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Jun 19, 2019
Next Man Up: It takes two (defensive ends) to tango

Next Man Up: It takes two (defensive ends) to tango

The Lions signed Trey Flowers to be their star pass rusher. Just how much help will he have? The Lions spent serious cash on EDGE Trey Flowers in free agency, luring him away from New England to the tune of a $90 million paycheck and reuniting him with his former defensive coordinator in Matt Patricia. Flowers is a budding star (pun very much intended) with the potential to explode into one of the league’s premiere pass rushers in the 2019 season. The line is rooted in absolute units like Damon “Snacks” Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson, as well as Da’Shawn Hand, who quietly had a...
Jun 19, 2019
Ameer Abdullah opens up about impact of Lisfranc injury: ‘I was a complete mess’

Ameer Abdullah opens up about impact of Lisfranc injury: ‘I was a complete mess’

In a new documentary series, Ameer Abdullah puts it all on the table. Ameer Abdullah’s career as a Detroit Lion came to a screeching halt in 2016. After an extremely promising rookie season, in which he racked up nearly 600 rushing yards and 4.2 yards per carry, Abdullah suffered a Lisfranc injury in the second game of his sophomore year in the NFL. He never seemed to fully recover in Detroit, and his fate was sealed when the Lions moved up in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft to grab his replacement, Kerryon Johnson. Since then, Abdullah has moved on to the Minnesota Vikings....
Jun 19, 2019
Open thread: What is the Lions’ most overpaid position group?

Open thread: What is the Lions’ most overpaid position group?

The Lions dealt out some serious cash this offseason — after the dust settles, is it all worth it? It’s a Lions fan’s most optimistic time of the year — the offseason. The team has made their free agent and draft moves and given the fan base all the right reasons to have hope for a successful 2019 season—fingers crossed it’ll come to fruition. The Lions gave out some serious paydays this offseason, signing free agents like Trey Flowers and Justin Coleman to some hefty market-setting contracts. There’s a degree of hesitation that comes with dishing out money in free agency, as...
Jun 18, 2019
ESPN: Lions had one of the best offseasons in the NFL

ESPN: Lions had one of the best offseasons in the NFL

ESPN is high on the moves the Lions made last spring. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has never shown that he is scared to make a splash free agent signing. In 2016, he landed Marvin Jones Jr.. In 2017, the additions of T.J. Lang and Rick Wagner bolstered the offensive line. After striking out on all the big names in 2018, he was back at it again this year, landing a huge free agent haul that will shape the team this upcoming season. Trey Flowers and Justin Coleman can take the defense to an elite level, while signing Jesse James could have landed the Lions the perfect TE2 to play...
Jun 18, 2019
Teryl Austin’s agent accuses Detroit Lions of ‘token’ head coach interview

Teryl Austin’s agent accuses Detroit Lions of ‘token’ head coach interview

Was Austin simply a Rooney Rule interview? Matt Patricia was the leading candidate to take the Detroit Lions’ head coaching job from the moment the vacancy became available. After Jim Caldwell was fired following a disappointing 2017 season, Patricia’s name was at the top of the list. While the Lions waited for Patricia to become available, as the Patriots went deeper and deeper into the playoffs, they interviewed several other candidates. One of those candidates was their defensive coordinator at the time, Teryl Austin. Austin and his agent Eric Metz recently talked with The Athletic...
Jun 18, 2019
The Detroit Lions 2017 draft class was a disaster

The Detroit Lions 2017 draft class was a disaster

Two years later, it looks like the 2017 draft is one that truly set the team behind. Jarrad Davis Teez Tabor Kenny Golladay Jalen Reeves-Maybin Michael Roberts Jamal Agnew Jeremiah Ledbetter Brad Kaaya Pat O’Connor Those were the nine names called by the Detroit Lions on the weekend of the 2017 NFL Draft. An exciting weekend for Lions fans—just as it is for every other fan base around the NFL—as a group of new young faces had arrived to fill the team’s need and potentially build this team into a contender. Davis was the Ray Lewis-esque presence that would anchor a struggling...
Jun 18, 2019
Did Matthew Stafford play with a broken back in 2018?

Did Matthew Stafford play with a broken back in 2018?

One report suggests Stafford played through considerable pain down the stretch of the 2018 season. Matthew Stafford is no stranger to playing through injury. In fact, the most iconic moment of his 10-year career is when he weaved his way through trainers moments after separating his shoulder to throw the game-winning touchdown in a meaningless game against the Cleveland Browns. So it probably will come as little surprise that Matthew Stafford may have played through broken bones in his back last year. The report comes from DetroitLions.com’s Mike O’Hara on his weekly podcast with WJR...
Jun 18, 2019
Who will win the Pride of Detroit Name Bracket tournament?

Who will win the Pride of Detroit Name Bracket tournament?

One name—and one name only—will reign supreme. When it comes to football in June, not everything needs to be a test of athleticism. And after OTAs have wrapped up, not everything really can be. So I ask you, vigilant reader of this here website: what’s in a name? An annual competition at Pride of Detroit, the Name Bracket tournament pits a field of 64 Detroit Lions players against one another for the chance to claim the title of best name on the team—whatever that means. In the past, some winners have claimed name supremacy simply for how cool their names are, like Ezekiel Ansah in...
Jun 17, 2019
Breaking down the impact of the Michael Roberts release

Breaking down the impact of the Michael Roberts release

The PODcast crew tackles every angle of the Michael Roberts waiving. Detroit Lions OTAs came to close last week with a whimper. The only open session to the media was sparsely attended due to injury and there just wasn’t much notable developments during that Thursday’s practice. However, we were gifted with a pretty significant news item late in the week. Former Lions fourth-round pick Michael Roberts was traded to the Patriots until he wasn’t. Then the Lions figured getting nothing in return was good enough for them, sending Roberts to waivers rather than keeping him around...
Jun 17, 2019
4 winners, 2 losers from Detroit Lions OTAs, minicamp

4 winners, 2 losers from Detroit Lions OTAs, minicamp

Recapping the best and worst performances from the past month of practices. After a month of practices without pads, the Detroit Lions players are off until training camp—over a month away. That will give those players time to spend with their families, time to absorb their playbook, and time to get their bodies right for the grueling six months of football ahead. But before we get into all of that, let’s look back on the past month of practices. Here are four winners and two losers from Detroit Lions OTAs and minicamp. Winner: T.J. Hockenson The Lions’ first-round pick looked the...
Jun 17, 2019
Detroit Lions to officially hold joint practices with Texans

Detroit Lions to officially hold joint practices with Texans

The two teams will practice together before their Week 2 preseason game. The Detroit Lions announced their training camp schedule last week, and, as expected, it featured a set of joint practices with the New England Patriots before their preseason opener on August 8. It will be another chance for Lions head coach Matt Patricia to square off against his mentor, Bill Belichick. The following week, Patricia will get a chance to compete with another former colleague. The Houston Texans released their training camp schedule over the weekend, and it includes two joint practices with the Lions...
Jun 17, 2019
Open thread: Who will score the first Lions touchdown of the season?

Open thread: Who will score the first Lions touchdown of the season?

Which Lion will score first in 2019? The 2019 Detroit Lions will feature a lot of new faces on offense, all in hopes of rejuvenating their offense. The Lions dropped from 410 points scored in 2017 to just 324 in 2018, and that regression cost Jim Bob Cooter his job. Now with Darrell Bevell at the helm, there is optimism all around for this offense. As expected, Matthew Stafford returns as quarterback. 2018 was a down year for him, but Lions fans are hoping that it was an aberration. Joining him will be Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay, both of whom are important members of the Lions’...
Jun 16, 2019
Which late-round pick is most likely to make the Lions final 53?

Which late-round pick is most likely to make the Lions final 53?

Which late-round pick has the best route to the 53? The Detroit Lions had four picks in the final two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. They decided to add more depth to their offensive skill positions with three of those four picks, with the other pick targeting a nose tackle. Their first pick in the sixth round was wide receiver, Travis Fulgham. Fulgham adds nice depth to the Lions’ receiving corps and could immediately thrive in red zone situations if added to the roster. Their second sixth-round pick, Ty Johnson, has a chance to make the team as one of their backup running backs, but also...
Jun 15, 2019
Ask POD: Avoid the void

Ask POD: Avoid the void

Submit your Detroit Lions questions here! We’ve officially reached it. With the Detroit Lions finishing up their last OTA session on Thursday, there are no more football related events on the schedule until the start of training camp in late July. And with the NBA and NHL finishing up their seasons this week, we are truly staring into the football abyss. The Women’s World Cup will only carry us so far. So if you want to keep a little Lions in your life, the PODcast crew will carry you through this troubling time. We’ll still touch on some news—like the Michael Roberts trade that...
Jun 15, 2019
Which NFL team will be next to win their first Super Bowl?

Which NFL team will be next to win their first Super Bowl?

The NHL and NBA did it this year, could the NFL follow suit? This week has brought us two new champions in the world of sports. Congrats to the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Raptors. No matter how much Drake or the song “Gloria” was shoved in our face, Boston (all their teams combined lately sans the Celtics) and Golden State make Thanos jealous with the amount of rings they have. It was time to spread the wealth. The other cool aspect is both franchises have been around at least 25 years and had no championships to show for it. We can now mark them both off the list of championship-less...