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 30, 12:53 PM Free-agent OG Leroy Harris (Lions) is working out for the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Sep 29, 08:43 AM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was used as a decoy for the most part in Week 4 Sunday, Sept. 28. He caught the only two passes he was targeted in for 12 yards and laughed when he was asked if he was close to 90 percent health. He rarely played on back-to-back plays in Sunday's game and had a noticeable limp.
Sep 28, 05:22 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (head) likely has a concussion, after leaving the Week 4 game against the Detroit Lions due to a head injury. He was taken to the locker room for evaluation and never was able to return. The team did not provide an update after the game, but they would not let him speak to the media after the game, which follows concussion protocol.
Sep 28, 05:22 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (hand, leg) had the back of his throwing hand or wrist bandaged by the training staff after the Week 4 game against the New York Jets, and the training staff also appeared to be looking at his left leg in the locker room.

Fantasy Impact: He played the entire game, so these injuries aren't a huge concern, but we'll keep you posted.
Sep 28, 05:12 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was walking with a noticeable limp after the Week 4 game against the New York Jets. Johnson said Sunday, Sept. 28, that he wasn't close to the 90 percent healthy level head coach Jim Caldwell suggested, although Johnson would not estimate a number.
Sep 28, 05:12 PM Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) left the Week 4 game against the New York Jets due to a hamstring injury and was unable to return.
Sep 28, 05:12 PM Detroit Lions RB Montell Owens (hamstring) left the Week 4 game against the New York Jets with a hamstring ailment and he was unable to return.
Sep 28, 04:52 PM Detroit Lions PK Alex Henery converted one of his two field goal attempts while tacking on three extra points in the Week 4 win against the New York Jets. His successful kick was from 51 yards, and his missed field goal was wide right from 52 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Overall, it was a solid first game for Henery. He'll continue to kick for the Lions.
Sep 28, 04:52 PM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron had three receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Week 4 win against the New York Jets. He was targeted four times.

Fantasy Impact: Ebron is starting to get a few more chances. His role could be expanding.
Sep 28, 04:22 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) was active in Week 4 against the New York Jets, but he managed just two catches for 12 yards. It was a career low in yardage in a Lions victory. Detroit lost the previous six times he was held under 20 receiving yards.

Fantasy Impact: He looked slowed in the game but it is tough to bench Johnson as long as he is active. He has produced in the past when injured.
Sep 28, 03:42 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (head) left the game early in Week 4 and is being evaluated for a head injury. He is considered questionable to return.
Sep 28, 11:52 AM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is active for the Week 4 game Sunday, Sept. 28.
Sep 28, 11:42 AM The Detroit Lions have declared CB Cassius Vaughn, FS Don Carey, TE Joseph Fauria, QB Kellen Moore, OT LaAdrian Waddle, DE Larry Webster, LB Travis Lewis inactive for Week 4.
Sep 28, 10:12 AM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is expected to be active for the Week 4 game Sunday, Sept. 28.
Sep 26, 11:32 PM Detroit Lions SS James Ihedigbo (neck) is expected to make his team debut after missing more than a month due to a pinched nerve in his neck. He is officially probable for the Week 4 game against the New York Jets.
Sep 26, 11:32 PM Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) appears to be trending toward playing in the Week 4 game against the New York Jets after a limited practice Friday, Sept. 26. 'It was good to see him moving around a little bit,' quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

Fantasy Impact: We would be surprised if Johnson wasn't active for the game this week.

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