Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
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Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Lions have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball, especially offensively. If Matthew Stafford can play more consistently this season, the Lions can challenge for a playoff spot. The defense lost a few key players in free agency, which is a bit of a concern, but still has a pretty good core in place. Detroit might be a few players away from making a real push this season but are getting closer.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Tight end Eric Ebron didnâ??t have quite the year as expected last season but had some injury issues and didnâ??t get a ton of targets on a weekly basis. Expect that to change this year. He should be more involved in the offense from day one. Ebron can be a game changer at tight end. He is a big-play threat at the position that can make plays in the middle of the field with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate attracting much of the coverage on the outside. We look for Ebron to take a big step forward in his development this season.
FANTASY DUD
The Lions selected Ameer Abdullah during this yearâ??s draft, which isnâ??t a great thing for current starter Joique Bell. Abdullah is the future at the position and might bring more to the table at this point. Bell could lose out on touches and maybe even the starting job at some point during the season. We expect Bellâ??s overall numbers to take a bit of a dip this season, making him less of a sure thing than in past seasons.

Team Notes

May 03, 11:23 AM Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option in 2017 will be worth $12.374 million.
May 02, 10:53 AM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.
Apr 24, 05:23 PM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he hopes to become a safety net for QB Matthew Stafford in 2016 since WR Calvin Johnson decided to retire.
Apr 24, 05:23 PM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he hopes to become a safety net for QB Matthew Stafford in 2016 since WR Calvin Johnson decided to retire.
Apr 22, 04:13 PM Free-agent DE Jason Jones (Lions) is still talking with the Miami Dolphins about a possible contract.
Apr 21, 05:03 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will not be traded, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Apr 20, 01:03 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is hopeful he still has a hot hand after he exploded for 20 touchdowns, to only four interceptions, and a 105.1 passer rating in nine games with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter last season. 'We just see (football) the same way, talk about it the same way and that's not to say we like the same stuff all the time,' Stafford said of Cooter. 'He likes some stuff that I'm not comfortable with, and I'm comfortable with some stuff that he doesn't like, and that's the way it goes. You pick your battles and go from there.'
Apr 18, 06:03 PM Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) participated in the first day of the offseason program Monday, April 18, after undergoing hip surgery this offseason. It is unclear at this point if Levy will be cleared for football drills next month, however.
Apr 16, 11:43 AM Free-agent DE Jason Jones (Lions) met with the Miami Dolphins Friday, April 15, according to a source.
Apr 15, 05:43 PM Detroit Lions exclusive rights free-agent DT Khyri Thornton signed his tender offer Friday, April 15. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Apr 13, 08:03 PM Detroit Lions FS Glover Quin (ankle) underwent ankle surgery this offseason. He said he feels good, though, and that his recovery is ahead of schedule. He hopes to be cleared for the start of voluntary workouts next week.
Apr 10, 10:03 PM Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he expects to more consistent in 2016 because he better understands the preparation it takes to succeed in the NFL.
Apr 08, 01:33 PM Detroit Lions exclusive rights free-agent RB George Winn re-signed with the team Friday, April 8.
Apr 07, 09:53 PM Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley said he believes his best years are still ahead of him, and he said he expects to have a similar role to the one he had with the New England Patriots.
Apr 06, 11:13 PM Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata re-signed for two years at $12 million, but at 32 years old the team will be keeping him on a year-to-year basis. Ngata received a $4 million signing bonus, and $2 million base, which is all guaranteed. The team can then get out of the current deal by cutting him and taking just a $2 million cap hit next offseason.
Apr 04, 07:23 PM Free-agent DE Jason Jones (Lions) is still an option for the Dallas Cowboys even though they re-signed DE Jack Crawford, according to a source. Jones would need to accept a deal close to the one-year, $1.1 million deal Crawford received.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Tyrunn Walker, NT; Josh Wilson, CB. 

Losses:
Jed Collins, FB; Kellen Davis, TE; Nick Fairley, DT; Ndamukong Suh, DT. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  16 Taylor DeckerOL
 # 2  46 A'Shawn RobinsonDL
 # 3  95 Graham GlasgowOL
 # 4  111 Miles KillebrewDB
 # 5  151 Joe DahlOL
 # 5  169 Antwione WilliamsLB
 # 6  191 Jake RudockQB
 # 6  202 Anthony Zettel DL
 # 6  210 Jimmy LandesOL
 # 7  236 Dwayne WashingtonRB

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 4:25PM     at Indianapolis
2     Sep 18 1:00PM     Tennessee
3     Sep 25 1:00PM     at Green Bay
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     at Chicago
5     Oct 9 1:00PM     Philadelphia
6     Oct 16 1:00PM     Los Angeles
7     Oct 23 1:00PM     Washington
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     at Houston
9     Nov 6 1:00PM     at Minnesota
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 20 1:00PM     Jacksonville
12     Nov 24 12:30PM     Minnesota
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     at New Orleans
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     Chicago
15     Dec 18 1:00PM     at New York Giants
16     Dec 26 8:30PM     at Dallas
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     Green Bay
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