Lions' Teryl Austin turning talent into top-ranked defense

When Teryl Austin was asked about the play of his No. 1-ranked defense earlier this month, the Detroit Lions' first-year defensive coordinator attributed it to one thing. "Good players," he said. But six weeks into the season, with the Lions still playing at an elite level defensively and coming off their best performance of the year — an eight-sack, three-turnover...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Everything coming together for Lions' DL

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...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions' Jason Jones fueled by last year's disappointment

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...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The Detroit Lions still have many question marks looming over them

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,...
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August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions training camp preview: defense

With the Detroit Lions opening training camp Monday, here are three storylines to follow with the defense: FIRST DOWN 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...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Basketball key to Webster's success in football

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 --...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Lions 2014 Draftees: Dorf’s Grades

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...
Via The Majors Detroit
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions address their defensive needs in the fourth round

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...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike O’Hara Talks Detroit Lions

Home of the Detroit Lions The NFL offseason is in full swing. That means that there is plenty of speculation around the league, and as always, the Detroit Lions have plenty to speculate about. I recently had the chance to discuss Detroit Lions football with Mike O’Hara of Detroitlions.com, so I took the chance to ask him some tough questions that have been nagging at Lions fans...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions awarded two compensatory draft picks

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...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Detroit Lions even consider drafting one of these top defensive tackles?

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...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Detroit Lions consider drafting a defensive end?

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...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions have a new defensive need after Chicago Bears sign one of their starters

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...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Downtown’s Detroit Lions 2014 free agent predictions

On the eve of free agency which is set to begin tomorrow at 4 PM EST, the Detroit Lions sit with around $10 million dollars and some change in cap space. That’s roughly $5 million more than last year and I know we all remember the signings of Jason Jones, Reggie Bush and Glover Quin. So what does that mean this year? Well here’s a little preview of what could happen tomorrow...
Via The Majors Detroit
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions Expected to Add Fourth-Round Compensatory Pick

The Detroit Lions are without a Round 5 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft thanks to an earlier trade for WR Mike Thomas. But it appears that they made add an extra fourth-rounder shortly. Via Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, the Lions are projected to receive a Round 4 compensatory pick due to losing OT Gosder Cherilus to the Colts last offsaeson. Cherilus, Cliff Avril, Sammie Lee Hill and...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
February 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Potential Cap Casualties For The Lions

Justin Rogers of MLive.com takes a look at the Lions current cap situation and offers up a few ways for them to free up some addition space as they head into the free agency. Lions WR Nate Burleson will count $7.5 million against the team’s 2014 salary cap, and although he has said that he is open to reworking his deal in order to remain with the team, Detroit would save about...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions preview

The Detroit Lions head home after their first road win since Nov. 4 of last year.  They take on the undefeated Bears Sunday afternoon in a battle for 1st place of the NFC North. The Bears have won the last 9 of 10 meetings between the two rivals.  The one win for the Lions came as a host to Monday Night Football in 2011. The Lions went 0-2 in the two division meetings last year...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Are Busy With Roster Moves

The Detroit Lions have signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen after they put defensive end Jason Jones on the IR earlier this week, but that isn’t the the only change the defensive line will see when the team takes the field against the Bears on this Sunday. Defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith will also be joining the lineup. The NFL’s daily transaction report brings  news that...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Place DE Jason Jones On Injured Reserve

The Detroit Lions have placed defensive end Jason Jones, who primarily played on the left side, on injured reserve with a torn left patellar tendon, in turn ending his season.  Jones, who signed a three-year contract in the off-season, has been struggling in 2013.  In a corresponding move the Lions signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen to take the place of Jones on the 53-man...
Via FF Locker Room
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions Place DL Jason Jones On IR, Sign DL Andre Fluellen

The Detroit Lions officially placed DL Jason Jones on season-ending injured reserve after it was determined that he has a torn patellar tendon. The Lions signed Andre Fluellen to their roster on Monday to replace Jones. Jones, 27, signed a three-year contract worth $9.5 million back in March. Jones offers great versatility, and adding him to an already formidable defensive line...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Jason Jones suffers season-ending knee injury

Detroit Lions defensive end Jason Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first half of Sundays 27-20 victory at Washington. Jones, who grew up in Southfield, Mich., and played in college at Eastern Michigan, was signed to a three-year, 9.5 million free-agent deal during the off-season as part of the makeover on the Lions defense. The Lions announced after the game that...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions DT Jones out for year with left knee injury

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Jason Jones is out for the year with a left knee injury. Jones ruptured his left patella tendon in the second quarter of the Lions' 27-20 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Jones was carted off after a pass play with 5:55 remaining in the first half. Jones signed with the Lions as a free agent in March. The 2008 second-round draft pick...
Via AP on Fox
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Ziggy Ansah looks ready to play Sunday

The Detroit Lions prized 5th overall draft pick Ziggy Ansah participated in full practice on Friday, paving his way to play in their season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Ansah had been recovering from a concussion after colliding with a teammate in practice Aug. 24th and did not travel to Buffalo with the team in their last preseason game. Per the Assocated Press: &...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Preseason: The good, the bad and the unclear

The faster the final exhibition game Thursday at Buffalo gets over for the Detroit Lions, the better. The real games cant come soon enough. Here are the three best things, the three worst things and then three things that aren't so clear coming out of this preseason for the Lions: BEST 1. From early indications, the makeover of the defensive line couldn't have been executed...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions turn up heat on Brady, Pats in 40-9 drubbing

A ferocious Lions front four made life difficult for New England's stars in Detroit's 40-9 preseason win Thursday night. Veterans Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, free-agent pickup Jason Jones, rookie Ezekiel Ansah and others held the Patriots' normally prolific offense to three first-half points and made life difficult for quarterback Tom Brady and running back Stevan...
Via Fox Sports
August 23, 2013  |  Discuss
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