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What are the best Lions-Colts matchups for joint practices?

What are the best Lions-Colts matchups for joint practices?

Junfu Han via Imagn Content Services, LLC The Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts kick off two joint practices on Wednesday. Here are the best matchups to watch for. On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions will head down to Indianapolis(ish) for a couplet of joint practices with the Colts. It’s a unique opportunity for the Lions to not only face off against a good NFL team a few times throughout the week, but as Lions coach Dan Campbell said on Monday, he has already collaborated with Colts coach Frank Reich to set up specific situations both teams would like to practice...
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Notes: Here’s what they’re saying about Aidan Hutchinson’s preseason debut

Notes: Here’s what they’re saying about Aidan Hutchinson’s preseason debut

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ So far, so good — the rookie’s preseason showing is earning high marks. First he earned their love with a spectacular “Billie Jean” rendition. Now Detroit Lions rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson raising eyebrows on the field — as expected. The reviews are in after the University of Michigan grad’s preseason rookie debut against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on Friday. While the Lions didn’t walk away with a win, Hutchinson’s strong showing still gained national attention. Here’s what they’re saying following the...
18 hours ago
Lions training camp observations: Defense dominates the day

Lions training camp observations: Defense dominates the day

Detroit Free Press-USA TODAY NET For perhaps the first day of all training camp, the Detroit Lions defense outplayed the offense during Monday’s practice. During Friday’s preseason game, the Detroit Lions' defense failed in two end-of-half scenarios. In the first half, with just 47 seconds left and just one timeout, Falcons rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder was able to drive 46 yards downfield, ending the half with a 47-yard field goal that tied up the ballgame. They also gave up the game-winning touchdown by allowing Ridder to complete a 21-yard touchdown pass on a...
19 hours ago
Lions injury update: Jason Cabinda, Levi Onwuzurike’s status uncertain for Week 1

Lions injury update: Jason Cabinda, Levi Onwuzurike’s status uncertain for Week 1

Ryan Garza via Imagn Content Services, LLC Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell gave injury updates on Jason Cabinda and Levi Onwuzurike on Monday. The Detroit Lions are just over halfway through training camp and that means they are approaching the time of the offseason where they have to start looking towards the regular season with regards to players dealing with injuries. On Monday, coach Dan Campbell gave the media injury updates on fullback Jason Cabinda (PUP, ankle) and defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike (back) and suggested both are in jeopardy of not being available...
21 hours ago
Lions preseason game 1: The good, the bad and the ugly

Lions preseason game 1: The good, the bad and the ugly

Detroit Free Press-USA TODAY NETWORK Breaking down everything we learned from Friday’s tilt The long-awaited preseason bout between the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons heralded football’s return (at least, another goalpost to that). But more importantly, what all did we learn from the Lions’ first return to live action against another professional football team? Who stood out, who flunked, and how did the systems honed by Dan Campbell and his coaching staff fare against an external opponent? On the latest Pride of Detroit PODcast, we’re breaking down...
22 hours ago
Lions release TE Garrett Griffin, waive TE Nolan Givan, C Ryan McCollum

Lions release TE Garrett Griffin, waive TE Nolan Givan, C Ryan McCollum

Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK The Detroit Lions have begun reducing their roster from 90 to 85 players, beginning with two tight ends and a reserve center. The Detroit Lions are required to reduce their 90-man roster down to 85 players by Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at 4 p.m. ET, but they are getting a head start on the process on Monday, releasing tight end Garrett Griffin, and waiving UDFA rookie tight end Nolan Givan and third-string center Ryan McCollum. Griffin, who spent time with coach Dan Campbell in New Orleans, was signed this past offseason to act as a...
22 hours ago
Monday Overreaction: The Lions defense kills the hype surrounding this team

Monday Overreaction: The Lions defense kills the hype surrounding this team

Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Lions defense bad on Friday, but how big of a deal is it? Things were going well for this Detroit Lions team. “Hard Knocks” was a big success, the Lions had a killer offseason with a great draft, and the camp highlights were fun and encouraging. After the Lions starters on offense drove down the field with ease against the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, the hype around this team was an all-time fever-pitch high. Then the Lions defense hit the field and it all crashed back down to Earth. This shouldn’t be much of a shock to...
23 hours ago
Bubble watch, offense: Players who helped, hurt their cases vs. Falcons

Bubble watch, offense: Players who helped, hurt their cases vs. Falcons

Kirthmon F. Dozier / USA TODAY NETWORK A look at the Lions roster bubble players on offense who helped and hurt their case in Friday’s preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons. The preseason is a huge opportunity for players that are hanging right around the roster bubble. Not only are these the first true live reps for a lot of players on the second and third team roster, but it’s opposite real competition against players who are just as hungry to fight for their professional lives. On Friday night, the Detroit Lions’ offense looked relatively good for much of...
Aug 15, 2022
PFF grades: Detroit Lions’ offensive line earns high marks against Atlanta Falcons

PFF grades: Detroit Lions’ offensive line earns high marks against Atlanta Falcons

Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via The Detroit Lions’ starting offensive line graded as well as you think they did against the Falcons. On Sunday, we took a look at how the Detroit Lions defense scored in the preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons. Now, we turn our attention to how Pro Football Focus graded a Lions offense that seemed to be a source for great optimism in wake of their 27-23 loss on Friday. Let’s dive into the grades and see if the people over at PFF share those same sentiments. Centers Top score: Frank Ragnow (80.7)Low score: Ryan McCollum...
Aug 15, 2022
Open thread: Should the Lions make a preseason trade in 2022?

Open thread: Should the Lions make a preseason trade in 2022?

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ Should the Lions attempt to strengthen their roster with a trade or two before the regular season kicks off? One preseason game down, two to go. But with the regular season fast approaching, is there a chance the Detroit Lions make a few moves before cutdown day? Preseason trades are rarely blockbusters, but they can be impactful, for good and for bad. Last season, the Lions acquired Trinity Benson from the Denver Broncos, along with a 2023 sixth-rounder, for a Lions’ 2022 fifth and seventh. Benson was unlikely to provide immediate relief for...
Aug 14, 2022
Detroit Lions preseason rookie review: Hutchinson shines in Lions debut

Detroit Lions preseason rookie review: Hutchinson shines in Lions debut

Detroit Free Press-USA TODAY NETWORK Examining how the Lions 2022 rookie class performed in Week 1 of the preseason. Week 1 of the NFL preseason is always a strange time. It feels like forever since any football has been played, and although preseason standings mean literally nothing, it’s an exciting feeling to have football back—even if we won’t get the real thing for nearly another month. In their one and only preseason game played at home this year, the Detroit Lions fell to the Atlanta Falcons, 27-23. As expected, there were varying workloads for the...
Aug 14, 2022
Tracy Walker takes jab a previous regime, explains why Detroit is now ‘home’

Tracy Walker takes jab a previous regime, explains why Detroit is now ‘home’

David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports The veteran safety turned down more lucrative offers to continue building a winner with people he knows and trusts. On Thursday, Lions safety Tracy Walker was a guest on 97.1’s Stoney & Jansen with Heather show. From previous reporting and statements made by the fifth-year veteran made it clear very early that he wanted to stay in Detroit in large part due to how he felt about the current coaching staff and front office management. The culture and locker room shift with the arrival of Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell made a big difference in...
Aug 14, 2022
PFF grades: Lions defensive rookies make big impression in preseason debut

PFF grades: Lions defensive rookies make big impression in preseason debut

Photo by Gregory Shamus/ Detroit’s defense is still very much a work-in-progress, and the grades from Pro Football Focus back up what your eyes saw on Friday. The Detroit Lions preseason got underway with a loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Friday. For the most part, though, these exhibitions have little to do with the points on the scoreboard when the clock hits zero. There are many observers who find a different set of numbers to be much more valuable after the game is over: Pro Football Focus’ player grades. Let’s take a look at how the Detroit Lions’ defense...
Aug 14, 2022
53-man roster prediction 2.0: Post-Preseason Game 1 edition

53-man roster prediction 2.0: Post-Preseason Game 1 edition

Detroit Free Press-USA TODAY NETWORK Jeremy Reisman and Erik Schlitt join forces to project the Detroit Lions’ 53-man roster based on what they saw at training camp and the first game of the preseason. The Detroit Lions have 13 training camp practices and one preseason game under their belt, so now is a good time to revisit their roster and project which players have the inside track for the 53-man team. Just like after spring practices, Jeremy Reisman and Erik Schlitt sat down and debated what they have seen during their time at camp, and developed a joint...
Aug 14, 2022
Open thread: Which Lions players need to play more in preseason Week 2?

Open thread: Which Lions players need to play more in preseason Week 2?

Detroit Free Press-USA TODAY NETWORK Breaking down the Detroit Lions we would like to see more of in Week 2 of the preseason vs. the Indianapolis Colts. Though the Detroit Lions started the preseason off with a loss, there are plenty of positives to take away. The first-team offense looked fantastic on the one drive that they got, and the offensive line was as good as advertised. Jared Goff felt very comfortable behind those guys, and we got to see a small glimpse of the positive reports we’ve been hearing out of training camp on him. For other standouts,...