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

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.
Apr 03, 11:02 AM Free-agent CB Josh Wilson (Falcons) signed with the Detroit Lions Friday, April 3, on an undisclosed deal.
Apr 02, 02:22 PM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron, who the team is expecting big things from in 2015, has traveled to Atlanta this offseason to work on his routes with QB Matthew Stafford. Ebron had just 25 catches for 248 yards in his rookie season, and he missed three games with a hamstring ailment. Head coach Jim Caldwell expects Ebron to take a big step forward in his second year, and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi echoed those sentiments. 'As you look back, if you're self-critical, you might say maybe we asked a little bit too much of him, from that perspective. So I think there's just a volume that he struggled with early, but he was productive and, again, for anybody, the second year's always where you see the biggest jump,' Lombardi said.
Apr 01, 01:53 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is capable of more in offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense, and Lombardi wants Stafford to take more chances at big plays in 2015. 'Our biggest thing is, in order to win football games, you've got to first not lose them, and I thought that he played smart football, and sometimes to a fault,' Lombardi said. 'We'll look for him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football. He's got the arm to do it. He's got the receivers to throw it to.' However, head coach Jim Caldwell said recently that the team is unlikely to throw more than they did in 2014, and he doesn't think Stafford needs to take a huge leap forward for the offense to be successful.
Mar 31, 09:03 PM The Detroit Lions are expecting TE Eric Ebron to make a big jump from his rookie season to year number two. 'Ebron's the guy we're counting on to be that (No. 3 option),' offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday, March 31.

Fantasy Impact: Ebron has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 tight end this season for fantasy teams. He should get a lot more targets.
Mar 31, 01:33 PM Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will have his role expanded in 2015. The team may opt to draft a running back in the NFL Draft, so how much his role will expand has yet to be determined.
Mar 26, 06:32 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford won't be throwing more than he did last season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said if the Lions are throwing a lot, it could very well mean they'll be playing catch up, something he wants to avoid.
Mar 26, 11:42 AM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has been impressive with his offseason work, and the team is expecting him to take a significant step in his play next season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
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.

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

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
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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