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

Mar 02, 09:43 AM Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh will not receive the franchise tag Monday, March 2.
Mar 01, 08:14 PM Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Ndamukong Suh is not expected to be a serious option for the Miami Dolphins, according to beat writer Barry Jackson.
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.
Mar 01, 09:22 AM Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (Lions) is not getting any interest from the New York Giants, according to a league source.
Feb 26, 02:22 PM Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick likely will be given the chance to earn a bigger role in the offense next season after the team released RB Reggie Bush.

Fantasy Impact: Riddick has a chance to catch a lot of passes this coming season. He is a player to watch in PPR formats.
Feb 26, 07:33 AM Updating a previous report, free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) is considered a restricted free agent by both the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
Feb 25, 05:33 PM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush has been cut Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Fantasy Impact: Bush is getting older and looked to lose a step last season, so it isn't a guarantee he'll find a big role with whatever team signs him this offseason.
Feb 24, 02:33 AM Free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) may or may not be an unrestricted free agent. A player must accumulate four accrued seasons to earn unrestricted free agency, and players must spend six weeks on a 53-man roster to earn an accrued year. Johnson did this in 2011, 2012 and 2014, but in 2013 he was paid for six weeks but was on the Minnesota Vikings' roster for only five.
Feb 22, 08:02 PM Updating a previous report, representation of Detroit Lions impending free-agent DT Nick Fairley and the team met at the NFL Combine Sunday, Feb. 22, and the team expressed an interest in keeping Fairley. The meeting was characterized as being 'very positive.'
Feb 21, 02:32 PM Detroit Lions restricted free-agent DE George Johnson will receive a tender offer from the team, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.
Feb 21, 08:52 AM Impending free-agent DT Nick Fairley's agent met with the Detroit Lions Friday, Feb. 20.
Feb 21, 03:02 AM Free-agent PK Matt Prater (Lions) had his agent meet with general manager Martin Mayhew at the NFL Scouting Combine Friday, Feb. 20.
Feb 21, 02:52 AM Free-agent CB Rashean Mathis (Lions) is wanted back on the team by general manager Martin Mayhew, who praised Mathis for his position versatility.
Feb 19, 04:32 PM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush may be let go this offseason, according to general manager Martin Mayhew, but nothing is certain as the situation stands. 'No, we haven't made a determination at this point,' Mayhew said. 'Anybody on our roster, there's a lot of futures up in the air.' Bush has two years left on his current contract and is due $3.25 in base pay this season.
Feb 18, 03:23 PM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush's status is still uncertain at this point in the offseason, according to general manager Martin Mayhew. There is speculation that Bush may be asked to take a pay cut or be released.
Feb 17, 12:33 PM Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh could have a franchise tag or transition tag used on him between Monday, Feb. 16, and Monday, March 2. The Lions would need to pay Suh $26.7 million in order to tag him, potentially limiting their moves in free agency and the NFL Draft.

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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