Speed was never an issue for Detroit Lions defensive end Larry Webster, who ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. Now, Webster's supplementing that speed with some strength.
Webster, a former fourth-round selection out of Bloomsburg, weighed 252 pounds before the draft. He bulked up to 262 pounds last year but still didn't play a single game during the...
All this information is from OverTheCap.com. The Lions currently have $36,381,897 committed to 18 players on the defensive side of the ball and $625,075 for 1 specialist.
#94 Ezekiel Ansah
2015 Cap Number: $5,071,228
Pre-June 1st Cut
Dead Money: $10,987,661
Cap Savings: ($5,916,433)
Post-June 1st Cut
Dead Money: $5,071,228
Cap Savings: $0
#91 Jason Jones
The day has finally come. How fitting that the Detroit Lions (10-4) season has come down to the game against their biggest rival, the Chicago Bears (5-9). It could be argued, however, that the Bears have fallen from all NFL graces after their game against the Saints and might not prove to be as much of a challenge as we would have thought at the beginning of the season.
An ability to live for the moment has the Detroit Lions in position to win their first division title in 21 seasons.
Though a potentially important division showdown looms in the regular-season finale, coach Jim Caldwell expects the only focus for his NFC North-leading Lions to be on recording a fourth straight victory Sunday against the reeling Chicago Bears.
If last-place Washington...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2014
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) Detroit is within striking distance of its first division title since 1993 and the automatic playoff berth that comes with it.
''We can taste it,'' defensive end Jason Jones said after Sunday's 16-14 win over Minnesota. ''It's right there in front of us.''
Coach Jim Caldwell's strict one-game-at-a-time philosophy has served the Lions well thus far, and he...
Via AP on Fox
December 16, 2014
DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions are one win from a postseason berth - and a division title is also within reach.
''We can taste it, man. It's right there in front of us,'' defensive lineman Jason Jones said.
Coach Jim Caldwell doesn't want to hear that kind of talk.
''I hope he's talking about tasting practice next week, getting ready for the Bears,'' Caldwell said. ''That's probably...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014
DETROIT -- Southfield, Mich. native Jason Jones had way too much time to watch his hometown Detroit Lions play last season. This year, he's helping them move towards the playoffs.
Jones ruptured his left patellar tendon against the Washington Redskins Sept. 22, 2013, and missed the rest of the season.
In Sunday's 16-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, two plays that Jones made...
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions are now agonizingly close to a playoff spot.
And agonizing is a pretty good way to describe their latest victory.
Matt Prater's 33-yard field goal with 3:38 remaining lifted Detroit to a 16-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, pulling the Lions into a tie for first place in the NFC North.
Detroit spotted Minnesota a 14-0 lead before slowly...
DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions defense came into the Thanksgiving game ranked first overall in points allowed and third in total defense, but it didn't look like it early.
The Chicago Bears marched 55 yards down the field on their first possession and scored on quarterback Jay Cutler's 10-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery.
"They came out and hit us with a lot of swings early, got...
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush, who has missed three of the last five games because of an ankle injury, is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game at New England.
Bush has practiced the last three days, but on a limited basis.
Defensive lineman Jason Jones, who missed two days of practice while dealing with a family emergency, returned to the team Friday and...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- With their offense failing to live up to expectations, the Detroit Lions and coordinator Joe Lombardi are taking the "less is more" approach this week.
The Lions are coming off their first game in five years in which they failed to score a touchdown and they rank 26th in scoring entering Sunday's game at New England.
With what's considered a complicated offensive...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are controlling the interior, while Ziggy Ansah, a healthy Jason Jones and the surprising George Johnson provide extra support from the outside.
Everything is finally coming together for Detroit's talented defensive line. The main question now is how much longer this will last.
"This may be the last time this D-line plays together...
Via AP on Fox
October 16, 2014
Opponent: The Green Bay Packers
1-1 record with a week one loss at Seattle and a week two victory at home over the Jets.
Statistical Leaders for Packers in 2014/15:
Passing: Aaron Rodgers: 64.0 CMP%, 535 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Eddie Lacy: 25 ATT, 77 YDS, 0 TD
Receiving: Jordy Nelson: 18 REC, 292 YDS, 1 TD
Defense: Morgan Burnett: 19 TACK, 1 PD
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The homecoming celebration was cut short last season for Jason Jones.
Jones and all his friends and family were elated when he signed a free-agent deal with the Detroit Lions a year ago. He had grown up a Lions fan in Southfield, Mich., and went to Eastern Michigan before playing his first five years in the NFL with Tennessee and Seattle.
Jones, 28, was so grateful...
The NFL preseason kicked off this weekend with the annual hall of fame game. While the Detroit Lions have only practiced in full pads once up to this point, they do kick off they’re playing schedule Saturday and it’s a good time to take a look at what we’ve learned so far.
Nate Freese does not appear poised to be the Lions kicker at this point. Apparently he’s improved,...
With the Detroit Lions opening training camp Monday, here are three storylines to follow with the defense:
Without the pieces in place to be a shutdown defense, what the Lions need to do is be opportunistic. While they were solid in the red zone and on third down last season, they still didn't make enough of the true game-changing plays.
In the last two years, the Detroit...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Despite playing four years of college basketball before pursuing a football career, Larry Webster says he has no regrets.
"Basketball got me to where I am right now," said Webster, a 6-foot-6, 252-pound defensive end who was a fourth-round draft pick last weekend by the Detroit Lions.
That success on the basketball court at Bloomsburg University -- he's the Division...
The NFL draft’s first round was almost a week ago. I prefer to wait a few days before doing my draft grades so they aren’t kneejerk reactions but instead a well thought out analysis. I was very angry about the first round pick on Thursday night and if I would have rushed to complete this analysis, it would have been entirely negative based on the anger about the Ebron pick. Since...
The Detroit Lions had two quick picks at the end of the fourth round that were awarded to them as compensatory picks. That made these picks untradeable and gave the Lions and Martin Mayhew an opportunity to add some depth the defensive side of the football on this third day of the 2014 NFL draft. That’s exactly what he did too, adding a cornerback and defensive end to the roster...
Each April, Football Outsiders reviews the draft that was six years ago, and I follow suit over here with a look at what the Titans did that same draft. The backstory to that is slightly more complicated (the first draft of the first draft review I did was before (a) Football Outsiders existed and (b) before most people had heard of blogging), but that is the way things work now...
Two additional picks in the middle of what's considered a deep NFL Draft is a nice bonus for the Detroit Lions.
The Lions found out Monday, the first day of the annual NFL meetings in Orlando, that they have been awarded two compensatory picks in the fourth round of the draft that begins on May 8.
Compensatory picks are based on the quantity and quality of free agents both added...
The Detroit Lions have been researching defensive ends as a possible selection for their 10th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. They currently have last year’s rookie sensation Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones and newly inked free agent Darryl Tapp. That trio is solid, but, on a team defensive concept built around its stellar line, they will constantly need to replenish the depth...
Since Willie Young has departed, the Lions remaining starter from last season is Ziggy Ansah. Ansah put together an excellent rookie campaign and showed steady improvement throughout the year and should be a staple of the Lions defense for years to come.
It’s the other side that leaves the Lions with question marks. Detroit does have one of last year’s free agent prizes, Jason...
Willie Young has left the building. The Detroit Lions starting left defensive end has moved a few hours west to division rival Chicago Bears. He signed a three year deal worth $9 million, $3.5 million of that guaranteed.
This wasn’t entirely unexpected. After the first few days of free agency, it became obvious that the Lions would not be able to afford resign Young, they just...
After such a disastrous finish to the 2013 season, a tumultuous search for a new coach, and the passing of long-time owner William Clay Ford Sr., this has been a winter to forget for Lions fans.However, with Spring right around the corner, hope springs eternal. The Draft is less than two months away, and Free Agency kicks off this week.Everyone knows the narrative on the Lions: Lots...