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Chat set for noon on Thursday to discuss Detroit Lions

Join me at noon on Thursday for a chat discussing the Detroit Lions as they prepare for their fourth preseason game — at Buffalo on Thursday night. Several players are still on the bubble with the final roster cuts due at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Aug 26, 2014
Detroit Lions Dominic Raiola thought he was going to be cut as a rookie

Detroit Lions Dominic Raiola thought he was going to be cut as a rookie

ALLEN PARK — The final roster cuts are due on Saturday and while several Lions are secure, many of them can sympathize with those on the bubble. Fourteen years ago, center Dominic Raiola thought he was going to be cut as a rookie. “I couldn’t play, I couldn’t pass block, I ran the option in college. I was terrified,’’ Raiola said. “I play and practice like that every year. I blew. That’s how I play.’’ He still thinks about it and plays like his job is on the line daily. “I still do it I play like somebody’s standing over me, looking over me every breath I...
Aug 26, 2014
Detroit Lions — No decision on if Matthew Stafford will play Thursday; more notes

Detroit Lions — No decision on if Matthew Stafford will play Thursday; more notes

ALLEN PARK — Quick hits from Detroit Lions’ availability today (Tuesday): — Coach Jim Caldwell said he hasn’t determined if Matthew Stafford will play on Thursday at Buffalo in the final preseason game. Caldwell said it won’t be  blanket decision on which starters will play and who won’t. — The Lions made it official on the waiver claim of Emil Igwenagu from the Philadelphia Eagles. He played three games for the Eagles in 2012 and none last year. He’s listed as a tight end, but Caldwell called him a fullback. Said they hope to get him some playing time on Thursday night...
Aug 24, 2014
Detroit Lions — Ryan Broyles' preseason success doesn't guarantee roster spot

Detroit Lions — Ryan Broyles' preseason success doesn't guarantee roster spot

The Lions will have to make some tough roster decisions by Saturday’s deadline to get the roster to 53 men. One of those positions is at wide receiver.  Now that Ryan Broyles is healthy — will he make the team? Coach Jim Caldwell pointed out on Saturday that every catch that Broyles has made in the three preseason games has been for a first down. After Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross (return specialist) there are no clear-cut winners. Kris Durham played with the starters in the first half in the win over the Jaguars on Friday, but he didn’t have a reception....
Aug 23, 2014

Detroit Lions release six players

After Friday night’s win over the Jaguars the Detroit Lions have released six players: G Alex Bullard, G A.J. Dalton, DT Greg Hickman, RB Steven Miller, DE Kris Redding and WR Conner Vernon. The first roster cuts down to 75 are due at 4 p.m., on Tuesday. The Lions also placed rookie wide receiver TJ Jones on reserve/physically unable to perform list meaning he has to miss at least the first six weeks of the season. Jones has missed all of training camp and the preseason while rehabbing a shoulder. (Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Order her book,  “100 Things Lions Fans Should...
Aug 23, 2014
Detroit Lions — Five players who excelled in win over Jaguars

Detroit Lions — Five players who excelled in win over Jaguars

It was a sloppy game but the Detroit Lions eked out a 13-12 win over the Jaguars on Friday night. Here are five players who stood out: 1. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead got the start and made the most of it with three sacks and a team-high 10 tackles. Jim Caldwell said they thought he’d been playing like a top three linebacker so they gave him the opportunity. The fifth-round pick (2012) has played the last two seasons, but mostly on special teams where he has been a standout. He solidified his spot on 53-man roster with his showing Friday night. 2. Running back Reggie Bush has not lost a...
Aug 22, 2014

Detroit Lions — Ziggy Ansah active; James Ihedigbo, Kyle Van Noy out

DETROIT — Safety James Ihedigbo is one of the inactives for Friday night’s preseason game against the Jaguars at Ford Field.  Defensive end Ziggy Ansah is active, but Devin Taylor will get the start. This would be Ansah’s first preseason appearance. Other inactives are wide receiver TJ Jones who is still on the physically unable to perform list and rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Isa Abdul-Quddus will start for Ihedigbo. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead will start for Ashlee Palmer who is active. Corey Hilliard will again start at right tackle. Defensive tackle Nick Fairley...
Aug 22, 2014
Detroit Lions — Five to watch tonight vs. Jaguars

Detroit Lions — Five to watch tonight vs. Jaguars

It’s not just the Lions’ third preseason game, it’s more like a dress rehearsal for the regular season. Starters will mostly play the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be interesting to see how the defense and offense perform. But this game is key for guys battling for a spot on the 53-man roster. Here are five Lions to watch tonight: 1. Running back MIkel Leshoure needs a solid effort to strengthen his chances of making the roster. Watch for him not just with the ball but also on special teams. George Winn has been solid. He had more carries and more snaps on...
Aug 19, 2014

Join chat to discuss Detroit Lions at noon Thursday

Join me at noon on Thursday to discuss the Detroit Lions as they prepare for their third preseason game otherwise known as a dress rehearsal. Calvin Johnson will play in his first preseason game. Still plenty of position battles ongoing. Bring questions or just read along.
Aug 19, 2014
Detroit Lions notes: Kicking competition too close to call; Raiola's advice for Manziel

Detroit Lions notes: Kicking competition too close to call; Raiola's advice for Manziel

ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions’ kicking competition could go down to the wire. Every time coach Jim Caldwell is asked about it, he uses the same words. “It’s hard.” Nate Freese, a seventh-round pick, and Giorgio Tavecchio, who was in training camp with the Packers a year ago, will rotate kicking duties in Friday night’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. “So it will happen: One will kick maybe the first opportunity, then the next guy will kick the next opportunity and we’ll go back and forth,’’ Caldwell said. “So we can get a little...
Aug 19, 2014
Detroit Lions — Dom Raiola on Johnny Manziel's finger; Matthew Stafford on his speed

Detroit Lions — Dom Raiola on Johnny Manziel's finger; Matthew Stafford on his speed

ALLEN PARK — Quick hits from Tuesday's early-afternoon availability with the Detroit Lions players and coach Jim Caldwell: 1. Safety DeJon Gomes who sat out of practice on Monday after a collision in Friday’s night’s game at Oakland does not have a long-term injury. Uncertain if he will practice this afternoon. 2. Dominic Raiola said he's honored that NFL.com has named him starting center in its preseason all-Pro team. He was unaware until informed by media Tuesday. He joins Calvin Johnson representing the Lions. Raiola said, “it’s a big honor. I think it’s a reflection of...
Aug 16, 2014
Detroit Lions — Three positions where it will be tough to make roster cuts

Detroit Lions — Three positions where it will be tough to make roster cuts

After the Lions’ second preseason game — a 27-26 loss to the Oakland Raiders late Friday night — one thing has become clear, this team is going to have some tough decisions to make for at least three positions. It’s a good problem to have, but they have to make the right decisions. Three positions where it’s going to be tough for Lions’ coaches and management to make the final cuts for the 53-man roster: 1. Wide receiver — Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Jeremy Ross (return specialist) are locks. That likely leaves two openings. The top candidates are Ryan Broyles, Kris...
Aug 15, 2014
Detroit Lions — Five things to watch in game at Oakland Raiders

Detroit Lions — Five things to watch in game at Oakland Raiders

The Lions practiced at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in part to get them ready for the 10 p.m. kickoff tonight at the Oakland Raiders. Question is: Are you ready? Here are five things to watch for in the second preseason game: 1. Nick Fairley practiced with the twos all week after he started and played in a dozen snaps in the preseason opener on Saturday. Fairley has gained back the weight he lost, he looks to be in a funk. A good game could give him a boost. He’s still listed as the starter on the depth chart, but wouldn’t be surprised to see C.J. Mosley start. 2. Cornerbacks likely to...
Aug 12, 2014
Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah taken off PUP list

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah taken off PUP list

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah has been taken off the physically unable to perform list. The Lions announced the move late Tuesday afternoon. Ansah, who is recovering from shoulder surgery in February, will now be allowed to participate in training camp. Since the start of camp he has been on the field, watching and soaking it all in, but unable to practice with his teammates. Quite often he would work with trainers on the sidelines. The Lions play at the Oakland Raiders on Friday at 10 p.m.  It’s unlikely Ansah will play because he will only have two practices (Tuesday night and...
Aug 12, 2014

Chat on Detroit Lions set for noon Thursday

Join me at noon on Thursday for a chat discussing the Detroit Lions and where they stand after two-plus weeks of training camp. Will also look ahead to Friday's preseason game at the Oakland Raiders. Bring your questions or just read along.