|Offense||21st||81.9 (30th)||256.9 (11th)|
|Defense||18th||106.3 (18th)||248.4 (19th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||275||5/29/1989||4||Brigham Young|
|50||Armbrister, Thurston||LB||6-3||235||12/25/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-10||188||4/30/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|44||Bell, Joique||RB||5-11||231||8/4/1986||5||Wayne State (Mich.)|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||R||Eastern Oregon State|
|80||Boldin, Anquan||WR||6-1||220||10/3/1980||14||Florida State|
|97||Bryant, Armonty||DE||6-4||265||5/20/1990||4||East Central (OK)|
|31||Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||203||5/12/1987||6||South Carolina State|
|26||Carey, Don||DB||5-11||202||2/14/1987||8||Norfolk State|
|96||Charles, Stefan||DT||6-5||320||6/9/1988||4||Regina (Canada)|
|Chubb, Brandon||LB||6-1||240||10/21/1993||R||Wake Forest|
|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|
|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|
|30||Jackson, Asa||DB||5-10||183||12/2/1989||4||Cal Poly-S.L.O.|
|James, Mike||RB||5-10||223||4/13/1991||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||2||Notre Dame|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SAF||6-2||222||5/10/1993||R||Southern Utah|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||DB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||3||Utah State|
|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||C||6-4||258||8/17/1981||13||Texas A&M|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||201||8/10/1984||10||Central Florida|
|27||Quin, Glover||DB||6-0||207||1/15/1986||8||New Mexico|
|73||Reynolds, Garrett||T||6-7||305||7/1/1987||8||North Carolina|
|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||DB||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|
|Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/16/1993||R||Fresno State|
|40||Wells, Ian||CB||5-11||199||7/14/1993||R||Ohio U.|
|89||Wick, Cole||TE||6-6||257||11/30/1993||R||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|52||Williams, Antwione||LB||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|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Mulligan's catch resulted in a failed fourth-down conversion attempt and perfectly encapsulates the disappointing performance of Detroit's entire receiving corps. Signed in November after failing to survive final cuts out of training camp, Mulligan finished the regular season with just one catch for eight yards across eight games. As he's almost exclusively deployed as an in-line blocking tight end, Mulligan is highly unlikely to attain fantasy relevance all of a sudden in 2017.
Jackson suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Packers and will now miss the Lions' playoff run. In four games with the team, the cornerback recorded seven tackles and one pass deflection. The Lions' promoted Adairius Barnes from the practice squad to replace Jackson on the depth chart.
Bostic was placed on injured reserve after going down with a fractured left foot in training camp. However, his increased activity Wednesday suggests Detroit may have made a decision regarding which one player they want to activate from IR. Such a notion would mean RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is completely done for the season.
Lee spent the first eight weeks of the 2016 season in Detroit after spending the summer in Chicago and logged over 100 snaps, primarily in a blocking role. He's set to square off with Matthew Mulligan and Khari Lee for depth chart slotting behind Eric Ebron and Clay Harbor.
Zenner was on the field for 50 of the Lions' 52 offensive snaps Saturday and once again served as the Lions' clear lead tailback in the absence of Theo Riddick (wrist). He flashed in the pass-catching department, too, which came especially handy on a day most of Detroit's pass-catchers struggled. However, with both Riddick and Ameer Abdullah (foot) set to return in 2017, Zenner enters the offseason with little opportunity to seize anything more than No. 3 status on the depth chart.
An undrafted rookie, Wick briefly got some snaps on offense while Eric Ebron was sidelined with knee and ankle injuries. The Lions clearly like Wick enough to keep him around as a long-term project, but his path to playing time probably won't look too much rosier next season.
Boldin notched nine touchdowns in 2016, good for ninth in the league and a particularly impressive feat considering he turned 36 in October. The veteran was arguably one of the best free-agent signings of the year and shouldn't have a hard time finding a suitor if he decides to continue his playing career.
With Theo Riddick (wrist) landing on injured reserve Saturday, Billingsley will be on the Lions' 53-man roster for Sunday's season finale against the Packers. The rookie out of Eastern Washington will add depth to the Lions' receiving corps, but it's unlikely that he'd see more than a few snaps Sunday if he is active.
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 Packers plucked Abbrederis out of the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but the Wisconsin product only tallied 10 receptions across three seasons before parting ways with the team last October by means of an injury settlement. However, with both Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts set to hit free agency in the offseason, Detroit could represent a viable landing spot for Abbrederis to make greater on-field contributions, should he ultimately crack the final roster in advance of the 2017 campaign.
"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 dislocated his right middle finger (on his throwing hand) in Week 14 against the Bears. While he finished out the regular season and also suited up for the Lions' lone playoff game in Seattle, Stafford was unable to attend the Pro Bowl because he opted for rest over surgery as means to recover. However, it isn't clear how much rest his finger may require, nor if his treatment plan will delay the start of his offseason preparation.
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.
The 33-year-old Dan Orlovsky acted as the Lions' backup quarterback in each of the past three seasons, but over the weekend he was informed the team will let his contract expire this offseason and promote Rudock to the No. 2 role. Here, Detroit is essentially swapping veteran experience for the youth and upside Rudock brings to the table. However, since starter Matthew Stafford hasn't missed a game in six years, Rudock is highly unlikely to see any meaningful playing time in 2017.
James spent the previous three seasons on and off the Bucs' active roster, finishing his time in Tampa Bay with 83 rushes for 351 yards. He now joins a stable of competent runners in Detroit and will likely have trouble making the team.
Thornton missed practice on Thursday due to illness but was able to participate in full on Friday and Saturday. With every defensive lineman healthy this week, Thornton was simply the odd man out at the bottom of the depth chart. He'll have a chance at playing next week against the Packers with the division title on the line.
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.
As has been the norm most of the season, Whitehead again notched double-digit tackle numbers en route to what wound up as the overall game high. While the fifth-year linebacker will subsequently finish the 2016 campaign with a team-high 132 such tackles, he pathetically graded out as the NFL's second-worst linebacker, per Pro Football Focus via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. As linebacker remains an area of concern for Detroit -- especially with DeAndre Levy's (knee) long-term health in question -- don't be surprised if the team brings in competition for Whitehead's starting spot during the offseason.
Robinson tied for third on the team in tackles behind team-leader MLB Tahir Whitehead (13) and All-Pro DE Ziggy Ansah (9). While he concluded his rookie season as Detroit's second-leading tackler amongst defensive linemen, Robinson also graded out as the Lions' overall best down lineman according to Pro Football Focus, via Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. With DT Tyrunn Walker set to hit free agency in the offseason, a starting role could be up for the taking in 2017, and Robinson appears ready for the opportunity.
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.
Butler, who was released by the Lions after the preseason, appeared in eight games with the team last season. He'll add depth to the defensive backfield for the Week 17 matchup with the Packers along with a possible playoff run, but don't expect him to see many snaps. Defensive tackle Stefan Charles (knee) was moved to IR to open up a roster spot for Butler.
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.
Charles, a reserve defensive lineman, appeared in 12 of the Lions' 15 games, logging 12 total tackles and no sacks. He'll be replaced on the 53-man roster by cornerback Crezdon Butler.
Carey will return from a two-game absence, but is slated for a reserve role as Glover Quin's backup at free safety.
Set to miss his fifth consecutive game, Swanson remains under concussion protocol.
Bryant returned to the field Sunday against the Saints after serving a three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy back in 2015. He played 27 snaps on defense but failed to record a single stat. He now heads to injured reserve, leaving the Lions with only five linebackers on the active roster.
Jones was the Lions' leading receiver Saturday, but that doesn't mean he played a flawless game. In fact, one of his miscues was a drop that would have gone for a big play and allow Detroit to gain some much-needed offensive momentum. Still, Jones' 81 receiving yards nonetheless represented his highest total since Week 7 and reminded owners of the fourth-year wideout's ability to get open down the field, a notion some may have forgotten since his fast start to the season in which Jones averaged 120.5 yards per game in the first four weeks of the season and just 37.3 in each tilt thereafter. He'll now enter his first offseason as a member of the Lions possessing status as the team's clear deep threat, although an admittedly inconsistent fantasy option.
Washington earned a roster spot out of training camp due to his impressive play on special teams, but failed to make much of an impact as a rusher at any point in the season even after Ameer Abdullah (foot) and Theo Riddick (wrist) succumbed to injury. In fact, the seventh-round rookie was ultimately phased out of the offense altogether by Week 17 and replaced by Zach Zenner, who forced a monopoly on backfield snaps in the two games since (including 50 out of a possible 52 offensive snaps during Saturday's affair). With each of Abdullah, Riddick and Zenner set to return in 2017, Washington's future with the Lions is far from certain.
Asa Jackson (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday so the Lions bring in Barnes to bolster the secondary. The cornerback has bounced back and forth from the practice squad to the 53-man roster all season, recording seven tackles in seven games.
Backman was the Packers' sixth-round draft pick in 2015 but was released in August due to injury concerns. He eventually latched on with the Lions' practice squad this past season but never made it to the active roster. He'll square off with Matthew Mulligan and Khari Lee, among any other offseason acquisitions, for the Lions' No. 3 job at tight end.
After tying for seventh in the league with 31 field goals during the regular season, Prater went without an extra point for just the third time the entire season. However, he did nail a game-high 53-yard attempt, one of his longest hits of the season. Look for Prater to return in 2017 as one of the top fantasy options at the kicker position.
Bell joins Theo Riddick (wrist) among the Lions' DNPs in Week 16, leaving the backfield in the hands of Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner. As the regular season draws to a close, Bell will likely require an injury to one of Washington or Zenner in order to get any run in his second stint with the Lions.
After missing the bulk of the season due to quad and knee injuries, Levy has suited up for each of the last four games, accruing 17 tackles (15 solo) while logging 51 percent of the defensive snaps.
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.
Diggs suffered a pectoral injury in Sunday's win over the Saints, recording one tackle before leaving the game. The Lions signed Asa Jackson to replace Diggs on the depth chart with Adairius Barnes and Johnson Bademose also likely to see expanded roles the remainder of the season.
Twenty months after being drafted in the third round by the Lions, Carter has finally been promoted from the practice squad and will serve in a depth role for Monday's game against the Cowboys with starter Darius Slay (hamstring) likely sidelined.
Ngata was limited in practice Thursday but register full participations on Friday and Saturday. He isn't expected to be limited in any fashion in Monday's game, where he'll start at defensive tackle alongside Tyrunn Walker.
Milligan was an undrafted free agent at the start of least season and after latching on with the Cowboys, he ended up suffering a severe injury that costed him the rest of the 2016 campaign. He was waived with an injury settlement and after taking the long road to recovery, he's finally healthy enough to sign with a new team. He'll join the Lions for the offseason, but there's no guarantee he makes the final roster.
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.
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.
Killebrew suffered an eye injury in Monday's loss to Dallas and was unable to return. His return to practice suggests the injury isn't very serious and shouldn't limit him in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Packers.
"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 appeared fully recovered from both his most recent shoulder injury -- as well as his lingering ankle issue from the very beginning of the season -- en route to a huge day against one of the league's worst offensive lines. While the former first-rounder finished the regular season with just 35 tackles and two sacks across 13 games, Ansah remains a top-shelf talent that was simply hampered by injury throughout the 2016 campaign. Expect a significant bounce-back effort from the fourth-year defensive end next season.
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.
After failing to make the roster out of training camp, Jones spent most of the season on the practice squad before being promoted to the active roster in early December. He ultimately finished the regular season with five receptions for 93 yards, including a three-catch, 49-yard performance against the Saints in Week 12. As Jones never served as more than a tertiary option in any game, his final stat line from Saturday comes with little surprise. However, he may have an opportunity to climb the depth chart in the offseason with both Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts set to hit free agency.
Playing the team that drafted him, Tate failed to make much of an impact as the entire Lions offense had trouble getting in sync. However, this lack of production doesn't come as a huge surprise considering the Seahawks have been shutting down opposing receivers all season. The former second-rounder will now enter the offseason having topped the 1,000-yard receiving threshold for the second time in three years with Detroit while having not seen less than 128 targets in any single campaign, a level of usage hard to ignore in PPR formats.
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.
Riddick missed the Lions' final four regular season games due to a wrist injury, which forced him to be placed on injured reserve ahead of the team's playoff loss Saturday. Although he was sporting a hard cast as Detroit cleared out its locker room Monday, Riddick said he'll be ready by the time next season rolls around. Despite that expectation, Riddick's situation figures to continue to be updated over the offseason.
Over the weekend, Orlovsky was told the team will let his contract expire at the end of the league year in order to go in a different direction at backup quarterback. The main beneficiary in this situation is Jake Rudock, the Lions' sixth-round pick in 2016 who will replace Orlovsky as the No. 2. It isn't clear what sort of market awaits the 33-year-old veteran, but he should be able to latch on somewhere due to his serviceability as a second-string signal caller as well as the veteran presence he could provide a locker room.
Decker was limited in practice this week with an injury to his ribs. The severity of which isn't clear, but look for Corey Robinson step in if he's unable to go.
Ebron's 711 yards this season marked the most in any of this three professional seasons, as did his 61 receptions. That production came thanks to fewer drops, which made him a more reliable target for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Even though opposing defense started to scheme for Ebron over the course of the campaign, his development certainly took a step forward this season, and he'll have the added motivation of playing in the final year of his contract next season. That being said, Ebron has missed at least three games each year since entering the league, which could make it tough for him to reach the 1,000-yard mark, something only two tight ends did this season.
Turzilli, an undrafted second-year receiver out of Rutgers, spent time with the Titans and 49ers in 2015 before joining the Lions' practice squad last December. His size (6-4, 195) could improve his odds of landing one of the Lions' last roster spots at receiver.
Per usual, Roberts was near-exclusively contained to special teams on Saturday, but wasn't able to break off any long kickoff returns. The seventh-year veteran will now hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent and likely won't have a problem landing a job with a team in need of a return man.
After going four games without a sack, Hyder broke out in a big way by getting to Sam Bradford twice. This was his second multi-sack effort of 2016, and he now has seven sacks on the year. As an interior lineman, he's a fantastic IDP option in leagues that require a defensive tackle to start.
Bynes tied MLB Tahir Whitehead for the team lead in tackles Sunday and has now totaled 14 across the past two games. However, Whitehead is working his way back from a knee injury. As the team's leading tackler, Whiteheads return to full strength will likely correspond with a downturn in production for Bynes.
On the mend from an unspecified injury to his left foot, Abdullah said in early January that he anticipates being ready for the start of OTAs in April. His recovery remains setback-free and it doesn't appear as if it'll be much longer until he returns to full strength. The former second-rounder showcased his progress Friday by posting a video of himself on Instagram sprinting on a treadmill. With well over a month until the start of team workouts, Abdullah certainly appears on track to be ready. Of greater concern to his 2017 outlook than a potential delay to his offseason preparation is the Lions stated intent to upgrade the running game this offseason. This doesn't necessarily imply they want to specifically add another running back, but then again GM Bob Quinn didn't rule out such a possibility either.