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

Sep 20, 04:42 PM The Detroit Lions released WR Kevin Ogletree, according to a source.
Sep 19, 06:02 PM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush has seen RB Joique Bell take more carries over the first two games of the season, but Bush is remaining patient as the team ranks 28th in the league in rushing yards (146) and 29th in yards per carry (3.04). Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is staying patient, too, as the running game was taken away in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers when they fell behind. Lombardi said part of the plan is getting Bush more involved, and he would have had more touches against Carolina if they hadn't fallen behind. Bush has 10 fewer carries than Bell and has one more catch than Bell. Bush has just 2.7 yards per attempt on 15 carries this year, and Lombardi wants to see both totals increase. However, he also wants to make sure not to overuse Bush. The Lions envision using Bush in a designated tight end spot or close to the line as a receiver so that they can get him out in space.
Sep 19, 05:42 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) was limited in practice all week and is listed as probable for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.
Sep 19, 05:32 PM Detroit Lions LB Travis Lewis (quadriceps), CB Cassius Vaughn (ankle) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) have been ruled out for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers. S James Ihedigbo (neck) and FB Montell Owens (hamstring) are doubtful. DE Ziggy Ansah (knee), DT Nick Fairley (biceps) and DE George Johnson (groin) are questionable, while S Don Carey (hamstring) is probable. Lewis, Vaughn and Waddle didn't practice Friday, Sept. 19. Ansah, Fairley, Ihedigbo, Johnson and Owens were limited, while Carey practiced in full.
Sep 19, 12:32 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford hasn't been forcing the ball to WR Calvin Johnson, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said the fact that Stafford has targeted Johnson 24 times, way more than any other receiver on the team, just shows that the team wants to get the ball to their best weapons as often as possible. I think if it hadn't been for the interception (Stafford threw Sunday), nobody would even say a word about whether or not they think that he's forcing the ball to Calvin, Caldwell continued. And that was on a deep post pattern, and really he had exactly what we were looking for, you can see Calvin starting to run by both guys, and (Matthew) just had to get it out there a little bit more. That was the only issue.
Sep 19, 10:52 AM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (knee) will do some work in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and the team will see how his knee responds, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
Sep 19, 02:22 AM The Detroit Lions have slightly restructured the contract of RB Reggie Bush, converting some of his 2014 base salary into a signing bonus.
Sep 18, 06:42 PM Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18. CB Chimdi Chekwa (knee), OT Matt McCants (knee), LB Nick Roach (concussion), CB Charles Rogers (knee) and DE Justin Tuck (illness) were limited.
Sep 18, 05:12 PM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah (knee), DE George Johnson (groin), LB Travis Lewis (quadriceps) CB Cassius Vaughn (ankle) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18. DT Nick Fairley (biceps), SS James Ihedigbo (neck) and FB Montell Owens (hamstring) were limited. FS Don Carey was a full participant.
Sep 18, 05:02 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.
Sep 17, 05:53 PM Detroit Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah (knee), LB Travis Lewis (quadriceps) and OT LaAdrian Waddle (calf) all did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. DT Nick Fairley (biceps), SS James Ihedigbo (neck), DE George Johnson (groin), FB Montell Owens (hamstring) and CB Cassius Vaughn (ankle) all were limited in practice. FS Don Carey (hamstring) fully participated in practice. S Don Carey (hamstring) fully participated in practice.
Sep 17, 01:13 PM Detroit Lions PK Nate Freese will continue to be the team's kicker, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Fantasy Impact: He has to be on a very short leash, though.
Sep 16, 05:53 PM The Detroit Lions placed CB Nevin Lawson (toes) on Reserve/Injured and signed free-agents CB Danny Gorrer (Buccaneers) and LB Julian Stanford (Lions) to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Sep 15, 02:22 PM Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson (toes) could very well be out for the season after undergoing surgery on his dislocated toes, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Lawson suffered the injuries in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Sep 14, 10:32 PM Detroit Lions PK Nate Freese misfired on a pair of field goal attempts in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers. He was able to tack on one extra point. Head coach Jim Caldwell said Sunday, Sept. 14, that he 'won't make any rash decisions' on whether to keep Freese as the kicker after the misses.

Fantasy Impact: Freese is in real danger of getting cut this week.
Sep 14, 10:32 PM Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson (foot) was carted off in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers after suffering a dislocated ankle. 'He dislocated his foot, so he is actually in surgery as we speak,' head coach Jim Caldwell said Sunday, Sept. 14. 'We are praying for the young man, but he is in good hands right now. They are operating on him and we'll see what the prognosis is after.'

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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