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NFL head official: Cowboys should have been flagged

  Essentially, the NFL admits it made a “whoopsie.”   Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens should have been penalized on an incomplete pass to Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew, NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino told “PFT Live” on Monday. The controversial play, which turned a first down into a fourth down for Detroit, was widely seen as...
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Officiating crew picks up flag in Lions-Cowboys game (VIDEO)

The Detroit Lions may have been “jobbed” in their wild-card matchup against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. It’s not often that a penalty flag is thrown, and then later picked up. Yet that’s exactly what happened. The Lions had a 20-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter, and were looking to add to it. Stafford threw a pass intended for Brandon Pettigrew, whose arm...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Pettigrew unfazed by criticism, chose to stay with Lions

No one could have blamed tight end Brandon Pettigrew if he used free agency as a way of getting a fresh start and not return to the Detroit Lions. Pettigrew has been made the scapegoat on many occasions for the Lions' struggles. Few things have infuriated fans and triggered more rage over the last few years than a dropped pass by Pettigrew. He could have left it all behind by...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Grading first round draft pick Eric Ebron

The 2014 NFL Draft is finally underway. The first round was completed last night, and the Detroit Lions had the 10th overall pick. The Lions drafted tight end Eric Ebron from the University of North Carolina with the 10th pick. The 6-foot-4 Ebron racked up 973 yards receiving on 62 receptions with three touchdowns as a junior last season. The thing about the NFL Draft that makes...
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Initial reaction to Detroit Lions selecting Eric Ebron

New Detroit Lion Eric Ebron (Photo Credit: “With the 10th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select Eric Ebron, tight end, North Carolina.” Initial reaction:  Disgust. Detroit was in a phenomenal position at pick 10 but could not deliver.  With highly touted Taylor Lewan, Aaron Donald, Odell Beckham Jr. and Johnny Manziel still left on the board, it...
May 08, 2014  |  1 Comment

Report: Pettigrew returning to Lions

For better (solid blocking) or worse (dropped passes), tight end Brandon Pettigrew is returning to the Detroit Lions. Pettigrew, an unrestricted free agent, has reached an agreement on a four-year, $16-million contract with $8 million guaranteed, according to the Detroit Free Press. Other teams that reportedly had shown the strongest interest in him included the New York Jets, Oakland...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions choose not to use franchise tag on Pettigrew

The Detroit Lions let the deadline pass to apply the franchise tag on tight end Brandon Pettigrew yesterday. Had they chosen to use it, the cost would have been over seven million against the salary cap and used up most of the space they have left. It is the second straight year the Lions chose not to use the franchise tag, the last time they used it was in 2012 to retain defensive...
Via cover32 - Lions
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Roster moves prior to free agency

Safety John Wendling The Detroit Lions have begun to make a handful of roster moves with the NFL free agency period quickly approaching (March 11, 4 p.m. EST). Kicker David Akers and safety John Wendling are among five players that will not return next season. Detroit has also decided to part ways with defensive end Israel Idonije, offensive lineman Dylan Gandy and linebacker Rocky...
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Brandon Pettigrew the answer at tight end, or is it time to move on?

The Detroit Lions have many things to settle this offseason in relation to their roster, but maybe the most difficult decision of all is whether or not to resign Brandon Pettigrew.  The former first round pick is a free agent, and while productive last season at points, the most remarkable thing that Pettigrew has shown throughout his career in Detroit is his proficient inconsistency...
Via cover32 - Lions
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

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