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Super Bowl Experience Valued Highly by Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Caldwell
April 22nd, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Tuesday was a big day for the Detroit Lions as they began minicamp for the 2014 season.  As new Lions head coach Jim Caldwell spoke to the media after practice, the topic of Super Bowl experience from new team members came up.  Caldwell finds it very helpful.  ***PHOTO1***  Two of the biggest...

Detroit Lions Sign Cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Nate Ness
April 22nd, 2014 at 10:02 AM
The Detroit Lions are continuing to make sure they will have depth in their secondary for the 2014 season.  They have now added even more security by signing cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Nate Ness.  The terms of their contracts have not been revealed.  ***PHOTO1***  The signing of these two players adds to what...

Detroit Lions Eye Defensive Depth; Sign Vaughn Martin, Host Darryl Tapp and James Ihedigbo
March 13th, 2014 at 1:58 PM
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. ***PHOTO1*** Martin, who would have had a stint at Michigan State University in 2006 had academic transcript issues...

Detroit Lions Free Agency: T.J. Ward, Alterran Verner in Mix; Wide Reciever and Safety Targets?
March 10th, 2014 at 5:55 PM
News hasn't come quite as fast as expected as the Detroit Lions begin negotiations with free agents in the negotiation window, but a few names have trickled into the mix, and both are at defensive positions of need. ***PHOTO1*** In the open negotiating period, things stayed quiet and the Lions weren't connected...

Detroit Lions Positional Recap, Linebacker: Steady Production Made Linebackers Defense’s Strength
March 10th, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Every Monday/Tuesday during the winter, we're taking a closer look back at the progression of every position on the Detroit Lions during the 2013 season. The Detroit Lions didn't have many spots on their team that were steady throughout in 2013, but linebacker was one of those places. Production was heavy and players were...

Detroit Lions Need Ndamukong Suh to Restructure Contract Before Free Agency
March 4th, 2014 at 10:40 AM
The Detroit Lions have around $11 million dollars to spend this season. With news that the salary cap is set to rise considerably in the future, the team that was suddenly facing cap problems might be getting back in good shape. ***PHOTO1*** Still, the biggest issue yet to be resolved regards defensive...

Detroit Lions Don’t Use Franchise Tag, but Continue Negotiating with Free Agents
March 3rd, 2014 at 9:15 PM
As expected, the Detroit Lions declined to use the franchise tag before Monday afternoon's 4 p.m. deadline for the second straight year.  ***PHOTO1*** Previously, the team had considered utilizing the tag on free agent to be tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Instead, Pettigrew's agent and Martin Mayhew will work together and try to negotiate...

Detroit Lions Positional Recap, Defensive Backs: Expect Plenty of Team Changes Prior to 2014
March 3rd, 2014 at 10:08 AM
Every Monday/Tuesday during the winter, we're taking a closer look back at the progression of every position on the Detroit Lions during the 2013 season. Of all the positions the Detroit Lions need to reshape this most this offseason, the defensive backfield could be one of the most obvious. Gone is hard-hitting, oft-injured safety...

Detroit Lions Free Agency Preview: Safety Offers Good Mix of Veterans, Elite Younger Talents
February 27th, 2014 at 9:34 AM
Football's free agency period opens a few weeks from now on March 11, so until then, we're breaking down the players and positions that the Detroit Lions could be interested in. Not only do the Detroit Lions need a cornerback this offseason, they might also need a safety. Both last lines of defense figure...

With Either Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert, Detroit Lions Might not Be Able to Lose
February 26th, 2014 at 9:39 AM
Tuesday, the defensive backs took center stage at the NFL Combine and being the Detroit Lions have holes at cornerback and safety and had secondary coach Tony Oden on the field running drills, the team was all eyes. That's especially true as it related to Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert,...

With Solid Combine, Buffalo’s Khalil Mack Could Become Intriguing Option for Detroit Lions
February 25th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Players from small schools often have a big chip on their shoulders. They work harder, hustle faster and are determined to outwork their name competition. Monday at the NFL Combine, Khalil Mack proved those theories correct. ***PHOTO1*** Mack was one of the shining stars of the defensive line and linebacker portion of...

Detroit Lions Positional Recap, Defensive Line: Run Defense Steps up, Finally Becomes Elite
February 24th, 2014 at 9:49 AM
Every Monday/Tuesday during the winter, we're taking a closer look back at the progression of every position on the Detroit Lions during the 2013 season. The Detroit Lions have been able to get after the quarterback with their defensive line for some time, but the biggest question marks surrounding the front four has been their...

Five Players the Detroit Lions Should Watch During the NFL Combine
February 22nd, 2014 at 10:51 AM
The NFL Combine kicks off this weekend from Lucas Oil Field, and navigating the personnel and drills can be a tough task, especially when there are multiple players from multiple schools competing together at the same time. ***PHOTO1*** Fortunately, there are some players the Detroit Lions should be watching closer than others,...

Detroit Lions Part Ways with Embattled David Akers, Make Four Others Free Agents
February 21st, 2014 at 11:38 AM
After a rocky 2013 season, most figured the Detroit Lions would not bring back embattled veteran kicker David Akers. Those folks were proven right on Friday, as Martin Mayhew provided an update on his plans with regards to some of the team's existing free agents. ***PHOTO1*** Speaking in Indianapolis at the Combine, Mayhew named...

Detroit Lions Free Agency Preview: Cornerback Position Has Decent Mix of Familiar Faces
February 20th, 2014 at 1:43 PM
Football's free agency period opens just over a month from now on March 11, so until then, we're breaking down the players and positions that the Detroit Lions could be interested in. If it's the offseason, chances are, the Detroit Lions are probably looking for help at cornerback on the free agent market. With...

Detroit Lions Combine Preview: Five Important Positions to Watch in Indianapolis
February 18th, 2014 at 9:41 AM
After last month's Senior Bowl, the next step NFL teams must take is the arduous task of scouting the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Called the "Underwear Olympics" by many, the event is vital towards determining the draft position of top prospects and plenty of others. ***PHOTO1*** With that in mind, what...

Departure of Louis Delmas Leaves Detroit Lions in Need of Elite Replacement at Safety
February 17th, 2014 at 3:09 PM
The Detroit Lions made a tough decision late last week and released popular safety Louis Delmas, a player who played locally at Western Michigan University and had played for them since 2009. ***PHOTO1*** Though it was likely a tough choice considering the depletion of depth at a spot, it was the right...

Former Detroit Lions’ Coach Jim Schwartz Classy in Defense of Ndamukong Suh, Matthew Stafford
February 12th, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Though Jim Schwartz was fired by the Detroit Lions, there's apparently no hard feelings considering the former coach has gone out of his way lately to defend a few of his former star players from the team. ***PHOTO1*** First, it was Matthew Stafford, the quarterback that came under fire for falling apart down...

Michael Sam Excellent Fit for Detroit Lions, Could End up Becoming Middle Round Steal
February 10th, 2014 at 5:57 PM
A few weeks ago after the Senior Bowl finished, Michael Sam made a list Lions 101 compiled of the five players who stood out that the Detroit Lions should be watching come April's NFL Draft. ***PHOTO1*** Sunday night, Sam announced he'll be the first openly gay player to enter himself into the draft....

Detroit Lions Should Keep Ndamukong Suh for Defensive Consistency Next Season
February 9th, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Around Detroit this week, the hottest topic of football conversation has been what to do with Detroit Lions' starting defensive tackle and free agent soon to be Ndamukong Suh. Considering Suh's age and ability level, it doesn't seem like much of a question to ponder at all. ***PHOTO1*** Many reasons have been given...