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Detroit Lions — Five low-profile players who have shot at final roster

Detroit Lions — Five low-profile players who have shot at final roster

When there are nearly 90 on the Detroit Lions roster, some guys can get a little lost. Here are five low-profile guys who could win roster spots: Michael Williams made the move from tight end to tackle before the 2014 season. He didn’t get any game time at the position but impressed in practice. Coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator have praised him up and down. In minicamp he got some reps with the starters at right tackle with LaAdrian Waddle and Cornelius Lucas out with injuries. George Winn seems to just make plays. The running back had a solid camp a year ago....
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Detroit Lions — Five reasons run game will improve

Detroit Lions — Five reasons run game will improve

After finishing 28th in the NFL in the run game in 2014, there’s not much room to go but up. The Lions have made personnel moves to get the run game in gear and coach Jim Caldwell hasn’t hesitated to say it must improve. Here are five reasons the run game will be better: The whole offense should be better in the second year of the new scheme. Everyone should know his role. They have basically traded Reggie Bush, who had trouble staying healthy in 2014, for rookie Ameer Abdullah who had 4,500 career rushing yards at Nebraska against Big Ten defenses. Abdullah has been...
Jun 28, 2015
Detroit Lions: Darryl Tapp among 5 top leaders on defense

Detroit Lions: Darryl Tapp among 5 top leaders on defense

Defensive lineman Darryl Tapp at minicamp Like every team in every sport, leadership is important among players. Here are five Detroit Lions who are the standout leaders on defense: Darryl Tapp is the voice you hear every day during workouts. “His enthusiasm is unmatched because he does it every single day, every minute of the day. In the classroom or on the field he’s always just got kind of a personality,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said. “That’s one of the things that we talk about in this game that makes it special is authenticity. He’s a very, very authentic person and...
Jun 24, 2015
Detroit Lions — Five reasons Kellen Moore could be No. 2 QB

Detroit Lions — Five reasons Kellen Moore could be No. 2 QB

As Kellen Moore prepares for his fourth training camp, he is for the first time in the mix to become the Detroit Lions’ No. 2 quarterback. It’s between him and veteran Dan Orlovsky. Here are five reasons Moore could be promoted to No. 2: He has improved as time goes along. “What we’ve seen from him is kind of what we anticipate when you have a guy that has the talent, anticipation and work habits that he does. He’s improved, he’s gotten better, so it will be a nice battle I think in the fall to kind of see what happens. But I think he’ll be right in the thick of...
Jun 24, 2015
Detroit Lions — Five reasons Lance Moore was a good signing

Detroit Lions — Five reasons Lance Moore was a good signing

When the Detroit Lions signed wide receiver Lance Moore as a free agent, it was greeted mostly with a yawn. Then the media saw him on the field looking smooth. Then his new teammates started talking about the 31-year-old veteran. Here are five reasons Moore was a good signing: He can catch the ball. He has a knack for getting separation from defensive backs. It’s a special and crucial trait. He’s got enough speed and he’s got great hands. Much has been made of his knowledge of the Lions offense. He played for the New Orleans Saints for seven seasons through 2013. That...
Jun 19, 2015
Detroit Lions 2014 draft class looks impressive now

Detroit Lions 2014 draft class looks impressive now

Don’t look now but that 2014 Detroit Lions draft class is starting to look quite impressive. It could produce three starters this season — tight end Eric Ebron, center Travis Swanson and possibly defensive tackle Caraun Reid. When coach Jim Caldwell was asked on Thursday about the impressive physical development of Reid, he talked him up big-time, but he also mentioned a few others. “Kyle Van Noy’s healthy, a young that’s coming along. If you look at what kind of jump that Larry Webster has made physically from the time that he came in as a rookie until now, you’d be...
Jun 18, 2015
Detroit Lions cut CB Bill Bentley

Detroit Lions cut CB Bill Bentley

ALLEN PARK — Cornerback Bill Bentley was cut by the Detroit Lions on Thursday after the final minicamp session. Bentley was trying to come back from ACL surgery after injuring his knee in the regular season opener in 2014. He was out the full season. He had not participated in team drills throughout minicamp and organized team activities. Out of training camp last year the third-year corner had won the starting nickel spot. Bentley, who was a third-round draft pick in 2012,  played in 44 games in last three seasons with eight starts and 33 tackles. From minicamp and OTAs,...
Jun 18, 2015
Detroit Lions: Ten quick hits after final day of minicamp

Detroit Lions: Ten quick hits after final day of minicamp

Lions offensive line works at Thursday's minicamp. ALLEN PARK — The Lions wrapped up their final day of mandatory minicamp just before lunchtime on Thursday. Here are 10 quick hits: Calvin Johnson said he feels good and is a good place right now. He’s participated in all three days of minicamp. Matthew Stafford said no question the offense has taken strides forward and now they have to continue it and bring it back to get going at training camp in six weeks. Stafford also said he doesn’t think much about the playoff loss at Dallas. “In this business If you’re thinking...
Jun 18, 2015
Chat on Detroit Lions set for 3 p.m. today

Chat on Detroit Lions set for 3 p.m. today

ALLEN PARK — Join in on a live chat today at 3 p.m. to discuss the Detroit Lions after they wrap up their three-day mandatory minicamp this afternoon. This is their last work before their vacation. They will report for training camp on Aug. 2. Join in and ask any questions. I've been at minicamp all week. It's always fun. After today we'll take a break from the chat until July 30. — Paula Pasche
Jun 17, 2015
Ten quick hits from Detroit Lions minicamp Day 2

Ten quick hits from Detroit Lions minicamp Day 2

ALLEN PARK — The Lions wrapped up their second day of the three-day mandatory minicamp on Wednesday. Here are 10 quick hits: Tight end Joe Fauria ran before practice started from sideline to sideline. He participated in individual drills but not in team situations. Afterward he said he’s “pretty close” to 00 percent and he’ll be ready to start training camp. His goals: “Help my team win, be on the field as much as possible and do some dances.” Quarterbacks Kellen Moore and Dan Orlovsky continue to rotate reps with the offensive’s second unit. Moore threw with the twos...
Jun 16, 2015
Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford tried to influence Ndamukong Suh to stay

Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford tried to influence Ndamukong Suh to stay

ALLEN PARK — Martha Firestone Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford talked to the media after minicamp on Tuesday. (Photo by Paula Pasche) Ford, the Detroit Lions owner, talked to Ndamukong Suh urging him to stay in Detroit before he signed with the Miami Dolphins in March. “Well I was disappointed (he left) because he was such a nice person and such a good player,’’ Ford said on Tuesday. “I did talk to him and told him I was his friend and would like to have him back. Two weeks later he left.’’ Ford is a regular at Lions offseason practices and was on the sidelines again...
Jun 11, 2015
Detroit Lions sign first-round pick Laken Tomlinson

Detroit Lions sign first-round pick Laken Tomlinson

ALLEN PARK — First-round pick Laken Tomlinson has signed his rookie contract with the Detroit Lions, per the team’s web site. Tomlinson’s deal is for four years with a team option for a fifth year. It’s estimated to be worth $8 million according to the rookie wage scale. He was the 28th overall pick in the draft. Tomlinson could start at left guard where there is an opening since the Lions did not re-sign Rob Sims. It’s not a certainty he will start there but he’ll have a chance to make his case in training camp. Veteran Manny Ramirez, who was acquired in a trade on the...
Jun 10, 2015
Join chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday

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

ALLEN PARK — Got a question about the Detroit Lions or just need to get something off your chest? Join Thursday's chat at 3 p.m.  We'll look at the team as they wrap up organized team activities this week and look ahead to next week's mandatory minicamp. Join in. It's always fun. — Paula Pasche
Jun 10, 2015
Detroit Lions: Ten quick hits from today's OTAs

Detroit Lions: Ten quick hits from today's OTAs

ALLEN PARK — Ten quick hits from the Detroit Lions organized team activities on Wednesday: Jim Caldwell talks to media after Wednesday's OTAs Second-round pick running back Ameer Abdullah runs smoothly and ran with starters at times. There’s a lot of mixing and matching on the offense. “One of the things that … he does a lot of things well for a young guy, but one that thing you notice quickly is he can catch the ball. He catches it and knows what to do with it when he gets it in his hands. He’s making good progress,’’ coach Jim Caldwell said. Caraun Reid, second-year...
Jun 10, 2015
Detroit Lions: Barefoot quarterbacks a mystery no longer

Detroit Lions: Barefoot quarterbacks a mystery no longer

ALLEN PARK — It’s been the big question the first three weeks of Detroit Lions’ organized team activities: Why do the quarterbacks run barefoot after each session?  For the answer Matthew Stafford and Kellen Moore have referred the media to offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Finally, today (Wednesday), Lombardi talked  to the media and it was the first question he was asked. “I get blamed for that?” Lombardi asked. “I think that was Dan Orlovsky. When he sees you guys out there he says, ‘Let’s run barefoot.’ I think he’s tricking you on that one,’’...