John Elway: 2014 draft class should have played more

The Denver Broncos were a veteran-oriented team in 2014, but the franchise’s best-known executive wants the young players to get a chance this season. According to ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway suggested Fox should’ve used the rookies—excluding cornerback Bradley Roby—more often. Per Legwold: ...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Athleticism of Detroit Lions offensive line standing out at OTAs

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford gets a good look at his offensive linemen. After all, they're the ones standing between him and 11 defenders looking to put a lick on the passer.So, when Stafford comes away impressed, Lions fans concerned about the influx of youth at the position have a reason to be relieved."It's fun to watch these guys just move around," Stafford told...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Offensive Positional Rankings

This offseason the Detroit Lions added some much needed help to the offensive line. That is the part of the offense that has the ability to exceed expectations over the course of the 2015 season. However, they will still have to remain healthy to prove their worth and to avoid concerns about depth at the position — something they’ve struggled to do recently. The Lions also added...
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Intelligence already helping Detroit Lions guard Laken Tomlinson

Laken Tomlinson, a 2015 first-round pick, hasn't been in the starting lineup for the Detroit Lions. Manny Ramirez has handled his first-team guard reps ahead of him at OTAs, but that doesn't mean Tomlinson is slacking. Tomlinson has placed his primary focus on familiarizing himself with the playbook, according to Justin Rogers of "My main focus, right now, is to show these...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit's Manny Ramirez working ahead of Laken Tomlinson as Lions' top LG

The Detroit Lions made a first-round investment in their offensive line by selecting former Duke standout Laken Tomlinson with the 28th-overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, yet the return on that investment has not been immediate.  Instead of Tomlinson, Manny Ramirez is taking first-team reps at left guard for the Lions at OTAs, according to Kyle Meinke of Tomlinson, on...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Broncos offer to trade up even higher with an NFC East team?

Denver made NFL Draft waves by swapping picks with Detroit to grab Shane Ray. But John Elway might've wanted to jump higher than the Lions at No. 23, according to this report from's Gil Brandt. According to the NFL Draft pick value chart, Denver would've needed to surrender about 90 more "pick points" to jump eight spots rather than five. That's the equivalent of an early...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit's Travis Swanson says nothing is settled along Lions O-line

The Detroit Lions' offensive line will feature a different starting lineup in 2015 than it did in 2014—that much is for certain. The departures of center Dominic Raiola and left guard Rob Sims, coupled with the additions of guard Laken Tomlinson and center Manny Ramirez, have set the stage for a new O-line era in Detroit.But where does Travis Swanson, who started five games last...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Meet the 2015 draft class- part 1

Detroit Lions 2015 draft class: 1-3 ________________________________________________________________________________ Draft profile   The Lions traded down to this spot and were still able to pick up a promising Guard to fill in the Lions offensive line with some young talent. In the process the Lions also received some extra draft picks and even obtained Denver Broncos offensive...
May 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Lions Draft: Who is Laken Tomlinson?

The Detroit Lions swapped picks with the Denver Broncos, giving Denver the 23rd pick which turned into linebacker Shane Ray out of Missouri. The Lions acquired offensive lineman Manny Ramirez, and two late round picks. They decided to add to their offensive line with an intriguing pick at number 28, Laken Tomlinson, a guard from Duke. They could have gone a couple different directions...
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Laken Tomlinson a rare draft win for Mayhew

Immediately after Roger Goodell strolled to the podium and announced the Detroit Lions have selected Laken Tomlinson, the Offensive Guard from Duke I freaked out. You can find my comment on our Facebook Page saying “Wait till tomorrow. I have to wait for the rage to subside before I can form coherent sentences” in response to a fan asking what our thoughts were about the selection...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Dealing Ramirez was a tough call for Elway to make

The Broncos had to let a veteran offensive lineman go in order to secure Shane Ray. But John Elway struggled with the choice to deal Manny Ramirez up until the very end. “He’s been a tremendous football player for us. That was one of the hardest phone calls that I’ve ever had to make,” Elway said in a press conference Thursday night. Ramirez was dealt to the Lions, along...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Detroit Lions first round pick Laken Tomlinson is an absolutely amazing person

The Detroit Lions were one of the winners in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The team added two solid offensive lineman, while only moving back five spots. Manny Ramirez came over from Denver in a trade and then the Lions used the No. 28 selection on Laken Tomlinson out of Duke. His interview with ESPN’s Suzy Kolber was absolutely incredible. Just amazing. AROUND COVER32...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions can still use help on DL, at RB in draft

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) By adding two new offensive linemen - one via trade and another with their first-round draft pick - the Detroit Lions bolstered one area of concern. There are still some more positions of need. The Lions could use a running back and perhaps some help on the defensive line as they enter rounds two and three Friday night. Detroit drafted Duke offensive lineman...
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May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions draft and trade for linemen

The Detroit Lions acted as many analysts thought that they would as they traded down in the first round of the NFL Draft to the No. 28 spot in a trade with the Denver Broncos. After sliding down, the Lions select Laken Tomlinson, an offensive guard from Duke University who stands at 6-foot-3, 323-pounds. In this trade, Detroit dropped to No. 28 and the Broncos moved up to No. 23...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Broncos Trade Veteran C Manny Ramirez To Lions In Move Up For OB Shane Ray

The Lions acquired veteran C Manny Ramirez along with picks No. 28, 143 and a 2016 fifth-rounder from the Broncos for their No. 23 overall selection. The Broncos used the pick on OLB Shane Ray, who was considered by many to be a Top 10 talent before he was arrested earlier in the week and given a ...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions move down five spots, add two solid offensive linemen in the process

It may not be the sexiest of drafts, but the Detroit Lions quietly got better on Thursday night. First the team moved down from No. 23 to No. 28 by trading with the Broncos. They added some offensive line help and extra picks with that trade. #Lions traded No. 23 pick to #Broncos for Manny Ramirez, pick No. 28, pick No. 143 (fifth round) and 2016 fifth-round pick. — CollegeFootball...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Schlereth: Broncos should focus on drafting offensive linemen

Denver played a risky game of musical chairs with its front five last season. So, as the team ponders about how to spend its first-round selection on Thursday, one NFL analyst and former Bronco thinks they should seek some stability on the offensive line. "They have to make some changes to find the right fit after they had some guys struggle last year," analyst Mark Schlereth told...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Broncos Position Battles to Watch

With a new coaching staff in place in Denver, fans will see a new scheme on both sides of the ball. Add to that the number of starters the Broncos lost to free agency earlier this offseason and there are plenty of holes to be filled across the depth chart. Here is an examination of some of the best and most intriguing position battles upcoming this offseason.On the offensive line...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Denver Broncos make a trade for an offensive lineman who could start in 2015

The Denver Broncos offensive line might be the weakest position group currently. They’re trying to improve it. #Broncos acquire center Gino Gradkowski from the @Ravens in a trade involving 2016 draft pick considerations. — Denver Broncos (@Broncos) April 1, 2015 Gradkowski started every game at center for the Ravens in 2013, but was benched for the...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Three Broncos that should be on the chopping block

The NFL offseason has seen a flurry of moves and each team has their own strategy and financial constraints. The Denver Broncos have been bargain shoppers and as a result have done little to upgrade their roster or to grab national headlines but some impending issues will soon force their hand. As free agency wanes and the draft approaches, the Broncos will still be in need of...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Broncos are weak in the trenches

The Denver Broncos may not want to get too heavily involved in the first few days of free agency, but they’d better do something with their offensive line. With Orlando Franklin on the move to San Diego and the team not particularly attached any of the centers already on the roster, it seems like a near-certainty that the Broncos will open the 2015 season sporting three new faces...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Should the Broncos Extend Center Will Montgomery?

After offensive line journeyman Manny Ramirez, who started at center in every game for the Broncos in the 2013-2014 season, failed to maintain his stellar performance through the first eight games of the 2014 season, Montgomery stepped in and provided consistent pass blocking for quarterback Peyton Manning.In his 11 starts last season, Montgomery played 586 snaps and performed well...
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February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Broncos players weren't very happy after kicker missed FG (VIDEO)

With the Denver Broncos trailing the Miami Dolphins, 21-17, in the third quarter Sunday, Denver kicker Brandon McManus missed a routine 33-yard field goal when it hit the upright. And that didn't sit well with Broncos guard Manny Ramirez or wideout DemaryiusThomas. The two players were hardly the only players who were angry over the botched chip shot — McManus...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Broncos’ Manny Ramirez and Demaryius Thomas Were Pissed After A Missed Field Goal

After the Denver Broncos offense came up short of the end zone in the third quarter, kicker Brandon McManus was sent out to kick a 33-yard field goal. McManus ended up missing the easy kick and his teammates, specifically Manny Ramirez and Demaryius Thomas, were utterly furious. It’s tough to be a kicker. [Bleacher Report] The post Broncos’ Manny Ramirez and Demaryius Thomas...
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Nothing like seeing the wrath directed at an unsuccessful kicker

Being a kicker in the NFL seems like a chill job. You probably don't have to run as much as everyone else in training camp. Practices are pretty easy. There's definitely a nice paycheck. The drawback? There's absolutely zero room for error. One minute, you're a guy who connects on 33 straight field goals. The next minute? You're out on the street after a short stretch of misses....
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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