/1986||4||Central Oklahoma|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||265||4/10/1993||2||North Carolina|
|10||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||2||Virginia Tech|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||280||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|81||Johnson, Calvin||WR||6-5||236||9/29/1985||9||Georgia Tech|
|43||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-1||202||5/16/1992||R||Georgia Tech|
|91||Jones, Jason||DE||6-5||276||5/23/1986||8||Eastern Michigan|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||185||7/19/1992||1||Notre Dame|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||2||Utah State|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||325||7/18/1991||2||Kansas State|
|69||Madsen, Joe||C||6-3||310||9/1/1989||1||West Virginia|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||210||2/27/1990||3||Appalachian State|
|17||Moore, Kellen||QB||6-0||200||7/12/1989||4||Boise State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||260||8/17/1981||12||Texas A&M|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon||TE||6-5||275||2/23/1985||7||Oklahoma State|
|86||Pierce, Casey||TE||6-3||244||8/21/1991||R||Kent State|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||195||8/10/1984||9||Central Florida|
|69||Proctor, Xavier||T||6-6||315||11/1/1990||1||North Carolina Central|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||206||1/15/1986||7||New Mexico|
|63||Ramirez, Manny||G||6-3||320||2/19/1983||9||Texas Tech|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||200||5/4/1991||3||Notre Dame|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||324||5/21/1992||R||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||192||1/1/1991||3||Mississippi State|
|45||Suite, Brian||DB||6-2||203||4/21/1992||R||Utah State|
|52||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||10||Virginia Tech|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||202||8/2/1988||6||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||3||South Carolina|
|55||Tulloch, Stephen||MLB||5-11||245||1/1/1985||10||North Carolina State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||252||6/19/1990||2||Brigham Young|
|66||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||330||7/21/1991||3||Texas Tech|
|74||Wilson, Torrian||G||6-2||310||11/28/1991||R||Central Florida|
|96||Worthy, Jerel||DT||6-2||308||4/28/1990||3||Michigan State|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||223||9/13/1991||R||South Dakota State|
|68||Keyton, Darren (IR)||C||6-3||305||6/15/1990||1||Central Michigan|
|44||Owens, Chris (IR)||DB||5-9||180||12/1/1986||7||San Jose State|
|46||Snyder, Kevin (IR)||LB||6-2||238||7/25/1992||R||Rutgers|
|82||Thompson, Jordan (IR)||TE||6-4||257||7/12/1989||1||Ohio U.|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Lawson suffered a severely dislocated foot. He isn't sure if he'll participate in the Lions' OTAs, but he said he has no limitations on his activities, per MLive. Lawson is taking his recovery slow, but he should be back by the opener.
Salas last played with the Jets. He compiled his most productive numbers since his rookie year last season, but that only amounted to eight catches for 167 yards.
Owens has played with four different teams over the last four seasons, but did get into 11 games with Kansas City in 2014. He has not recorded an interception since 2010.
"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.
The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.
Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.
But Stafford hit on 60.3 percent of his passes a year ago, the second-best rate of his career. And Jim Caldwell believes that will improve this year. His work in offseason practices have provided encouragement.
"He's improved," Caldwell told MLive.com. "He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement."
Caldwell added that he anticipates Stafford will improve his completion percentage in 2015.
Proctor has spent the last two years learning the defensive tackle position as a member of the Lions practice squad, but the move comes at a time where the team needs more able bodies at the offensive line position after an injury to LaAdrian Waddle.
Whitehead was provided an opportunity to play last year when Stephen Tulloch went down three games in. But Tulluch has since recovered, which results in Whitehead competing with Kyle Van Noy for the starting strongside job.
He certainly proved his worth in 2014. Whitehead racked up 12 tackles in his first start a year ago and finished the season with 86 as a full-time starter. But despite statistics that motivated Pro Football Focus to grade him out positively against the run, he felt he needed to put on some weight.
"Watching back last season, sometimes in the run game, I wasn't as sturdy as I could have been," he told MLive.com. "I bulked up a bit to be more stout against the run."
That comes directly from Mathis, who admits he has told that to others.
Mathis, who will be 35 when the regular season begins, has started all but one game since joining the Lions in 2013. He contributed to 51 tackles a year ago, his highest total since 2010 with Jacksonville.
By converting $3.255 million of his 2015 base salary into a signing bonus, the team created $2.17 million in additional cap space this season. The deal allows Quin to receive more guaranteed money now.
Quin is under contract through the 2017 season. He has produced 10 interceptions over the last two seasons with the Lions.
Both players were diagnosed with dehydration, but both were able to make it back onto the field before the end of the third quarter. The Lions have a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Slay plans on taking notes from the other elite cornerbacks in the league to continue his climb in the NFL ranks, per ESPN.com.
"I gotta study [Darrelle] Revis and Joe [Haden]," Slay said. "They are more my type of corner, more in your face, try to travel guys, follow you wherever you want to go. Just trying to take [the] best player out of the game.
"I look at [Richard] Sherman, too, just because his ball skills, he's probably got the best ball skills in the NFL that I've seen in my past years. If the ball's in the air, he's getting it. Other than that, I love to watch Revis and Joe."
Slay played in all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 61 tackles and two interceptions.
“It’s a good place, a good situation,” Moore said in a telephone interview from Boise, where he is spending the offseason with his wife, Julie, and their young child.
“Ideally, the hope was to be able to go back, as long as there was a little plan in place. I feel like it’s a good situation to go back to. I didn’t have to deal with all the variables.”
Head coach Jim Caldwell likes what he sees in Moore.
“They all have a chance,” Caldwell said at the recent NFL Annual Meeting. “He’s got some qualities that you really like.”
“It’s nice that they see some value in you,” Moore said. “As a backup quarterback, you’re not seen on the field, other than a few August games. But hopefully, you still have an impact on the team – with the other players, helping in the film room.
“We enjoy Detroit – stuff that’s not football related. Obviously, in the football side of it we have a good room. Matthew’s obviously a tremendous quarterback. Dan’s been awesome. It’s awesome that we’re all set to come back.”
Although Moore would like to see the playing field, he recognizes that the team has its starter in Matthew Stafford.
“Obviously, at the end of the day all of us love playing the game of football. Only so many guys get to play. We’ve got good guys, and we’ve got a great starter in Matthew.
“You have to take advantage of opportunities, whether it’s preseason games or whatever.”
Moore has yet to throw a pass during a regular season game after being drafted by the team in 2012.
Waddle, who is on the physically unable to perform list, says he hasn't experienced any pain or tightness and is progressing to football activities as a part of his rehab.
"It's just day by day, just seeing how the knee feels when we come out here and do some stuff," Waddle said. "Just the next day, seeing how it feels after getting after it a little bit.
"I think we're getting really close. I've been out here running good, feeling good when I was running. No pain, no tightness afterward, so I think we're getting close."
Waddle is hopeful he will be ready for the Lions' season opener against the Chargers on Sept. 13.
"I do think there's a chance," he said. "We're still working hard to keep progressing, doing more things gradually, and we'll just see where that takes us."
There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran Manny Ramirez in a trade on Thursday during the NFL draft.
"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."
Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation.
"Am I thrilled about it? No, I don't think any other kicker is," Prater said in an interview with ESPN.com. "You know, they make these rules and they never talk to any of us about it. I don't know. I just feel that eventually they are just trying to weed kicking out of the game completely. It's something we'll have to deal with and hopefully make them all."
He also questioned the motive from the league with making this kind of rule change.
"I don't know what the owners and (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and all them are thinking," Prater said. "But I'm just going to try and do my job and keep my mouth shut for the most part."
Bell struggled through the first half of last season, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. But after the team's bye, he improved to 4.4 yards per carry. Bell is confident he can be that second-half back all season.
"This year, I expect to come into the season healthy," he said. "I think I can be that guy when I get back."
The Lions are expecting Bell to be the primary running back once he is healthy.
"I can just tell you that there are no guarantees," Caldwell said. "You just don't know in this league. He's young, he's strong, he's one of those guys that has always been a workhorse, and we fully expect him to come back and be what he was last year for us, and that was a bell cow.
"He was a tough, hard-nosed guy that set a great tone for us, so we're anticipating that exact same sort of effort. He feels he's close, so I feel good about that."
Levy led the team in tackles a year ago with 117, added a career-high 2 1/2 sacks and is one of the best outside linebackers in the league.
"He's a heck of a football player, just a playmaker on our defense versus the run and the pass," Lions GM Martin Mayhew said. "The guy's an impact player, so we definitely want to keep him on our defense."
Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side.
Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays.
"I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.
The questionables are linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Chris Conte (concussion), offensive lineman Roberto Garza (ankle), nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) are all probable.
His 40-yard dash time of 4.56 at the combine is below average. The sixth-round pick is only 5-foot-9. But he has shown instincts at his position that have impressed his coaches and teammates.
"He's got a natural feel," quarterback Matthew Stafford told MLive.com. "(He) made a play the other day in the red zone that wasn't even on the ball. I wasn't in the game. I was watching from afar, and was like, 'Man, our QB wanted to throw it, and he just took it away at the last second. ... He's got a good feel in zone, and I think he's a feisty kind of competitor in man. He's going to be around the football trying to make plays on it."
"We think he is going to be productive for us when we get him in here and get him in the rotation for us," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "We are hoping, like most of our defensive tackles, to get him 25, 30, 35 plays a game."
Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs thinks the team is going to have a solid player in the middle of their defensive line.
"He's going to go out and compete," Diggs said. "He's one of those big guys that loves to hustle. He loves to make plays, and he plays the game with the type of excitement that you love to see from those big guys."
Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, scoring five times in that span. If he can't play, Reggie Bush would start and Theo Riddick and George Winn would get increased snaps, the report said.
Detroit is a 7.5-point underdog in the game that will decide the division title.
Bell was recovering from knee and Achilles surgeries, while Ngata was dealing with hamstring issues. Both players practiced Monday and are expected to be ready for the team's season opener.
Still, coach Jim Caldwell holds Pettigrew in high regard.
"I think he's an iron man," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "(He did a) tremendous job. Got a lot of respect for that man. Let me tell you something, he was tough. He was gritty. And I think those guys are the kinds of guys you can build a foundation upon.
"He's one of those guys."
Moore, who has not produced big numbers since 2012 with New Orleans, is seeking to earn significant playing time with Detroit.
A 6-2, 200-pound former track star, Fuller caught 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in limited work last year. The 24-year-old is in for a bigger role in 2015.
"He got a little tweak," Jim Caldwell said. "Maybe it will take him a couple days to get back."
Fauria missed nine games due to injury last season and finished with just six catches for 74 yards.
Wilson, 30, played for four different teams (Seahawks, Ravens, Redskins, Falcons) before signing with Detroit on Friday. He totaled 426 tackles in 118 career games with 85 starts. He posted 27 tackles and one interception in 16 games (four starts) for the Falcons in 2014.
Jim Caldwell updated their condition on Friday. "It's going to be a little while but I'm not certain," Caldwell said per ESPN. "I couldn't give you an exact time frame with any of those guys."
"You may expect it, but you will not get it," Caldwell said when asked if we should expect to see Johnson play against the Jaguars on Friday, per MLive.com.
Wright had re-joined the Bucs after a season in New England in which he caught 26 passes and six touchdowns. Now, he will join a crowded tight end field in Detroit, where Joseph Fauria, Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew are in the mix.
Ansah was drafted by the Lions in 2013 and didn't get to spend much time working on his game leading up to draft day. Prior to the 2014 season, Ansah was sidelined with shoulder surgery and missed all team OTAs and minicamps.
Now, however, Ansah is healthy and getting in shape for the 2015 campaign, which could see him in a bigger role on the Lions' front line.
"We're looking forward to Ziggy really having his first offseason and getting into shape and having a great year and having the stamina to finish well," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said.
Not so fast.
Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.
"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told MLive.com. "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."
Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.
Jim Caldwell updated their condition on Friday. "It's going to be a little while but I'm not certain," Caldwell said per ESPN. "I couldn't give you an exact time frame with any of those guys."
"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."
Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.
"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.
Before the Lions selected him in the 2014 NFL draft in the sixth round, Jones injured his arm late in his final collegiate season with Notre Dame. He ended up dealing with a nerve issue in his arm, which placed him on injured reserve last season.
Though he's eligible to participate in this weekend's rookie minicamp, Jones was not present. Caldwell said Jones is in the weight room getting his strength back.
"He's healed up quite nicely," Caldwell said. "I think he's still working himself into a position where's got all of his girth back, because you do lose a little bit with inactivity. But he's been working hard at it, he's gaining and he's making strides."
That won't be easy. He had easily his best season in 2014 with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns to earn a Pro Bowl spot. A total of 58 of his receptions were for first downs.
The team website is stating that Tulloch was a full participant in the OTA session. "I'm doing everything," he said. "I'm able to run around and make calls and make checks and get back to being a middle linebacker."
Tulloch suffered a bit of embarrassment in Week 3 a year ago when he sustained the season-ending injury celebrating a sack of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Ihedigbo was the lone Lion to skip voluntary workouts last month. But general manager Martin Mayhew expressed understanding about his absence given the contract situation.
The 31-year-old Ihedigbo has been a starter in the NFL since 2009. He racked up 59 tackles and a career-high four interceptions in his first season with Detroit in 2014.
During organized team activities on Thursday, Ross was not taking reps returning kicks but that's because he was contributing on the coverage side of the ball. As far as being the go-to return specialist, Ross wants to keep that job.
"I definitely want to be back there," Ross said. "I love being back as a return man, I love doing punt returns, kick returns. It's an exciting place to be. You get to make a lot of big plays for your team, so it's definitely important."
Ross is confident he won't face significant competition for the position, in fact, he sees himself as the only competitor for the spot.
"If I'm out there not giving my best and I'm not the return man, that's on me," Ross said. "If I give my best, give everything I've got to being the best that I can be and I don't get it, hey, more power to you, you're just better."
GM Joe Lombardi called the veteran tandem a "work in progress".
"Joique we love. He's a tough guy. Runs hard. Just keeping him healthy will be key," Lombardi said, per NFL.com. "I'm very excited for Theo (Riddick) and have been since I first got here. I think we're going to see great things from him."
Orlovsky completed 13 of 17 passes for 118 yards. He engineered two touchdown marches in just two quarters of action.
"He's had very good performances," Jim Caldwell said. "Dan is, obviously, a guy that has real good understanding of systems, does a good job in terms of the leadership and he's effective. So he's doing a good job. (But) this is Game 2, so we've got a little ways to go."
But he's not letting on.
"It is what it is," he told MLive.com. "It's one year. You can claim what you want to claim. Your opinions and your statements don't mean anything to me."
Those opinions and statements are based on a disappointing rookie season in which Ebron was held without a catch in two of his first three games, missed three others with a hamstring injury and never totaled more than 38 yards receiving in any game. He finished the year with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown.
And considering the Lions had a chance to draft premier pass-catchers such as NFL Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald, one can understand the skepticism. After all, the team looked at Ebron as a Jimmy Graham clone who would thrive as a receiver out of the slot.
Ebron admits he has been changed as a person by the humbling experience.
"Absolutely," he said. "Totally different person. Just totally different person. Just more mature. Just continue to understand, and actually take advice. I was always standing out and always better than everyone else (growing up), as you would say. And I never really heeded advice. Now I do, from everybody."
Ebron can gain assurance by knowing that 49ers standout Vernon Davis, the last tight end chosen in the top 10 of the draft, recorded comparable numbers as a rookie. He caught20 passes for 265 yards in his first season before emerging as a Pro Bowler.
Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.
The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.
Tapp was scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. He reportedly signed for the minimum salary, which is $870,000 for veterans. He made $855,000 last season.
Tapp had 17 tackles, half a sack and two pass defenses in his first year with the Lions, last season. He's been in the NFL since 2006, with the Seahawks, Eagles and Redskins.
Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.
Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.
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