2014-’15 NFL schedule in review: Detroit Lions

Last year was a disappointment for the Lions, whose playoff aspirations ended in a dreadful two and six stretch after the bye week and resulted in Jim Schwartz and his coaching staff getting fired. New coach Jim Caldwell has his work cut out for him with his best defensive player, Ndomakong Suh, not reporting for voluntary workouts and pretty tough schedule for the first year head...
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Detroit Lions have one of the “must see” games on 2014 NFL schedule

There’s no more guessing needed; the 2014 NFL schedule has been released. That’s 256 games, spread out over 17 weeks, played on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Each week of the season holds some intrigue, from the season opening reboot of “The Fail Mary” play to the Super Bowl XLVIII rematch in Week 3 to divisional match-ups in Week 17 that will almost assuredly...
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Lions Bring In Jason Hanson as a Consultant

Jason Hanson is back in Detroit, after spending 21 years with the team. Unfortunately he is not back to be a kicker When the Lions brought Hanson to their minicamp this week, it wasn’t to lure him out of retirement. John Bonamego, the special teams coordinator wanted to get Hanson’s perspective on the Lions’ two […]
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Lions' Golden Tate, Matthew Stafford working on communication skills

They have done enough during the first two days of this voluntary minicamp to get head coach Jim Caldwell excited. “Matthew (Stafford) certainly is getting a good feel for Golden Tate,” he said after the first practice. “You can see those two are going to function well together.” Tate, though, cautioned that it was still very early in the process. “Matt and I and the...
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Detroit Lions full 2014 schedule finally revealed

It finally happened. The 2014 NFL schedule was announced Wednesday night and the Detroit Lions will open with the New York Giants on Monday, September 8 at 7:10 p.m at home. Some highlights of the year include a trip to New England to face the Patriots on November 23 and a visit from the Saints’ high powered offense on October 19. The Lions have two “primetime” games including...
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Detroit Lions’ 2014 Schedule Released

The Detroit Lions will open the 2014 season with a Monday night home game against the New York Giants. They’ll close it with road games at Chicago and Green Bay, with the Bears visiting Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. The full schedule, as reported by the Detroit Free Press: Week 1: vs. NY Giants (MNF) Week 2: at Carolina Week 3: vs. Green Bay Week 4: at NY Jets Week 5: vs. Buffalo...
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Is Ndamukong Suh on the trade block?

Scott Bischoff of reports that the Detroit Lions are discussing the possibility of trading DT Ndamukong Suh in order to move up “as high as possible” in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. Joel Corry mentions that if the Lions were to trade Suh, it would likely be a sign-and-trade. Jason Fitzgerald points out that few teams could take on Suh...
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Detroit Lions 10 biggest draft busts over last 35 years

The 2014 NFL draft is just over two weeks away, and so it seems like a good time to review the Detroit Lions draft history, specifically their worst mistakes. I felt it best to stick to what I know; in a Quantum Leap fashion I only went back to 1980, which is the first year I remember watching football. There is plenty of bad history of draft picks with the Lions dating back over...
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Lions draft hinges on best available and win now

Let’s all presume for a moment, that the Detroit Lions’ primary focus is in fact, to trade up for Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins.  Next, let’s figure that strategy does not gel for any number of reasons, including it was never really on the table in the first place.  What might the alternative consist of?  Good question, and there are tons of acceptable answers here...
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Mock Draft 2.0, this time with the Detroit Lions trading up for their guy

The Detroit Lions currently have the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft on May 8th. We here at took it upon ourselves to act as general manager for our respective home town teams last week. We didn’t allow trades in that mock draft and for the Lions, I selected cornerback Justin Gilbert. It was a pick that fits the Lions needs and I was very pleased with it. For...
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Jim Caldwell Talks Veterans, Injuries and Super Bowl Experience

The Detroit Lions opened up the week with their first of two voluntary mini-camps, and as you may have expected, Ndamukong Suh was not present. Jim Caldwell was not too worried about his absence saying "I think I’ve addressed that enough. I think I went over it. If you look at my statements before, like I told you, my business is coaching. We’d love to have every guy here...
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Detroit Lions | Best & Worst Case Scenario for Round 1 of the NFL Draft

The Lions will be a team to watch in the top 10 on possibly moving up to get the guy they want. Detroit hasn’t made it much of a secret for their love for star receiver Sammy Watkins. IF they do stand pat at pick 10 they will still have some options that will fill some big needs on the defensive side of the ball (Clinton-Dix, Dennard, Gilbert, Barr) Below are a few guys I feel...
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Proposed new Detroit Lions uniform is pretty sweet

Proposed uniform changes for NFL teams is nothing new. Every week, some sort of idea seems to pop up – from radical redesigns to Star Wars themed tweaks to subtle changes. Most are interesting, but fairly laughable. One new batch, however is worth taking a look at. Jesse Alkire, a freelance graphic artist / designer from Chicago, recently put his spin on each NFL team’s uniform...
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Ndamukong Suh does not attend Detroit Lions minicamp

Ndamukong Suh is a no show at Detroit Lions minicamp. Suh, who's in the midst of negotiating a new contract that will make him one of the highest-paid defensive players in NFL history, did not take part in the Lions' first voluntary practice of the week today. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle was a no-show during the first two weeks of voluntary workouts and has come under...
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Voluntary minicamp opens without Suh

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions have begun their first voluntary minicamp under first-year coach Jim Caldwell without Ndamukong Suh. The two-time All-Pro defensive end was not on the field with his teammates Tuesday afternoon during the 10-minute portion of the workout that was open for the media. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Monday...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
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Power Rankings: Detroit Lions have a top-5 offense in the NFL

The old adage is that “defense wins championships.” But more and more, that sounds like a cliché being echoed by a coach, analyst or fan intent on living in the past. Nowadays, offense makes the difference; at least most of the time. Looking for proof? Take a look at the teams that made the playoffs last season. The 12 teams who made the postseason all finished in the top-18...
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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Lawrence Virgil, DT, Valdosta State

Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Lawrence Virgil, DT, Valdosta State  How many teams were recruiting you out of high school? There were a good amount of college teams, but I was big on Florida State.  Where did you choose and why? I picked Valdosta State because they stuck with me through the whole process while I […] The post Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Lawrence Virgil...
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Detroit Lions signed a big defensive end today

Today the Detroit Lions signed a pretty big defensive end in George Johnson.  Johnson is a 6’4, 270 pound defensive end, that has a great motor.  He was on the Minnesota Vikings last year, and was a rotational guy. ttwentyman The #Lions have signed DE George Johnson (6-4, 270). He was with the Vikings the […] The post Detroit Lions signed a big defensive end today appeared...
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Ndamukong Suh is becoming a legitimate distraction

The absence of Ndamukong Suh at the Detroit Lions voluntary workouts was honestly no big deal. Sure, it would have been nice to have him there for the press, for familiarity with his new coaches and just to be a part of the team. That aside, no one questions that Suh will be in perfect shape come game time. Now though, Suh has apparently decided to skip mini-camp as well. This is...
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Lions News: Detroit 'looking to add closers' for upcoming season

Detroit Lions vice president of pro personnel, Sheldon White recently revealed that the organization will be targeting certain types of players in next months NFL Draft and in free agency. Players that are able to close out games. The Lions lost six of their final seven games last season and held a fourth-quarter lead in every one of those contests. The last season, and late game...
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Lions Sign DL George Johnson

  The Detroit Lions signed DL George Johnson, according to his agent Brian Levy. Johnson, 26, signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers back in 2010. He spent the 2011 season in Tampa Bay before joining the Vikings the following season.  Last year, he managed to secure a spot on the 53-man roster, but was later waived in October to make room for...
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Detroit Lions sign Devin Hester’s cousin

The Detroit Lions signed two cornerbacks today in Nate Ness and Aaron Hester. Hester is a cousin of Atlanta Falcons kick returner Devin Hester. Hester is a 6-foot-2, 198 lbs former UCLA standout was undrafted from UCLA. Nate Ness has been in the NFL bounicing around for quite a bit. Ness has previous stints with […] The post Detroit Lions sign Devin Hester’s cousin appeared...
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Will any of these safeties end up with the Detroit Lions in the 2014 draft?

The Detroit Lions have made moves the last few offseasons to completely overhaul the safety position. While the team could argue it improved, if only in consistency, by releasing often injured Louis Delmas and signing James Ihedigbo to replace him, there is still room for improvement. Before the 2013 the Lions signed free agent safety Glover Quin and are certainly pleased with what...
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Five questions to ponder before Lions' voluntary three-day mini-camp

Jim Caldwell will take the field Tuesday with his team for the first time since becoming the Detroit Lions' new coach. The Lions will conduct a voluntary three-day mini-camp at their team headquarters in Allen Park as part of their off-season program. Over the last couple weeks, the players were involved in conditioning workouts and meetings, during which the coaches began to...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Martin Mayhew possibly equal the success of the 2013 NFL Draft?

Martin Mayhew has been around the Detroit Lions long enough to have seem some good and bad days. Without a doubt though, his high point was the 2013 draft. Top to bottom, the Lions got good value out of a draft that at first glance raised some eyebrows. 2013 was Mayhew’s fifth as the Lions general manager. He had served as assistant general manager to Matt Millen before that, so...
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