2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Detroit Lions
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
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 didnâ??t have quite the year as expected last season but had some injury issues and didnâ??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 yearâ??s draft, which isnâ??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 Bellâ??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

Jun 30, 11:33 AM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell is aiming to become the franchise's second running back to rush for 1,000 yards since 2004. 'I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards,' Bell said. 'That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all.'
Jun 29, 01:22 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.
Jun 29, 01:22 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.
Jun 24, 06:53 PM Detroit Lions DE Jason Jones (undisclosed) did not participate in the team's minicamp because of an undisclosed injury.
Jun 24, 02:53 PM Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has shown improved accuracy during offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'He's improved,' Caldwell said. 'He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement.'
Jun 20, 01:22 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he still has big years ahead of him despite now being 30 years old. Johnson said he's feeling well after having a full offseason to heal after dealing with a high-ankle sprain last season. Johnson added that the offense is 100% better this year than it was last year at this time.
Jun 12, 07:52 PM New England Patriots QB Garrett Gilbert was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions Friday, June 12. The Lions also waived QB Anthony Boone.
Jun 11, 04:22 PM New England Patriots QB Garrett Gilbert was waived Thursday, June 11.
Jun 11, 02:32 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson should be very productive in his second year under offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, according to WR Lance Moore. 'It's going to be pretty crazy, a second year in this offense,' Moore said. 'I'm trying to help him with a few little things route-wise that I think can help him a whole lot and make his job a lot easier out there.'
Jun 10, 01:23 PM Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) was present for organized team activities Wednesday, June 10, but was not able to participate in the drills.
Jun 10, 01:23 PM Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 10. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the absence was not due to an injury.
Jun 08, 03:22 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson (personal) returned to organized team activities Monday, June 8, after missing practice last week for personal reasons.
Jun 07, 10:02 AM Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (hernia) said he is not 100% at this point but is able to fully participate in organized team activities. He has been working with the first-team defense at strongside and weakside linebacker.
Jun 04, 01:12 PM Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay (hands) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, June 4, because of bruised hands. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the injuries are not serious, and Slay should return in a few days.
Jun 04, 12:32 PM Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is out of practice Thursday, June 4.
Jun 03, 02:03 PM Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has made progress during offseason workouts and is expected to be the No. 3 target for the team in 2015. 'He's grown up a little bit more,' WR Golden Tate said. 'His confidence is way high right now. He's playing well. I can't wait to see him in pads running around making plays. He's a specimen athletically. So we'll see.'

Offseason Keys

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

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

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  28 Laken TomlinsonOL
 # 2  22 Ameer AbdullahRB
 # 3  16 Alex CarterDB
 # 4  14 Gabe WrightDL
 # 5  32 Michael BurtonRB
 # 6  24 Quandre DiggsDB
 # 7  23 Corey RobinsonOL
 Undrafted Zach ZennerRB

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 4:05PM     at San Diego
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     at Minnesota
3     Sep 27 8:30PM     Denver
4     Oct 5 8:30PM     at Seattle
5     Oct 11 4:05PM     Arizona
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     Chicago
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Minnesota
8     Nov 1 9:30AM     at Kansas City
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 1:00PM     at Green Bay
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     Oakland
12     Nov 26 12:30PM     Philadelphia
13     Dec 3 8:25PM     Green Bay
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at St Louis
15     Dec 21 8:30PM     at New Orleans
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     San Francisco
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     at Chicago
18     Jan 10 4:40PM     at Dallas
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