2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

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).
FANTASY BREAKOUT
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.
FANTASY DUD
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

Aug 27, 09:27 PM Detroit Lions PK Nate Freese has won the kicker job, because the team has released PK Giorgio Tavecchio.
Aug 26, 11:03 PM Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate said he believes his numbers can go up this year despite moving from the top option in Seattle to the No. 2 option in Detroit. 'I think my numbers can be way better in this offense naturally how it's set up,' Tate said. 'I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage with a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks.'

Fantasy Impact: Tate does seem setup for his best season to date in this pass-first offense. He'll get plenty of targets.
Aug 26, 10:13 PM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush will probably sit out the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, as head coach Jim Caldwell plans to give his veterans some extra rest.
Aug 25, 05:03 PM The Detroit Lions have claimed TE Emil Igwenagu off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles and TE Michael Egnew off waivers from the Miami Dolphins.
Aug 25, 03:32 PM Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (abdomen) and FS Don Carey (undisclosed) did not practice Monday, Aug. 25.
Aug 25, 03:32 PM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (undisclosed) did not practice Monday, Aug. 25.
Aug 25, 03:03 PM Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (abdomen) is scheduled to meet with a specialist to have his abdomen injury examined. It is not known if he will need to undergo surgery.
Aug 25, 02:03 PM The Detroit Lions have waived P Drew Butler, QB James Franklin, CB Jonte Green, FB Chad Abram and CB Aaron Hester. The team also placed SS DeJon Gomes (undisclosed) on the Reserve/Injured list.
Aug 24, 10:30 PM Detroit Lions LB Tahir Whitehead had 10 tackles and three sacks during his team's exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. 'He was really playing at a level of one of the top three linebackers, and so we put him in position to kind of see what we can do,' coach Jim Caldwell said of Whitehead. 'And obviously he took advantage of it.'
Aug 24, 12:52 AM Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (abdomen) said he may be dealing with a sports hernia but is not sure at this point. He said the pain moves around and does not say in one specific area. He is scheduled to undergo further evaluation to determine the extent of the injury.
Aug 23, 04:42 PM Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (abdomen) doesn't have a long-term abdominal injury, according to doctors. However, he has to be evaluated further.
Aug 23, 03:52 PM The Detroit Lions released OGs Alex Bullard, A.J. Dalton, DT Greg Hickman, RB Steven Miller, DE Kris Redding and WR Conner Vernon.
Aug 23, 12:42 PM The Philadelphia Eagles have waived TE Blake Annen, OT Michael Bamiro, OG Karim Barton, WR Kadron Boone, OG Donald Hawkins, TE Emil Igwenagu, LB Jake Knott, DE Joe Kruger and SS Daytawion Lowe.
Aug 23, 01:12 AM Detroit Lions SS James Ihedigbo (leg) was inactive for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Aug 23, 01:12 AM Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (abdomen) was inactive for the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Aug 23, 01:12 AM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) made his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 22, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He came off the bench and played sparingly, posting one quarterback hurry before departing.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Golden Tate, WR; James Ihedigbo, S. 

Losses:
Willie Young, DE; Louis Delmas, S. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 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
 # 7  14 Nate FreeseK

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 8 7:10PM     New York Giants
2     Sep 14 1:00PM     at Carolina
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     Green Bay
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     at New York Jets
5     Oct 5 1:00PM     Buffalo
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at Minnesota
7     Oct 19 1:00PM     New Orleans
8     Oct 26 9:30AM     at Atlanta
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     Miami
11     Nov 16 4:25PM     at Arizona
12     Nov 23 1:00PM     at New England
13     Nov 27 12:30PM     Chicago
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Minnesota
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Chicago
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     at Green Bay
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