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Apr 17, 2014
ESPN's Mel Kiper has Detroit Lions drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in Mock 4.0

ESPN's Mel Kiper has Detroit Lions drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in Mock 4.0

In Mel Kiper’s latest — Mock 4.0 — which was released today (Thursday), the ESPN draft guru has the Lions drafting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round at No. 10. In the second round he has Detroit selecting cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste out of Nebraska. This changes from Mock 3.0 where he had the Lions taking wide receiver Mike Evans at No. 10. This time he has Evans going at No. 7 to Tampa Bay.  In this recent mock, he has Jadeveon Clowney going first, offensive tackle Greg Robinson going second and wide receiver Sammy Watkins going to the Jaguars at No. 3. Both...
Apr 16, 2014
Detroit Lions host Jadeveon Clowney, a bit of a surprise

Detroit Lions host Jadeveon Clowney, a bit of a surprise

So what are the Detroit Lions up to? Today (Wednesday) the team hosted defensive end Jadeveon Clowney who is expected to be either top pick or second pick in the NFL draft. Each NFL team is allowed just 30 pre-draft visits and now they’ve used one on Clowney. Wonder what he thinks about snow in mid-April? The Lions want to win now and adding Clowney to the defensive line along with Ndamukong Suh, would be interesting to watch unless you were the opposing offense. Clowney played at South Carolina with Lions defensive end Devin Taylor who improved game to game last season. The...
Apr 15, 2014

Join live chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday

Join me for a live chat discussing the Detroit Lions. The first minicamp under Jim Caldwell starts Tuesday and there are just three weeks until the NFL draft. Bring your questions or just read along.
Apr 15, 2014
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford in elite class with Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford in elite class with Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was one of the three highest paid players on American sports teams in 2013, according to an ESPN survey of worldwide sports salaries. Stafford, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady were three of only seven professional athletes in the world who made at least $31 million last year. This is based strictly on salary, not endorsement money. Rodgers ($40 million) was ranked fourth while Stafford ($31.5 million) was sixth and Brady ($31 million was seventh. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson ($25 million) was tied for 16th...
Apr 15, 2014
Detroit Lions coordinator: Sky's the limit for punter Sam Martin

Detroit Lions coordinator: Sky's the limit for punter Sam Martin

While the Lions are looking for a kicker, they found their punter in the fifth round of the draft last year when they selected Sam Martin from football powerhouse Appalachian State. “He rewrote all the records for punting, he owns all the single season records and is second all-time rookie punter in the history of the National Football League,’’ Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego said on Monday night at a town hall meeting for season ticket holders. “I think he’s pretty good and I think with Sam the sky’s the limit,’’ Bonamego said. “He’s only starting to...
Apr 15, 2014
Detroit Lions will test 2 young kickers, may look to draft

Detroit Lions will test 2 young kickers, may look to draft

When it comes to special teams, the Lions have one key need. “The No. 1 thing we need to do is find a kicker,’’ Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego said at a town hall meeting for season ticket holders on Monday night. “We have two guys on the roster right now who both have some experience,’’ Bonamego said. John Potter, 24, and Giorgio Tavecchio (in photo), 23, are both signed to reserve/futures contracts. “John (Western Michigan) was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, was in their training camp, he’s got regular season experience. He’s going to compete with...
Apr 15, 2014
Detroit Lions seek closers in free agency, the NFL drat

Detroit Lions seek closers in free agency, the NFL drat

Closers. The Lions have been looking for guys who can finish out a game during free agency. That will be another focus during the draft. It’s not a shock considering in 2013 they let so many wins slip away. Sheldon White, the Lions vice president of pro personnel, explained that when the Lions play, he and team president Tom Lewand make their way to the sidelines late in games. It gives them a good perspective. “We’re going to be there right with Jim (Caldwell) when we finish up each game. We’ll see the positives and negatives. With that we also saw six games out of seven...
Apr 14, 2014
Report: Detroit Lions re-sign CB Rashean Mathis

Report: Detroit Lions re-sign CB Rashean Mathis

Veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis has re-signed with the Detroit Lions according to a report from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Mathis, who was signed as a veteran backup last August, started 13 games for the Lions in 2013. The 33-year-old corner had 47 tackles and 15 pass defenses in 15 games. He was a valuable asset as a veteran leader for the young cornerback group. Chris Houston and Darius Slay are expected to start this season, but don’t count out Mathis. The Lions also signed free agent corner Cassius Vaughn who was with the Indianapolis Colts the last two...
Apr 11, 2014
Detroit Lions - Dan Orlovsky seen as a fighter by coach Jim Caldwell

Detroit Lions - Dan Orlovsky seen as a fighter by coach Jim Caldwell

Dan Orlovsky is many things to many people. Lions coach Jim Caldwell has a completely different perspective on the journeyman NFL backup quarterback than the Lions fans do. Orlovsky was with the Lions from 2005 to 2008, before signing on as Matthew Stafford’s backup a few weeks ago. When Caldwell was coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, Peyton Manning could not play the whole season. It turned into pretty much a nightmare ending with a 2-14 record and a pink slip for Caldwell.  When Orlovsky became the starter that season for the Colts they were 0-11.“I had a real great...
Apr 10, 2014
Ndamukong Suh's absence did not blind-side Lions coach Jim Caldwell

Ndamukong Suh's absence did not blind-side Lions coach Jim Caldwell

ALLEN PARK — Lions coach Jim Caldwell is pretty clear on what he wants from his players. One thing is he would like all the time allowed to work with each one. Ndamukong Suh, who was a defensive captain last season, has been absent for the first four days of the voluntary offseason workout program. “It certainly didn’t blind-side me, we certainly knew,’’ Caldwell said on Thursday. “He and I have had more discussions than any player we’ve had on the team. He was here a couple days when I came to visit. We knew exactly what was going on. “From a coaching standpoint,...
Apr 10, 2014
Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell on Nick Fairley - So far, so good

Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell on Nick Fairley - So far, so good

ALLEN PARK — While general manager Martin Mayhew has been clear that he wants to see improvement from Nick Fairley, Jim Caldwell checked in for the first time on the defensive tackle this morning. The coach was asked about Fairley’s attitude and hustle quotient. “We haven’t been on the field so I don’t know anything about hustle ...’’ Caldwell said smiling. During the first two weeks of this offseason program, the players focus on strength and conditioning and can’t be on the field with the coaches. “I tell you he’s been hustling in the meeting room,’’...
Apr 10, 2014
Detroit Lions Reggie Bush excited about possibilities with Caldwell, Lombardi

Detroit Lions Reggie Bush excited about possibilities with Caldwell, Lombardi

ALLEN PARK — Reggie Bush says It’s too early to tell exactly how the Detroit Lions’ offense will change under new coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Bush talked to the media Thursday morning. This is the first week of the offseason workout program for the Lions. Bush said he’s impressed with Caldwell who talked to the team on Monday about their goals this season. “(He) just talked about a clean slate, starting over, starting fresh, building that championship mentality. It starts right now, it starts in the offseason,’’ Bush said. “Veteran...
Apr 10, 2014
Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh still absent from offseason program

Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh still absent from offseason program

ALLEN PARK — Ndamukong Suh has not participated in the Lions voluntary offseason workout program which started on Monday. Reggie Bush was asked about Suh’s absence on Thursday morning. “From what I know it’s a contract thing, so that’s the business side of stuff,’’ Bush said. “We all go through it, everybody understands no one’s looking down on him.’’ Suh, who is signed through 2014, is working on a contract extension. Bush said he’s not certain that’s the reason Suh is not in attendance because he hasn’t talked to him. A year ago, Matthew Stafford was...
Apr 9, 2014
Detroit Lions preseason schedule announced

Detroit Lions preseason schedule announced

Lions fans haven’t seen the last of Jim Schwartz and Nate Burleson. Schwartz, now the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator, will face his former team in the final preseason game at Buffalo on Aug. 28. Burleson, who signed this week with the Cleveland Browns, will line up against his former teammates in the preseason opening game. The Lions preseason, which was announced Wednesday afternoon, looks like this with dates and times to be announced: — Week 1 vs. Cleveland Browns at Ford Field — Week 2 at Oakland Raiders — Week 3 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field — Week 4...
Apr 9, 2014

Join chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday

Join me for a live chat discussing the Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The Lions started their offseason workout program this week and the NFL draft is just a month away. Bring your questions or just read along. It's always a good time ...