|Offense||21st||81.2 (29th)||256.1 (15th)|
|Defense||16th||98.2 (13th)||256.6 (20th)|
|94||Ansah, Ezekiel||DE||6-5||275||5/29/1989||4||Brigham Young|
|50||Armbrister, Thurston||OLB||6-3||235||12/25/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|38||Barnes, Adairius||CB||5-10||188||4/30/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Boldin, Anquan||WR||6-1||220||10/3/1980||14||Florida State|
|97||Bryant, Armonty||OLB||6-4||265||5/20/1990||4||East Central (OK)|
|31||Bush, Rafael||SS||5-11||203||5/12/1987||6||South Carolina State|
|26||Carey, Don||SS||5-11||202||2/14/1987||8||Norfolk State|
|96||Charles, Stefan||DT||6-5||320||6/9/1988||4||Regina (Canada)|
|66||Dahl, Joe||G||6-4||305||4/9/1993||R||Washington State|
|68||Decker, Taylor||T||6-7||311||8/23/1993||R||Ohio State|
|85||Ebron, Eric||TE||6-4||253||4/10/1993||3||North Carolina|
|84||Harbor, Clay||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||7||Missouri State|
|61||Hyder, Kerry||DE||6-2||270||5/2/1991||1||Texas Tech|
|13||Jones, T.J.||WR||6-0||190||7/19/1992||2||Notre Dame|
|35||Killebrew, Miles||SS||6-2||222||5/10/1993||R||Southern Utah|
|24||Lawson, Nevin||CB||5-9||192||4/23/1991||3||Utah State|
|77||Lucas, Cornelius||T||6-9||330||7/18/1991||3||Kansas State|
|6||Martin, Sam||P||6-1||211||2/27/1990||4||Appalachian State|
|48||Muhlbach, Don||LS||6-4||258||8/17/1981||13||Texas A&M|
|87||Pettigrew, Brandon||TE||6-5||278||2/23/1985||8||Oklahoma State|
|5||Prater, Matt||K||5-10||201||8/10/1984||10||Central Florida|
|27||Quin, Glover||FS||6-0||207||1/15/1986||8||New Mexico|
|25||Riddick, Theo||RB||5-9||201||5/4/1991||4||Notre Dame|
|12||Roberts, Andre||WR||5-11||192||1/9/1988||7||The Citadel|
|70||Robinson, Corey||T||6-7||317||5/21/1992||2||South Carolina|
|23||Slay, Darius||CB||6-0||190||1/1/1991||4||Mississippi State|
|15||Tate, Golden||WR||5-10||197||8/2/1988||7||Notre Dame|
|98||Taylor, Devin||DE||6-7||275||11/15/1989||4||South Carolina|
|99||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||3||Southern Mississippi|
|52||Williams, Antwione||OLB||6-3||240||5/26/1993||R||Georgia Southern|
|34||Zenner, Zach||FB||5-11||221||9/13/1991||2||South Dakota State|
|69||Zettel, Anthony||DT||6-4||270||8/9/1992||R||Penn State|
|18||Spadola, Ryan (IR)||WR||6-1||205||2/15/1991||2||Lehigh|
|21||Abdullah, Ameer (IR)||RB||5-9||203||6/13/1993||2||Nebraska|
|40||Wells, Ian (IR)||CB||5-11||199||7/14/1993||R||Ohio U.|
|42||Landes, Jimmy (IR)||LS||6-1||252||8/13/1992||R||Baylor|
|47||Bostic, Jon (IR)||LB||6-1||245||5/5/1991||4||Florida|
|83||Wright, Timothy (IR)||TE||6-4||220||4/7/1990||4||Rutgers|
|89||Wick, Cole (IR)||TE||6-6||257||11/30/1993||R||Incarnate Word (Tex.)|
|16||Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||R||Eastern Oregon State|
|Chubb, Brandon||LB||6-1||240||10/21/1993||R||Wake Forest|
|10||Fuller, Corey||WR||6-2||200||6/23/1990||3||Virginia Tech|
|James, Mike||RB||5-10||223||4/13/1991||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|86||Lee, Khari||TE||6-4||253||1/16/1992||2||Bowie State|
|Washington, Charles||DB||5-10||192||3/16/1993||R||Fresno State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Mulligan was surprisingly cut by the Lions right before the beginning of the regular season but was brought back after Cole Wick (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. At this point, he will likely serve as a reserve tight end, currently sitting behind the likes of Eric Ebron, Khari Lee, and Clay Harbor on the depth chart.
Bostic was placed on injured reserve after going down with a fractured left foot in training camp. However, his increased activity Wednesday suggests Detroit may have made a decision regarding which one player they want to activate from IR. Such a notion would mean RB Ameer Abdullah (foot) is completely done for the season.
Lee was released by his second team this season after the Bears parted ways with the tight end before the beginning of the regular season. In eight games with the Lions, he failed to record a single statistic, playing in a limited role on offense and special teams. He'll now look to find his way on another roster in need of tight end depth.
Zenner unexpectedly led the Lions in carries Sunday due to rookie Dwayne Washington leaving the game with an ankle injury, ultimately besting Washington by two -- and starter Theo Riddick by five. However, recent history suggests this distribution likely won't persist moving forward unless Washington misses time, considering Zenner only garnered four carries in the previous four games combined.
An undrafted rookie, Wick briefly got some snaps on offense while Eric Ebron was sidelined with knee and ankle injuries. The Lions clearly like Wick enough to keep him around as a long-term project, but his path to playing time probably won't look too much rosier next season.
Despite Marvin Jones (thigh) being unavailable to play, Boldin did not see an increased share of the Lions' passing game Sunday. Rather, TJ Jones and Andre Roberts took on expanded roles. Thus, it seems the veteran remains a touchdown-dependent fantasy option. He'll look to find pay dirt for a seventh time this season next week against the Bears.
The 23-year-old receiver hauled in a 27-yard touchdown from Jake Ruddock to close out the scoring on the night while also making important contributions on special teams. Billingsley is one of a cast of thousands trying to nab a backup wide receiver role and faces an uphill climb as an undrafted free agent. However, after finishing fourth in the country with 1,931 all-purpose yards at Eastern Oregon last season, Billingsley could work his way onto the roster with additional performances of the caliber of the one he generated Friday.
With Eric Ebron (knee) and Brandon Pettigrew (knee - ACL) still out of commission, only a trio of Harbor, Khari Lee and Cole Wick remained to make up the Lions' tight end corps Sunday. Out of those three, Harbor was the only one to see any attention at all in the passing game, and that's now been the case for two consecutive weeks. The Missouri State product hasn't been able to carve out a significant target share amongst all Lions pass catchers, though, as Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin have operated as QB Matthew Stafford's go-to options downfield. Such a trend is unlikely to change anytime soon, and with both Ebron and Pettigrew each nearing a return, Harbor's receiving totals only stand to decrease in the coming weeks.
"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.
On a day without top receiver Marvin Jones (thigh), Stafford set a season high in pass attempts and topped a 70-percent completion percentage for the fifth time in 2016 en route to one of his most efficient performances of the year. What's more, Stafford continues to appear more elusive on the ground than he has in previous years, logging his eighth game with double-digit rushing yardage and his sixth with a tote of at least 10 yards. Next up is a divisional matchup at home against a Bears defense with only five interceptions to its name (T-28th in the league).
Since going undrafted out of Lehigh in 2013, Spadola had bounced around the league before joining the Lions' practice squad in 2015. He then signed a futures contract with the team at the end of the season, but suffered a torn pectoral muscle over the summer and was placed on injured reserve shortly thereafter. His future with the team beyond the 2016 campaign is uncertain.
Rudock was in competition for the backup quarterback role but he lost out to Dan Orlovsky and Detroit decided to only keep two quarterbacks. He'll be eligible for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Added as depth during a season in which Tampa Bay lost Doug Martin, Charles Sims (knee), and Jacquizz Rodgers for varying stretches, James topped out at 23 snaps among his three appearances with the team. Overall, James managed four rushes for 19 yards and four catches (on four targets) for 22 yards. If he clears waivers, the Bucs will likely stash the running back on their practice squad.
Missing his first game of the season, the quick turnaround for the Lions' annual Thanksgiving showdown was likely the impetus for this decision. Thornton's allottment of snaps will likely be split between A'Shawn Robinson and Stefan Charles.
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.
Whitehead, the Lions' clear leading tackler, will miss his first game of the season, leaving Josh Bynes and Antwione Williams as the Lions' only options at middle linebacker against the league's top-rated offense in yards per game.
Robinson was limited throughout the week at practice but he'll play through the aliment on Sunday. Even with the injury, the defensive tackle could see increased reps with Haloti Ngata (shoulder) out for a handful of weeks.
Quin had been taking it easy since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, but participated in near-full capacity during Tuesday's session. For reference, Quin never participated in any team drills during OTAs. However, now in minicamp, he lined up as the starting free safety during team drills, admittedly only for a portion of the snaps, though. It appears Quin has been setback-free in his recovery, and will continue to amp up his workload in practice as the offseason wears on.
Tomlinson was limited in practice this week after due to an unspecified neck injury, but will attempt to play through it Sunday. He'll go up against a tough Rams' defensive line, specifically matching up with Aaron Donald.
Searcy, who left Week 14 against the Broncos and was unable to return, has 47 tackles and three interceptions this year in Buffalo.
Carey practiced in limited fashion throughout the week, but will ultimately be unable to play Sunday. Glover Quin will get the start at free safety per usual.
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.
Belying his limited practice sessions throughout Week 13 prep, Jones will log his first absence as a Lion, which also marks his first DNP since missing the entire 2014 season. In his stead, Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin will act as the clear-cut top-2 wideouts, but residual targets should also fall in the hands of tight end Eric Ebron, running back Theo Riddick (ankle), and wide receiver Andre Roberts.
Before leaving the game for good with an ankle injury, Washington accounted for a career-high 40 yards from scrimmage. It's unclear if the rookie will be forced to miss any time, but in such an event, expect Zach Zenner to take over as the Lions' primary early-down option.
Barnes was dealing with an illness earlier in the week but appeared to be recovered, practicing in full on Thursday and Friday. Look for Johnson Bademosi, Quandre Diggs, and Jonathan Banks to see increased action as the only healthy reserve cornerbacks on the roster.
Prater tied his career high for field goals made in a game Sunday, easily logging his most productive day of the season along the way. Prater again showcased his leg power by notching his second 50-yarder in four weeks. He'll look to stay on fire next week against an average Bears defense allowing the 17th-most points per game in 2016.
There wasn't much optimism surrounding Levy's potential availability for Sunday despite being able to participate in practice on a limited basis throughout the week. Antwione Williams figures to see an expanded role at outside linebacker.
Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side.
Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays.
"I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.
Diggs was forced to exit the contest and get checked out by team doctors after going down with the injury, and was considered questionable to return. He may be subject to limited participation in practice throughout the upcoming week, depending on the severity of the issue.
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 miss his third consecutive game Sunday as he continues to deal with the shoulder issue. His next opportunity to return will be Week 9 versus the Vikings.
The activity marks Pettigrew's first since tearing the ACL in his left knee last Dec. 13. A resident of the PUP list since training camp kicked off, his window to receive clearance for game action has been opened, giving the Lions 21 days to determine whether that comes to fruition. If it does, he'll serve as a blocking complement to starting tight end Eric Ebron.
Fuller failed to see the field this season after breaking his foot at the beginning of training camp. The wideout was taken off the PUP list in Week 10, but remained on the inactive list Sunday against the Jaguars. The Lions will now only have four wideouts on the active roster.
An earlier report had Bowman in danger of missing the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee that he suffered during last season's NFC Championship game. He's expected to be a limited participant in practice all week leading up to Week 12 against Washington.
Walker only put in one full practice during the week, but he's still expected to fill his usual starting role at one of the defensive tackle spots. He's recorded six tackles and no sacks through the Lions' first two games.
Bush has taken every first-team rep more than a week into training camp alongside entrenched-starter Glover Quin and appears to have won out in his competition with fellow free-agrent acquisition Tavon Wilson for Detroit's starting strong safety job. Wilson figures to be the team's No. 3 safety and should take the field in nickel packages. This pecking order doesn't figure to change before Week 1.
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 able to return to full participation during Friday's practice, so his availability for Sunday was a bit expected at that point.
Taylor was listed as questionable in Friday's injury report but will give it a go on Sunday as he hopes to avoid aggravating an ankle injury. The defensive end played through the injury last week, notching one tackle while taking the field for 45 snaps. Look for a similar snap count this week with Brandon Copeland prepared to fill in at any moment.
Martin's new deal will reportedly make him the third-highest paid punter in the NFL and will keep him in Detroit through the 2020 season.
Not only was Jones' receiving yardage a career high, it also ranked second on the team Sunday behind only Golden Tate. However, Jones was signed to the active roster just Saturday due to Marvin Jones' thigh injury, and thus is unlikely to serve in a similar role moving forward unless the latter is forced to miss additional time.
With fellow starting wideout Marvin Jones (thigh) out of commission, Tate easily paced the Lions in targets and finished with nearly 100 more yards than the next closest receiver. The majority of his production came on a 66-yard touchdown against broken coverage, though. Next up is a NFC North showdown against a beatable Bears secondary.
Williams was limited in practice on Thursday as he continued to nurse a hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 3's loss to the Packers. With DeAndre Levy (quadriceps) out once again, the rookie Williams will get another opportunity to start, as he filled in for the veteran linebacker in Week 2. Head coach Jim Caldwell said of Williams' Week 2 performance, "Young, tough, aggressive, learning." He recorded four tackles (two solo) in Week 2 and will look to put together a similar performance in Chicago this Sunday.
Riddick took a backseat to both Dwayne Washington and Zach Zenner on the ground Sunday, but was still the most active tailback in the passing game. His 17 yards from scrimmage was his lowest output of the season, though. Next week brings a divisional matchup against a Bears unit that has surrendered just 3.8 yards per carry in 2016.
Orlovsky was much better in Detroit's first preseason game, and in any case, he doesn't appear to have competition for the top backup job. If the Lions do retain sixth-round rookie Jake Rudock, it will likely just be as the No. 3 quarterback, which usually comes with inactive status on gamedays.
Decker was limited in practice this week with an injury to his ribs. The severity of which isn't clear, but look for Corey Robinson step in if he's unable to go.
Last week, Ebron amassed a season-low zero receiving yards. This week, his 38 yards were good for the second-lowest. However, owners can find solace in the fact that the third-year tight end was much more involved than he was last week when he saw just a single target.
Roberts wasn't heard from often Sunday, but when he made noise, he came on loud. However, his 44-yard reception was easily his longest gain of the season and his punt-return score was the first of his career, so don't expect the seventh-year veteran to make this kind of mark on the box score on a weekly basis moving forward.
After going four games without a sack, Hyder broke out in a big way by getting to Sam Bradford twice. This was his second multi-sack effort of 2016, and he now has seven sacks on the year. As an interior lineman, he's a fantastic IDP option in leagues that require a defensive tackle to start.
Bynes rejoins the Lions after being released by the team back in September. He was initially placed on injured reserve due to a knee aliment, but his re-signing could mean he is nearing a return. Look for more information to be released this week, as the linebacker is expected to backup Thurston Armbrister.
Abdullah has been out of commission since suffering an unknown but serious foot injury in Week 2. What "went well" Tuesday remains to be seen, but until he's given clearance to practice, it's unclear if the Lions are keen to use their one designated-to-return spot on the running back. In the meantime, head coach Jim Caldwell will continue to rely on the tandem of Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington out of the backfield.