Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
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A new coaching staff should help the Lions this season, who really disappointed last year. We still aren't sure if they are a playoff team just yet, though. The offense should be top notch with several explosive weapons on that side of the ball, but the defense remains a concern. The defensive line is very good but the secondary is an issue. The Lions lack a shutdown corner and are vulnerable to the big passing game, which isn't good considering the division they play (Packers and Bears).
Receiver Golden Tate finally moves to a pass-first offense, which should bode well for his production his first season with the Lions. He'll get a chance to shine in a starting role opposite Calvin Johnson, who will draw much of the attention in coverage. Tate has a lot of talent and just started to blossom last season with the Seahawks. He could crack the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career this season. He is setup for a career season.
Running back Reggie Bush could get a lot less playing time this season. Joique Bell emerged as a top threat in the running game last season and Theo Riddick looks like third-down back for the Lions this season. The Lions want to find ways for Riddick to get involved, taking advantage of his skillset in the passing game. Bush might be the odd man out. He is 29 years old and probably nearing the end of his career, so the Lions likely will start looking at their younger options this season. Bush might be a lot more inconsistent this season, getting fewer touches than the last few years.

Team Notes

May 13, 05:13 PM Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) plans to be ready for organized team activities later this month. Tulloch is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but said he'll start running more in a couple weeks.
May 13, 02:23 PM Free-agent WR Greg Salas (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Salas will compete for a roster spot with his new team.
May 13, 09:13 AM Detroit Lions S Glover Quin restructured his contract Wednesday, May 13, to create $2.17 million of salary cap space. His $4 million base salary was slashed to $745,000 for 2015.
May 12, 01:23 PM Free-agent WR Lance Moore (Steelers) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Fantasy Impact: He'll compete for a roster spot with his new team.
May 11, 10:32 PM The Detroit Lions worked out free-agent DT Corey Wootton (Vikings) Monday, May 11, according to a source.
Apr 30, 10:42 PM The Detroit Lions traded the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the Denver Broncos for C Manuel Ramirez, the 28th overall pick, the 143rd overall pick and a 2016 fifth-round pick.
Apr 24, 04:32 PM Free-agent OG Rob Sims (Lions) has received a contract offer from the Detroit Lions, but the team has not heard back from his agent at this point.
Apr 24, 11:02 AM Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he could play Thursday, April 23, if necessary, seven months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
Apr 20, 05:32 PM Detroit Lions WR Jeremy Ross signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender Monday, April 20.
Apr 15, 10:53 PM Free-agent DT Corey Wootton (Vikings) met with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, April 15, but he left without receiving a contract offer, according to a source.
Apr 12, 07:32 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is expected to open the 2015 season as the primary running back, but Detroit is likely to draft another back, and head coach Jim Caldwell said they plan to add the most talented player available, even it means adding a power back.
Apr 08, 11:03 PM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is nearing the end of his rookie contract, and team president Tom Lewand mentioned Ansah as a possible candidate for an extension.
Apr 08, 11:03 PM Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay was mentioned by team president Tom Lewand as part of the team's young nucleus, and a potential candidate for a contract extension.
Apr 08, 11:03 PM Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy is nearing the end of his rookie contract, and team president Tom Leward mentioned Levy as a possible candidate for an extension. "In the case of DeAndre, we haven't even begun conversations with him, so I wouldn't know where those would take us, and we'll see where it goes, but every circumstance is a little bit different," Lewand said.
Apr 08, 11:03 PM Detroit Lions OT Riley Reiff is considered part of the team's young nucleus, team president Tom Leward indicated in a town hall meeting last week. Reiff is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the team holds a fifth-year option. They have not indicated if they intend to pick up before the May deadline. Reiff could be extended.
Apr 08, 11:03 PM Detroit Lions NT Haloti Ngata is entering the final year of his deal, and both he and the Lions have said they would like to work out something long term.

Offseason Keys

Golden Tate, WR; James Ihedigbo, S. 

Willie Young, DE; Louis Delmas, S. 

2014 Draft Class

 # 1  10 Eric EbronTE
 # 2  8 Kyle Van NoyLB
 # 3  12 Travis SwansonOL
 # 4  33 Nevin LawsonDB
 # 4  36 Larry WebsterDL
 # 5  18 Caraun ReidDL
 # 6  13 TJ JonesWR

2014 Schedule

1     Sep 13 4:05PM     at San Diego
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Minnesota
3     Sep 27 8:30PM     Denver
4     Oct 5 8:30PM     at Seattle
5     Oct 11 4:05PM     Arizona
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Chicago
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Minnesota
8     Nov 1 9:30AM     at Kansas City
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at Green Bay
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Oakland
12     Nov 26 12:30PM     Philadelphia
13     Dec 3 8:25PM     Green Bay
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at St Louis
15     Dec 21 8:30PM     at New Orleans
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     San Francisco
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Chicago
18     Jan 10 4:40PM     at Dallas
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