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Jul 31, 2014
Detroit Lions — Rob Sims in best shape of his life

Detroit Lions — Rob Sims in best shape of his life

Rob Sims was one of the last Lions players to walk off the field at Wayne State on Wednesday night. The players signed autographs after their third training camp session which was held under the lights before nearly 9,000 fans. Three camp sessions down for Sims who missed organized team activities in the spring while coming back from a knee injury. “I’ve been fighting through some stuff didn’t want to talk about it last year,’’ Sims said on Tuesday. “Stress going on with my knees, I needed to take care of that. Offensive line, you just battle through it.’’ The left...
Jul 30, 2014
Detroit Lions, Joique Bell practice at Wayne State

Detroit Lions, Joique Bell practice at Wayne State

DETROIT — Joique Bell stopped for photos with fans as he approached Wayne State football stadium  Wednesday night an hour before the Detroit Lions practice. “I’m grateful to be back, for me to play college ball here, be from Michigan, play for Wayne State and now I’m playing for the Detroit Lions and bringing the Detroit Lions back to Wayne State it’s a great feeling and this is a day I’ll never forget,’’ Bell said while being pelted with rain. He said he had no intention to show off for the fans. “I’m going to come out and do what I do every practice I’m going...
Jul 30, 2014

Join chat on Detroit Lions at noon on Thursday

Join me for a live chat at noon on Thursday to discuss the Detroit Lions after the first three days of training camp. Bring your questions or just read along.
Jul 29, 2014
Detroit Lions — Running back by committee?

Detroit Lions — Running back by committee?

ALLEN PARK — It’s a new day and a new offense for the Detroit Lions as they work out during the first week of training camp. The rotation of players on the field in 7-on-7 and team drills is fast and furious, giving several players opportunities. When it comes to running backs, expect a different look. Just not sure exactly what that will be yet. “(The running back rotation) is yet to be determined,’’ quarterback Matthew Stafford said on Monday. “This league seems to be going running back by committee more and more. “Who knows if that will be us, but it’s such a...
Jul 28, 2014
Detroit Lions table talks with Ndamukong Suh until after season

Detroit Lions table talks with Ndamukong Suh until after season

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said today, just before the opening of training camp, that the team has tabled contract talks with Ndamukong Suh's agent until after the season. Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew remain optimistic that a deal will get done. Suh is under contract through 2014. The two sides have been negotiating since the spring on a new deal. More to come ...
Jul 28, 2014
Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell expects young cornerbacks to step up

Detroit Lions Jim Caldwell expects young cornerbacks to step up

ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have plenty of cornerbacks with limited experience. It’s an issue as training camp starts and coach Jim Caldwell doesn’t tip-toe around it. He’s got veteran Rashean Mathis, 33, who started 13 games for the Lions last season along with Cassius Vaughn, who is 26 and started four games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2013. Most of the others are untested youngsters including Darius Slay who could be a starter along with Mathis. “The young boy, Darius Slay, in his second year is taking big steps to become a big-time player in this league,’’...
Jul 27, 2014
Detroit Lions — Jim Caldwell optimistic about deal for Ndamukong Suh

Detroit Lions — Jim Caldwell optimistic about deal for Ndamukong Suh

ALLEN PARK — Ndamukong Suh reported to training camp in impressive shape according to those who have seen him. The Detroit Lions defensive tackle also reported without having a contract extension done, but coach Jim Caldwell said that will not be a distraction. “No. 1, he’s in the best shape he’s ever been in,’’ Caldwell said on Sunday. “He’s got a great attitude. You guys will have a chance to talk to him at some point in time, he’ll speak for himself. I don’t think he’s going to let anything distract him. I’m not worried about it in that regard because Tom...
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’...