Detroit Lions

Stadium: Ford Field | Coach: Jim Caldwell
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st81.9 (30th)256.9 (11th)
Defense18th106.3 (18th)248.4 (19th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
10Abbrederis, Jared WR6-119512/17/19904Wisconsin
21Abdullah, Ameer RB5-92036/13/19933Nebraska
39Agnew, Jamal CB5-101854/3/1995RSan Diego
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52755/29/19895Brigham Young
50Armbrister, Thurston OLB6-323512/25/19923Miami (Fla.)
41Asiata, Matt RB6-02197/24/19876Utah
29Bademosi, Johnson CB6-02067/23/19906Stanford
38Barnes, Adairius CB5-101884/30/19942Louisiana Tech
82Barnes, Brandon TE6-5256//RAlabama State
79Barrett, Alex DE6-32553/6/1994RSan Diego State
44Bell, Joique (FA) RB5-112318/4/19867Wayne State (Mich.)
43Bellore, Nick LB6-12505/12/19897Central Michigan
16Billingsley, Jace WR5-91895/17/19931Eastern Oregon State
80Boldin, Anquan (FA) WR6-122010/3/198015Florida State
41Butler, Crezdon (FA) CB6-11915/26/19877Clemson
57Bynes, Josh (FA) OLB6-12358/24/19896Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112022/14/19879Norfolk State
33Carter, Alex CB6-020010/19/19942Stanford
51Copeland, Brandon DE6-32637/2/19913Pennsylvania
66Dahl, Joe G6-43054/9/19932Washington State
40Davis, Jarrad LB6-123811/16/1995RFlorida
68Decker, Taylor T6-73118/23/19932Ohio State
28Diggs, Quandre CB5-92001/22/19933Texas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42534/10/19934North Carolina
87Fells, Darren TE6-73184/22/19864California-Irvine
67Ferguson, Ego DT6-23009/22/19913LSU
83Ford, Dontez WR6-22102/3/1994RPittsburgh
62Gaston, Bruce NT6-231011/29/19913Purdue
60Glasgow, Graham C6-63088/19/19922Michigan
19Golladay, Kenny WR6-421311/3/1993RNorthern Illinois
38Green, Tion RB6-0220//RCincinnati
31Hayden, D.J. DB5-111906/27/19905Houston
93Hill, Jordan DT6-12902/8/19915Penn State
67Hills, Tony T6-530411/4/19849Texas
61Hyder, Kerry DE6-22705/2/19912Texas Tech
30Jackson, Asa (FA) DB5-1018312/2/19894Cal Poly-S.L.O.
39James, Mike RB5-102234/13/19914Miami (Fla.)
11Jones, Marvin WR6-21983/12/19906California
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01907/19/19923Notre Dame
8Kaaya, Brad QB6-42159/3/1995RMiami (Fla.)
35Killebrew, Miles SS6-22225/10/19932Southern Utah
75Koloamatangi, Leo C6-5310//RHawaii
62Kouandjio, Cyrus T6-73227/21/19933Alabama
76Lang, T.J. G6-43189/20/19879Eastern Michigan
46Lawrence, Des DB6-118511/30/1994RNorth Carolina
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91924/23/19914Utah State
98Ledbetter, Jeremiah DE6-32806/2/1994RArkansas
86Lee, Khari TE6-42531/16/19923Bowie State
54Levy, DeAndre (FA) OLB6-22343/26/19879Wisconsin
54Longa, Steve OLB6-02419/29/19941Rutgers
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93307/18/19914Kansas State
17Martin, Keshawn WR5-111953/15/19905Michigan State
6Martin, Sam P6-12112/27/19905Appalachian State
41Milligan, Rolan DB5-102008/16/19941Toledo
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42588/17/198114Texas A&M
 Mulligan, Matthew (FA) TE6-42671/18/19858Maine
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43451/21/198412Oregon
65Norton, Storm T6-83065/16/1994RToledo
96O'Connor, Pat DE6-42701/1/1995REastern Michigan
8Orlovsky, Dan (FA) QB6-52158/18/198312Connecticut
5Prater, Matt K5-102018/10/198411UCF
27Quin, Glover FS6-02071/15/19869New Mexico
84Rector, Michael WR6-119012/16/1993RStanford
2Redfern, Kasey P6-12049/26/19911Wofford
44Reeves-Maybin, Jalen LB6-02301/31/1995RTennessee
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92015/4/19915Notre Dame
80Roberts, Michael TE6-52705/7/1994RToledo
91Robinson, A'Shawn DT6-43173/21/19952Alabama
70Robinson, Corey T6-73175/21/19923South Carolina
73Robinson, Greg T6-533210/21/19924Auburn
74Rotheram, Matt G6-53257/5/19921Pittsburgh
14Rudock, Jake QB6-32081/21/19932Michigan
23Slay, Darius CB6-01901/1/19915Mississippi State
18Spadola, Ryan WR6-12052/15/19912Lehigh
97Spence, Akeem DT6-130711/29/19915Illinois
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32262/7/19889Georgia
64Swanson, Travis C6-53041/30/19914Arkansas
30Tabor, Teez CB6-020112/31/1995RFlorida
15Tate, Golden WR5-101978/2/19888Notre Dame
12Thomas, Noel WR6-12009/18/1994RConnecticut
63Thomas, Brandon G6-33172/18/19913Clemson
99Thornton, Khyri DT6-331511/21/19894Southern Mississippi
47Thornton, Josh CB5-11185//RSouthern Utah
72Tomlinson, Laken G6-33122/9/19923Duke
49Tonyan, Robert WR6-52004/30/1994RIndiana State
78Valoaga, Jeremiah DE6-625511/15/1994RUNLV
71Wagner, Ricky T6-631010/21/19895Wisconsin
90Washington, Cornelius DE6-42929/10/19895Georgia
36Washington, Dwayne RB6-22234/24/19942Washington
45Washington, Charles DB5-101923/16/19931Fresno State
59Whitehead, Tahir MLB6-22414/2/19906Temple
89Wick, Cole TE6-625711/30/19932Incarnate Word (Tex.)
52Williams, Antwione OLB6-32405/26/19932Georgia Southern
32Wilson, Tavon SS6-02123/19/19906Illinois
58Worrilow, Paul MLB6-02305/1/19905Delaware
83Wright, Timothy (FA) TE6-42204/7/19905Rutgers
34Zenner, Zach FB5-112219/13/19913South Dakota State
69Zettel, Anthony DT6-42708/9/19922Penn State
Injured Players
53Chubb, Brandon (IR) LB6-124010/21/19931Wake Forest
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Detroit6-5316.16-3287.025.32135
 
 
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Position Listing
Matthew Mulligan
News
Mulligan caught his only target for minus-two yards during Saturday's playoff game against the Seahawks.

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.

Asa Jackson
News
Jackson (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

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.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Michael Roberts
News
The Lions selected Roberts in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 127th overall.

Roberts has the frame to be a mauling blocker at tight end, checking in at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds. He also has massive mitts, with 11.5-inch hands, and he made quite the impression at the Senior Bowl. Roberts dominated opposing defenses in the red zone, with 10 of his 16 receiving touchdowns coming deep in enemy territory last season. He should develop into a nice complement opposite Eric Ebron.

Khari Lee
News
Lee has signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions, MLive.com reports.

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.

Zach Zenner
News
Zenner could still have a role on offense despite the return of a healthy Ameer Abdullah, Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site reports. "I see consistent progress and improvement with [Zenner]," head coach Jim Caldwell said. "I don't think anybody has any question, if you watched him progress last year, that Zach can run the ball. But he's also a guy that's very talented in terms of being able to help us on special teams. He can run the ball. He can pass protect. He can catch the ball out of the backfield."

Late last leason, after a fractured foot had landed Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve with a foot injury and while Theo Riddick was on the shelf due to a pair of problematic wrists, Zenner took over lead running back duties from a struggling Dwayne Washington and aided the Lions' quest for a playoff berth by rumbling for 290 total yards and three touchdowns during the season's final three games. His year average of 3.8 yards per carry average is heavily skewed by his early-season struggles considering he averaged 3.1 yards per carry across 36 attempts from Week 1 through Week 8 but actually finished the season averaging 4.2 yards per carry across 63 attempts from Week 12 onwards. With both Abdullah and Riddick expected to return in feature-back and pass-catching roles, respectively, Zenner would most likely fit in as more of a short-yardage specialist, an assignment that Detroit has been reserving for its plus-size running backs under Caldwell. Since Zenner checks in at 221 pounds, compared to 203 for Abdullah and 201 for Riddick, he certainly fits the bill. Unfortunately for fantasy purposes, Zenner might turn out to be more of a nuisance than anything considering he won't see many carries behind Abdullah but will be a threat to vulture touchdowns on a weekly basis.

Cole Wick
News
Wick (knee) is healthy and "itching to get back" on the field, The Detriot Free Press reports.

Wick finished the 2016 season on injured reserve after tearing up his knee in Week 7. He declined to say whether he required surgery or not, but, regardless, he's healthy now and fully expected to attend voluntary offseason workouts in April. Outside of starter Eric Ebron, Wick is the only tight end under contract through 2017 who played a down for the Lions last year. Thus, he currently appears to be the frontrunner for No. 2 duties next season, although Detroit could always bring in competition for the role via free agency or the draft.

Nevin Lawson
News
Lawson seems secure in his job at right cornerback, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Lawson put together a quietly-solid 2016 campaign that seemingly went underappreciated due to his lack of big plays. However, the four-year vet served as the Lions' top cover corner when Darius Slay wasn't able to play and finished the year among the league leaders in fewest yards allowed per coverage snap (0.82). It's possible 2017 second-rounder Teez Tabor could push for a starting gig before long but, for now, the job appears to be Lawson's to lose.

Michael Rector
No Updates
Anquan Boldin
News
Boldin will visit with the Bills on Monday, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

Boldin entered free agency on the back of 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in his lone season in Detroit. Despite that production, however, the 36-year-old remains without a team. Ranked third among active players in both career receptions (1,076) and touchdown grabs (82), Boldin's average yards per catch has declined for five straight seasons, but his physical presence is still a considerable asset in the red zone and running game. Furthermore, with the Bills' wideouts rather unaccomplished behind the delicate Sammy Watkins (foot), Boldin could provide needed leadership and reliability should his visit culminate in a contract agreement.

Jace Billingsley
News
Teammate Golden Tate believes Billingsley has enough talent to earn a key role in the Detroit offense, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "[Billingsley] reminds me a lot of a younger me," Tate said. "Just very, very shifty. I think he's got some running back in him. I think he might have played running back in college, I think. But talented guy. I'm excited for him to get his opportunity in practice and going into the preseason, and he made this team for a reason.

An undrafted rookie last year, the 5-foot-9 Billingsley parlayed a strong preseason into a spot on the practice squad, which gave him time to learn how to play from the slot after splitting time between wide receiver and running back in college. With last season's slot receiver, Anquan Boldin, unsigned as the draft approaches, the Lions may need to find a replacement or else move Tate back to his pre-2016 role as the primary slot target. If Boldin signs elsewhere and the Lions decide to mostly keep Tate outside, Billingsley could be part of a competition for the No. 3 job. The competition likely would include TJ Jones, Keshawn Martin, Jared Abbrederis and potentially a rookie or two.

Brad Kaaya
News
Kaaya should compete with Jake Rudock for the No. 2 quarterback job, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.

The Lions made it clear how much they think of Rudock by uncharacteristically carrying him as their No. 3 QB on the active roster the majority of the 2016 season -- in order to ensure another team couldn't sign him off their practice squad -- and subsequently parting ways with incumbent backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky earlier this offseason. However, Detroit management probably wasn't expecting a quarterback of Kaaya's caliber to fall to the end of the sixth round and couldn't resist when he landed in their laps. While the Miami (Fl.) product might lack the ideal frame to succeed at the professional level, he likely offers higher upside than Rudock and could make a bid for the backup job out of the gates if he can put together impressive summer and preseason showings.

Noel Thomas
No Updates
Jared Abbrederis
News
Abbrederis, along with TJ Jones, appears to be well ahead of his competition from a route-running standpoint, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Behind starters Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, just Kenny Golladay -- a 2017 third-round pick -- is a lock to make the Lions' final roster come September. Only one or two more receivers are expected to join them and the pair of fourth-year receivers in Abbrederis and Jones appear to be the frontrunners for those jobs. Jace Billingsley is in the mix as well, as are Keshawn Martin and Ryan Spadola, but the latter pair would likely only make the roster for what they could provide on special teams. Things may change when the pads come on in training camp, but Abbrederis (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is just as tall and nearly as heavy as anyone he's competing with so his slender size shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Jarrad Davis
News
Davis will play middle linebacker for the Lions according to GM Bob Quinn, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Davis, who was selected 21st overall by the Lions, is expected to start, with Tahir Whitehead potentially moving over to start on the outside. Davis is an athletic defender and will look to make an impact immediately for the Lions.

Akeem Spence
News
Spence signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Lions on Thursday, ESPN reports.

Not a star in his own right, Spence is still a solid addition to an up-and-coming Lions defensive line; at the very least, he'll be a quality rotational piece in DC Teryl Austin's 4-3 system. His signing likely means Tyrunn Walker and/or Stefan Charles won't be coming back to Detroit.

Pat O'Connor
No Updates
Matthew Stafford
News
Stafford said his finger, which was injured late last season, is now fine, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Stafford said of the situation, "It just needed rest. No surgery, no procedure, anything like that. It feels good, threw with it today. It feels fine. Been throwing with it for a month, month and a half, now. It just took some rest."

Stafford dislocated the middle finger in his throwing hand during Week 14's win over the Bears. He played the remainder of the season, including a Wild Card loss to the Seahawks, but looked significantly affected by the injury, throwing twice as many interceptions to touchdowns during the span. After taking some time off, the quarterback, who is entering the last year of his contract, should be ready for the beginning of OTAs.

Ryan Spadola
News
Spadola is a "fringe contender" for the Lions' remaining roster spots at wide receiver, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Spadola is coming off a season entirely wiped out by a pectoral injury and will likely need to separate himself on special teams in order to secure one of what is likely just one or two open roster spots at receiver. He made some nice catches in spring practices and was specifically praised by head coach Jim Caldwell during rookie minicamp, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, so he at least appears to have some momentum heading into training camp.

Jamal Agnew
News
Agnew made a positive impression on DC Teryl Austin during OTAs, Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site reports. "He can return punts, he plays in the slot, and he's done an adequate job as well outside so far," Austin said Friday.

The Lions drafted Agnew in the fifth round of this year's draft to provide depth to both the secondary and special teams. While he'll face hefty competition for a roster spot among a cornerback group that not only returns its starters and top backups from 2016 but also includes 2017 first-round pick Teez Tabor and former Raiders first-rounder D.J. Hayden, any value he can provide as a punt returner would certainly help his case.

Jake Rudock
News
Rudock appears to have clearly established himself as the No. 2 quarterback heading into training camp, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

The drafting of former University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya in this year's draft initially seemed to put Rudock's hold on the No. 2 job in question, but it doesn't sound as if Kaaya has been able to pick up the playbook quick enough to serve as legitimate competition. Meanwhile, Rudock has a year of experience in OC Jim Bob Cooter's offense and has shown marked improvement from 2016 during offseason practices. Things could always change prior to Week 1, but Rudock seems unlikely to lose his role unless Kaaya puts on a show during the preseason.

Leo Koloamatangi
No Updates
Jordan Hill
News
Hill signed with the Lions on Monday.

Hill, a third-round pick in 2013, split time last season between the Seahawks, Jaguars, and Redskins, making four appearances in total. Although his career numbers are mostly underwhelming, the defensive tackle posted 5.5 sacks in 2014 and will look to regain similar form in Detroit.

Ego Ferguson
News
Ferguson (shoulder) was signed by the Lions on Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Ferguson has already been released by two NFC North rivals throughout the offseason due to concerns with the shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for the entire 2016 season, but the Lions will now give the 2014 second-rounder another chance. Ferguson produced 22 tackles, two sacks, and three passes defensed during his rookie campaign with the Bears, but has appeared in just four games since. He'll look to provide depth at defensive tackle in Detroit behind A'Shawn Robinson, Haloti Ngata, Khyri Thornton and Akeem Spence.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Mike James
News
James signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on Monday, The Detroit News reports.

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.

Keshawn Martin
News
Martin signed a contract with the Lions on Saturday.

Martin, who played college ball at Michigan State, returns to his home state after spending last season with the Patriots. In nine games with New England he recorded 24 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns.

Khyri Thornton
News
Thornton has been suspended for the first six games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Thornton will be eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 16, which happens to be the beginning of the Lions' bye week. The reserve defensive lineman took 307 snaps on defense last season, racking up 19 tackles and one sack through 13 contests. With Thornton sidelined, the Lions may opt to bring in another defensive tackle to bolster the depth chart behind starters Haloti Ngata and A'Shawn Robinson. Thornton is allowed to take part in offseason practices and preseason games.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 8 vs. Pittsburgh
Cornelius Washington
News
Washington signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Lions on Thursday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Washington, formerly of the Bears, will provide the Lions with depth at defensive end. While he's had immense trouble staying healthy throughout his professional career, the Georgia product has flashed as a pass rusher when healthy.

Johnson Bademosi
News
The Lions and Bademosi agreed to a two-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Tahir Whitehead
News
Whitehead (undisclosed) is still rehabbing this week but is making good progress, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

The back is also dealing with some personal issues at the moment, which may lead to an absence during minicamp. Nonetheless, head coach Jim Caldwell is happy with the progress the linebacker is making after not participating in OTAs due to an undisclosed injury.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Dontez Ford
No Updates
Teez Tabor
News
Tabor (hamstring) participated during Tuesday's OTA session, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

Tabor's hamstring injury was originally expected to keep him sidelined until training camp in late July, but he's already back practicing with the Lions as OTAs wrap up. The second-round pick snagged his first interception of the offseason program Tuesday over starting receiver Marvin Jones, and he has flashed additional signs of potentially providing the team's defense with another playmaker.

A'Shawn Robinson
News
Robinson could see increased playing time in 2017, Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press reports. "I think he's really doing some good things. He is again, another big, strong, powerful man who has got good bend. So, he does a lot of things inside in the run game,'' defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "He's going to be really good. Like always, we think we've got to just continue to try to accelerate him in the pass game and work on his pass rush so that he can be a three-down player for us and give us some inside pass rush."

As a rookie, Robinson played on 39.7 percent of the defensive snaps, second only to veteran Haloti Ngata. The 2016 second-rounder responded with 30 tackles and two sacks with seven passes defended, which was good for third among all defensive lineman in the league. An increased level of playing time usually leads to improved counting stats, especially if Robinson is on the field more on third downs, which would presumably present him more quality opportunities to up his sack total.

Glover Quin
News
Quin (ankle) practiced in near-full capacity during the first day of minicamp, the Lions' official site reports.

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.

Corey Robinson
Injury
Foot - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
No Updates
Crezdon Butler
News
Butler signed a contract with the Lions on Wednesday.

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.

Joe Dahl
No Updates
Laken Tomlinson
No Updates
Matt Asiata
News
Asiata's chances of making the final roster will depend on the health of the running backs ahead of him on the depth chart, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.

Signed in late May to add veteran depth to a relatively young Lions backfield, Asiata is a jack of all trades but master of none; he's capable -- but not proficient -- in nearly all of the responsibilities that belong to a modern day NFL running back, including pass protection, catching balls out of the backfield and toting the rock. However, he's buried under Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick (wrist), Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington on the depth chart. There's a chance Detriot keeps five running backs on the 53-man roster in 2017 since they let go of fullback Michael Burton this offseason, but, as it stands, Asiata looks to be competing with fellow reserve Mike James to claim the potential No. 5 RB job.

Brandon Copeland
News
Copeland signed his exclusive-rights contract tender with the Lions on Monday, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.

Copeland was primarily a special teams player for the Lions last season but also saw some time at both linebacker and defensive end. He'll likely remain in a similar role entering the 2017 campaign.

Don Carey
News
Carey (hamstring) will play in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Carey will return from a two-game absence, but is slated for a reserve role as Glover Quin's backup at free safety.

Darius Slay
News
Slay (hamstring) is active for Sunday night's regular season finale against Green Bay.

Slay missed last Sunday's game with a hamstring issue but managed to participate in every team practice since. His availability bodes well for the Lions' prospects of limiting Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.

Jeremiah Ledbetter
News
The Lions selected Ledbetter in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 205th overall.

Ledbetter (6-foot-3, 280 pounds) is a bowling ball of a defensive end who figures to see inside snaps in nickel formations. He has long arms and good strength to potentially transition inside on a full-time basis, too.

Matt Rotheram
No Updates
Travis Swanson
No Updates
Kenny Golladay
News
Golladay could compete for a starting job right away, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Golladay is far from a finished product -- his route running needs significant improvement -- but he possesses a big-bodied frame that no other Lions receiver offers. In fact, the next tallest wideout is special teamer Ryan Spadola (6-1, 204). What's more, Golladay dropped just five out of 165 targets during his two years at Northern Illinois and caught 18 touchdowns in just 26 games. Now on a squad that sported the fifth-worst drop rate in the league -- and that also needs to replace the departed Anquan Boldin's team-leading eight touchdown receptions from 2016 -- Golladay certainly looks to be a great fit within the Detroit offense. He should therefore push for No. 3 billing behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones this summer.

Jeremiah Valoaga
No Updates
Marvin Jones
News
Jones spent part of the offseason training with Randy Moss, who emphasized the importance of lower-body strength and running routes in a manner that maximizes yards after the catch, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reports.

Jones might also consider talking to teammate Golden Tate, who led all NFL wideouts with 635 yards after the catch (7.0 per reception) last year. Jones produced a middling average of 4.3 YAC in what ultimately was a disappointing first season in Detroit, with 408 of his 930 receiving yards coming within the first three weeks. Lions coach Jim Caldwell is optimistic Jones will be more consistent this year, and the team seems to be counting on it, having yet to add a veteran replacement for Anquan Boldin. Already established as a deep threat after producing 16.9 yards per catch last season, Jones seemingly hopes that improved route running and the addition of some lower-body muscle onto his wiry frame will help him contribute more in the short and intermediate passing game.

Nick Bellore
News
Bellore (elbow) signed with the Lions on Monday.

Bellore joins Detroit after spending the past two seasons in San Francisco, where he totaled a career-high 83 tackles, one sack and one interception in 14 appearances last year. Prior to then, most of Bellore's contributions came on special teams. At 27 years old, he'll now compete for snaps at linebacker in the Lions' 4-3 scheme, which is a change from the 3-4 alignment he enjoyed working in last term.

Kasey Redfern
No Updates
Dwayne Washington
News
Washington played on just one offensive snap during the Lions' postseason loss to the Seahawks on Saturday.

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.

Brandon Chubb
Injury
Ricky Wagner
News
Wagner (concussion) feels fully recovered this offseason after dealing with a foot injury in 2016, Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site reports. "It was a tough injury to go through," Wagner said in May. "It took a long time. I feel very good - as good as I've ever felt in the NFL. I'm excited to go into a season clean."

Wagner played through an unspecified foot injury for a large part of the 2016 season before missing the Ravens' final two games with a concussion. His return to full strength is great news for a team that just lost starting left tackle Taylor Decker to a torn labrum.

Adairius Barnes
News
Barnes was promoted to the active roster Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

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.

Matt Prater
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Prater converted two of two field goal attempts during Saturday's playoff game in Seattle.

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.

Joique Bell
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Bell is listed as inactive Monday in Dallas.

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.

DeAndre Levy
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Levy underwent surgery on his right knee in an effort to repair a torn meniscus suffered during the 2016 season, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

Levy was released by the Lions back in March after playing only six games during the last two seasons. Injuries have plagued the linebacker after a stellar stretch of play in 2013 and 2014, but if he is able to get healthy again, he should see an opportunity to play on an NFL club. Levy has recorded 639 tackles, 12 interceptions and two forced fumbles over his eight-year NFL career.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Graham Glasgow
No Updates
Des Lawrence
No Updates
Cornelius Lucas
No Updates
Quandre Diggs
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Diggs (pectoral) is still working his way back to 100-percent health, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Diggs' underwhelming 2016 campaign came to an ugly close when the 2015 sixth-rounder landed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury last December. Although he'll apparently need a little bit more time to get back into top shape, Diggs has still been a full participant in OTAs while working with the first-team defense. Don't be surprised if 2017 second-rounder Teez Tabor replaces him in the starting lineup at some point between now and the season opener, though.

Injury
Pectoral - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Alex Carter
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Carter has permanently moved from the cornerback position to safety, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

According to Lions coach Jim Caldwell, the team likes Carter's 6-foot, 200-pound frame positioned at safety in the secondary. Carter figures to provide Glover Quin and Tavon Wilson with depth, given he makes the final roster.

Haloti Ngata
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Ngata heads into his 12th NFL season with no health issues, Mike O'Hara of the Lions' official site reports.

The veteran defensive tackle wanted to make sure he was completely healthy heading into the new season, even undergoing a neurological exam to determine whether he'd sustained any brain damage over his career. The results showed none, according to the defensive tackle. "The brain is good to go," Ngata said. "I wanted to make sure my head was good. He (the neurologist) said everything was pretty good -- really good, actually. ... Just to make sure, with all things that are going on with the brain and stuff throughout the league, I don't want to have problems when I'm older." The defensive tackle missed some time last year due to calf and quad issues, but he still managed to record 22 tackles and 1.5 sacks through 13 games.

Rolan Milligan
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Milligan signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.

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.

Brandon Thomas
No Updates
Robert Tonyan
No Updates
Steve Longa
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Longa was signed by the Lions on Saturday, Tim Twentyman of of the team's official site reports.

The Rutgers product will likely serve as a special teams asset as he takes time to learn the playbook before additional responsibilities.

Darren Fells
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Fells could carve out an important role, Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com reports.

Eric Ebron is entrenched as the top pass-catching option at tight end, but he's never been much of a blocker, which just so happens to be Fells' strength. While the 31-year-old has never caught more than 21 passes in a season, his prowess as a blocker could get him enough snaps to challenge for a new career-high in receptions even if Ebron stays healthy. The Lions may rely on more two-TE formations this season due to their lack of proven talent at wide receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.

Tion Green
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Green is in competition with Matt Asiata and Mike James for the Lions' possible No. 5 running back spot, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

The Lions have phased the fullback position out of their offense, which opens the door for the team to carry a fifth running back on the roster behind Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick (wrist), Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington. The thick Green, who stands 6-foot, 230 pounds, went undrafted out of Cincinnati but was in consistent contact with Lions running backs coach David Walker months leading up to the draft due to Walker's belief of Green's fit in Detroit, according to Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press. While Green only ran for 743 yards and two touchdowns for the Bearcats last year, he played on most special teams units, from field-goal protection to punt coverage. His versatility likely separates him from Asiata and James, in addition to the fact the Lions would save a slightly higher sum of cash if they parted ways with the other two over him. However, if Green ultimately makes the team, he would likely be multiple injuries away from gaining fantasy relevance.

Cyrus Kouandjio
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Kouandjio signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.

Kouandjio, a former second-round pick of the Bills, largely struggled during his first three seasons and was eventually let go by the Bills at the end of May. The Lions, however, just lost fellow tackle Taylor Decker for at least the next four months because of a shoulder injury, so Kouandjio will be brought in for additional help on the line in Detroit. The Lions also recently traded for tackle Greg Robinson, so Kouandjio isn't guaranteed significant snaps or even a spot on the final roster.

Injury
Hip - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Miles Killebrew
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Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Killebrew is a safety first, Tim Twentyman of the team's official website reports. "He's a safety, first and foremost," Quinn said. "I mean, you can call him what you want to call him. You can call him a dime linebacker, you can call him ... there's different terms. You know, he can play down near the box because of his size, but he's a safety."

Listed at 6-foot-2, 222 pounds, Killebrew is one of the bigger safeties in the league and could thus get playing time as a linebacker in sub packages. The Lions aren't ruling out the possibility, but it sounds as if they mostly plan to use the 2016 fourth-round selection at his natural position. Killebrew could challenge incumbent Tavon Wilson for the starting job at strong safety.

Paul Worrilow
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The Lions will work out Worrilow at both strongside and weakside linebacker in OTAs, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Worrilow was quite the success story during his rookie season with the Falcons in 2013 when he racked up 127 tackles and two sacks as the team's starting middle linebacker after going undrafted out of Delaware. Despite churning out 142 and 95 tackles in each of the two subsequent seasons, he lost his starting spot to second-round rookie Deion Jones in 2016 and ultimately finished the year with only 21 stops. However, Worrilow has a chance to revive his career in Detroit, where there's currently a huge need for talent at outside linebacker, especially after the release of DeAndre Levy. He could fit in at both of the strongside and weakside outside linebacker positions and the Lions' plans to try him out at both spots should help the team determine where he best fits into the defense. Considering how Levy recorded triple-digit tackles in three of four seasons between 2011 and 2014 while operating in an every-down OLB role for the Lions, the potential is there for Worrilow to enjoy a resurgent 2017 campaign if he's able to secure a starting job.

Timothy Wright
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Wright sustained a torn ACL during the Lions' offseason program, which spurred the team to release him Thursday, The Detroit News reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Ezekiel Ansah
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Ansah recorded nine tackles, two sacks, two TFLs and five QB hits during Saturday's playoff game in Seattle.

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.

D.J. Hayden
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Hayden (hamstring) signed a one-year, $5.25 million contract with the Lions on Friday, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Press reports.

The 12th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Hayden never lived up to the hype during his four seasons in Oakland. He ended the 2016 campaign with 37 tackles, six pass deflections and one forced fumble through 11 games. His season ended in late November after he suffered a hamstring injury, forcing the Raiders to place him on injured reserve. Once healthy, Hayden will compete for the starting nickelback position, an area the Lions struggled with throughout last season.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Don Muhlbach
No Updates
Anthony Zettel
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Zettel (coach's decision) is inactive for the Lions' Week 2 matchup against the Titans.

Zettle is not injured and is presumably a healthy scratch due to teammate Ezekiel Ansah's (shoulder) clearance to play.

Tony Hills
No Updates
Storm Norton
No Updates
Sam Martin
No Updates
T.J. Jones
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Jones, along with Jared Abbrederis, is a frontrunner for the Lions' remaining roster spots at wide receiver due to his superior route running, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Jones is on thin ice with the Lions after logging three underwhelming and injury-marred seasons since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. The good thing is that he's currently healthy and none of the receivers he's competing with this offseason have been more productive in their respective careers. Since Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay all seem guaranteed to make the final roster, it's likely that only one or two roster spots at the position remain. Outside of Abbrederis, the likes of Jace Billingsley, Ryan Spadola and Keshawn Martin are the primary contenders that stand in Jones' way, but they'd probably need to be particularly impressive on special teams in order to pose as serious competition. Still, Jones will need to continue his level of play when the pads come on in training camp in order to maintain his standing.

Golden Tate
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Tate tweeted that he hopes to receive an extension from the Lions, ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein reports.

Tate has been a bargain through the first three seasons of his five-year, $31 million contract, playing all 16 games each year and averaging 93 catches for 1,074 yards and 4.7 touchdowns on 135 targets. He probably won't make any real noise about the contract until next offseason, but the Lions could get out ahead of the issue and offer him an extension this summer or fall. Tate will turn 29 in August and is a clear favorite to lead the Lions in targets this season.

Antwione Williams
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Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Williams is "a ton, ton better" so far this offseason compared to Williams' rookie year, Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press reports."[Williams is] much more urgent in terms of how he's attacking the game, really is seeing and understands the scheme better, so he's reacting faster and he's a big man that can run,'' Austin said. "So, he's really done some good things throughout this offseason, really like where he's going right now."

After being taken in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, Williams was thrown into the fire his rookie season after the Lions' linebacking corps suffered a slew of injuries. His performance had its ups and downs, but it seems a full offseason in the pros is really helping him understand his role on defense. Although he's in the mix for a starting job in 2017, it seems more likely than not he opens the season rotating in behind Paul Worrilow and Tahir Whitehead. However, given his offseason reviews, Williams seems like a good bet to improve upon his 204 defensive snaps from 2016. In turn, the Georiga Southern product also appears to have favorable odds of topping his first-year totals of 27 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Theo Riddick
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Riddick (wrist) is wearing a cast on his right wrist at OTAs, Carlos Monarrez of The Detroit Free Press reports.

Despite being tabbed as a "limited participant" at OTAs thus far, Riddick reportedly "mostly sat out" of drills as he finishes his rehabilitation from double wrist surgery. It would appear his right wrist is more of a problem than his left at this point.

Injury
Wrist - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Jalen Reeves-Maybin
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The Lions selected Reeves-Maybin in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 124th overall.

Detroit continued to address its issues at linebacker Saturday by going after Reeves-Maybin. He came into the year as a potential Day 2 selection after a strong junior season that saw him rack up 105 total tackles and 14.0 tackles for loss. However, Reeves-Maybin had a season-ending shoulder injury early in his senior year and reportedly had a shaky pro day. If Reeves-Maybin is able to recapture his 2015 form, he'll end up being a nice value pick for the Lions in the fourth round.

Alex Barrett
No Updates
Dan Orlovsky
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Orlovsky signed a contract with the Rams on Thursday.

Orlovsky's signing gives the Rams three quarterbacks entering training camp. The 12-year veteran spent the past three seasons backing up Mathew Stafford in Detroit, and he'll now compete with Sean Mannion for the backup slot behind Los Angeles starter Jared Goff.

Bruce Gaston
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Gaston signed a contract with the Lions on Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

Gaston hasn't played in a regular season game since 2015, when he spent time with the Bears and Packers, ending the season with 12 tackles, including a sack, in nine games. The defensive tackle will have a chance to be a depth option and special teams player in Detroit.

Taylor Decker
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Decker (shoulder) has been given a time table of four to six months and could start the regular season on the PUP list, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Decker recently underwent shoulder surgery on Monday to repair a torn labrum, and he will now be held out for a considerable amount of time. Now, best case scenario looks to be Decker missing the first month of the season, which would result in either Cornelius Lucas, Joe Dahl or Corey Robinson taking his spot as the team's starting left tackle.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
Thurston Armbrister
No Updates
Charles Washington
No Updates
Tavon Wilson
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Wilson (neck) is active for Sunday's contest, Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group reports.

Wilson missed last week's game after exiting the Lions' Week 3 game with his injury. He's slated to start along with Glover Quin at safety on Sunday.

T.J. Lang
Injury
Hip - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Arizona
No Updates
Brandon Barnes
No Updates
Eric Ebron
News
Ebron figures to occupy an expanded role in the Lions offense now that wideout Anquan Boldin is no longer with the team, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Ebron could benefit most from Boldin's absence in the red zone, as the big-bodied Boldin hauled in a team-high eight touchdowns last season, using the slot position to feast on underneath routes. With him gone, and the Lions adding fellow tight ends Darren Fells and Michael Roberts to take on blocking duties, the athletic yet imposing Ebron should be free to assume Boldin's vacated short-yardage receiving role. That would figure to help Ebron improve on his seven touchdowns through 40 career games, and with a contract extension also potentially on the horizon, he has some extra incentive to elevate his game.

Josh Thornton
No Updates
Kerry Hyder
News
Hyder signed his exclusive-rights contract tender with the Lions on Monday, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.

In just his second season in the league, Hyder accrued a team-high eight sacks while finishing ninth in total tackles. However, despite this level of production, he could find himself in competition with Cornelius Washington and potentially a draft pick or two for the starting defensive end job opposite Ziggy Ansah this summer.

Josh Bynes
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Bynes compiled six tackles, two TFLs and one deflected pass in Sunday's 20-17 victory over the Bears.

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.

Greg Robinson
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Robinson was traded from the Rams to the Lions on Thursday in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

Robinson has largely been considered a disappointment for the Rams since being taken with the second pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. After declining his fifth-year option in May, the Rams decided they wanted to at least get some sort of value out of him and will trade him to the Lions for a conditional pick. In Detroit, Robinson will compete for rights to the top left tackle job, as former starter Taylor Decker is slated to miss at least four months while recovering from a shoulder injury.

Ameer Abdullah
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Abdullah has revealed that he suffered a Lisfranc injury last season, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Abdullah's 2016 campaign was cut short after getting injured in Week 2, but the Lions were unclear about the extent of his ailment throughout the year. Now, it's finally been disclosed by Abdullah himself, acknowledging it was indeed a Lisfranc injury. Given the timing of the malady, Abdullah was back 100 percent healthy by early March, which allowed him to participate in Detroit's offseason conditioning program. After also going through OTAs in an unlimited capacity, Abdullah then saw the Lions decline to draft a running back, which has him poised to lead the charge once again this season.

 

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