Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
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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 didn't have quite the year as expected last season but had some injury issues and didn'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 year's draft, which isn'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 Bell'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

May 19, 05:33 PM Free-agent SS James Ihedigbo (Lions) isn't ready to retire from the NFL and wants to play for a team that is capable of winning right now.
May 15, 02:33 AM Free-agent K Connor Barth (Buccaneers) and DL C.J. Wilson (Lions) will work out for the New Orleans Saints at rookie minicamp.
May 14, 11:33 AM Free-agent QB Ricky Stanzi (Lions) is participate in the Cleveland Browns' rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.
May 10, 11:53 PM Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) said Tuesday, May 10, that he plans to be ready for the start of training camp. He is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered back in December.
May 10, 01:23 AM Detroit Lions OT Riley Reiff might be moved to serve as the team's left tackle if OT Taylor Decker catches on and is able to line up as the Week 1 starter at right tackle.
May 09, 01:53 PM Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) has been recovering nicely from hip surgery, according to LB Tahir Whitehead. Levy played just 17 regular season snaps before having surgery. He reported for voluntary workouts last month and is expected to be ready to go when training camp starts this summer. Whitehead and Levy are expected to be Detroit's starting linebackers.
May 09, 01:23 PM Retired WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to return to the Detroit Lions and play in 2016, according to general manager Bob Quinn. Quinn said he has not thought about a possible return for Johnson because of the conservations the two had before Johnson made the decision.
May 04, 07:33 PM Free-agent WR Andre Caldwell (Broncos) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 4, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
May 03, 11:23 AM Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option in 2017 will be worth $12.374 million.
May 02, 10:53 AM Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.
Apr 24, 05:23 PM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he hopes to become a safety net for QB Matthew Stafford in 2016 since WR Calvin Johnson decided to retire.
Apr 24, 05:23 PM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he hopes to become a safety net for QB Matthew Stafford in 2016 since WR Calvin Johnson decided to retire.
Apr 21, 05:03 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will not be traded, according to general manager Bob Quinn.
Apr 20, 01:03 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford is hopeful he still has a hot hand after he exploded for 20 touchdowns, to only four interceptions, and a 105.1 passer rating in nine games with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter last season. 'We just see (football) the same way, talk about it the same way and that's not to say we like the same stuff all the time,' Stafford said of Cooter. 'He likes some stuff that I'm not comfortable with, and I'm comfortable with some stuff that he doesn't like, and that's the way it goes. You pick your battles and go from there.'
Apr 18, 06:03 PM Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) participated in the first day of the offseason program Monday, April 18, after undergoing hip surgery this offseason. It is unclear at this point if Levy will be cleared for football drills next month, however.
Apr 15, 05:43 PM Detroit Lions exclusive rights free-agent DT Khyri Thornton signed his tender offer Friday, April 15. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Offseason Keys

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

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

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  16 Taylor DeckerOL
 # 2  46 A'Shawn RobinsonDL
 # 3  95 Graham GlasgowOL
 # 4  111 Miles KillebrewDB
 # 5  151 Joe DahlOL
 # 5  169 Antwione WilliamsLB
 # 6  191 Jake RudockQB
 # 6  202 Anthony Zettel DL
 # 6  210 Jimmy LandesOL
 # 7  236 Dwayne WashingtonRB

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 4:25PM     at Indianapolis
2     Sep 18 1:00PM     Tennessee
3     Sep 25 1:00PM     at Green Bay
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     at Chicago
5     Oct 9 1:00PM     Philadelphia
6     Oct 16 1:00PM     Los Angeles
7     Oct 23 1:00PM     Washington
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     at Houston
9     Nov 6 1:00PM     at Minnesota
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 20 1:00PM     Jacksonville
12     Nov 24 12:30PM     Minnesota
13     Dec 4 1:00PM     at New Orleans
14     Dec 11 1:00PM     Chicago
15     Dec 18 1:00PM     at New York Giants
16     Dec 26 8:30PM     at Dallas
17     Jan 1 1:00PM     Green Bay
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