Detroit Lions 2015 NFL Off-Season Preview

Positions of Need Defensive Tackle Defensive tackle has been a strength for the Lions for years, but all three of their top defensive tackles, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, and CJ Mosley, are free agents this off-season. Mosley is the most likely to re-sign and will be the cheapest, but he’s going into his age 32 season. The Lions will find it borderline impossible to bring back...
Via The Football Fan Spot
6 days ago  |  Discuss

After strong season, aging Mathis believes he has more to give

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew admittedly didn't initially see this reemergence of cornerback Rashean Mathis' career coming a couple years ago. Mayhew had to be talked into even giving Mathis a tryout by Sheldon White, the Lions' vice president of pro personnel. Who can blame Mayhew? In 2012, Mathis started only four of the 12 games he played in for the lowly Jacksonville...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
29 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Detroit Lions Rashean Mathis Lays Monster Hit on Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is a very valuable member of the team. He is an elite, game-changing kind of receiver that defenses have to plan for every time they take on the Cowboys. When the Detroit Lions were talking about what to do with him there was one thing that likely came up--hit him. Hit him hard and hit him often.They probably say that about everybody, but early...
Via FatManWriting
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Lions' Slay talking, walking big game

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- No, no, no. Not in Darius Slay's house. That's the message that Slay, a cornerback for the Detroit Lions, is sending every time he waves his finger at a receiver after breaking up a pass. It's something he picked up from watching the GEICO commercial with Dikemke Mutombo, who responded the same way whenever he blocked a shot during his NBA career. "I started...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions' defense starts slow, picks up steam

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...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Three storylines to follow in Lions-Patriots

After playing on the road last week against the team with the best record in the NFC, the Detroit Lions now face the best of the AFC. They lost to Arizona, 14-6, but the Lions have another chance for a signature victory Sunday when they take on the 8-2 New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. Here are three storylines to follow plus a prediction: --- The easiest way to make the...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Could More Kids Get Into Golf Because Of Concussions?

Last month, Detroit Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis turned some heads when he said he’d prefer that his 2-year-old son grow up to play golf instead of football, the occupation bringing millions of dollars into the Mathis family. “He doesn’t have to play any sport, as far as I’m concerned. But if he does get into it, football will be the last thing I introduce him to,” Mathis...
Via Back9Network
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions CB Wants Son To Play Golf, Not Football

Football has been under the microscope due to head injuries and their short and long-term impact on players. The violent nature of the sport has led parents to pull their kids from participating, hoping to protect them from serious injuries down the road.  It may come as a surprise that one of those parents happens to be a 12-year veteran in the NFL, but Detroit Lions cornerback...
Via Back9Network
October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Notes: Rookie Nevin Lawson in good situation

ALLEN PARK, MICH. -- Nevin Lawson appears to be in a good situation for a rookie cornerback. In practice, he gets to face receivers like Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. "Heck of an experience," Lawson said of Johnson. "He's one of the best receivers and going against him definitely gets you better." That will certainly help him against some of the quality receivers in the league...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Notes: Darius Slay feeling the heat in Detroit's secondary

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- When the Detroit Lions failed to address their weaknesses at cornerback either during free agency or early in the NFL Draft, the heat was turned up on one player in particular. If Darius Slay, a second-round draft pick last year, doesn't live up to their expectations, the Lions' secondary could be in complete disarray this season. Teammate Rashean Mathis had...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions “Shopping” For Upgrades With Secondary Being At The Top Of The List

  Lions GM Martin Mayhew told reporters on Monday that they are still looking for new players either by trade or as free agents that could add to the level of competition during training camp. “We’re shopping for everything,” Mayhew said, via the Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “We’re always trying to get our football team better. Defensive backs, defensive line...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
July 29, 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...
Via cover32 - Lions
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cassius Vaughn could be sleeper in Lions' cornerback competition

The Detroit Lions' defense was noticeably more vocal during the offseason practices that concluded last week. One of the reasons for that has been the addition of cornerback Cassius Vaughn, who was signed as a free agent after spending the last two years with Indianapolis. If you can't see Vaughn, you can probably hear him. "He's a guy that loves to play and he loves to tell you...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions will likely rely on Rashean Mathis to stabilize weak secondary

Rashean Mathis won't go away. He's one of those veterans who keeps hanging around, picking up paycheck after paycheck in the NFL, even when many are counting him out. Not a big deal was made when the Detroit Lions signed the free-agent cornerback about three weeks into training camp last year. At best, Mathis seemed headed toward a reserve role, but with the revolving door that has...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars Top 10 draft busts

The NFL Draft is a spectacle in which teams try to sift through a litany of statistics and information regarding hundreds of college football players. With the draft just more than a week away, the Jaguars, holding the third overall pick, are hoping to continue their rebuilding process. Contrary to popular belief, the Jaguars weren't always this bad at drafting. In fact, many of...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Questions looming over first-round pick

Just like any other April, there are many questions surrounding the Detroit Lions and their first-round selection in the upcoming draft. Uncertainties range from what position to draft, to the possibility of trading up or down, and even whether general manager Marin Mayhew will stick with his “best player available” approach. How it breaks down: Draft ‘em if they’re there...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions bring back veteran cornerback to mentor their younger players

The Detroit Lions have brought back their best cornerback from last season, Rashean Mathis. Signed to be a mentor to younger players on the Lions roster during the 2013 season, Mathis ended up starting 13 games after replacing the struggling Darius Slay in the lineup. Mathis totaled 47 totals and a team high 15 passes defended. Early in his career Mathis had been an all-pro with...
Via cover32 - Lions
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

CB Rashean Mathis re-signs with Lions; DE Brown claimed off waivers

Cornerback Rashean Mathis has reached an agreement on a one-year deal to return to the Detroit Lions for what will be his 12th season in the NFL.
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Sign CB Rashean Mathis

The Detroit Lions have retained one of their own. Adam Schefter is reporting that Rashean Mathis has signed a one year deal  to remain with the team he started 13 games for last season. Veteran CB Rashean Mathis, entering his 12th season, is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, where he started 13 games last year. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 14, 2014 The...
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April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Lions Re-Signing CB Rashean Mathis

  ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Lions are re-signing veteran CB Rashean Mathis to a one-year deal. Mathis, 32, has found no very little interest on the open market, however, the idea of him returning to Detroit came up in recent weeks, so this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. In 2013, he signed a one-year deal with the Lions and appeared in 15 games while contributing 47...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Do any of these remaining free agents fit in with the Detroit Lions?

The last days of free agency before the 2014 NFL draft are upon us, and the Detroit Lions still have multiple holes to fill. There are definite needs at defensive end, linebacker, cornerback and kicker. Depth throughout the team is still an issue in general, but there aren’t many starting slots currently available unless a major upgrade is made. At this point, that isn’t likely...
Via cover32 - Lions
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pettigrew among 12 Lions who became free agents Tuesday

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew, defensive end Willie Young, cornerback Rashean Mathis and backup quarterback Shaun Hill were among 12 Detroit Lions who officially became unrestricted free agents Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Lions had identified Pettigrew as a priority to re-sign, but they're going to have some competition now because this is considered a weak group of free agents at his position...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Is there a future Lions player in these top 10 free agent DB’s?

One of the key areas that the Detroit Lions need to address is their defensive backfield. Buck Stanton over here at cover32.com has come up with his list of top 10 defensive backs that are available as free agents. Though mine would differ a bit, at least in the case of the Lions they are pretty similar overall. I’m still hoping that the Lions will make a strong push to land Jarius...
Via cover32 - Lions
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Players They Can't Afford To Lose In Free Agency

The Detroit Lions, for all of their turmoil following their recent collapse that caused the team to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year and led to the firing of head coach Jim Schwartz, are a very talented team.Under the leadership of of new head coach Jim Caldwell, the team is hoping that they can get back to the postseason this year, but there are a few key players...
Via Football Nation
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Good job, good effort Rashean Mathis! Lions video

YouTube Minnesota Vikings rookie receiver Cordarrelle Patterson took a pitch and ran it 50 yards to the house during their Week 17 snoozefest against the Lions.  On the play, Lions defensive end Devin Taylor (92) over-ran the play, Ndamukong Suh (90) took a horribly terrible angle and safety Rashean Mathis (31 with long hair) was just out for a Sunday jog. I’ll give this an ...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
December 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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