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DETROIT LIONS (7-9) New faces: Coach Jim Caldwell, WR Golden Tate, S James Ihedigbo, CB Cassius Vaughn, rookie TE Eric Ebron. Key Losses: S Louis Delmas, WR Nate Burleson, CB Chris Houston, DE Willie Young, K David Akers. Strengths: WR, OL, DL. Weaknesses: DB, K. What's New: Lions hired Caldwell hoping he can guide talented roster to playoffs after Detroit collapsed down stretch...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Position Preview: Who will start on the opposite of Darius Slay at cornerback?

The Detroit Lions most glaring weakness is at the cornerback position. General manager Martin Mayhew is relying on his former draft picks to step up and excel this season and did not make a significant offseason move to improve a glaring hole in the Lions defense. He had better hope it works out or this whole season could be a bust. Darius Slay is now the top cornerback on the Lions...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions preview

DETROIT LIONS 2013: 7-9, third place in NFC North. Head coach: Jim Caldwell, first year with Lions. Key departures: CB Chris Houston, S Louis Delmas, WR Nate Burleson, DE Willie Young, PK David Akers, QB Shaun Hill and S John Wendling (special-teams captain). Key arrivals: WR Golden Tate, S James Ihedigbo, TE Eric Ebron, LB Kyle Van Noy, PK Nate Freese, QB Dan Orlovsky, FB Jed Collins...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Houston agrees with Lions' decision to release him

Chris Houston says he agreed with the Detroit Lions' decision to release him two weeks ago because of a severe toe injury. "To be a cornerback, you need that," Houston, a native of Austin, Tex., told the Austin American-Statesman. Houston called the parting of ways with the Lions a mutual decision. He had signed a five-year contract worth $25 million last year when he became an unrestricted...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agent CB Chris Houston Expects To Be Medically Cleared By August Or September

  Free agent CB Chris Houston expects the toe injury that led to the Lions releasing him a few weeks ago to be medically cleared by August or September. “It was something that had to be done, because playing football when you’re constantly hurt is not fun,” Houston said, via the Austin American-Statesman. “Health comes first. If I’m able to get back to 100 percent,...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: 2014 Breakout Player: Darius Slay

While the Detroit Lions focused on getting even more explosive on offense, they ignored one of their biggest needs, cornerback. Even more so, the Lions made a surprising move last week when they released veteran cornerback Chris Houston. Through it all, the Lions only drafted one player to put in their secondary, and that was […]
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon 'Wilted' Flowers Would Rot In Detroit Lions Secondary

Panic is surging through the streets of Detroit. The Detroit Lions, who have the worst stock of cornerbacks in the league (if the fan base is to be believed), received the news that they lost their top cornerback. Due to salary cap issues as well as undisclosed injuries no one is discussing, Chris Houston has been released. And the fan base is in full-on-meltdown. "Sure he's horrible...
Via Football Nation
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions apparently ‘reached-out’ to CB Brandon Flowers

With the release of Chris Houston last week the Lions’ ever growing need for a corner intensified especially after not really addressing the secondary during this past draft. Detroit however could remedy the problem with another recently released corner in Brandon Flowers who like Houston was let go from his contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. According to preliminary reports...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Darius Slay fill Lions' void in secondary?

Darius Slay suffered through the familiar growing pains of a rookie cornerback trying to prove himself in the NFL. Slay, a second-round draft pick a year ago by the Detroit Lions, was given a starting job to open the season, lost it because of poor performance, eventually reclaimed it, got injured and then came back again to start and play well in the final week. "I feel like I can...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Both Chiefs and Lions Release Their No. 1 Cornerbacks

Shocking NFL news doesn’t really happen this time of year. It is mostly injury updates and Rookie progress reports. Today though, Brandon Flowers of the Kansas City Chiefs and Chris Houston of the Detroit Lions were both released. Both were No. 1 corners for their respective teams. Just a year ago Houston signed a five year, […] The post Both Chiefs and Lions Release Their No...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Can someone please explain to me why Martin Mayhew still has a job?

The Detroit Lions have finally signed their first round draft pick in the 2014 NFL draft, tight end Eric Ebron. They were able to do so after releasing former starting cornerback Chris Houston. The sad part is, both of sentences are loaded with miscues pertaining to general manager Martin Mayhew’s complete failure as their leader. There are plenty of examples that you could draw...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Transactions: Friday 6/13

  Buccaneers Buccaneers signed veteran DL Robert Talley. (NFLTR) Buccaneers waived WR Aaron Burks and DT Everett Dawkins. (NFLTR) Chiefs Chiefs released CB Brandon Flowers. (NFLTR) Colts Colts placed S Corey Lynch on season-ending injured reserve. Giants Giants placed WR Kris Adams on PUP list. Lions Lions released CB Chris Houston. (NFLTR) Lions signed first...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions release cornerback Chris Houston

The Detroit Lions have released cornerback Chris Houston due to a toe injury that never healed, at least according to the team. The injury forced the 5-foot-11, 178-pound player to have surgery during the offseason and as a no show at OTAs and mandatory minicamp earlier this week. The Lions said in a statement, “Both parties felt that the best course of action at this time is to...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions release cornerback Chris Houston

Many analysts wondered why the Detroit Lions passed on drafting a cornerback in the first round this year. That question becomes even more relevant now. The Lions announced Friday afternoon that they have released seven-year veteran Chris Houston, 29, who had been re-signed as an unrestricted free agent a year ago with the intention that he would be the team's top cornerback for...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Release CB Chris Houston

This is a shocker I’m sure Lions fans didn’t see coming.  According to Tim Twentyman, the  Lions have released cornerback Chris Houston just one year after handing him a five-year, $25 million contract. The #Lions have terminated the contract of CB Chris Houston. That’s how they got the $ to sign TE Eric Ebron. — Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) June 13, 2014 Houston was unable...
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June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Lions cut CB Chris Houston

According to various reports, the Lions have cut CB Chris Houston just one season after signing the defensive back to a $25 million dollar contract. The Lions have cut Chris Houston 1 year after giving him a $25 million contract — Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) June 13, 2014 The move of Houston’s release also comes after he was a no-show at the mandatory minicamp where of which most...
Via The Majors Detroit
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Release CB Chris Houston

  The Lions announced Friday that they have released veteran CB Chris Houston with an injury settlement. Houston, 29, was entering the second year of his five-year, $25 million contract that included $9.5 million guaranteed. He was set to make a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2014 season. Jason Fitzgerald of points out that Lions will carry a $3.9 million...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston misses first day of Lions' mandatory mini-camp

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Injured cornerback Chris Houston continues to be absent from the Detroit Lions' off-season program. Houston, coming off a poor performance last season, underwent surgery for a toe injury a few weeks ago. Other players who are rehabbing injuries -- Joique Bell, Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, etc. -- have been attending recent practices, but Houston even missed Tuesday...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

What draft grade did the Detroit Lions receive?

Seven rounds and 256 players later, the 2014 NFL Draft is finally complete. As the dust settles, it’s time to assess how each team fared during the league’s annual selection meeting. Some went all in, seemingly mortgaging their future for the player they wanted this year (see Buffalo). Others were able to wheel and deal their way to multiple high-profile picks (see St. Louis...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Rankings: Detroit Lions climb multiple spots in post-draft edition

The offseason is all but over – not in terms of duration, unfortunately, but based on the moves teams are going to make in order to improve their roster. They’ve made cuts. They’ve signed free agents. And now, they’ve drafted their class of 2014. Other than a few minor tweaks and cutting down rosters, each NFL franchise has what it is going to have heading into the upcoming...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Houston appears to have had a procedure done on his toe

Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston has had surgery on his toe and claims it was successful. Houston had been struggling with the injury and it hadn’t been healing dating back to last season. Houston though did anger general manager Martin Mayhew by posting a photo from his hospital bed after the procedure. Mayhew and the Lions have a policy about not talking about injuries...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

MSU Football: Detroit Lions’ decision to pass on Spartans’ Dennard is head-scratching (FREEP Column)

In this week’s Detroit Free Press column, I take a look  at how the Detroit Lions’ decision to pass up on Michigan State defensive back Darqueze Dennard adds another head-scratching moment to their history. For Detroit Lions fans across the nation – yes, there are a few outside of Michigan – the highlight of the entire season took place this weekend: the NFL draft. The NFL...
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Fans Need Faith After Ebron Pick

There was a great deal of speculation of what the Lions would do with the 10th overall pick in the draft, and most were considering which defensive player they liked best. Everybody except GM Martin Mayhew- who selected tight end Eric Ebron. I understand why Detroit made the pick, even though a great deal of Lions fans are up in arms. These are the reasons Ebron was taken: 1. Faith...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Martin Mayhew trying to trade up to draft Sammy Watkins?

According to Sammy Watkins, the Detroit Lions interest in him is very real. He acknowledged that he has received phone calls from a few teams about possibly trading up for him and has been spotted chatting with head coach Jim Caldwell. As the draft approaches 48 hours from now, the trade subject with regards to Watkins is heating up in the motor city. The flirtation between Watkins...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Rankings: Detroit Lions have a top-20 front office in the NFL

With the draft only two days away, fans around the country are hoping that their team uses the three-day selection meeting to rebuild, restock or reload their roster. It’s an event that can transform a franchise, for better or worse, if things aren’t handled in the proper way. Being successful during the draft ultimately comes down to one thing: Making good decisions. When trade...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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