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Jul 24, 2014
Report: Detroit Lions not optimistic about deal with Ndamukong Suh

Report: Detroit Lions not optimistic about deal with Ndamukong Suh

The Detroit Lions are not optimistic about signing Ndamukong Suh to a new contract, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Suh’s contract which runs through the 2014 season has a salary cap hit of $22 million. Mortensen reported that if Suh doesn’t get signed his franchise tender would be $26.7 million in 2015 or he would become an unrestricted free agent entering his sixth NFL season. Suh fired his former agent in January and signed new agent Jimmy Sexton in March. Both sides have said they want to reach an agreement, but neither side has made a public announcement in...
Jul 23, 2014
Report: Detroit Lions Golden Tate, Ziggy Ansah place on PUP

Report: Detroit Lions Golden Tate, Ziggy Ansah place on PUP

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive end Ziggy Ansah have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to training camp, according to Ian Rapoport, insider for the NFL Network. This is basically a precautionary move.  It does not mean the two will sit out the first six games of the season. To be eligible for the PUP list once the season starts, which would make players unavailable through the first six weeks, players must have been on PUP list prior to training camp. Ansah underwent shoulder surgery in February and should be close to a return. Tate...
Jul 23, 2014
Detroit Lions open up 2 more training camp practices

Detroit Lions open up 2 more training camp practices

The Lions have opened up two more training camp practices  — July 30 and July 31 — to the general public in addition to the eight previously announced. Both practices are free, but wristbands or tickets will be required for entry. On July 30 the Lions will practice at Tom Adams Field at Wayne State Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Ford Field and Wayne State box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday with a limit of four per person while supplies last. For the July 31 practice at 2 p.m. at the Lions practice facility in Allen Park, fans must visit a southeast...
Jul 22, 2014

Live chat on Detroit Lions set to discuss start of training camp

Join me for a live chat at 1 p.m. on Thursday discussing the Detroit Lions as they prepare to begin training camp on Monday.
Jul 21, 2014
Detroit Lions to honor William Clay Ford with uniform patch

Detroit Lions to honor William Clay Ford with uniform patch

William Clay Ford will be honored by the Detroit Lions this season with a uniform patch that features his initials. Ford died on March 9 at age 88 He purchased the Lions in November 1963 and became the sole owner on Jan. 10, 1964.  Ownership of the team has been passed on to his family with his wife Martha as the team’s majority owner. Bill Ford Jr., has remained as vice chairman. The patch will be worn starting with the season open on Sept. 8 against the N.Y. Giants at Ford Field. The Lions, under new coach Jim Caldwell, open training camp on July 28. (Follow...
Jul 17, 2014
Detroit Lions — Five key players who have moved on

Detroit Lions — Five key players who have moved on

When training camp opens on July 28, five key players from last season will be missing. Here are the five players who have moved on: 1. Cornerback Chris Houston was released by the Lions. It was all a little suspicious in the offseason when he couldn’t participate due to a toe injury and then surgery. He has not signed with another team. It’s uncertain which two cornerbacks will start. Darius Slay and Rasheen Mathis are the early favorites. 2. Safety Louis Delmas, who couldn’t find a way to stay on the field due to his bad knee, was released. He signed with the Miami Dolphins....
Jul 15, 2014
Detroit Lions — Top 5 position battles expected at training camp

Detroit Lions — Top 5 position battles expected at training camp

While all the Detroit Lions' offseason work is important — especially this year with new defensive and offensive systems being installed — training camp is the most crucial time. Here are five top position battles we’ll be watching: 1. Cornerback: Both starting spots are up for grabs with Chris Houston gone. The most likely candidates are Darius Slay, Rashean Mathis, Cassius Vaughn  and Bill Bentley. Mathis and Vaughn have the most experience, but that doesn’t mean everything. Slay had a good minicamp and Bentley saw plenty of action at nickel in 2013. 2. Right tackle: This...
Jul 14, 2014
Detroit Lions — Three reasons team holds training camp at home

Detroit Lions — Three reasons team holds training camp at home

It’s been 13 years since the Lions have held training camp away from the Detroit area.  For a few years, they camped out at Saginaw Valley State University which seemed to be a hit with the fans. Since then they have stuck close to home at Lions headquarters and practice facility in Allen Park. Three reasons they will be in Allen Park for training camp starting on July 28: 1. That’s where coach Jim Caldwell wants to hold camp. When he was with the Indianapolis Colts, they held camp at nearby Anderson, Ind. (Not a hit with the local media.) But he said in June after Lions’...
Jul 11, 2014
Detroit Lions — Three reasons Ndamukong Suh is key to the defense

Detroit Lions — Three reasons Ndamukong Suh is key to the defense

Ndamukong Suh seems to be a polarizing player — fans love him or not so much. He hasn’t embraced the city of Detroit like many of the Lions have, but  he excels on the field. Here are three reasons the Detroit Lions defensive tackle is so important to the defense. 1. He’s one of the most powerful defense tackles in the game and requires attention from all on the other side of the ball. He demands respect on the field. With Suh double- or triple-teamed it opens up options for the rest of the defense.  2. Suh is an Ironman of sorts. He stays healthy enough to play. In four...
Jul 10, 2014
Detroit Lions announce open training camp days for fans

Detroit Lions announce open training camp days for fans

It's almost that time. The Detroit Lions have announced the training camp schedule for sessions that will be open to the public. — Friday, Aug. 1, 3:30 p.m. — Saturday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m. — Monday, Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m. — Tuesday, Aug. 5, 3:30 p.m. — Wednesday, Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. at Ford Field — Thursday, Aug. 7, 2 p.m. — Monday, Aug. 11, 3:30 p.m. — Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m.  Unless noted, sessions are at the Lions headquarters and practice facility at 222 Republic Drive, Allen Park. Gates open 30 minutes prior to each session. Season ticket holders, suite...
Jul 10, 2014
Detroit Lions — Three cornerbacks who need good training camps

Detroit Lions — Three cornerbacks who need good training camps

Martin Mayhew’s words have echoed for months. The Detroit Lions general manager said if a cornerback doesn’t make it in three years in the NFL, he’ll never make it. Mayhew, a former NFL cornerback, knows something about the position. Here are three cornerbacks, who were all drafted in 2012, whose futures could be on the line in training camp: 1. Bill Bentley made a big step in 2013. He seemed to fit in comfortably at the nickel position. He needs to expand his repertoire and show he can also play at corner if needed. With Chris Houston gone, the cornerback ranks have thinned. It...
Jul 9, 2014
Detroit Lions — MIllions of reasons Nick Fairley needs good season

Detroit Lions — MIllions of reasons Nick Fairley needs good season

Nick Fairley, the Detroit Lions defensive tackle, dropped 30 pounds and underwent a procedure to help his sleep apnea prior to the minicamp in June. He also seems to have adopted a new attitude. Here are several million reasons why Fairley needs a good season: We’re talking dollars, millions of them. The Lions have not picked up the fifth-year option on Fairley’s contract. They just didn’t see enough from a first-round pick to be worth the money. So Fairley has something to prove to the Lions and perhaps other NFL teams. The defensive tackle has to show he can play...
Jul 8, 2014
Detroit Lions — Three reason Dominic Raiola key to offense

Detroit Lions — Three reason Dominic Raiola key to offense

Dominic Raiola may be 35 but the Detroit Lions center plays like he’s much younger. He made have had his best season in 2013 which earned him a two-year contract. Here are three reasons Raiola is key to the offense. 1. He can snap the ball. Sounds easy? Not really. Early in OTAs, Matthew Stafford had a less experienced guy at center and had several mis-snaps in a row. Raiola and Stafford have a good relationship with mutual respect and it shows on the field. 2. Raiola embraced Travis Swanson, the offensive lineman drafted in May who can play guard or center. He’ll teach him all...
Jul 7, 2014
Detroit Lions — Three questions about Ryan Broyles

Detroit Lions — Three questions about Ryan Broyles

Ryan Broyles has never been able to make the contributions the Detroit Lions envisioned when they drafted the wide receiver thanks to two season-ending injuries. Here are three questions about Broyles prior to the start of training camp: 1. Is he back to his old self? Broyles tore his Achille’s tendon last November and had it surgically repaired. He was under no physical restrictions at minicamp. He looked fine, but said he’s still working on his speed. 2. Will he fit in the new offense? He should slide right in as a slot receiver if he’s up to speed. 3. Can he stay healthy?...
Jul 4, 2014
Detroit Lions — Three reasons Reggie Bush a great asset

Detroit Lions — Three reasons Reggie Bush a great asset

Reggie Bush enters his second season with the Lions after making quite a splash in his first. Here are three reasons Reggie Bush has been a great asset: 1. He’s a workout fiend. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi was with the Saints when Bush played there before his two seasons in Miami. Lombardi was pleasantly surprised to see the Bush still has the explosiveness he had with the Saints. 2. Bush is more familiar with this kind of offense because it’s very similar to what the Saints ran. In fact, Bush said it’s exactly the same. But Jim Caldwell says it has bits and pieces from...