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Notes: 4 Lions make ESPN’s 2-round 2022 NFL Draft do-over

Notes: 4 Lions make ESPN’s 2-round 2022 NFL Draft do-over

Photo by Kevin Sabitus/ Four Lions went in the first two rounds of ESPN’s 2022 NFL Draft re-do—and it probably should have been five. It’s far too early to make any sweeping conclusions about the Detroit Lions’ 2022 draft class, but it’s fair to say the returns after one season are certainly promising. The Lions got starter reps out of Aidan Hutchinson, Kerby Joseph, Malcolm Rodriguez and James Houston, while they saw the tip of the iceberg potential in guys like Jameson Williams, Josh Paschal, and James Mitchell. Another sign that the Lions’ rookie class...
17 hours ago
2022 Detroit Lions awards: Play of the Year

2022 Detroit Lions awards: Play of the Year

Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Vote on the best single play of the Detroit Lions’ 2022 season. Memorable seasons are made of memorable moments, and the Detroit Lions’ 2022 season was littered with them. Whether the Lions were running trick plays or executing to perfection in critical downs, there are several plays that define the Lions’ 9-8 season and won’t soon be forgotten. So today’s 2022 Detroit Lions award—Play of the Year—will not be an easy one to choose. Here’s a look at our staff’s nominations for the award. Previously: Breakout...
20 hours ago
Lions free agent profile: Amani Oruwariye’s days in Detroit could be numbered

Lions free agent profile: Amani Oruwariye’s days in Detroit could be numbered

Photo by Cooper Neill/ Oruwariye’s step back could prove to be too be the end for him in Detroit The Detroit Lions have 28 players from their 2022 roster set to become free agents in 2023 (18 unrestricted, 10 restricted), and we are covering them all throughout the month of February. If you missed any of the previous articles, you can check them out here: RB Jamaal Williams, OL Evan Brown, DT Isaiah Buggs, EDGE John Cominsky, LB Josh Woods, and CB Will Harris. Next up: Amani Oruwariye Expectations heading into 2022 The Lions defense really struggled in 2021. In fact,...
21 hours ago
Open thread: How far away are the Lions from Super Bowl contention?

Open thread: How far away are the Lions from Super Bowl contention?

David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Lions are trending in a really positive direction, but how close are they to reaching the top? It’s Super Bowl week, and there are 30 franchises spending the next six days envious of the position the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs are in. These are two franchises that are not that far removed from their last Super Bowl wins, and they each look to be in a position where they could be right back there again next year. For the next week—and likely the eight months that follow—there will be far too many people...
22 hours ago
NFL mock draft: Matt Miller helps Lions on both sides of the ball

NFL mock draft: Matt Miller helps Lions on both sides of the ball

Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Matt Miller is the latest ESPN NFL Draft analyst to release a mock draft, and as always, we have some thoughts. ESPN continues to ramp up its 2023 NFL mock draft output. In December, Todd McShay released his first mock draft of the season, in early January, his colleague Jordan Reid dropped his first projection, followed by Mel Kiper’s first mock draft in late January. Now, Matt Miller, the fourth NFL draft analyst at ESPN, released his first mock draft of the season ($ubscription), a two-rounder following the conclusion of...
22 hours ago
2023 Detroit Lions offseason blueprint: Offense

2023 Detroit Lions offseason blueprint: Offense

Appleton Post-Crescent-USA TODAY NETWORK A two part primer series for the roster, free agency, draft and beyond The football offseason is long, torturous, and yawning wide before us. Past the Super Bowl in five days, you’re looking at maybe sucking on some XFL and USFL until the draft. It’s a grim prospect. But the Detroit Lions have plenty to do. We’re just over a month out from NFL free agency, where the Lions will make their first major decisions on the shape of the future 2023 roster. They’ll be tasked with the decision to pay outstanding players like Jamaal...
23 hours ago
Notes: Hutchinson, Rodriguez recognized in CBS Sports Rookie Awards

Notes: Hutchinson, Rodriguez recognized in CBS Sports Rookie Awards

Photo by Mike Mulholland/ The Detroit Lions rookies continue to garner attention. The season is over but Detroit Lions rookies are still showing up on awards lists. CBS Sports Chris Trapasso created a unique list of awards for first-year players. Although the Lions didn’t make his list of “official” rookie awards, they did rake in the awards for some other important titles. First, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was awarded Best Past Rusher. “Hutchinson took some time to acclimate to the pro game, then he started rushing the quarterback like he was back in the...
Feb 6, 2023
Report: Lions hiring Scottie Montgomery as assistant head coach, RB coach

Report: Lions hiring Scottie Montgomery as assistant head coach, RB coach

Photo by Michael Hickey/ The Detroit Lions are filling the opening in their coaching staff following the departure of Duce Staley. According to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Detroit Lions are hiring Scottie Montgomery as their assistant head coach and running backs coach, filling the opening created after Duce Staley left to join the Carolina Panther staff to be closer to family. “(Montgomery) is a strong and respected veteran addition to Detroit’s staff who multiple teams have had interest in,” per Pelissero. As is the case with most of the...
Feb 6, 2023
Free agent profile: Can the Lions afford to keep Evan Brown as a backup?

Free agent profile: Can the Lions afford to keep Evan Brown as a backup?

Photo by Rey Del Rio/ Evan Brown has proven his value two seasons in a row now. Will his steady play and versatility be enough to keep him in Detroit? The Detroit Lions have 28 players from their 2022 roster set to become free agents in 2023 (18 unrestricted, 10 restricted), and we are covering them all throughout the month of February. If you missed any of the previous articles, you can check them out here: RB Jamaal Williams, DT Isaiah Buggs, EDGE John Cominsky, LB Josh Woods, and CB Will Harris. Next up: Evan Brown Expectations heading into 2022 When All-Pro center...
Feb 6, 2023
2022 Detroit Lions Awards: Defensive Player of the Year

2022 Detroit Lions Awards: Defensive Player of the Year

Tork Mason / USA TODAY NETWORK Will Aidan Hutchinson run away with Lions Defensive Player of the Year honors, or is another player worthy of the award? The Detroit Lions' defense wasn’t good last year, but by the end of the season, it did provide one thing: hope. Down the stretch, the Lions' defense wasn’t just better, it was good. Since Week 9, the Lions allowed just 20.2 points per game, which ranked 11th over that time period. Over the same span, the Lions' defense ranked 17th—a considerable improvement from their 32nd rank (by a considerable margin) over the...
Feb 6, 2023
Watch: Amon-Ra St. Brown wins Best Catch competition at 2023 Pro Bowl

Watch: Amon-Ra St. Brown wins Best Catch competition at 2023 Pro Bowl

Photo by Ethan Miller/ The Detroit Lions Amon-Ra St. Brown put on a show at the 2023 Pro Bowl, winning the Best Catch competition with four aerobatic catches. The Detroit Lions were well-represented at the 2023 Pro Bowl and with the newly revamped format, we got to see all four Lions players having fun and showing off their athleticism. While the NFC flag football team that included Jared Goff, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Frank Ragnow came up short in their game, the NFC team won the Gridiron Gauntlet with Penei Sewell leading off the competition, and St. Brown did catch a...
Feb 6, 2023
Open thread: Was the revamped 2023 Pro Bowl a success?

Open thread: Was the revamped 2023 Pro Bowl a success?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The revamped format drew mixed reviews. The 2023 Pro Bowl introduced a new format that eliminated the traditional tackle football all-star game that we’ve seen in years past. With players putting forth only a marginal effort and so many players opting out in the name of health and safety, the Pro Bowl simply hasn’t meant what it did in years past. The NFL’s attempt at fixing this event featured skills challenges for several major position groups on Thursday night, then capped things off Sunday with three flag football games coached by...
Feb 5, 2023
Report: Aaron Glenn no longer being considered for Cardinals head coach job

Report: Aaron Glenn no longer being considered for Cardinals head coach job

Photo by Nic Antaya/ The Lions defensive coordinator is no longer being considered for the Cardinals job, but he’s still in the running for Indy. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn is no longer being considered for the Arizona Cardinals head coach vacancy. Per Fowler, the Cardinals have started to let candidates know that they are out of the running, and Glenn was one of those contacted, along with the likes of Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, and Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan. Glenn was...
Feb 5, 2023
DJ Chark praises Lions coaching staff’s ability to build relationships, elevate players

DJ Chark praises Lions coaching staff’s ability to build relationships, elevate players

Photo by Nic Antaya/ DJ Chark said the Lions coaching staff has some unique qualities he hasn’t seen since college. If you haven’t been watching, the St. Brown brothers’ podcast for The 33rd Team has been excellent so far. Detroit Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has an obviously natural competitive chemistry with his brother Equanimeous, who plays for the Chicago Bears. As a cherry on top, the last two guests of their podcast have been Lions teammates of Amon-Ra. Last week, they talked to Jamaal Williams about his ridiculous fines. This week, it was fellow...
Feb 5, 2023
Free agent profile: Has Isaiah Buggs’ play, leadership earned him a second contact?

Free agent profile: Has Isaiah Buggs’ play, leadership earned him a second contact?

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports From training camp addition, to starter, to leader of the defense, Isaiah Buggs 2022 season was quite a journey. The Detroit Lions have 28 players from their 2022 roster set to become free agents in 2023 (18 unrestricted, 10 restricted), and we are covering them all throughout the month of February. If you missed any of the previous articles, you can check them out here: RB Jamaal Williams, EDGE John Cominsky, LB Josh Woods, and CB Will Harris. Next up: Isaiah Buggs Expectations heading into 2022 When the Lions opened training camp,...