2016 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Lions were 7-9 last year and lost arguably their best player this offseason. Things aren't looking too great for the Lions right now. This likely isn't a playoff team right now. The division isn't great but the Lions probably are a few players away from challenging for the division title right now. Expect another season similar to last year for this squad.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
The Lions signed receiver Marvin Jones to a big contract this offseason, hoping to find a solid starter opposite Golden Tate. Jones should see the most targets of his career in this offense and post career-best numbers. He always does well in the red zone and is a big-play threat because of his size and speed. He has a chance to be a real impact fantasy receiver for the first time in his career.
FANTASY DUD
Quarterback Matthew Stafford was a disappointment for fantasy teams last season. A turnaround this year isn't too likely with his top receiver, Calvin Johnson, retired. This is a huge loss for Stafford. The Lions added some new talent at receiver but none are going to be able to replace Johnson. Expect more up and down production from Stafford for the coming season.

Team Notes

Jun 23, 09:53 PM Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah averaged 4.7 yards per carry in the second of last season, and beat writer Tim Twentyman believes Abdullah will be given the opportunity to be the lead back in 2016.
Jun 23, 11:33 AM Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder), who is expected to be ready for training camp, is focused on the little things in improving as a player. 'I feel like I showed some flashes last year, but in this league you can't show flashes,' Abdullah said. 'You have to be consistent. That definitely had a lot to do with growing pains. It also had a lot to do with me being immature as a player coming straight from college and not understanding what kind of preparation and mental focus it took for such a long amount of time. I know I have a lot to give to this team and a lot to give to this league. I know I can be a good back, but it starts with those little things I mentioned earlier.'
Jun 21, 08:53 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes his offense will be tougher to defend without former WR Calvin Johnson. Stafford said defenses won't know who the Lions will go to on offense, whereas most of the time in previous years Johnson was their go-to guy.

Fantasy Impact: We'll see. Losing Johnson is a big loss for the offense. He is going to be missed.
Jun 20, 01:33 PM Detroit Lions WR Andre Roberts said he will be used as an outside receiver as well as a slot receiver during the preseason. He may also receive a chance to compete for the punt returner job.
Jun 20, 01:23 PM Detroit Lions WRs Jeremy Kerley (undisclosed) and T.J. Jones are expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp even though Kerley missed some offseason workouts because of an undisclosed injury.
Jun 17, 02:13 PM Detroit Lions WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list.
Jun 16, 04:03 PM Free-agent TE Orson Charles (Saints) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Thursday, June 16. DL James DeLoach was waived in a corresponding move.
Jun 15, 02:33 PM Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay said he would like to sign an extension that will reward him for being one of the top seven cornerbacks in the league. Preliminary talks have taken place, but Slay didn't know the status of the talks. Slay is entering his fourth year, and his rookie deal has an option for a fifth year.
Jun 13, 05:13 PM Free-agent CB Keith Lewis (Jets) was signed by the Detroit Lions Monday, June 13. WRs Austin Willis was waived, while WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Jun 13, 10:13 AM Free-agent WR Andre Roberts (Redskins) signed an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, June 13.
Jun 13, 08:03 AM Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky may have a lock on the No. 2 job despite the presence of QB Jake Rudock on the roster. Lions coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter were singing Orlovsky's praises after OTAs ended last week.
Jun 13, 08:03 AM Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky may have a lock on the No. 2 job despite the presence of QB Jake Rudock on the roster. Lions coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter were singing Orlovsky's praises after OTAs ended last week.
Jun 12, 09:23 AM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed a career-best 67.2% of his passes during the 2015 season, but offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter still wants to utilize Stafford's big arm and gunslinger mentality. 'We're not going to bury that guy yet,' Cooter said after organized team activities finished. 'We had to do what we had to do last year with certain instances, kind of where we were in the season, and some of that showed up in the game tape. I don't think we'll put any restraints on our quarterback. So there may be some short passes, there may be some long ones. So we're not going to restrain him at all.'
Jun 11, 02:43 PM Detroit Lions WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was waived/injured Friday, June 10.
Jun 09, 08:03 PM Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick could have a bigger role running the ball in 2016, according to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter.
Jun 09, 05:43 PM Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller (foot) underwent foot surgery Wednesday, June 8, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said he doesn't know how long Fuller will be out. Fuller will compete with WRs Jeremy Kerley, T.J. Jones and Andre Caldwell, among others, for a roster spot.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Johnson Bademosi, CB; Rafael Bush, FS; Stefan Charles, DT; Wallace Gilberry, DE; Marvin Jones, WR; Jeremy Kerley, WR; Stevan Ridley, RB; Geoff Schwartz, G; Darrin Walls, CB; Tavon Wilson, SS. 

Losses:
Joique Bell, RB; Isa Abdul-Quddus, SS; Manny Ramirez, G. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  16 Taylor DeckerOL
 # 2  15 A'Shawn RobinsonDL
 # 3  33 Graham GlasgowOL
 # 4  13 Miles KillebrewDB
 # 5  12 Joe DahlOL
 # 5  32 Antwione WilliamsLB
 # 6  16 Jake RudockQB
 # 6  27 Anthony Zettel DL
 # 6  35 Jimmy LandesOL
 # 7  15 Dwayne WashingtonRB
 Undrafted Jay LeeWR

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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