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In a league increasingly reliant on the passing game, there have been some teams with less than stellar running attacks that still prospered. Witness last year's New York Giants, who claimed a Super Bowl title despite finishing the regular season with the NFL's last-rated running game. Or Indianapolis, which won Super Bowl XLI with a 32nd-ranked running attack. Or New England, with just one top 10 rushing finish in its five most recent Super Bowl appearances. But the Detroit Lions were historically deficient in 2011, with a running game that statistically was fourth worst in the NFL, and players, coaches and club executives all agree the team must improve in 2012 to progress in its resurgence. The Lions claimed their first postseason berth since 1999 -- ending an 11-year drought in which the franchise had just one winning season, averaged only 4.4 victories, and finished last in the division six times -- before exiting in the wild card round with a loss at New Orleans. ...
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Today was the deadline for franchise players to sign long term deals with their teams. Among the players left unsigned was the Lions’ Cliff Avril. Hours after the deadline, it was reported that Avril rejected a 3 year, 30 million dollar deal, with 20 million guaranteed from the Lions and that that was their final offer.
Obviously, a 3 year deal is less than ideal, but 20 million...
Detroit Lions running back Mikel LeShoure made sure all of his Twitter followers were aware that his Achilles is 100 percent with the start of training camp just over a week away.
All my fans who are wondering about my health the Achilles is feeling better than ever and I will be going into camp 100 percent
— Mikel LeShoure (@MikelLeShoure25) July 16, 2012
The Lions are going to...
Defensive end Cliff Avrill's future in Detroit beyond 2012 is seriously in doubt after he failed to reach a long-term deal by Monday's 4 p.m. deadline.
Avril has confirmed he plans to sign the one-year franchise tender for this season, worth 10.6 million, that was placed on him by the club to keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
He just didn't get the...
Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril told DetroitLions.com that he likely won’t show up training camp on time, since he’ll now be forced to play under the franchise tag this season.
“I probably won’t be there the first day,” Avril said. “We’ll just go from there. I just have to sit down and see what we think is right and we’ll go from there.”
Lions training camp previewTRAINING CAMP GOALS With this being the fourth training camp under coach Jim Schwartz and coordinators Scott Linehan (offense) and Gunther Cunningham (defense), most of the system installation work is done and the Lions can use training camp to focus on a couple of weak spots from last season. 1. Improve the running game. They should know fairly early...
So far Martin Mayhew and the rest of the Lions’ front office have been able to weather Phase 2 of the Millen effect. Phase 2 of the Millen effect again is having to deal with the monetary aspect of the first round draft picks once their rookie contracts are up. For instance they’ve succeeded in locking down the best wide-out in the game long-term in Calvin Johnson while holding...
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Detroit Lions and the representatives for defensive end Cliff Avril have broken off contract talks. It’s now almost certain that both sides won’t be able to reach a new deal by today’s 4pm est deadline.
There’s a good chance that Avril will hold out from training camp. It will be interesting to see how long...
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This'll be the final piece of the series - we've covered every other unit except the kicker, punter and returner(s), so now it's time to do that. And because it's unlikely that teams will have backup kickers and punters (you know, disregarding the whole "kickoff specialist" thing...), in order to give this a little more substance than just ranking the...
Greg Jennings is an all-pro wide receiver, a self made star and genuinely regarded good guy. That didn't stop him from making some particularly puzzling assertions which might escalate the Detroit Lions' budding rivalry with the Green Bay Packers, however.
Jennings recently wondered aloud if the Lions could keep their composure in the wake of a tumultuous offseason and...