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Will the Detroit Lions Trade up to Draft Sammy Watkins?

April 9th, 2014 at 5:10 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

As of now, the Detroit Lions hold the tenth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Is there a chance that may change into an earlier pick? There are reasons to believe that it is very possible.

 

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The Lions met with Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins yesterday. There is a lot that they like about Watkins. Detroit does need a wide receiver, and Watkins would be an excellent addition if he can perform the way he did in college.  Watkins would be the number two receiver that the Lions have been looking for.  He has the athletic abilities and the attitude that the team needs.

Everything may add up in the move being pulled off. Watkins even said he likes the idea of being drafted by the Lions.  "It'd be definitely a blessing playing with Megatron and Golden Tate, having Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford," said Watkins.  “They’re doing a great job with the program with all the coaches.  If I ever go there, sky’s the limit."  He likes them and they have paid a lot of attention to him in the past month.  The interest is there for both sides, which makes it even more likely that the Lions will see if they can make a jump.

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Detroit Lions Sign Offensive Tackle J.B. Shugarts

April 3rd, 2014 at 11:02 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

Some depth has been added to the Detroit Lions’ offensive line. The team has signed offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts. He is best known for his college days with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

 

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Shugarts went undrafted in 2012. Since making the jump to the pros, he has not actually played in a regular season NFL game. The most action he has seen has been in preseason games. In case you are wondering, he has played in eight preseason games total.

In two seasons, he has spent time with three different teams – the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Jets. He had a place to call home only once past the preseason, which was his rookie season in Cleveland where he was a member of their practice squad. Other than that, he has yet to make a 53-man roster.

During his time at Ohio State, Shugarts was a starting offensive tackle for three of his four college seasons. In that time span, he played in 44 games and started in 33 of them. Despite standing at 6’6” and weighing in at 305 pounds, there were criticisms and concerns about his strength and athleticism that led to his name not being called in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Detroit Lions Sign Dan Orlovsky to One-Year Deal

April 2nd, 2014 at 11:09 PM
By Mario E. Scipioni

The Detroit Lions have finally found a veteran backup quarterback.  Unfortunately, they found someone who had an awful stint with them in the past.  Dan Orlovsky is in a Lions uniform once again.

 

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Orlovsky's deal is for one year and worth $1.75 million.  Anytime you mention Orlovsky's name, everyone will remember him as the quarterback of the Lions team that went 0-16 in 2008.  They will also remember him for his signature moment when he rolled out into the back of the endzone against the Minnesota Vikings that season.  To add some salt to the wound, that safety was the difference in the 12-10 loss.

Jim Caldwell is familiar with Orlovsky, which is somewhat a positive part of bringing him in.  The two were part of the notoriously bad 2011 Indianapolis Colts team where Caldwell was the head coach and Orlovsky was the third quarterback to start a game for the team that season.  In fact, Orlovsky led the Colts to their only two wins near the end of the season.

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Pressure is on Brandon Pettigrew to Improve After Detroit Lions Award Multi-Year Deal

March 14th, 2014 at 11:06 AM
By Max DeMara

Every move a team makes in free agency isn't going to thrill the masses. Such was probably the case for many when the Detroit Lions announced they re-signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew to a four year contract Friday morning.

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Likely the best remaining member of a weakened tight end class in free agency, Pettigrew reportedly had several suitors chasing after his services this week. Both the New York Jets and New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders reportedly had varying degrees of interest, but none were serious enough to get a multi-year deal done with the longtime Lion.

With a $16 million dollar contract and $8 million in guaranteed money, the Lions proved more serious about keeping their home grown star with the team, but considering production, they shouldn't have been so desperate to do so. Pettigrew is still far too inconsistent to justify the amount of contract years he was given. His production could have been replicated by multiple rookies or lower end free agents over the same period of time.

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Detroit Lions Eye Defensive Depth; Sign Vaughn Martin, Host Darryl Tapp and James Ihedigbo

March 13th, 2014 at 1:58 PM
By Max DeMara

Wednesday, the Detroit Lions upgraded their offense, signing wide receiver Golden Tate. Thursday, they turned their attention to the other side of the ball by signing defensive tackle Vaughn Martin and hosting two other free agents.

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Martin, who would have had a stint at Michigan State University in 2006 had academic transcript issues not come into play, came into his own while playing with the San Diego Chargers from 2009-2012 In 2013, he spent an injury filled season with the Miami Dolphins. He's proven decently productive in the past at nose tackle and defensive end, with his best season coming in 2011. That year, he collected 47 total tackles and one sack. In his career, Martin has three sacks and one forced fumble.

As previously mentioned, Detroit also hosted a pair of other defensive free agents. Former Baltimore Ravens safety James Ihedigbo was in town Thursday, and Pro Football Talk reported a deal will get done with him in short order as well as Ihedigbo himself. For the past few years, Ihedigbo has worked with Lions' defensive coordinator Teryl Austin during his stay as Ravens secondary coach. Ihedigbo is quietly productive, as 2013's 101 tackle, three interception year proved and has big-game experience starting with the New England Patriots and Ravens in two recent Super Bowls.

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