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

Mar 26, 11:22 AM Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) will be the starting middle linebacker when he is able to return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tulloch is making good progress in his rehab but may sit out offseason workouts.
Mar 24, 05:13 PM Free-agent OT Corey Hilliard (Lions) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Tuesday, March 24.
Mar 24, 12:02 AM The Detroit Lions have reached out to free-agent OG Rob Sims (Lions) about re-signing him.
Mar 20, 02:32 AM Free-agent OT Corey Hilliard (Lions) is paying a visit to the New York Jets. The timing of the visit was not disclosed.
Mar 18, 01:33 PM Free-agent CB Rashean Mathis (Lions) has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, March 18, on a two-year deal worth $3.5 million, according to a source. He is scheduled to make $2 million in 2015.
Mar 13, 10:03 PM Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew's $2.8 million base salary became guaranteed on the third day of the league year, and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes it is a sign that he will be used a lot in 2015.
Mar 10, 10:03 PM The Detroit Lions are close to re-signing SS Isa Abdul-Quddus, one of the team's most valuable special teams players.
Mar 10, 04:53 PM Detroit Lions LB Josh Bynes re-signed with the team Tuesday, March 10. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Mar 10, 04:23 PM Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata has been traded to the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact: The Lions find a solid replacement for Suh. This is a great trade for Detroit.
Mar 07, 12:53 AM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell could have company in the backfield if the team acts on its interest and signs free-agent RB C.J. Spiller (Bills).
Mar 06, 10:33 PM The Detroit Lions informed restricted free-agent DE George Johnson Friday, March 6, that he will receive a low-round contract tender. He will make about $1.54 million in 2015 if he accepts the tender.
Mar 06, 10:33 PM The Detroit Lions tendered exclusive-rights free agent WR Jeremy Ross a contract Friday, March 6. The contract will be for $660,000.
Mar 06, 12:13 PM Detroit Lions PK Matt Prater signed a three-year, $9 million contract extension Friday, March 6.

Fantasy Impact: This is a bit of a surprise because Prater wasn't exactly rock solid with the team last season.
Mar 02, 03:53 PM Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky was re-signed Monday, March 2. Details of the contract were undisclosed.
Mar 02, 02:23 PM Detroit Lions LB Darryl Tapp re-signed a one-year, $870,000 deal with an $80,000 signing bonus Monday, March 2.
Mar 01, 01:12 PM Detroit Lions LB Stephen Tulloch (knee) said he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and that his knee feels stronger than it did before the injury.

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 14 7:10PM     New York Giants
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Carolina
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Green Bay
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at New York Jets
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     Buffalo
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Minnesota
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     New Orleans
8     Nov 1 9:30AM     at Atlanta
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     Miami
11     Nov 22 4:25PM     at Arizona
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     at New England
13     Dec 3 12:30PM     Chicago
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     Tampa Bay
15     Dec 20 4:25PM     Minnesota
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     at Chicago
17     Jan 3 4:25PM     at Green Bay
18     Jan 10 4:40PM     at Dallas
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