|Offense||17th||88.7 (25th)||260.7 (13th)|
|Defense||25th||108.3 (21st)||271.3 (23rd)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||275||5/29/1989||4||Brigham Young|
|50||Armbrister, Thurston||OLB||6-3||235||12/25/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|38||Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-10||188||4/30/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Boldin, Anquan||WR||6-1||220||10/3/1980||14||Florida State|
|97||Bryant, Armonty||OLB||6-4||265||5/20/1990||4||East Central (OK)|
|31||Bush, Rafael||SS||5-11||203||5/12/1987||6||South Carolina State|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||202||2/14/1987||8||Norfolk State|
|96||Charles, Stefan||DT||6-5||320||6/9/1988||4||Regina (Canada)|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||305||4/9/1993||R||Washington State|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||311||8/23/1993||R||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||253||4/10/1993||3||North Carolina|
|10||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||3||Virginia Tech|
|84||Harbor, Clay||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||7||Missouri State|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||270||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||222||5/10/1993||R||Southern Utah|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||3||Utah State|
|86||Lee, Khari||TE||6-4||253||1/16/1992||2||Bowie State|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||330||7/18/1991||3||Kansas State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||4||Appalachian State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||13||Texas A&M|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon||TE||6-5||278||2/23/1985||8||Oklahoma State|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||201||8/10/1984||10||Central Florida|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||8||New Mexico|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||201||5/4/1991||4||Notre Dame|
|12||Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||192||1/9/1988||7||The Citadel|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||317||5/21/1992||2||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||4||Mississippi State|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||197||8/2/1988||7||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||4||South Carolina|
|99||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||3||Southern Mississippi|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||243||6/19/1990||3||Brigham Young|
|89||Wick, Cole||TE||6-6||257||11/30/1993||R||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|52||Williams, Antwione||OLB||6-3||240||5/26/1993||R||Georgia Southern|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||221||9/13/1991||2||South Dakota State|
|69||Zettel, Anthony||DT||6-4||270||8/9/1992||R||Penn State|
|21||Abdullah, Ameer (IR)||RB||5-9||203||6/13/1993||2||Nebraska|
|47||Bostic, Jon (IR)||LB||6-1||245||5/5/1991||4||Florida|
|57||Bynes, Josh (IR)||OLB||6-1||235||8/24/1989||5||Auburn|
|42||Landes, Jimmy (IR)||LS||6-1||252||8/13/1992||R||Baylor|
|18||Spadola, Ryan (IR)||WR||6-1||205||2/15/1991||2||Lehigh|
|40||Wells, Ian (IR)||CB||5-11||199||7/14/1993||R||Ohio U.|
|83||Wright, Timothy (IR)||TE||6-4||220||4/7/1990||4||Rutgers|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||R||Eastern Oregon State|
|Chubb, Brandon||LB||6-1||240||10/21/1993||R||Wake Forest|
|James, Mike||RB||5-10||223||4/13/1991||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||2||Notre Dame|
|Smith, D'Joun||CB||5-11||193||9/23/1992||2||Florida Atlantic|
|Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/16/1993||R||Fresno State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Bostic had surgery on his foot about three weeks ago and was expected to land on IR. The move opens up a roster spot which the Lions use to sign Khari Lee.
Zenner ran well a week ago against the Rams and could start if Washington is indeed scratched. Justin Forsett is also in the mix, but Zenner saw more work and performed better than Forsett a week ago.
Van Noy advanced from a limited practice Thursday to a full one Friday, so it doesn't look as though he'll face any restrictions in Week 3. With only one tackle through his first two games, Van Noy shouldn't be on the radar in most IDP formats.
Although starting TE Eric Ebron (knee) was sidelined for another week, Wick barely saw the field yet again. Instead, he ceded snaps to Clay Harbor and Khari Lee, who both serve as more traditional, in-line blocking specialists. It's unclear if the Lions' coaching staff lacks confidence in the rookie or if they simply prefer to lean on their wide receivers, but, either way, Wick has fallen off the fantasy radar.
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.
Entering the game with 13,379 career receiving yards, Boldin passed Torry Holt for 15th-most in league history Sunday on an eight-yard gain in the first quarter. After that, he showcased his veteran savvy on an 11-yard catch on third-and-one before coming down with his third touchdown of the season at the start of the second half. By game's end, Boldin only trailed Golden Tate in targets, although it should be noted TE Eric Ebron (knee) wasn't available to play. Next up is a Week 7 home game against the Redskins.
The 23-year-old receiver hauled in a 27-yard touchdown from Jake Ruddock to close out the scoring on the night while also making important contributions on special teams. Billingsley is one of a cast of thousands trying to nab a backup wide receiver role and faces an uphill climb as an undrafted free agent. However, after finishing fourth in the country with 1,931 all-purpose yards at Eastern Oregon last season, Billingsley could work his way onto the roster with additional performances of the caliber of the one he generated Friday.
Even with top tight end Eric Ebron (knee) inactive, Harbor remained almost completely uninvolved in the passing game. Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin and Marvin Jones dominated the available targets -- a common trend this season -- and, along with Andre Roberts, were each on the receiving end of one of QB Matthew Stafford's four touchdown passes. Its unclear if Ebron will return in Week 7, but Harbor doesn't project to be a significant fantasy contributor regardless.
The 2015 third-round draft pick played just four games for the Colts as he struggled with a variety of injuries.
"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.
Stafford took advantage of a suspect Rams secondary down its top cornerback, finishing the day with season-highs in both QBR (139.8) and passing touchdowns. He connected with six different receivers along the way, but almost exclusively focused in on Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin and Marvin Jones with TE Eric Ebron (knee) sidelined. The former No. 1 overall pick will enjoy another favorable matchup at home in Week 7 against Washington and the league's 22nd-ranked pass defense.
Since going undrafted out of Lehigh in 2013, Spadola had bounced around the league before joining the Lions' practice squad in 2015. He then signed a futures contract with the team at the end of the season, but suffered a torn pectoral muscle over the summer and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. His future with the team beyond the 2016 campaign is uncertain.
Rudock was in competition for the backup quarterback role but he lost out to Dan Orlovsky and Detroit decided to only keep two quarterbacks. He'll be eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Following a three-year stint with the Bucs, the team decided to part ways with James due to a vague injury he can't seem to overcome. In the wake of his release, Tampa Bay promoted rookie Peyton Barber from the practice squad and plucked Jacquizz Rodgers off the free agent market.
Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.
Whitehead, easily the Lions' leading tackler, appears to have sustained an injury in practice this week. His potential absence would spell trouble for an already-battered defensive unit.
Robinson was limited throughout the week at practice but he'll play through the aliment on Sunday. Even with the injury, the defensive tackle could see increased reps with Haloti Ngata (shoulder) out for a handful of weeks.
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.
Tomlinson was limited in practice this week after due to an unspecified neck injury, but will attempt to play through it Sunday. He'll go up against a tough Rams' defensive line, specifically matching up with Aaron Donald.
Searcy, who left Week 14 against the Broncos and was unable to return, has 47 tackles and three interceptions this year in Buffalo.
Carey was limited this week in practice early this week but was a full participant on Friday, giving him the green light to play Sunday. He'll likely assume his role as reserve safety behind Glover Quin, but should see plenty of snaps on special teams.
Slay hadn't recorded a pick thus far into the 2016 campaign, but his first of the season couldn't have been more opportune. With the game winding down, the Lions led the heavily-favored Eagles by one point with just over a minute to play, and opposing QB Carson Wentz attempted a deep bomb that Slay casually snagged over his shoulder to bring the game to a close. This Ole Miss product is his team's clear top cornerback and will enter a Week 6 matchup against a Rams offense largely devoid of receiving talent.
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.
Jones entered the game as the NFL's leading receiver, but was largely unheard from on Sunday outside of his lone score at the start of the game. Case in point, Jones received the third-most attention from QB Matthew Stafford, but finished with a season-low two receptions, good for fifth on the team. Meanwhile, both Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin hauled in eight receptions of their own and combined for a grand total of 225 receiving yards. Things may not get any easier for Jones next week, as a matchup with Josh Norman and the Redskins awaits.
If that's the case, expect Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett to split carries once again.
Barnes has missed the past three games with an ankle injury. However, he appears in line to play on Sunday in his usual role as a reserve cornerback.
Prater may not have attempted a single field goal had QB Matthew Stafford been successful in tempting the Rams' defensive front to jump offsides on fourth-and-one with 1:33 remaining in the game. However, the veteran kicker was eventually sent in to give the Lions the lead from 37-yards out and proved trustworthy. Prater hasn't converted more than two field goals this season, though, suggesting he may not have as much upside as a fantasy option compared to other kickers in the league.
Having not played since the season opener, Levy still hasn't participated in practice either and remains without an estimate for return.
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.
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."
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, 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 and spent 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.
Ngata was given a 2-3 week timetable for return prior to missing last week's game. Thus, there's evidently optimism he could return in Week 8.
Pettigrew, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in his left knee last season, has resided on the Lions' PUP list thus far into the 2016 campaign. When he's able to return, he'll likely provide an instant upgrade to Detroit's blocking efforts in both the running game as well as pass protection due to his nature as an in-line blocking specialist. However, with Eric Ebron (knee) in the fold, Pettigrew faces long odds at achieving fantasy relevance.
Fuller has 21 days from here on out to be activated by the Lions in order to return to game action this season. Fellow receivers Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are the clear top two options at the position for the Lions, while Fuller could compete with Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts for snaps upon his potential return.
An earlier report had Bowman in danger of missing the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee that he suffered during last season's NFC Championship game. He's expected to be a limited participant in practice all week leading up to Week 12 against Washington.
It was uncertain whether Forsett or Zach Zenner would lead the Lions' ground attack Sunday, but the latter wound up out-touching the veteran 14-to-5. However, Forsett was the only running back to get a look through the air, suggesting he may retain a role on passing downs even if Dwayne Washington (ankle) is able to return by Week 7 and replace Zenner as the early-down back. If Theo Riddick (ankle) also returns, though, that notion goes directly out the window.
Walker only put in one full practice during the week, but he's still expected to fill his usual starting role at one of the defensive tackle spots. He's recorded six tackles and no sacks through the Lions' first two games.
Bush has taken every first-team rep more than a week into training camp alongside entrenched-starter Glover Quin and appears to have won out in his competition with fellow free-agrent acquisition Tavon Wilson for Detroit's starting strong safety job. Wilson figures to be the team's No. 3 safety and should take the field in nickel packages. This pecking order doesn't figure to change before Week 1.
The Lions set at the free safety position with veteran Glover Quinn (ankle), but the strong safety job looks to be an open and intense competition. Initially there was concern about Killebrew's coverage ability, but he'll be given every chance to prove he can handle coverage at the NFL level, where he'll likely be asked to cover tight ends. Due to the veteran presence of Bush and Wilson, it would be surprising if Killebrew became the team's Week 1 starter, but it is likely that he gets some backup snaps to start the year.
"It's good," he said. "Your soreness is going to be obvious, but I feel better. It's coming along pretty well. It feels good to run again."
Warford suffered the injury in the preseason and missed Week 1.
After clearing waivers Tuesday, the Lions placed the tight end on injured reserve, thus retaining his rights while he spends the next year or so in rehabilitation. In three professional seasons with a trio of organizations, the hybrid wideout/tight end has totaled 89 catches (on 125 targets) for 907 yards and 13 touchdowns in 41 games.
Ansah returned from a three-game absence to play against the Rams last week. Considering there haven't been any reported setbacks, the former first-rounder doesn't appear in danger of sitting out.
Taylor was listed as questionable in Friday's injury report but will give it a go on Sunday as he hopes to avoid aggravating an ankle injury. The defensive end played through the injury last week, notching one tackle while taking the field for 45 snaps. Look for a similar snap count this week with Brandon Copeland prepared to fill in at any moment.
Martin's new deal will reportedly make him the third-highest paid punter in the NFL and will keep him in Detroit through the 2020 season.
Jones projected as the fourth receiver on the Lions depth chart, so this move is surprising. The 24-year-old had four receptions, and 54 yards in three preseason games. Andre Roberts and Jace Billingsley figure to slide up on the depth chart assuming they make the final cut.
Amid an incredibly underwhelming start to the 2016 campaign, Tate resurfaced into fantasy relevance Sunday by logging a career-high 165 receiving yards. He paced the team with 10 targets, while only Anquan Boldin (9) and Marvin Jones (6) received anything close to that. On a different note, Tate has now received been utilized as a rusher out of the backfield in four of six games this season, but he's still yet to break loose for a big play. He'll look to carry his momentum into a Week 7 matchup against the Redskins.
Williams was limited in practice on Thursday as he continued to nurse a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 3's loss to the Packers. With DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) out once again, the rookie Williams will get another opportunity to start, as he filled in for the veteran linebacker in Week 2. Head coach Jim Caldwell said of Williams' Week 2 performance, "Young, tough, aggressive, learning." He recorded four tackles (two solo) in Week 2 and will look to put together a similar performance in Chicago this Sunday.
Absent from practice for a second straight week, Riddick never seemed to have much shot at making his return. Dwayne Washington (ankle) is listed as questionable after logging limited practices all week, suggesting he at least has some chance to join a Detroit backfield that was led by Zach Zenner and Justin Forsett in last week's win over the Titans.
Orlovsky was much better in Detroit's first preseason game, and in any case, he doesn't appear to have competition for the top backup job. If the Lions do retain sixth-round rookie Jake Rudock, it will likely just be as the No. 3 quarterback, which usually comes with inactive status on gamedays.
Although he was spotted running on a side field Wednesday, the third-year tight end still hasn't practiced since injuring his knee in Week 4. The Detroit offense hasn't relied on his replacements at tight end, instead looking to WRs Anquan Boldin and Golden Tate to fill the void in the short passing game. Tight ends accounted for just one of the Lions' 51 targets the past two weeks, with Clay Harbor drawing the sole look. Considering pass-catching back Theo Riddick (ankle) will also be absent, Boldin and Tate could be busy again.
It's unclear whether Roberts completely seized the punt-return job from Golden Tate considering Tate entered the contest as questionable to play, but Roberts has definitely taken over as the Lions' starting kick returner since the coaching staff wants Ameer Abdullah, last year's kickoff-return man, to solely focus on running back duties in 2016. Regardless, Roberts is an afterthought in Lions' passing game, and, unless that changes, he's therefore an afterthought in fantasy circles as well.
Following a three-sack performance in the team's preseason finale, Hyder clearly carried his momentum into the regular season. He isn't an overly-powerful player, nor quick, but has demonstrated a high motor and drew praise for his relentless effort from the Lions' coaching staff in the preseason. If he can work himself further into the rotation along Detroit's defensive line, and simply be given the opportunity to tally high tackle numbers, Hyder could develop into a legitimate IDP option over the course of the 2016 campaign.
Bynes had been placed on the injured-reserve with a knee injury. The severity of his knee injury is still unknown. He had originally projected to provide linebacker depth for the Lions this season.
Caldwell did not actually say any more than "we'll see" when asked Friday if Abdullah could play again this season, but he did not rule him out altogether. Abdullah will not play until Week 11 at the earliest, but Caldwell added that he is making progress, so the Lions could ultimately add him back to the roster if things keep going as planned.
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