|Offense||20th||83.4 (32nd)||263.2 (9th)|
|Defense||18th||113.0 (18th)||236.6 (14th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||278||5/29/1989||4||Brigham Young|
|Bush, Rafael||DB||5-11||205||5/12/1987||6||South Carolina State|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||203||2/14/1987||8||Norfolk State|
|60||Cave, Braxston||C||6-3||305||7/29/1989||1||Notre Dame|
|Charles, Stefan||DT||6-5||323||6/9/1988||4||Regina (Canada)|
|99||Cudjo, Jermelle (FA)||DT||6-2||298||9/28/1986||5||Central Oklahoma|
|Dahl, Joe||G||6-3||299||4/9/1993||R||Washington State|
|Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||320||8/23/1994||R||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||255||4/10/1993||3||North Carolina|
|10||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||3||Virginia Tech|
|Holmes, Lamar||T||6-6||333||7/8/1989||5||Southern Mississippi|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||290||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|32||Ihedigbo, James (FA)||SS||6-1||214||12/3/1983||9||Massachusetts|
|43||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-1||202||5/16/1992||2||Georgia Tech|
|91||Jones, Jason (FA)||DE||6-5||275||5/23/1986||9||Eastern Michigan|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||2||Notre Dame|
|Kerley, Jeremy||WR||5-9||188||11/8/1988||6||Texas Christian|
|68||Keyton, Darren||C||6-3||305||6/15/1990||2||Central Michigan|
|Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||217||//||R||Southern Utah|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||191||4/23/1991||3||Utah State|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||328||7/18/1991||3||Kansas State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||4||Appalachian State|
|16||Moore, Lance (FA)||WR||5-9||187||8/31/1983||11||Toledo|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||13||Texas A&M|
|80||Pascoe, Bear (FA)||TE||6-5||265||2/23/1986||7||Fresno State|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon||TE||6-5||278||2/23/1985||8||Oklahoma State|
|86||Pierce, Casey||TE||6-3||244||8/21/1991||1||Kent 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||200||5/4/1991||4||Notre Dame|
|Ridley, Stevan||RB||5-11||220||1/27/1989||6||Louisiana State|
|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|
|52||Tapp, Darryl (FA)||DE||6-1||270||9/13/1984||11||Virginia Tech|
|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|
|82||Thompson, Jordan||TE||6-4||257||7/12/1989||2||Ohio U.|
|67||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||3||Southern Mississippi|
|55||Tulloch, Stephen||MLB||5-11||245||1/1/1985||11||North Carolina State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||248||6/19/1990||3||Brigham Young|
|Walls, Darrin||DB||6-0||190||6/20/1988||6||Notre Dame|
|Willis, Austin||WR||5-9||175||4/13/1992||R||Emporia State|
|30||Wilson, Josh (FA)||DB||5-9||187||3/11/1985||10||Maryland|
|99||Wootton, Corey (FA)||DE||6-6||270||6/22/1987||7||Northwestern|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||222||9/13/1991||2||South Dakota State|
|Zettel, Anthony||DT||6-4||278||8/9/1992||R||Penn State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The inclusion of the embattled Vaccaro is not a good sign for the 2013 first-round pick.
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.
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.
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.
Adding Ridley on a one-year deal gives the Lions a veteran presence in their backfield, helping fill the void created by the team's release of Joique Bell. Now further past the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season, Ridley provides the team with a between-the-tackles option to complement Ameer Abdullah and pass-catching back Theo Riddick. In order to secure a key role in the team's backfield in 2016, Ridley will have to hold off the likes of Zach Zenner and George Winn, but if he's healthy, the 2011 third-rounder give the team's backfield a capable and experienced power back.
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.
Speaking of "last time," Quin had ligaments repaired in the same ankle after the 2013 season and proceeded to miss the majority of spring workouts during that offseason. Because the procedure was less intrusive this time around, he's confident that the Lions' training staff will clear the cornerback to take part in the initial voluntary workouts next week. Once the fall rolls around, he'll be looking to repeat his 2014 campaign in which he led the NFL with seven interceptions and earned the sole Pro Bowl bid of his career.
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.
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.
It's unclear if Levy, who played just 16 snaps last year, will be cleared to take part in football drills next month, on the plus side, the linebacker -- who racked up an IDP-friendy 151 tackles in 2014 -- maintains that his recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip has been "going great."
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 suffered an ankle injury shortly after training camp began. He will sit out the first eight weeks before he can be activated.
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.
After Pettigrew sustained a torn ACL Sunday at St. Louis, the move is merely a bookkeeping measure by the Lions intended to open up a spot on the 53-man roster. The organization will use it to sign a tight end, Bear Pascoe, who is known for his blocking.
Moore ended 2015 ranked fifth on the team in most receiving categories, including catches, targets and yards. His seven receptions of at least 20 yards tied him with Golden Tate and Theo Riddick for second on the team. Moore had a nice little run from Weeks 5 through 10, during which he caught four touchdowns in five games. In his five games following, he managed just four catches total as the second-year receiver TJ Jones began making his presence felt. Moore was brought in this offseason due to his familiarity with former offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's scheme. With Lombardi now out of town, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Moore join him as the Lions look toward the future at receiver.
Fuller signed a three-year deal with the Lions when he was drafted in the sixth round in the 2013 draft, but he was cut and then signed to the practice squad for his rookie season. In the next two seasons, he played 37.5 percent of the offensive snaps, and followed that up with 15.7 percent of those snaps in 2015. Along with his decline in play time, he saw his games played go from 16 to 12, his receptions go from 14 to four, and his yards go from 212 to 76, which isn't promising development for the young wideout. That being said, now that Calvin Johnson has left Detroit, they'll need some extra help with their receiving corps, meaning that Fuller could see some increased action this coming season.
With Rashean Mathis (concussion) already on injured reserve and Nevin Lawson (concussion) in danger of missing Week 11, the Lions badly need to add depth at a position that wasn't exactly a strength to begin with. Wilson had been serving as the team's nickelback.
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.
Killebrew earned a reputation as a big-tiime hitter during his time at Southern Utah. He can come up and help out in run support and his size (6-2, 217) will allow him to hold up at the next level. There are questions about his instincts and coverage skills, and if he can't adjust, he could have to transition to an outside linebacker/hybrid safety type of role. The fact that the Lions took Killebrew in the fourth round suggests that the likes of Don Carey or Isaiah Johnson could be on the hot seat as far as strong safeties on the roster.
"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.
Wright joined the Lions via trade from the Buccaneers last season, when he finished with nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns in nine games for Detroit. Although Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew are ahead of him at tight end, Wright's red zone prowess gives the Lions good depth at the position.
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 recoreded a single target after averaging over four per game in previous three weeks. He managed to do a lot with that one target, splitting the 49ers' defense on a deep post for his first career touchdown. Jones stuck on to the Lions' roster to start the season due to his potential as a returner. As the season closes, he appears to be carving a role for himself as Detroit's No. 3 receiver. Expect for him to continue to see chances in next week's finale against Chicago.
For the second consecutive year, Tate led the Lions in receptions. He did much of his work underneath the coverage in 2015, his 9.0 yards per catch the lowest total of any receiver who ranked in the Top 10 in the league in catches. Tate disappointed early on with just one touchdown in the first 10 games of the season, but he was able to find the end zone five times in the final six contests of the season. More and better production could be in Tate's future as, if Calvin Johnson departs due to retirement or for cap savings, Tate would suddenly become Detroit's primary target.
Tulloch carries a $7.3 million cap hit for the final year of his contract, with $500,000 coming in the form of a roster bonus that kicks in either Sunday or Monday. He said last month that his time in Detroit is coming to an end, suggesting that he expects to be released. The Lions may just be waiting until the last second to make the transaction official, but it's also possible that Tulloch could accept a pay cut to stay in Detroit. Either way, his longstanding IDP utility will be in danger, as the Lions recently re-signed Tahir Whitehead on a two-year, $8 million deal and told him he'd compete for the starting middle linebacker job. Tulloch has an impressive track record, but he's 31 years old and coming off a down season in which he only played 69 percent of Detroit's defensive snaps. Be it in Detroit or elsewhere, he's probably best suited for a two-down role or backup job at this stage in his career. Whitehead, however, could emerge as a top IDP option if he earns an every-down role at middle linebacker.
Following last Sunday's DNP, Ihedigbo will reclaim his place as the Lions' starting strong safety, from which he accrued 36 tackles (28 solo), three forced fumbles, and one sack over the first five games.
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.
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.
Holmes is recovering from a broken foot and clearly doesn't appear ready to start practicing with the team when camp opens on Friday.
Holmes will open camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The team placed him on PUP Thursday afternoon.
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.
Also in the mix to be key passing targets for the Lions in 2016, in an offense minus Johnson -- who recorded 88 catches for 1,214 yards and nine TDs last season -- are the likes of returning wideout Golden Tate (90 catches in 2015) and newcomer Marvin Jones. Still, with the 6-foot-5 Johnson no longer an option in the red zone, it's not hard to imagine Ebron seeing an uptick in targets there, and in general, following a 2015 season in which his 69 targets over 14 games resulted in a 47/537/5 line.
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."
Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.
The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.
After participating in practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday, Tapp logged full duty during Friday's session to clear up any concern about his availability for Week 6. He's slated to come off the bench as part of the Lions' defensive line rotation.
After flashing explosiveness with a 24-yard touchdown run in his NFL debut, Abdullah dropped the ball early and often and even combined for 79 total snaps in a five-game stretch from Week 5-10. As the campaign progressed, though, he settled into a regular role, averaging 5.4 YPC, scoring one touchdown, and corralling 11 of 14 passes over the final seven contests. With Joique Bell out of the picture, Abdullah will only have to contend with pass-catching threat Theo Riddick and fellow sophomore Zach Zenner for RB touches in the fall.
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