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

Jul 30, 10:23 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) missed organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, but he looked good cutting and accelerating with ease during team portions of practice Wednesday, July 30.
Jul 30, 10:23 PM Detroit Lions OG Rob Sims (knee) missed organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, but he held his own working against DT Nick Fairley in one-on-one drills. Sims said after practice Wednesday, July 30, that he is surprised with how well his body is responding and feels he can return to the level of play from his 2012 campaign.
Jul 30, 10:23 PM Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (thumb) was back on the field for practice Wednesday, July 30, after leaving the field early Tuesday, July 29, due to a thumb injury.
Jul 30, 10:23 PM Detroit Lions WR Kevin Ogletree was getting extra work with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30, working primarily out of the slot.
Jul 30, 10:23 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford looked sharp at training camp practice Wednesday, July 30. Stafford also pulled TE Eric Ebron aside, clearly providing feedback to the rookie, showing off some leadership.
Jul 30, 12:53 AM Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew and the other tight ends have split time between working on the offensive line and working with the pass-catching receivers and running backs catching passes. Pettigrew worked with the line while TEs Eric Ebron and Joseph Fauria worked on catching passes Tuesday, July 29. 'We rotate and go down there during periods,' Pettigrew said. 'We have five guys here, why not split up and have some guys down there and some guys down here.' Pettigrew said this helps his blocking fundamentals, and aids Ebron and Fauria as well.
Jul 30, 12:53 AM Detroit Lions OTs Corey Hilliard and LaAdrian Waddle appear to be getting an equal shot at the starting right tackle job. Hilliard worked with the first-team offense Monday, July 28, and Waddle worked with the top unit Tuesday, July 29.
Jul 30, 12:53 AM Detroit Lions WR Kevin Ogletree has been spent time on the top unit each of the first two days of training camp, working as the No. 3 receiver. He is battling WRs Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham, Corey Fuller and Jeremy Ross, among others, for the No. 3 job behind starting WRs Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi singled out Ogletree during the spring as a player that impressed him.

Fantasy Impact: Ogletree seems to have a legit shot to win this No. 3 job. We'll know more later in camp and preseason action.
Jul 29, 08:23 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is taking part in fewer reps in training camp this year than in years past and said he is trying to be smarter about his approach to practice with the goal of staying healthy the entire season. 'I'm older now,' Johnson said. 'I'm not diving for the balls anymore (in practice). Coach Caldwell has a big emphasis about us staying off the ground. I'm not playing every play in practice but they're working me in. I'm out here trying to get my extra running in after (practice) so I can keep my wind up.'
Jul 29, 08:13 PM Detroit Lions K Nate Freese and K Giorgio Tavecchio both missed field-goal attempts from nearly 50 yards during practice Tuesday, July 29, and the two remain in a competition for the starting kicking job.
Jul 29, 08:13 PM Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (thumb) was back at practice Tuesday, July 29, after leaving practice early Monday, July 28, with a thumb injury.
Jul 29, 07:53 PM Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick possesses intensity, hustle, desire and toughness, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Riddick added that his versatility enables him to pressure defenses from the backfield.

Fantasy Impact: Riddick continues to turn heads and seems to have a good shot to play a role in this offense this season.
Jul 29, 07:33 PM Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh has been given permission to explore free agency in order to gauge his market value. The Lions want Suh to make an informed decision and sign a deal he's happy with.
Jul 28, 06:32 PM Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones (shoulder) and DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) are making progress in his rehab, but there are timetables for their returns, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Both players are on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Jul 28, 05:42 PM Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (thumb) left practice early Monday, July 28, because of a thumb injury. Head coach Jim Caldwell said Van Noy will be reevaluated Tuesday, July 29.
Jul 28, 03:53 PM Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh may be franchise tagged next year, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

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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