Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
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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).
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.
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

Oct 30, 02:22 PM Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick will continue to have a role in the offense even when RB Reggie Bush (ankle) returns to the lineup, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Fantasy Impact: It makes sense because Riddick has performed well with his chances. He is the future at the position for the Lions.
Oct 29, 02:13 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) will get a second opinion on his knee Friday, Oct. 31, or early next week. The belief is Fairley will not need surgery, and will be out about a month.
Oct 29, 12:43 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) said he 'definitely expects to play' against the Miami Dolphins after the team's bye week. Johnson has missed the last three games due to a high right ankle sprain. WR Golden Tate has 24 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns in Johnson's absence.
Oct 28, 05:13 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) isn't certain to return this season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Fairley is dealing with a sprained knee, but there is hope that he can return in four to five weeks. Fairley had to be helped off the field in Week 8, and he was placed on a cart and taken to the locker room. He had 14 tackles and a sack through eight games.
Oct 27, 06:53 PM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) injured his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in Week 8, according to a source. The team hopes he will be able to return in four or five weeks.
Oct 27, 10:34 AM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) suffered a knee injury during the team's 22-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons, and coach Jim Caldwell is not optimistic about his status. 'I'm not quite certain where he is right now,' Caldwell said after the game. 'But obviously, when you're carried off the field, it's not the greatest news. We'll see what the doctors say about him.' Caldwell did not speculate if he thought the injury could be season-ending.
Oct 26, 10:42 AM Detroit Lions DT Nick Fairley (knee) left the game Sunday, Oct. 26, with a knee injury and will not return.
Oct 26, 09:22 AM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is inactive Sunday, Oct. 26, for Week 8.
Oct 26, 09:12 AM The Detroit Lions have declared TE Brandon Pettigrew, WR Calvin Johnson, TE Eric Ebron, TE Joseph Fauria, QB Kellen Moore, OT LaAdrian Waddle, RB Reggie Bush inactive for Week 8.
Oct 26, 08:44 AM Bush has been declared inactive for the Week 8 game.
Oct 26, 08:43 AM Johnson has been declared inactive for the Week 8 game.
Oct 24, 10:12 PM Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate will be facing the league's 29th ranked pass defense in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: Tate is a must start for fantasy teams this week.
Oct 24, 10:12 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is likely to see a lion's share of the carries in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Oct 24, 10:02 PM Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle) is expected to be inactive for the Week 9 game against the Atlanta Falcons in London, according to a source Friday, Oct. 24.
Oct 24, 10:02 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons in London, according to a source. The team has a bye in Week 9, and head coach Jim Caldwell is reportedly looking at the big picture.

Fantasy Impact: Nothing is certain but it would seem to make the most sense to keep Johnson out one more week of action. We'll know for sure Sunday morning.
Oct 24, 01:52 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) will truly be a game-time decision against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 in London. Johnson was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable. He did work yesterday. I thought he did a pretty good job, but we'll see where he is today, head coach Jim Caldwell said of Johnson before Friday's practice.

Offseason Keys

Golden Tate, WR; James Ihedigbo, S. 

Willie Young, DE; Louis Delmas, S. 

2014 Draft Class

 # 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

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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