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

Dec 21, 05:42 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) hauled in six receptions for a game-high 103 yards in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, as he went over 1,000 yards receiving for the fifth straight season, and sixth time in eight NFL seasons. He left the game briefly due to an ankle issue, but was able to return.
Dec 21, 05:42 PM Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate posted 62 receiving yards on five catches in the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears.
Dec 21, 05:42 PM Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell missed the first quarter of the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears due to a violation of team rules.
Dec 21, 05:12 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 22 of 39 passes for 243 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears. He hit the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth consecutive season.

Fantasy Impact: His scores are way down, though, which has been a disappointment for fantasy teams.
Dec 21, 05:02 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell carried 13 times for a game-high 74 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the Chicago Bears. He also had two receptions for 13 yards.
Dec 21, 05:02 PM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush ran seven times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, and he added six receptions for 44 yards.
Dec 19, 04:32 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) is questionable, while S Don Carey (ankle), DE George Johnson (illness), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury), LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and OG Rob Sims (illness) are probable. Fairley didn't practice Friday, Dec. 19. Seisay was limited, while the others practiced in full.
Dec 19, 04:32 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) is questionable, while S Don Carey (ankle), DE George Johnson (illness), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury), LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and OG Rob Sims (illness) are probable. Fairley didn't practice Friday, Dec. 19. Seisay was limited, while the others practiced in full.
Dec 19, 04:32 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) is questionable, while S Don Carey (ankle), DE George Johnson (illness), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury), LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and OG Rob Sims (illness) are probable. Fairley didn't practice Friday, Dec. 19. Seisay was limited, while the others practiced in full.
Dec 19, 04:32 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) is questionable, while S Don Carey (ankle), DE George Johnson (illness), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury), LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and OG Rob Sims (illness) are probable. Fairley didn't practice Friday, Dec. 19. Seisay was limited, while the others practiced in full.
Dec 19, 04:32 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) is questionable, while S Don Carey (ankle), DE George Johnson (illness), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury), LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and OG Rob Sims (illness) are probable. Fairley didn't practice Friday, Dec. 19. Seisay was limited, while the others practiced in full.
Dec 19, 04:32 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Chicago Bears. CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) is questionable, while S Don Carey (ankle), DE George Johnson (illness), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury), LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and OG Rob Sims (illness) are probable. Fairley didn't practice Friday, Dec. 19. Seisay was limited, while the others practiced in full.
Dec 19, 04:32 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Friday, Dec. 19, and is probable for Week 16 against the Chicago Bears.
Dec 18, 04:52 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury) and OG Rob Sims (illness) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) were limited, while S Don Carey (ankle) and DE George Johnson (illness) practiced in full.
Dec 18, 04:52 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury) and OG Rob Sims (illness) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) were limited, while S Don Carey (ankle) and DE George Johnson (illness) practiced in full.
Dec 18, 04:52 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee), DT C.J. M. Mosley (non-injury) and OG Rob Sims (illness) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. LB Ashlee Palmer (quadriceps) and CB Mohammed Seisay (hamstring) were limited, while S Don Carey (ankle) and DE George Johnson (illness) practiced in full.

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 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 4:25PM     Minnesota
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Chicago
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     at Green Bay
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