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

Jan 20, 11:23 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had minor surgery last week to clean up his knee and Achilles' tendon. He is expected to return in time for organized offseason workouts.

Fantasy Impact: This doesn't seem like a big deal. He should be fine for the coming season.
Jan 11, 01:42 PM Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson (toes) may not be ready for the start of offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.
Jan 10, 09:32 AM Detroit Lions impeding free-agent OG Rob Sims said he would like to re-sign with the team this offseason and is willing to wait until the team makes a decision on what to do with DT Ndamukong Suh.
Jan 09, 12:52 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford handled himself well despite all of the things offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi threw at him in their first season together. "Looking back, I kind of try to drop maybe some responsibilities on him that maybe a quarterback like Drew (Brees) didn't get until four years into the system in New Orleans," Lombardi said. "We asked a lot of him and he responded. There is a tax when you ask a quarterback maybe to do that much and the more comfortable he gets the lower that tax will be." Injuries and an inconsistent offensive line led Lombardi to give Stafford more responsibilities than he initially intended. Stafford's 12 interceptions was a career low, and he finished the season with a 60.3 completion percentage, which was the second highest mark in his career. His 4,257 yards were the fifth most in team history.
Jan 07, 05:43 PM The Detroit Lions signed CB Crezdon Butler (Buccaneers) to a Reserve/Futures contract Wednesday, Jan. 7.
Jan 07, 02:03 PM New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was named to the Pro Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 7, replacing Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson.
Jan 07, 07:43 AM Updating a previous list, the Detroit Lions signed OT Michael Williams to a Reserve/Futures contract Tuesday, Jan. 6. Eleven players had previously inked Futures deals.
Jan 06, 06:13 PM The Detroit Lions signed C Taylor Boggs, C Braxston Cave, WR Skye Dawson, LB Jerrell Harris, DT Kerry Hyder, RB Emil Igwenagu, DB Nate Ness, WR Andrew Peacock, DT Roy Philon, DT Xavier Proctor and TE Jordan Thompson to Reserve/Futures deals Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Jan 05, 06:33 PM Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson (knee) suffered a knee injury in the wild-card playoff game, but it is believed to be minor. He is expected to be ready for offseason workouts and may not need surgery on the knee.
Jan 04, 07:32 PM Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions CB Rashean Mathis (quadriceps) was able to check back into the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter. He left earlier due to a quadriceps injury.
Jan 04, 07:02 PM Detroit Lions FS Don Carey (illness) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, due to dehydration issues. He has since checked back into the game.
Jan 04, 07:02 PM Detroit Lions CB Tahir Whitehead (illness) checked out of the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys due to dehydration issues.
Jan 04, 07:02 PM Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew (head) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter to be evaluated for concussion.
Jan 04, 05:52 PM Detroit Lions CB Rashean Mathis (quadriceps) left the wild-card game Sunday, Jan. 4, against the Dallas Cowboys due to a quadriceps injury.
Jan 04, 03:22 PM The Detroit Lions have declared WR Ryan Broyles, DL Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, DL Caraun Reid, CB Josh Thomas, OG Larry Warford, DE Larry Webster inactive for Week 18.
Jan 04, 03:22 PM The Detroit Lions have declared WR Ryan Broyles, DL Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, DL Caraun Reid, CB Josh Thomas, OG Larry Warford, DE Larry Webster inactive for Week 18.

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
18     Jan 4 4:40PM     at Dallas
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