|Offense||18th||89.4 (24th)||259.1 (12th)|
|Defense||25th||112.0 (19th)||273.0 (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|
|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|
|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|
|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 led the Lions in carries, but was out-gained by teammate Justin Forsett in both rushing and receiving yardage. With Dwayne Washington (ankle) nearing a return, Zenner's days as a significant contributor appear to be coming to a close.
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.
With the Lions trailing by three with 16 seconds to go, QB Matthew Stafford found Boldin on an 18-yard dart to win the contest. The score represents Boldin's fourth on the season, though his yardage total remained modest. It may be a challenge for the veteran to score for a third-consecutive game next week against the Texans' second-ranked pass defense.
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.
With Eric Ebron (knee) and Brandon Pettigrew (knee - ACL) still out of commission, only a trio of Harbor, Khari Lee and Cole Wick remained to make up the Lions' tight end corps Sunday. Out of those three, Harbor was the only one to see any attention at all in the passing game, and that's now been the case for two consecutive weeks. The Missouri State product hasn't been able to carve out a significant target share amongst all Lions pass catchers, though, as Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin have operated as QB Matthew Stafford's go-to options downfield. Such a trend is unlikely to change anytime soon, and with both Ebron and Pettigrew each nearing a return, Harbor's receiving totals only stand to decrease in the coming weeks.
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 orchestrated his third consecutive game-winning drive Sunday, capping this one off with a 18-yard touchdown strike to veteran Anquan Boldin. Before that final possession, though, Stafford had only accounted for 205 yards passing, 18 yards rushing, and zero touchdowns. Looking at the bigger picture, the signal caller has now thrown for three-plus touchdowns or one (or less) in every game this season, evidencing Stafford's variable production regardless of his team's real-life success. He'll now have to leave the familiar confines of Ford Field to take on the Texans' second-ranked passing defense in Week 8.
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.
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.
With the exception of one game, Whitehead has recorded at least nine tackles in each game this season, and he's posted at least 11 stops in three of his last four contests. He'll likely break his career-high of 86 tackles within his next two matchups, and he's clearly a player in the midst of a breakout. In addition to the excellent tackle numbers, he's now been credited with five pass defenses on the year, and he's definitely a player who's worthy of a roster spot in IDP leagues.
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 exited Sunday's win over the Redskins after injuring his hamstring and is slated for further evaluation Monday. While coach Jim Caldwell didn't provide an update on his situation, the Lions' injury report should offer some clarity later in the week. With a matchup against star wideout DeAndre Hopkins looming, Detroit will certainly hope to have Slay available come Sunday.
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 has missed one practice this season and been limited in a few others, but an injury was always the impetus. He'll thus have sessions Thursday and Friday to clear him for Sunday's game in Houston.
After focusing on rehabilitation rather than practice the past three weeks, Washington turned in an uninhibited session to begin preparation for Sunday's game at Houston. The same cannot be said for Theo Riddick (ankle), who was a limited participant Wednesday. As the week proceeds, the duo's activity level could determine which running back earns more snaps Sunday, but Washington may be a step ahead at the moment.
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 finally wasn't needed to secure the win this week, as QB Matthew Stafford found receiver Anquan Boldin for an 18-yard go-ahead touchdown with 16 seconds remaining. However, that possession may not have occurred had Prater not missed one of his field-goal attempts. After a three-week stretch of playing at home, Prater will now travel to Houston in Week 8.
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.
Forsett didn't lead the Lions in rush attempts (Zach Zenner received nine), but was the most effective tailback on a per-touch basis, especially as a receiver. It remains to be seen if Theo Riddick (ankle) will be available for next week's matchup with the Texans, but Dwayne Washington (ankle) appears likely to suit up after returning to practice this past week. In such an event, both Forsett as well Zenner would likely yield the backfield to the rookie out of Washington.
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 had previously been dealing with an ankle injury, but returned last week against the Rams without setback so there was little concern he wouldn't be ready for this week's game.
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.
Tate was unable to replicate his career day from a week ago, but would have came close had he stayed in bounds to secure a touchdown pass from QB Matt Stafford in the fourth quarter. What's more, his 12 targets easily led the team, as the next closest receiver, Marvin Jones, garnered just five. That brings Tate to 22 targets in two games, more than the previous three combined. As such, it appears the Lions have a newfound commitment to feature Tate in the passing game. If he continues to see this amount of attention on a weekly basis, even more productive days are sure to follow.
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.
Ankle injuries have kept the Lions' top-2 running backs (Riddick and Dwayne Washington) on the sideline for two and three games, respectively. Both returned to practice Wednesday, but Riddick was unable to handle every drill, as Washington did. Their level of participation this week will likely determine who among the pair receives more work Sunday at Houston.
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.
Ebron's workload is no surprise given his lack of practice the past three weeks. It remains to be seen if his lower right leg will allow him to fit in a full showing Thursday or Friday, but he's certainly made a step toward taking the field for the first time since Week 4.
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 rejoins the Lions after being released by the team back in September. He was initially placed on injured reserve due to a knee aliment, but his re-signing could mean he is nearing a return. Look for more information to be released this week, as the linebacker is expected to backup Thurston Armbrister.
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.