2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
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

Jul 21, 04:02 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell's health will be a concern until the Lions see him back on the field, according to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Bell suffered Achilles' and knee injuries last season, but still managed nearly 1,200 total yards and eight total touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Bell should see less work this season, especially with Ameer Abdullah looking for playing time.
Jul 18, 06:12 PM Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky may lose his job as the Lions' backup quarterback. QB Kellen Moore has a chance to win the job after taking a large share of the second-team reps this offseason. Orlovsky ranked No. 29 in an NFL.com ranking of all 32 backup quarterbacks.
Jul 18, 06:12 PM Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky may lose his job as the Lions' backup quarterback. QB Kellen Moore has a chance to win the job after taking a large share of the second-team reps this offseason. Orlovsky ranked No. 29 in an NFL.com ranking of all 32 backup quarterbacks.
Jul 09, 09:43 PM Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate has spent the offseason working on his flexibility and eating healthier in an attempt to improve his conditioning and avoid a letdown in 2015.
Jul 09, 06:23 PM Detroit Lions RBs Joique Bell and rookie Ameer Abdullah are expected to form a one-two punch in the Lions' backfield this year. Head coach Jim Caldwell is supposedly set on running the ball more in 2015.

Fantasy Impact: Both players are going to have fantasy value but sharing work isn't a good thing for either back.
Jul 08, 09:03 PM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron could be in for a big year in 2015, according to Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated. Burke notes rookie tight ends typically struggle, and that Ebron should have a much bigger role in the offense in his second year in the league.
Jul 06, 07:33 PM Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and Lance Moore will all be candidates for the slot receiver job during training camp. Ross worked with the first-team offense during offseason workouts, but his roster spot is uncertain at this point.
Jul 06, 07:33 PM Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and Lance Moore will all be candidates for the slot receiver job during training camp. Ross worked with the first-team offense during offseason workouts, but his roster spot is uncertain at this point.
Jul 06, 07:33 PM Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and Lance Moore will all be candidates for the slot receiver job during training camp. Ross worked with the first-team offense during offseason workouts, but his roster spot is uncertain at this point.
Jul 06, 07:33 PM Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller, Ryan Broyles and Lance Moore will all be candidates for the slot receiver job during training camp. Ross worked with the first-team offense during offseason workouts, but his roster spot is uncertain at this point.
Jun 30, 11:33 AM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is aiming to become the franchise's second running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2004. 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards,' Bell said. 'That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all.'
Jun 29, 01:22 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.
Jun 29, 01:22 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.
Jun 24, 06:53 PM Detroit Lions DE Jason Jones (undisclosed) did not participate in the team's minicamp because of an undisclosed injury.
Jun 24, 02:53 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has shown improved accuracy during offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'He's improved,' Caldwell said. 'He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement.'
Jun 20, 01:22 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he still has big years ahead of him despite now being 30 years old. Johnson said he's feeling well after having a full offseason to heal after dealing with a high-ankle sprain last season. Johnson added that the offense is 100% better this year than it was last year at this time.

Offseason Keys

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

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

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  28 Laken TomlinsonOL
 # 2  22 Ameer AbdullahRB
 # 3  16 Alex CarterDB
 # 4  14 Gabe WrightDL
 # 5  32 Michael BurtonRB
 # 6  24 Quandre DiggsDB
 # 7  23 Corey RobinsonOL
 Undrafted Zach ZennerRB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 4:05PM     at San Diego
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Minnesota
3     Sep 27 8:30PM     Denver
4     Oct 5 8:30PM     at Seattle
5     Oct 11 4:05PM     Arizona
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Chicago
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Minnesota
8     Nov 1 9:30AM     at Kansas City
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at Green Bay
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Oakland
12     Nov 26 12:30PM     Philadelphia
13     Dec 3 8:25PM     Green Bay
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at St Louis
15     Dec 21 8:30PM     at New Orleans
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     San Francisco
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Chicago
18     Jan 10 4:40PM     at Dallas
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