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  • Lions' Jahlani Tavai: Loses significant weight

    Tavai lost significant weight this offseason at the request of the Lions' new coaching staff, John Maakaron of Sports Illustrated reports.

    Tavai reported to offseason practices 17 pounds lighter than his playing weight from 2020. This should help alleviate some of the strugglesin pass coverage he's experienced since being drafted in the second round back in 2019. With a solid training camp, Tavai could ultimately carve out a starting inside linebacker role next to Jamie Collins.

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  • Lions' Breshad Perriman: Suboptimal offseason showing

    Perriman has been less consistent than Tyrell Williams in spring practices, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    While it's too early in the offseason to come to hard conclusions, Perriman seems no higher than No. 2 on the depth chart entering training camp. A few young receivers on the depth chart below him, namely fourth-round rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown and the second-year Quintez Cephus, seem to be making a push for higher slotting as well. However, at 6-foot-2 with blazing 4.24 speed, Perriman certainly has physical tools that no other wideout on the team, besides Williams, can approach. Should Perriman stay healthy this summer, it would be a surprise if he fell any lower on the depth chart.

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  • Lions' Victor Bolden: Making case for roster spot

    Bolden has begun making a convincing case for a roster spot, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Largely a practice-squad player since going undrafted in 2017, Bolden has one reception to his name over 15 games as a pro. However, Detroit arguably has the worst receiving corps in the league, not to mention a vacancy at both punt and kick returner after Jamal Agnew signed a hefty contract with Jacksonville. Even though Bolden will have to beat out Kalif Raymond for one of those return-man roles, there still probably isn't a better place for an unestablished wideout like Bolden to make a name for himself, especially since Bolden already has experience returning kickoffs for the 49ers and Bills.

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  • Lions' Jalen Reeves-Maybin: Injures heel

    Reeves-Maybin exited Tuesday's practice with a minor heel injury, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

    The specifics of the injury aren't clear, but it sounds like Reeves-Maybin should be back on the field before long.

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  • Lions' Romeo Okwara: Switching positions

    Okwara is preparing to play outside linebacker, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

    Accounting for 10 of the Lions' 24 sacks in 2020, Okwara was one of the lone Lions players to be statistically productive in Matt Patricia's ineffective defensive scheme. However, since Detroit's team total ranked 26th in the league, new defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn is shaking things up. While Okwara will continue to rush the passer in a traditional defensive end role on passing downs, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, Okwara will have added responsibilities in pass coverage in Detroit's base defense. This could mean less pass-rushing snaps for him overall, but an improved defensive scheme could help the 25-year-old make up for it.

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  • Lions' Trey Flowers: Moving to outside linebacker

    Flowers is viewed as an outside linebacker in Detroit's new defensive scheme, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

    Playing within a Matt Patricia system that allowed the second-most points in league history last year, Flowers has generated just nine sacks in 22 games since signing a $90 million deal with Detroit in 2019. New defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn wants to use the expensive asset differently by moving him, along with Romeo Okwara, from defensive end to outside linebacker in Detroit's base defense. While Flowers will continue to line up as a traditional defensive end in obvious pass-rush situations, per Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, Flowers will have added responsibilities in pass coverage in other situations. This may mean that he will see less pass-rush snaps in 2020, but it may not be hard for Glenn to coax better fantasy numbers out of Flowers with a more effective defensive scheme.

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  • Lions' Reggie Gilbert: Latches on with Detroit

    Gilbert signed a contract with the Lions on Monday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Gilbert spent time with Jacksonville in 2020, but he failed to enter a single game. His last NFL action dates back to 2019 with Tennessee, with whom he played in 11 contests and registered 22 tackles, one sack and one pass defensed.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Rushing Passing Overall
Off. 93.7
(30th)
274.8
(8th)
350.2
(20th)
Def. 134.9
(28th)
297.1
(30th)
419.8
(32nd)

Injuries

Player Injury
H. Bryant TE Hunter Bryant TE Undisclosed
J. Heath DE Joel Heath DE Knee - ACL
J. Reeves-Maybin LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin LB Heel
T. Beckett LB Tavante Beckett LB Personal

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