|Offense||20th||83.4 (32nd)||263.2 (9th)|
|Defense||18th||113.0 (18th)||236.6 (14th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||278||5/29/1989||3||Brigham Young|
|35||Bell, Joique||RB||5-11||231||8/4/1986||5||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|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|
|99||Cudjo, Jermelle||DT||6-2||298||9/28/1986||4||Central Oklahoma|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||255||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||290||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|81||Johnson, Calvin||WR||6-5||237||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||275||5/23/1986||8||Eastern Michigan|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||1||Notre Dame|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||191||4/23/1991||2||Utah State|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||328||7/18/1991||2||Kansas State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||3||Appalachian State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||12||Texas A&M|
|80||Pascoe, Bear||TE||6-5||265||2/23/1986||7||Fresno State|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||211||8/10/1984||9||Central Florida|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||7||New Mexico|
|63||Ramirez, Manny||G||6-3||325||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||316||5/21/1992||R||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||3||Mississippi State|
|52||Tapp, Darryl||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||10||Virginia Tech|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||198||8/2/1988||6||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||3||South Carolina|
|67||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||2||Southern Mississippi|
|55||Tulloch, Stephen||MLB||5-11||245||1/1/1985||10||North Carolina State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||248||6/19/1990||2||Brigham Young|
|78||Wilson, C.J.||DT||6-3||290||3/30/1987||6||East Carolina|
|68||Keyton, Darren (IR)||C||6-3||305||6/15/1990||1||Central Michigan|
|54||Levy, DeAndre (IR)||OLB||6-2||235||3/26/1987||7||Wisconsin|
|31||Mathis, Rashean (IR)||CB||6-1||195||8/27/1980||13||Bethune-Cookman|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon (IR)||TE||6-5||278||2/23/1985||7||Oklahoma State|
|64||Swanson, Travis (IR)||C||6-5||307||1/30/1991||2||Arkansas|
|82||Thompson, Jordan (IR)||TE||6-4||257||7/12/1989||1||Ohio U.|
|93||Walker, Tyrunn (IR)||DT||6-3||305||3/18/1990||4||Tulsa|
|30||Wilson, Josh (IR)||DB||5-9||187||3/11/1985||9||Maryland|
|99||Wootton, Corey (IR)||DE||6-6||270||6/22/1987||6||Northwestern|
|34||Zenner, Zach (IR)||FB||5-11||222||9/13/1991||R||South Dakota State|
|86||Pierce, Casey||TE||6-3||244||8/21/1991||R||Kent State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The Lions' ground game struggled to find its footing all season, but Zenner was beginning to make inroads in the offense before suffering cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung from a brutal hit against the Bears in Week 6. Finishing his rookie season with 17 rushes for 60 yards (3.5 YPC) and two receptions (on three targets) for 11 yards, he displayed some acumen in multiple facets, which bodes well for his prospects in a backfield that may experience change under new general manager Bob Quinn.
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.
The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.
"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.
Abdul-Quddus has been filling in at the safety position after the injury to James Ihedigbo, and he was all over the field on Sunday. Abdul-Quddus led the team in tackles which helped the Lions pull of the upset in Green Bay. He can provide solid IDP value as long as Ihedigbo is still sidelined.
Stafford's 67.2 completion percentage shattered his previous career high by nearly four percentage points and he narrowly missed setting a new career high in passer rating, an impressive feat given how the season started. During the first eight weeks of the season, Stafford had completed a respectable 64.5 percent of his passes and 260 yards per game, but with a rough 13-to-11 touchdown-to-interception ratio. After the Lions' Week 9 bye, Stafford improved slightly with a 70 percent completion percentage and 272 yards per game, but his touchdown-interception ration really shined, jumping to 19-2. The primary difference between the two halves was who was calling plays, as Joe Lombardi was fired shortly before the bye and replaced by quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter. An offseason to further adjust the offense should be great for Stafford, but Detroit has a lot of questions this offseason, ranging from whether head coach Jim Caldwell will be back to the possible retirement of Calvin Johnson.
Whitehead was very impressive on Sunday as he helped the Lions' defense shut down a prolific Packers' offense in Green Bay, which ultimately led to a victory. Whitehead recorded his first sack of the season on a day where he put up by far his best numbers of the season. The fourth-year linebacker won't hold a ton of IDP value moving forward, but he could be good for a solid game or two like this every once in awhile.
Mathis missed the previous three games due to concussion symptoms, so it's not too surprising to see him land on IR. The 35-year-old could found his way onto the field next year, but given his age and injury history it wouldn't be surprising to see him retire at the end of the season.
The pick was Quin's fourth of the season, tying him for 13th in the league. Quin topped the NFL in interceptions in 2014 with seven and started 2015 on a hot pace with two picks in his first three games. He cooled off considerably after that, failing to record an interception in eight straight games before nabbing two more in the season's final five contests.
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.
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.
Prater also kicked the second longest field goal in the league this season, a 59-yarder in Week 17. Prater's field goal percentage tied New England's Stephen Gostkowski for fifth in the league, but that may speak more to his value in actual football as opposed to fantasy football. No other kicker in the top 10 in accuracy attempted fewer kicks than Prater, who made the 23rd most field goals in the league overall. Prater is known for having a mighty pendulum for a right leg, but he's probably not worth a pickup to start the 2016 season. Nine kickers kicked at least 30 field goals this season, a figure Prater has only reached once in his career, back in 2009 with Denver.
For many of Bell's teammates, production started coming along after the Lions' switch at coordinator. Bell started coming around at the same time, but his improvements likely had more to do with getting healthy after battling knee and ankle injuries. Bell was the only Lions back to rack up over 100 total yards in a game, Week 15 against New Orleans, and his four touchdowns also led Detroit backs. Detroit has a lot of talented youth running back, including Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner, so Bell and his contract could be a cap casualty. If he stays, expect for him to continue to be featured in goal-line situations.
After inking a lucrative four-year deal in August, Levy mustered just 17 snaps thereafter due to continuing issues with his hip, which required surgery in mid-October. While the door was left ajar for a return at some point in the season, the Lions opted to shut him down for good on Nov. 4. Head coach Jim Caldwell has noted that Levy has looked "great" in rehab sessions, indicating that the weakside linebacker is progressing well through the healing process. If all goes as planned, Levy will be of interest in IDP circles with three 100-tackle campaigns in six seasons prior to 2015.
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."
"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."
Winn will take the place of fellow running back Zack Zenner, who sustained multiple cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung Sunday versus the Bears. While he's unlikely to get much run behind Joique Bell (ankle), Ameer Abdullah (arm), and Theo Riddick, Winn did turn 19 carries into 73 yards in 12 games last season.
Carter suffered an ankle injury shortly after training camp began. He will sit out the first eight weeks before he can be activated.
After Pettigrew sustained a torn ACL Sunday at St. Louis, the move is merely a bookkeeping measure by the Lions intended to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. The organization will use it to sign a tight end, Bear Pascoe, who is known for his blocking.
Moore ended 2015 ranked fifth on the team in most receiving categories, including catches, targets and yards. His seven receptions of at least 20 yards tied him with Golden Tate and Theo Riddick for second on the team. Moore had a nice little run from Weeks 5 through 10, during which he caught four touchdowns in five games. In his five games following, he managed just four catches total as the second-year receiver TJ Jones began making his presence felt. Moore was brought in this offseason due to his familiarity with former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme. With Lombardi now out of town, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Moore join him as the Lions look toward the future at receiver.
Fuller was active for the Lions' first two games, but he didn't draw any targets and wasn't used as a return man. Lance Moore is the No. 3 wide receiver, with TJ Jones serving as the No. 4.
With Rashean Mathis (concussion) already on injured reserve and Nevin Lawson (concussion) in danger of missing Week 11, the Lions badly need to add depth at a position that wasn't exactly a strength to begin with. Wilson had been serving as the team's nickelback.
It sounds like Walker's in for an extended absence, as this was a gruesome injury.
"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.
In the wake of Sunday's news that Johnson intends to retire, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relayed Monday that the wideout has personally called owner Martha Ford in order "to thank them for everything." While the Lions have noted "profound respect" for Johnson and will give him time to make a decision, Rapoport released another bombshell Monday, stating Johnson wouldn't return on his 2016 salary of $15.95 million, but rather would be offered a two-year contract with reduced cap figures similar to the one signed by Larry Fitzgerald last offseason. However, because Johnson has dealt with serious ankle injuries and general body soreness the last few seasons, the Lions' potential offer of a multi-year deal likely isn't an appealing one.
Wright opened the scoring early in the first quarter, working out of right slot and slipping behind the coverage. It was Wright's first catch since Week 7 and he had seen just one target over the eight games in between. Wright is a restricted free agent and, given how seldomly he was used, it would not be a surprise if the Lions let him walk. Wright recorded 80 catches and 11 touchdowns combined in 2013 and 2014, and should find a home quickly as a flex tight end if he does not return to Detroit.
Ansah closed out 2015 with 14.5 sacks, good for third in the league. His four forced fumbles were tied for the NFL's second most. The Lions drafted Ansah No. 5 overall in 2013 based almost entirely on his potential as the Ghana native was not familiar with football until college. After recording 15.5 sacks combined in his first two years in the league, Ansah appears to be reaching his considerable potential.
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.
Wilson appeared in every game with the Raiders last season, picking up 23 tackles (16 solo) and two sacks, but he quickly tumbled down the depth chart in 2015, playing in just three games this season. He could be a candidate to join another team should they need help along their defensive line.
Reid was atop the Lions' depth chart prior to being injured in Detroit's preseason game against Washington. Though he will likely return to the team in a supporting role behind Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, backup defensive tackles Jermelle Cudjo and Gabe Wright combined for 39 defensive snaps in Week 1 - a total Reid may take the bulk of once he returns to full health.
"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.
Jones recoreded a single target after averaging over four per game in previous three weeks. He managed to do a lot with that one target, splitting the 49ers' defense on a deep post for his first career touchdown. Jones stuck on to the Lions' roster to start the season due to his potential as a returner. As the season closes, he appears to be carving a role for himself as Detroit's No. 3 receiver. Expect for him to continue to see chances in next week's finale against Chicago.
For the second consecutive year, Tate led the Lions in receptions. He did much of his work underneath the coverage in 2015, his 9.0 yards per catch the lowest total of any receiver who ranked in the Top 10 in the league in catches. Tate disappointed early on with just one touchdown in the first 10 games of the season, but he was able to find the end zone five times in the final six contests of the season. More and better production could be in Tate's future as, if Calvin Johnson departs due to retirement or for cap savings, Tate would suddenly become Detroit's primary target.
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.
Following last Sunday's DNP, Ihedigbo will reclaim his place as the Lions' starting strong safety, from which he accrued 36 tackles (28 solo), three forced fumbles, and one sack over the first five games.
Riddick ended the season tied with Danny Woodhead for most receptions by a running back. The third-year back was by far the most consistent performer in Detroit's backfield, leading the threesome with 833 total yards. With at least five catches in 10 games in 2015, Riddick should continue to be featured prominently in Detroit's passing attack in 2015 and could be starter-material in PPR leagues.
Orlovsky entered the game midway through the third quarter for an ineffective Matthew Stafford, who tossed three interceptions. The backup QB was able to move the ball a bit in the second half, but he did not lead the Lions to a touchdown until the 1:36 mark of the fourth quarter, when he hit Lance Moore on a 13-yard score. Stafford is Detroit's franchise QB, for better or worse, so don't expect Orlovsky to start anytime soon.
Ebron missed two games in the middle of the season with an injury, but was a consistent performer otherwise - catching at least four passes in eight of 14 games. For the season, Ebron ranked tied for ninth among tight ends with five touchdowns and, like many of his teammates, could see an increased role depending on whether or not Calvin Johnson returns to Detroit in 2016. If not, Ebron should see far less competition for red-zone looks.
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.
After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.
Like many of his teammates, Abdullah struggled to start the season and began to find form following the Week 9 bye. In the season's first eight games, Abdullah averaged just over 42 yards toal yards per game and had fumbled three times - an issue that, combined with other lapses, placed him in head coach Jim Caldwell's doghouse midseason. After the bye, Abdullah improved to over 55 total yards per game and fumbled just once. Abdullah still has plenty improvement to make before he becomes starter-material, but he showed flashes in the season's final weeks. His size and fumbling tendency may prevent him from ever being a fantasy star as he is ripe pickings for goal-line vultures.
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