Detroit Lions must do a better job of catching the ball in 2014 to succeed

One area the Detroit Lions absolutely have to improve in is dropped passes. The Lions led the league in dropped passes with 44 of them last year which is almost three per game. They also had the worst drop percentage with a rate of 7.1% of Matthew Stafford’s passes bouncing off Lions receivers hands. Those numbers are staggering. The only team that came close to having numbers...
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NFL Notes: Cowboys, Lions, Packers & Saints

  Cowboys According to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, Justin Durant will “likely be the first-team middle linebacker” at the start of Cowboys’ training camp. “When the Cowboys open camp, Justin Durant will likely be the first-team middle linebacker,” Archer writes. “He took the first-team snaps in the minicamp and during most of the organized team activities after Sean...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions' Brandon Pettigrew OK in blocking role

Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew got a $16-million, four-year contract this year and maybe a little perspective that could pay off big for his team. He is being counted on to be a leader while ceding his spot as the top pass-catching tight end to rookie Eric Ebron. Even if Pettigrew is asked to block more — a lot more — this year, he is OK with that. “I can’t call that...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Joseph Fauria get any opportunities this season?

Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria is the odd man out with the offense this year. He was a surprise success last year as a rookie, scoring seven touchdowns on 18 receptions. His dancing in the end zone after scoring became a bit of a national sensation and he even earned two starts at the end of the season. The Lions didn’t feel confident enough in him though to count on him...
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9 days ago  |  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...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Grades

  Round 1 (10th overall): TE from North Carolina – Eric Ebron He’s an athletic Antonio Gates and far from Vernon Davis as well as Jimmy Graham. This pick makes zero sense as he’s a tight end, a position in which you have two weapons already; Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria. You bring Pettigrew back at $4 million a year over the next 4 years and Fauria was raw last year...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions 2014 NFL Draft Grades

The Detroit Lions chose Eric Ebron with their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. How do we grade that move? Check back as the draft moves along for the rest of our analysis on the Lions’ picks: Round 1, pick 10: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina Grade: B-minus. The feeling here sort of splits the difference between those who absolutely love the selection of Ebron as a best-player...
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May 09, 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

Eric Ebron is your newest Detroit Lions tight end; now he has to learn to block

The Detroit Lions made their first-round selection on Thursday night, taking Eric Ebron out of North Carolina. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the Detroit Lions But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the Lions new tight end. 1. With a style similar to New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, he should fit in well with...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions have added another tight end to their roster

The Detroit Lions have officially signed tight end Jordan Thompson, who was a tryout player during last week’s voluntary mini-camp. Thompson becomes the fifth tight end on the roster, joining Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria, Michael Williams and Matt Veldman. Detroit carried three active tight ends last year. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder went undrafted last year out […] The post...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions waste time and effort with upcoming visit from draft prospect

There’s an old saying that goes “work smarter, not harder.” It is apparently a lost thought when it comes to Detroit Lions general manager, Martin Mayhew. The Lions are set to host top flight draft prospect tight end Eric Ebron for a pre-draft visit. This makes no sense after the Lions and Mayhew targeted their former first round pick Brandon Pettigrew as a key to their offense...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Judging the Detroit Lions free agency moves so far

The first week of free agency is in the books and most of the major moves that teams will make have already happened. The Detroit Lions solved at least a few of their needs during this offseason. First and foremost, they fired Jim Schwartz and hired former Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell. In doing so, Caldwell flipped most of the coaching staff and the team believes they are...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Mourning longtime owner; Welcome Golden Tate; Pettigrew is back

Detroit Lions Brandon Pettigrew returns to Detroit with a new deal(READ) Lions move quickly to replace Willie Young(READ) Welcome Golden Tate to the Detroit Lions(READ) Lions mourn death of owner William Clay Ford Sr.(READ) You may also be interested in:Weekly Rewind: Mourning longtime owner; Welcome Golden Tate; Pettigrew is backDetroit Lions bringing back one of their own key free...
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March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Re-Sign Brandon Pettigrew

The Detroit Lions have re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year deal, worth up to $16 million with $8 million of it guaranteed. Pettigrew will return to Detroit Friday morning to take a physical and sign the deal. Several teams including the New York Jets were reportedly interest in the veteran TE. The post Lions Re-Sign Brandon Pettigrew appeared first on Overtime.
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Sign Brandon Pettigrew 4-Years, $16 Million

The Detroit Lions and tight end Brandon Pettigrew have agreed to terms on a deal that will keep the former first round pick in Detroit for the foreseeable future. In a move that helps solidify the Lions offense after signing Golden Tate earlier this week, Pettigrew gets $8 million guaranteed. Brandon Pettigrew back with Lions: […]
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Sign Brandon Pettigrew 4-Years, $16 Million

The Detroit Lions and tight end Brandon Pettigrew have agreed to terms on a deal that will keep the former first round pick in Detroit for the foreseeable future. In a move that helps solidify the Lions offense after signing Golden Tate earlier this week, Pettigrew gets $8 million guaranteed. Brandon Pettigrew back with Lions: Tight end stays with Lions on four-year, $16 million...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Pettigrew re-signs with Detroit Lions

Brandon Pettigrew was one of the best tight ends on the free agent market but his current team wasn’t about to let him walk away. The Detroit Lions have re-signed their first round tight end from the 2009 draft to a four-year deal worth $16 million, $8 million of which is guaranteed. Statistically speaking Pettigrew had one of his worst seasons in 2013, catching just 41 passes...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Pettigrew Re-Signs With Detroit For $16 Million

After drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and most notably, the New York Jets, TE Brandon Pettigrew decided to re-sign with the Detroit Lions. He signed a four-year deal worth $16 million dollars and roughly $8 million guaranteed. As a Lions fan, I am not thrilled with Pettigrew coming back. He’s never been much of a blocker, although last year he did...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions re-sign Brandon Pettigrew

The Detroit Lions are bringing back one of their offensive weapons. It was announced Friday that the Lions and tight end Brandon Pettigrew agreed to a four-year deal worth $16 million with $8 million guaranteed. It was reportedly down to the Lions, Jets, and Raiders for Pettigrew’s decision. Pettigrew returns to an offensive lineup that […]
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Pettigrew agrees to four-year deal to return to Lions

The Detroit Lions and free agent tight end Brandon Pettigrew have agreed on a new four-year contract, the team announced Friday. The new deal is worth $16 million with $8 million guaranteed, reports the Detroit Free Press. “I think it’s important to have a guy that can block the point of attack,” offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said of the tight end position at his introductory...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Re-Sign TE Brandon Pettigrew

  Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions re-signed TE Brandon Pettigrew to a four-year, $16 million contract. Pettigrew receives $8 million guaranteed. The Lions have since confirmed the deal. Recent reports suggested that Pettigrew was deciding between offers from the Chiefs, Jets, Lions and Raiders. Pettigrew, 29, caught 41 passes for 416 yards receiving...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions bringing back one of their own key free agent starters

Brandon Pettigrew is apparently flying back to Detroit and signing a brand new four year deal with the Lions. The contract is reportedly worth $16 million, $8 million of that guaranteed. There is a physical pending, but the Lions know what they are paying for and what to expect from Pettigrew and have decided he is their best option at tight end this year. Martin Mayhew had identified...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions retain tight end Brandon Pettigrew for four years, $16 million

Brandon Pettigrew is a bit of a relic in today’s NFL, a tight end who’s just as comfortable blocking as he is catching the ball. For the Detroit Lions, that versatility was a part of their offense they couldn’t bear to lose. Pettigrew agreed to a four-year, $16-million deal with the Lions on Thursday that includes $8 million guaranteed. He’s en route to Detroit this morning...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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