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Jul 29, 2015
Detroit Lions — Weekly chat resumes on Thursday

Detroit Lions — Weekly chat resumes on Thursday

Are you ready? After a brief break, the weekly Detroit Lions chat will return at 3 p.m. on Thursday. With the start of training camp set for Monday, there is plenty to discuss. The rookies reported on Tuesday and the veterans report on Sunday. Bring all of your questions. It's always a fun thing. — Paula Pasche
Jul 28, 2015

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy takes another wild trip

Levy skinny dipping in the Amazon. From the looks of DeAndre Levy’s Instagram account, he’s not too concerned about signing a contract extension with the Detroit Lions. The linebacker posted a photo of himself skinny dipping in the Amazon today (Tuesday). DeAndre Levy sledding down a volcano in Nicaragua.  His post suggests (in adult terms) that he's no fan of pool parties and that a candiru wouldn't dare attack him. (Thanks to Wikipedia -- a candiru a toothpick fish or vampire fish --  is a species of parasitic freshwater catfish native to the Amazon Basin.) A few days...
Jul 28, 2015
Detroit Lions single game tickets on sale Wednesday

Detroit Lions single game tickets on sale Wednesday

Detroit Lions single game tickets for this season go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Tickets will be available through DetroitLions.com or 877-212-8898. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ford Field ticket office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Lions open their home season schedule on Sept. 27 against the Denver Broncos in a Sunday night game at 8:30 p.m. See complete Lions 2015 schedule. (Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Pre-order her new book “Game of My Life Detroit Lions” which will be be published in October on Amazon.com. Also order her book,...
Jul 24, 2015
Detroit Lions – Five reasons Matthew Stafford will improve this season

Detroit Lions – Five reasons Matthew Stafford will improve this season

The fate of the Detroit Lions’ offense rests on the shoulders of Matthew Stafford. He knows it, the coaches know it and the fans know it. Here are five reasons Stafford will be better than he was in 2014: The quarterback is more familiar with this Joe Lombardi offense. I know you’ve heard that before but it’s true and it’s important. He’ll be able to operate at a faster pace because it will seem more natural to him — he won’t have to stop and think — he can just play. Stafford is a gunslinger, we all know it. Last year Lombardi seemed hesitant to give Stafford the...
Jul 23, 2015
Detroit Lions — Five top position battles in training camp

Detroit Lions — Five top position battles in training camp

When Detroit Lions training camp starts on Aug. 3 questions will start to be answered. Some players have their positions nailed down, but several others do not. Here are five of the top position battles in training camp: Kellen Moore and Dan Orlovsky will fight it out for the No. 2 quarterback spot. It was Orlovsky’s in 2014, but Moore had an impressive showing in the preseason games and throughout practices last season. The two were basically splitting reps with the second group through OTAs and mandatory minicamp. It will likely come down to who plays best in the preseason...
Jul 21, 2015
Detroit Lions – Five reasons Ryan Broyles could make 53-man roster

Detroit Lions – Five reasons Ryan Broyles could make 53-man roster

It’s still early and the the competition is tough among Detroit Lions wide receivers.  Here are five reasons why Ryan Broyles has a good shot at making the 53-man roster: This is the first of his four training camps with the Lions that he is not coming off major offseason surgery (two ACLs and Achilles). It appears he’s regained his speed and his explosiveness. Broyles had a good offseason and was solid in OTAs and the three-day minicamp. He was bunched in with the possible returners during both. Bringing that added dimension, could help him keep his job. He remains a bit...
Jul 21, 2015
Detroit Lions — Five reasons it's OK to be optimistic

Detroit Lions — Five reasons it's OK to be optimistic

Detroit Lions fans have learned their lesson about being optimistic for a season even if it follows a successful season. I get that. It’s just that it seems so many fans are wringing their hands about the Lions who were 11-5 in 2014 and went to the playoffs. Here are five reasons it’s OK to be optimistic about the 2015 season: Yes, the Lions blew it in 2012 finishing 4-12 after a successful 2011 season and a trip to the playoffs. These are not the same Lions and it starts at the top with coach Jim Caldwell. The defense was ranked second in the NFL last year and will survive...
Jul 16, 2015
Detroit Lions — Five possible immediate starters from 2015 draft

Detroit Lions — Five possible immediate starters from 2015 draft

It’s never smart to judge an NFL draft class until at least a few seasons have passed.  That said, the Detroit Lions’ 2015 draft class could provide five immediate starters. It's expected that the top picks should be ready to start, but there are also late-round picks who stood out in OTAs and minicamp. It’s not a given, but here are five 2015 draftees who have a chance to start: First-round pick Laken Tomlinson was penciled in as the starting left guard immediately after his name was called. He still has a chance to start but he’ll have to earn it in training camp by...
Jul 16, 2015
Detroit Lions — Five reasons defense will be fine without Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions — Five reasons defense will be fine without Ndamukong Suh

While there may still be a few Detroit Lions fans lamenting the loss of Ndamukong Suh, the team has moved on. Here are five reasons the Detroit Lions defense will be fine without Suh: Teryl Austin, the defensive coordinator, seems to get the best out of each player on defense. He knows their strengths and uses that knowledge in building the defense. Suh had his best season in 2014 and it was not a coincidence that it was under Austin. Last year Austin was forced to be flexible due to injuries — losing Stephen Tulloch, Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson early in the season. Not only did...
Jul 15, 2015
Detroit Lions — Three reasons Tahir Whitehead is key to defense

Detroit Lions — Three reasons Tahir Whitehead is key to defense

In the third game of 2014, when Stephen Tulloch was lost for the season with a knee injury, Tahir Whitehead got the call to go in at linebacker. Mind you, he had never taken a snap on defense — although he excelled on special teams. He stepped in at middle linebacker and made it look easy which, obviously, it is not. Here are three reasons Whitehead is so important to the Lions: He is good at what he does on defense. With Tulloch returning, Whitehead will be in the mix for a starting outside linebacker spot opposite DeAndre Levy. Because of experience Whitehead probably has the...
Jul 14, 2015
Detroit Lions — Top three leaders on offense

Detroit Lions — Top three leaders on offense

Lions coach Jim Caldwell leans heavily on his leaders to help get his message across. It’s not like he doesn’t do his own work, but he needs reinforcements. Here’s a look at the top three leaders on offense: Matthew Stafford took on a leadership role as a rookie even though he was just 21. It’s part of the equation at quarterback. He’s grown steadily into the role each season and is now entering his seventh. He’s not afraid to speak up. He works hard to set a good example. Love the fact that he recently took the offensive line to a Detroit Tigers game as a group to get to...
Jul 13, 2015
Detroit Lions — How five offensive line positions are shaping up

Detroit Lions — How five offensive line positions are shaping up

The Detroit LIons coaches could have a starting offensive line written in pencil, but there are plenty of questions heading into training camp. LaAdrian Waddle’s health is an issue. He had ACL surgery in January.  Will he be ready for training camp or preseason games? No one is saying. If he’s healthy he seems to have the lock on starting at right tackle. Here’s how the starting roles along the offensive line are shaping up: Left tackle — This is Riley Reiff’s job. Left guard — This could get interesting. Veteran Manny Ramirez, who was acquired during the draft in a...
Jul 12, 2015
Detroit Lions — Three reasons Travis Swanson likely to start at center

Detroit Lions — Three reasons Travis Swanson likely to start at center

It’s not a complete certainty that Travis Swanson will start at center for the Detroit Lions, but from all appearances he will replace Dominic Raiola who started there for the last 14 seasons. Here are three reasons Swanson is likely to be the man in the middle: Even though he’s a second-year guy he has experience on the line. Because of injuries, Swanson started five games last season. Four of them were at right guard and one at center when Raiola was suspended. Game experience is huge and the third-round draft pick has it. He was the starting center at Arkansas for three...
Jul 8, 2015
Detroit Lions — Five reasons Rashean Mathis rocks at age 34

Detroit Lions — Five reasons Rashean Mathis rocks at age 34

Rashean Mathis will turn 35 in August, weeks before the start of his 13th NFL season. When the Detroit Lions signed the veteran cornerback just before the start of the 2013 season, they may not have realized what exactly Mathis would bring to the defense. Here are five reasons Mathis rocks at age 34: He is still effective as a starting cornerback and graded out as the 12th best cornerback by Pro Football Focus for the 2014 season. He is durable. Mathis played 1,050 snaps in 2014 and was in every game. In 2013 he missed just one game. “It’s uncommon. That’s why you don’t...
Jul 8, 2015
Detroit Lions — Five injured players to watch when camp starts

Detroit Lions — Five injured players to watch when camp starts

Jim Caldwell and his Detroit Lions' staff were not in a hurry to push players who are recovering from injuries back into action during offseason work. Stephen Tulloch, who underwent ACL surgery in September, has sworn he’s just fine and yet did not participate in team drills this offseason. Here are five other injured guys to keep an eye on: Joique Bell underwent surgery in the offseason to clean up a knee and Achilles tendon. It wasn’t considered major surgery. In February he said he planned to be at OTAs, but dodged the question on whether he would be 100 percent. He was on...