|Offense||20th||83.4 (32nd)||263.2 (9th)|
|Defense||18th||113.0 (18th)||236.6 (14th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||279||5/29/1989||4||Brigham Young|
|38||Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-11||181||4/30/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||R||Eastern Oregon State|
|Boldin, Anquan||WR||6-1||220||10/3/1980||14||Florida State|
|31||Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||205||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||323||6/9/1988||4||Regina (Canada)|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||306||4/9/1993||R||Washington State|
|80||Davis, Quinshad||WR||6-4||218||5/24/1994||R||North Carolina|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||310||8/23/1994||R||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||255||4/10/1993||3||North Carolina|
|62||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||R||Ohio State|
|86||Fuehne, Adam||TE||6-7||255||3/23/1993||R||Southern Illinois|
|10||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||3||Virginia Tech|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||301||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|43||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-1||202||5/16/1992||2||Georgia Tech|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||2||Notre Dame|
|12||Kerley, Jeremy||WR||5-9||188||11/8/1988||6||Texas Christian|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||222||5/10/1993||R||Southern Utah|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||191||4/23/1991||3||Utah State|
|42||Lewis, Keith||DB||6-1||190||3/28/1989||1||Lynchburg College|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||328||7/18/1991||3||Kansas State|
|64||Marquardt, Luke||T||6-8||315||3/23/1990||1||Azusa Pacific|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||4||Appalachian State|
|49||McCord, Ben||TE||6-4||248||6/30/1992||R||Central Michigan|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||13||Texas A&M|
|67||Palmer, Louis||DE||6-2||265||12/8/1994||R||Central Michigan|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon||TE||6-5||278||2/23/1985||8||Oklahoma State|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||211||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|
|39||Ridley, Stevan||RB||5-11||220||1/27/1989||6||Louisiana State|
|19||Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||187||1/9/1988||7||The Citadel|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||316||5/21/1992||2||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||4||Mississippi State|
|93||Smith, Quanterus||DE||6-5||255||11/26/1989||3||Western Kentucky|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||198||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||2||Southern Mississippi|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||248||6/19/1990||3||Brigham Young|
|30||Walls, Darrin||DB||6-1||190||6/20/1988||6||Notre Dame|
|45||Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/10/1993||R||Fresno State|
|40||Wells, Ian||CB||5-11||199||7/14/1993||R||Ohio U.|
|89||Wick, Cole||TE||6-6||255||11/30/1993||R||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|52||Williams, Antwione||LB||6-3||239||5/26/1993||R||Georgia Southern|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||222||9/13/1991||2||South Dakota State|
|69||Zettel, Anthony||DT||6-4||271||8/9/1992||R||Penn State|
|83||Wright, Timothy (IR)||TE||6-4||220||4/7/1990||4||Rutgers|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Mulligan gives the Lions some added tight end depth, with Brandon Pettigrew still recovering from a torn ACL. Once Pettigrew recovers from his injury, look for Mulligan to compete with Tim Wright for the Lions' No. 3 tight end job behind presumed starter Eric Ebron and Pettigrew.
The contract is a one-year, minimum-salary deal. Through five seasons in the league, the undrafted Notre Dame product has accrued 75 tackles (11 on special teams), as well as 22 pass breakups and three picks across 54 games, including 16 starts. In 2011, Walls spent his rookie year with Atlanta, then joined the Jets the next season where he looked to be an ascending talent, as his stats increased year-to-year from 2012 to 2014. However, the Jets welcomed back CB Darrelle Revis in 2015 and Walls didn't manage a single start throughout the entire campaign. Subsequently, Walls' production fell off a cliff, and the Jets decided against keeping him in the fold. Now with the Lions, he'll compete for a starting gig following the retirement of Rashean Mathis, though Walls will likely prove to be a depth signing and special teams contributor.
Bostic ended up being the odd man out after New England signed Shea McClellin and then drafted Kamu Grugier-Hill and Elandon Roberts. He'll bolster the Lions' depth at linebacker, with his capabilities well-understood by GM Bob Quinn, formerly the Patriots director of pro personnel.
The release of Joique Bell on Tuesday whittled down the Lions' backfield situation to Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, and Zenner. Assuming the status quo remains after free agency and the draft, Abdullah seems to be the leader in the clubhouse for the top gig, but Riddick's pass-catching prowess leave the door open for the versatile Zenner to have a regular role in the offense. In the preseason, Zenner led all players with 183 rushing yards, and he followed it up with 17 carries for 60 yards and two catches for 11 yards in six regular season contests before his rookie campaign ended when he sustained cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung in Week 6.
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.
At this stage of his career, the 35-year-old Boldin won't completely make up for the retirement of Calvin Johnson. In reality, the combined efforts of Boldin and fellow offseason pickup Marvin Jones will help plug the dam, with the 13-year veteran the likely candidate to become a quick favorite of Matthew Stafford. Despite posting the second-lowest YPC of his career (11.4) last season, Boldin was working with uninspiring signal callers -- Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick (shoulder/knee/thumb) -- so the upgrade to Stafford should boost Boldin's prospects.
The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.
"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.
The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.
Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.
The expectation remains that Abdullah, when healthy, will serve as the Lions' top back in 2016, with Riddick in line to see his share of touches as well, notably in the passing game. Per the report, Ridley "seems like the favorite" to win the No. 3 spot in the Detroit backfield and in such a scenario, the 27-year-old, who ran for 1,263 yards for the Patriots in 2012, could be a break away from resurfacing on the fantasy radar after back-to-back campaigns impacted by the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season.
Addressing an obvious weakness from 2015, the Lions drafted OT Taylor Decker in the first round, center Graham Glasgow in the third and guard/tackle Joe Dahl in the fifth. Stafford won't have Calvin Johnson around to bail him out, yet it's still quite possible the Detroit offense will be improved from 2015. Stafford played much better last season after Jim Bob Cooter replaced Joe Lombardi as the offensive coordinator, making it an easy decision to stick with Cooter for 2016. Furthermore, the Lions signed WR Marvin Jones to a five-year, $40 million contract, and there's hope that 23-year-old TE Eric Ebron will take a big step forward in his third NFL season.
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.
Gilberry, who was limited to 23 tackles and two sacks in 16 games for the Bengals last season, bolsters the Lions' defensive end depth, though his path to IDP relevance hinges on him securing his share of snaps at the position opposite Ziggy Ansah.
The Lions are expected to release 31-year-old Stephen Tulloch, who carries a $7.3 million cap hit for the final year of his contract. The team presumably wants a younger and cheaper starting middle linebacker, after Tulloch was largely limited to a two-down role in 2015. The 25-year-old Whitehead signed a two-year, $8 million contract last week, making him the favorite to take over Tulloch's old role, though Josh Bynes could also compete for the job. Whitehead started 24 games for Detroit over the past two years, playing both inside and outside linebacker, yet never quite earning a consistent every-down role. He should have the inside track to that role in 2016, potentially leading to IDP utility.
Robinson was widely expected to be a first-round pick, but he fell this far because he's likely a pure run-stopping tackle in the NFL. Even if he doesn't collapse the pocket on passing downs, though, Robinson should prove a valuable anchor on the interior for Detroit, and at the very least he provides them with a long-term option for absorbing double-teams. Robinson is unlikely to make an IDP impact, however.
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.
Since receiving sporadic starts with the Bengals during a four-year stint to kick off his career, Caldwell was lightly used with the Broncos over the past four seasons, totaling 32 catches (on 70 targets) for 337 yards and five touchdowns across 54 games. He took on part-time duty as a kick returner as well, averaging 23.2 YPR on 25 attempts over the last three campaigns, but he merely hauled in his only target while returning a pair of kicks in Denver's Super Bowl victory in February. If he lands on the Lions' 53-man roster out of training camp, he'll serve as depth for a receiving corps that's attempting to weather the loss of Calvin Johnson to retirement.
Searcy, who left Week 14 against the Broncos and was unable to return, has 47 tackles and three interceptions this year in Buffalo.
Both players were diagnosed with dehydration, but both were able to make it back onto the field before the end of the third quarter. The Lions have a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Slay's new deal with the Lions also includes $23 million fully guaranteed at signing, as he remains the team's top cornerback. The 25-year-old amassed 59 tackles, 13 passes defensed, and two interceptions in 16 games during the 2015 season, his third year in the league.
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.
One day after Calvin Johnson announced his retirement, the Lions swooped in and grabbed one of the top wide receivers on the free agent market, inking Jones to a deal that will averaged $8 million per year, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Jones will step into the starting wide receiver spot Johnson vacated opposite Golden Tate.
Prater also kicked the second longest field goal in the league this season, a 59-yarder in Week 17. Prater's field goal percentage tied New England's Stephen Gostkowski for fifth in the league, but that may speak more to his value in actual football as opposed to fantasy football. No other kicker in the top 10 in accuracy attempted fewer kicks than Prater, who made the 23rd most field goals in the league overall. Prater is known for having a mighty pendulum for a right leg, but he's probably not worth a pickup to start the 2016 season. Nine kickers kicked at least 30 field goals this season, a figure Prater has only reached once in his career, back in 2009 with Denver.
Levy's injury has not yet been disclosed, but it could be a concerning development for the Lions. The veteran is clearly Detroit's best linebacker when healthy, but played merely 17 snaps last season due to a lingering hip problem that required surgery. After being an active member in the Lions' offseason program, Levy was seemingly poised for a training camp return, making Friday's news something worthwhile to monitor going forward.
Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side.
Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays.
"I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.
His 40-yard dash time of 4.56 at the combine is below average. The sixth-round pick is only 5-foot-9. But he has shown instincts at his position that have impressed his coaches and teammates.
"He's got a natural feel," quarterback Matthew Stafford told MLive.com. "(He) made a play the other day in the red zone that wasn't even on the ball. I wasn't in the game. I was watching from afar, and was like, 'Man, our QB wanted to throw it, and he just took it away at the last second. ... He's got a good feel in zone, and I think he's a feisty kind of competitor in man. He's going to be around the football trying to make plays on it."
"We think he is going to be productive for us when we get him in here and get him in the rotation for us," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "We are hoping, like most of our defensive tackles, to get him 25, 30, 35 plays a game."
Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs thinks the team is going to have a solid player in the middle of their defensive line.
"He's going to go out and compete," Diggs said. "He's one of those big guys that loves to hustle. He loves to make plays, and he plays the game with the type of excitement that you love to see from those big guys."
Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick continue to slot in as as the Lions' top two running backs, while Winn (who recorded just four carries for one yard in seven 2015 appearances for Detroit) and Zach Zenner will jostle for depth slotting in the team's backfield along with free agent acquisition Stevan Ridley.
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 will thus continue to be a key part of the Lions' interior defensive line, with his arrival in a trade with the Ravens last March having occurred in the wake of the departure of Ndamukong Suh. With 24 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games this past season, Ngata is off the IDP radar in all but the deepest of fantasy formats.
Pettigrew has been recovering from a ACL tear he suffered in December of last season. Though he's made steady progress, he isn't ready to practice quite yet, but he will participate with the team in all meetings during the preseason and training camp. He'll be looking to return as soon as possible to compete with Eric Ebron and Tim Wright, who'll share first team reps while Pettigrew is sidelined.
Fuller had offseason foot surgery in June and a timetable has not yet been released for his return. That being said it's now clear he won't be able to practice at the start of training camp. When healthy, he's a likely candidate for the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver slot behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Whether or not he returns to practice during training camp remains to be seen. Look for Andre Roberts and Jeremy Kerley to see some extra reps as long as Fuller is sidelined.
The Lions have a void to fill opposite incumbent FS Glover Quin (ankle), and Lion's GM Bob Quinn recently declared the newly-signed Bush a candidate for the gig. Tavon Wilson, the Lions' other free-agent signing at safety, appears to be Bush's main competition for the job, though Quinn didn't rule out the possibility of Detroit also adding more players to the competition as the offseason continues. For now, Bush is the favorite to win the role. He is undoubtedly the more tenured of the two, as Bush started 14 games for the Saints between 2013 and 2015, compared to Wilson's four total career starts. Should Bush win out, and avoid the injury bug that has plagued him the past two seasons, he will aim to improve a Detroit defense that surrendered a 10th-worst 25.0 points per game in 2015.
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 was drafted as a high-upside prospect at No. 5 overall in 2013 and has since emerged into one of the NFL's premier pass rushers. Through three seasons, he's totaled 30 sacks, including a career-best 14.5 last season, which accompanied 47 tackles and four forced fumbles as well. A fast-rising talent, Ansah will remain with the Lions through 2017, when his salary is expected to rise to $12.7 million.
Originally a defensive end, Zettel was more of a defensive tackle over the last two years at Penn State, a span in which he was quite disruptive on a strong defense. At 6-foot-4, 277 pounds, Zettel remains a tackle/end tweener, as he has the size of an end but athleticism below the average for one.
Reid was atop the Lions' depth chart prior to being injured in Detroit's preseason game against Washington. Though he will likely return to the team in a supporting role behind Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker, backup defensive tackles Jermelle Cudjo and Gabe Wright combined for 39 defensive snaps in Week 1 - a total Reid may take the bulk of once he returns to full health.
"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."
Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.
"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.
Jones, a 2014 sixth-rounder, spent the entirety of his rookie season on the PUP list, then caught just one ball off three targets through November of 2015. However, Jones finished the year on a high note by corralling nine balls for 121 yards and a touchdown during the month of December, hauling in a pass of at least 15 yards in every contest. Now taking first-team reps in the slot during the Lions' first offseason under OC Jim Bob Cooter, Jones appears to be in direct competition with both Jeremy Kerley and Andre Caldwell for the No. 3 receiver job in the wake of Calvin Johnson's retirement.
For the second consecutive year, Tate led the Lions in receptions. He did much of his work underneath the coverage in 2015, his 9.0 yards per catch the lowest total of any receiver who ranked in the Top 10 in the league in catches. Tate disappointed early on with just one touchdown in the first 10 games of the season, but he was able to find the end zone five times in the final six contests of the season. More and better production could be in Tate's future as, if Calvin Johnson departs due to retirement or for cap savings, Tate would suddenly become Detroit's primary target.
Kerley is coming off a season in which a scaled back role resulted in career-lows in catches (16), targets (26) and receiving yards (152). That being said, he's proven to be a capable slot receiver in the past, and given the Lions' need at wide receiver, he could compete for the team's No. 3 job this season, potentially offering for a slight fantasy resurgence.
Riddick ended the season tied with Danny Woodhead for most receptions by a running back. The third-year back was by far the most consistent performer in Detroit's backfield, leading the threesome with 833 total yards. With at least five catches in 10 games in 2015, Riddick should continue to be featured prominently in Detroit's passing attack in 2015 and could be starter-material in PPR leagues.
Gooden believes he can still play this season despite being placed on injured reserve, so the Titans released him so he can try to hook on with another team.
The terms of the contract are not disclosed, but Orlovsky will remain in Detroit for at least another season. The 32-year-old has cemented himself as Matthew Stafford's backup, appearing in two games last season.
Back in 2012, then-rookie Wilson played in all 16 games for the Patriots, logging four starts and an equal number of interceptions. In three seasons since, he failed to start a single contest, and picked off just one pass. Now in Detroit, the Illinois product will have the opportunity to reposition himself as an NFL starter this offseason, according to Lions GM Bob Quinn. Glover Quin (ankle) is currently cemented in as their starting free safety, but Wilson will compete with Rafael Bush to patrol the secondary alongside him. However, Bush is the presumptive favorite to win this battle, and the Lions could still further address the safety position in the draft or through the free-agent market.
The Lions will wrap up OTAs on Friday, then begin a three-day mandatory minicamp next Tuesday. Although Ebron has missed the entirety of OTAs, there hasn't been any indication his injury is serious, and he has still been present as an observer. With Calvin Johnson retired and the Lions lacking other pass-game options at tight end, Ebron figures to be a key piece in the aerial attack this season under offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
Compared to last year's o-line, only two players are back but even those guys have switched positions and shifted along the line. Justin Pugh has gone from right tackle to left guard and Weston Richburg shifted from left guard to center.
Will Beatty, who was a mainstay at left tackle last season, will miss five to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. Beatty's injury has paved the way for rookie Ereck Flowers to step in at the left tackle position.
Quaterback Eli Manning is still adjusting to all the moving pieces in front of him.
"Obviously, having a new center can be an adjustment," Manning said. "But (Weston) Richburg was here last year and I got snaps with him last year, so that hasn't been a big deal. Anytime you have a rookie at left tackle, it can be an adjustment."
Smith played in 15 games last season as DeMarcus Ware's backup on the line, recording 11 tackles and no sacks. He was placed on the injured reserve with a knee injury before the team's divisional-round loss against the Colts. His role next season could go to Shaquil Barrett, who was added to the roster before that playoff loss.
Roberts was released by the Redskins last month after hauling in 47 passes over 25 games with the team. The 28-year-old drew considerable interest as a free agent, and he'll now head to Detroit, joining a receiving corps that must make up for the loss of Calvin Johnson to retirement. Roberts figures to compete for a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver spot with the likes of Corey Fuller, Jeremy Kerley and Marvin Jones. The Lions are also reportedly interested in adding veteran Anquan Boldin, who will visit with the team Monday.
Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.
The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.
Caldwell's lack of response doesn't necessarily mean anything, as Abdullah is still expected to be ready for the start of training camp Friday. The second-year pro is a clear favorite to earn the lead-back role, despite missing the Lions' entire offseason program after having surgery in January to repair a torn labrum. Abdullah finished his rookie year on a high note, even successfully playing through the aforementioned injury in his final two games.
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