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Report: Lions 'not optimistic' about signing Ndamukong Suh to extension

With no deal in place and training camp about to begin, the Detroit Lions are reportedly "not optimistic" about signing Ndamukong Suh to a long-term contract. Back in February, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew was quite optimistic about the chances of signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a long-term deal. In fact, Mayhew was hoping to get the negotiations wrapped up in time for the start of the new league year. Unfortunately for Mayhew, it's now the end of July and Suh still hasn't been signed to a long-term deal. Training camp is about to begin, and there haven't really...
Lions approval poll: Martin Mayhew (July 2014)

Lions approval poll: Martin Mayhew (July 2014)

Do you approve of the job Martin Mayhew is doing as general manager of the Detroit Lions? Vote now. The month of July is beginning to wind down, as is the Detroit Lions' offseason. It opened with the firing of Jim Schwartz and the hiring of Jim Caldwell, and now the Lions' new coaching staff is getting ready to begin its first training camp in Detroit. Over the course of the offseason, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has maintained a pretty decent approval rating. It dropped from 87% to 74% as we ended 2013 and began 2014, but it rebounded nicely in March with an 80% rating. Since then,...
Projecting the Lions depth chart: Cornerback

Projecting the Lions depth chart: Cornerback

What will the Detroit Lions depth chart look like at cornerback by the end of training camp? What is the top camp battle to watch at this position? Let's take a look. As the offseason winds down, we're going to project each position on the Detroit Lions depth chart and also take a look at some training camp battles. Next up is the cornerback position. Starters: Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis, Bill Bentley (nickel) The top part of the Lions' cornerback depth chart is actually pretty straightforward. Following the release of Chris Houston, it's clear that Darius Slay and Rashean Mathis will be...
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Lions notes: Eric Ebron doesn't want to let Michigan down

Lions notes: Eric Ebron doesn't want to let Michigan down

Lions notes looks at Eric Ebron's main goals for 2014, a number change for one of Detroit's draft picks and much more. After reporting for training camp earlier this week, Eric Ebron had a great comment about what his main goals are for 2014. Via the Free Press, here's what he had to say: "Everybody has their own individual goals, but my personal goal is to not let Michigan down. You got picked first, you’re here. It’s about us in this facility that grinds and goes out there in this heat and work to be something great, and it’s about our fans, the people that come out and support...
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Thursday Lions open thread

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Report: Golden Tate, Ziggy Ansah to open training camp on PUP list

Report: Golden Tate, Ziggy Ansah to open training camp on PUP list

According to a report, the Detroit Lions are going to put Golden Tate and Ziggy Ansah on the PUP list in what is likely just a precautionary move. The Detroit Lions are set to open training camp next Monday, and it appears that wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive end Ziggy Ansah might miss at least one practice. I say that because Ian Rapoport reports that Tate and Ansah are both going to open camp on the PUP list: #Lions Golden Tate and Ziggy Ansah will begin training camp on the PUP list, source says. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2014 Tate missed some time last month...

Projecting the Lions depth chart: Linebacker

What will the Detroit Lions depth chart look like at linebacker by the end of training camp? What is the top camp battle to watch at this position? Let's take a look. As the offseason winds down, we're going to project each position on the Detroit Lions depth chart and also take a look at some training camp battles. Next up is the linebacker position. Starters: DeAndre Levy (WLB), Stephen Tulloch (MLB), Kyle Van Noy (SLB) | Top backup: Ashlee Palmer Under the Lions' new defensive scheme, DeAndre Levy is set to be their weakside linebacker. Stephen Tulloch is back again as their middle...
Lions add two more open practices for training camp

Lions add two more open practices for training camp

The Detroit Lions have announced that two more training camp practices will be open to the public. Earlier this month, the Detroit Lions announced that eight of their training camp practices will be open to the general public this summer. On Wednesday, the Lions added two more open practice dates, meaning that a total of 10 sessions will be open to the public. The two additional open practice dates are for Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31. The practice on July 30 will be held at Wayne State's Tom Adams Field and will begin at 7:30 p.m. (with gates opening at 6 p.m.). The practice on...

Which Lions players are entering contract years?

Here's a very early look at which Detroit Lions players are set to become free agents after the 2014 season. As it stands right now, 30 Detroit Lions players are set to become free agents after the 2014 season. That's one-third of the entire roster. Granted, a lot of these players likely won't make it past the final round of cuts this summer and will hit free agency long before the 2015 offseason, but it's still interesting to see which players are scheduled to be in a contract year in 2014. Take a look: Unrestricted free agents in 2015 (21) QB Dan OrlovskyRB Mikel LeshoureRB Montell...
Lions notes: Matthew Stafford, helmet rankings, more

Lions notes: Matthew Stafford, helmet rankings, more

Lions notes looks at Matthew Stafford, NFL helmet rankings and much more. ESPN's Ron Jaworski has Matthew Stafford 16th in his 2014 quarterback rankings. The Detroit Lions came in 18th in Cincy Jungle's NFL helmet rankings. Why wasn't their helmet design ranked higher? Cincy Jungle is not a fan of the Lions' use of the color black: "Go back to the blue facemask and the blue and white stripe. Get rid of the black." How are players paid during training camp? Dave Birkett has the answer: Don't forget, pay is different in training camp. Vets make $1,700 a week, rookies and first-year...

Projecting the Lions depth chart: Defensive tackle

What will the Detroit Lions depth chart look like at defensive tackle by the end of training camp? What is the top camp battle to watch at this position? Let's take a look. As the offseason winds down, we're going to project each position on the Detroit Lions depth chart and also take a look at some training camp battles. Next up is the defensive tackle position. Starters: Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley | Top backups: C.J. Mosley, Caraun Reid This is a pretty straightforward position. Ndamukong Suh is one of the NFL's best defensive tackles, and he's obviously the top starter at this position....
Projecting the Lions depth chart: Defensive end

Projecting the Lions depth chart: Defensive end

What will the Detroit Lions depth chart look like at defensive end by the end of training camp? What is the top camp battle to watch at this position? Let's take a look. As the offseason winds down, we're going to project each position on the Detroit Lions depth chart and also take a look at some training camp battles. Next up is the defensive end position. Starters: Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones | Top backups: Devin Taylor, Darryl Tapp Assuming everybody is healthy, the two-deep at defensive end is pretty clear. Ziggy Ansah, who had offseason shoulder surgery, is the top guy at defensive end,...
Lions rookies report for training camp

Lions rookies report for training camp

The Detroit Lions' rookies have officially reported for training camp. In the surest sign yet that Detroit Lions training camp is almost here, the team's rookies officially reported to Allen Park on Tuesday. Some veterans, including players who are injured, were also scheduled to report on Tuesday, but the rest of the team isn't scheduled to report until Sunday. Upon arriving for training camp, a few rookies actually met with the media, including wide receiver TJ Jones, center Travis Swanson, offensive lineman Bryce Quigley and quarterback James Franklin. Here's a look at what they had to...
Projecting the Lions depth chart: Offensive guard/center

Projecting the Lions depth chart: Offensive guard/center

What will the Detroit Lions depth chart look like at offensive guard and center by the end of training camp? What is the top camp battle to watch at these positions? Let's take a look. As the offseason winds down, we're going to project each position on the Detroit Lions depth chart and also take a look at some training camp battles. Next up are the offensive guard and center positions. Starters: Rob Sims (LG), Dominic Raiola (C), Larry Warford (RG) All three of the Lions' interior starters on the offensive line are back from last year. Rob Sims is back as the starting left guard, Dominic...
Lions notes: Naaman Roosevelt signs with Bills

Lions notes: Naaman Roosevelt signs with Bills

Lions notes looks at where Naaman Roosevelt landed after being released last week, good news for Joique Bell's sister and much more. The Detroit Lions' preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 9 will be shown live on NFL Network. I think it's safe to say all eyes will be on Johnny Manziel during that game. Former Lions wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt and former Lions defensive tackle Landon Cohen both signed with the Buffalo Bills on Monday. Roosevelt was just released by the Lions last week, while Cohen played in Detroit from 2008-09. Joique Bell's sister, who was diagnosed...

Projecting the Lions depth chart: Offensive tackle

What will the Detroit Lions depth chart look like at offensive tackle by the end of training camp? What is the top camp battle to watch at this position? Let's take a look. As the offseason winds down, we're going to project each position on the Detroit Lions depth chart and also take a look at some training camp battles. Next up is the offensive tackle position. Starters: Riley Reiff (LT), LaAdrian Waddle (RT) | Top backups: Corey Hilliard, Cornelius Lucas The Lions are returning both of their starting offensive tackles from last season. Riley Reiff will continue as the Lions' starting...
Lions to wear commemorative patch to honor William Clay Ford

Lions to wear commemorative patch to honor William Clay Ford

The Detroit Lions are planning to wear a commemorative patch to honor William Clay Ford, who passed away in March. Back in March, William Clay Ford passed away at the age of 88. Ford owned the Detroit Lions for more than 50 years, and the team is planning to honor him this season by wearing a commemorative patch. Check it out: The #Lions will be wearing this special commemorative patch to honor William Clay Ford beginning with regular season pic.twitter.com/8AFly71LS1 — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) July 21, 2014 I'm sure there will be other tributes to Ford throughout the season. For...
TJ Jones could open training camp on PUP list

TJ Jones could open training camp on PUP list

Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver TJ Jones might start training camp on the PUP list after having shoulder surgery last month. Before the Detroit Lions open training camp in a week, they will have to determine if any players should go on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. In the preseason, going on the PUP list simply means that players can't practice until they are taken off it. Roster spots aren't freed up, and players are eligible to be activated from the PUP list as soon as they're ready to practice. This year, there are a few candidates for the PUP list, one of whom is...

Lions to hold training camp practice at Wayne State

For their third day of training camp, the Detroit Lions are scheduled to take practice to Wayne State's Tom Adams Field. A couple weeks ago, the Detroit Lions released their open practice schedule for training camp. With the release of the schedule, we learned that several practices at the Lions' training facility in Allen Park would be open to the public, and we also learned that fans would have an opportunity to attend a night practice at Ford Field. On Monday, news of another night practice in the city of Detroit leaked out, but this practice isn't going to be held at Ford Field....

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