Glover Quin has given the Detroit Lions two great seasons, and after leading the NFL in interceptions a year ago, his peers have taken notice. The annual NFL Top 100 players countdown is underway and Quin has been voted by fellow players as the 88th best in the league. The list, organized by the NFL and voted on by as many current players as they can get to respond, is currently airing on NFL Network and NFL.com.
Safety Glover Quin breaks up a pass intended for wide receiver AJ Green (Photo Credit: Jason Miller/Getty)
Quin led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2014. He played free safety last season, after playing the previous year, opposite Louis Delmas, at strong safety. The switch paid obvious dividends, as Quin jumped from three interceptions and fifty-seven tackles in 2013, to seven picks and seventy-three tackles in 2014.
At free safety, Quin was able to lay back (in deep zones) and let the play develop in front of him, as opposed to the slot coverage and run support expected of most strong safetie
Detroit was lucky to land Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright in the fourth round, as he was projected to go no later than round three. Wright is known for his durability, playing in all 52 games of his college career. This is important no matter what his skill level is, because it doesn’t matter what he is able to do if he can’t play due to injury. “Durability is greater than ability” my Dad would always say, quoting “Twin Cities” radio personality, Sid Hartman. That was the issue for Reggie Bush. Bush has a desirable skill set, but is constantly plagued by injury.Wright was able to keep his high school and college number 90, the same number that Ndamukong Suh wore during his time with the Lions. Gabe is no Suh, but he sure is trying to fill those massive shoes. His goal in training camp is to be the hardest worker on the field. With a work ethic like that combined with his durability, Wright should have a good chance of landing a starting spot next to Ngata.Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has noticed the rook
Detroit Lions fans love Calvin Johnson.
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They’ll love this girl too.
Calvin Johnson is BACK and @VelVelHoller is showing love to him and looking sexy doing it! #Lions #DefendTheDen
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Heading into the 2015 season, Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay is looking to build upon a breakout season in which he started all 16 games and recorded two interceptions. The former second-round selection is itching to take on the best pass-catchers the NFL has to offer, according to Lions senior writer Tim Twentyman.
“I’m ready. I’m confident. I’m ready to do whatever I need to do to be the best,” Slay told the Lions official website. ”I want to go against the No. 1 (receiver) anytime. I’m ready.”
Slay is quickly turning into the player Detroit drafted him to be. Fully aware of the hard work it will require to get there, the Mississippi State product has his sights set on the pinnacle of his position.
“That’s what I want to be and I’m working towards it and I’m going to get better this offseason to be that guy,” Slay told the Lions website about becoming the team’s top cornerback. “Work, work, work. I’m taking any kind of feedback that’s going to help me be the best.”
Slay is l…
Paul Lukas of ESPN recently published his power rankings for all 32 NFL uniforms, and boy did the Detroit Lions finish at a rather surprising 26th overall.
“Former Lions GM Matt Millen is gone, but his legacy lives on in the form of all the black trim on the Lions’ uniforms. Every stripe, every numeral, every letter, the color break in the socks, the helmet logo, the facemask — all accented in black. Look, gang, here’s how it works: You’ve got that Honolulu blue thing going. You should own that color. Don’t tart it up with black. And a less gimmicky number font would help, too.”
Although he’s right about a bit too much black, the Lions logo is actually very unique and fancy. The torquoise colour lion jumping angrily is a very cool design in my opinion. It displays the team’s hunger and fury.
For what it’s worth, the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets jerseys, which are among the worst in the league in my opinion, got ranked higher.
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The Detroit Lions will likely feel the effects of allowing their star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh leave town to join the Miami Dolphins as the latest $100 million man.
Now with the Dolphins, Suh is selling his expensive yet beautiful mansion for a bargain price of $3.45 million, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. Meinke also mentions what’s in the mansion:
“It features five bedrooms, four bathrooms, three half-baths, a massage room and even an indoor “‘sport court’ “.
Ndamukong Suh is selling his suburban Detroit mansion for just $3.45 million http://t.co/L5xniLaGGI pic.twitter.com/iAzEkhJ414
— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) May 19, 2015
Ndamukong Suh’s Detroit-Area Home Is On The Market For $3.45 Million http://t.co/z7XnonRaFf #news pic.twitter.com/r9QWsCbcDE
— Massive Paper (@MPTrending) May 20, 2015
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The NFL moved PATs back on Tuesday — a change that was met with mixed reactions.
Let’s be honest, though, these kickers are so darn good does it really matter if they kick from 32 yards out?
Aaron Nagler from Sports Illustrated brings up a good point on the NFL and rule changes.
Extra points? Clearly needed changing. The Calvin Johnson rule? It’s fine.
— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) May 20, 2015
The Calvin Johnson rule, of course, stems from the photo above in which Johnson clearly had a TD against the Bears but didn’t “complete the process of the catch.”
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That same rule took center stage this year in the Packers and Cowboys NFC Divisional playoff game. Everyone and their brother has an opinion on whether or not Dez Bryant caught the ball.
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View image | gettyimages.com The NFL Draft is now in the past. Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate where each team stands in comparison to the other 31 NFL teams. After taking that into consideration, we decided to do our post-draft power rankings.
Find out where John Miceli ranks Haloti Ngata, Stephen Tulloch, Darius Slay and the Detroit Lions defense. NFL Power Rankings Link: www.topsportsreport.com/scoresnfl/nfl-post-draft-power-rankings-which-team-has-the-best-defense
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell made Dan Orlovsky the backup to starting quarterback Matthew Stafford last season, relegating former Boise State star Kellen Moore to a third-string role. Moore may vie for Orlovsky’s job this year, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com, but the QB is comfortable either way.
“Like it here. Simple as that,” Moore told MLive.com. “We’ve been here for three years, and it has been fun. We have a good room, you know? It’s just a good situation.”
Orlovsky has more experience than Moore, who hasn’t played a single game since joining the Lions in 2012, with nearly 472 pass attempts through seven seasons. Yet, Moore’s contract has more guaranteed money than Orlovsky’s, according to MLive.com.
Maybe the Lions see something in Moore.
“The great thing about it is I think (Moore) has been developing,” Caldwell said. “Big O is certainly getting another feel for the offense as well. It’ll be a pretty good opportunity for us to kind of see where they both are c…
Detroit Lions defensive end Phillip Hunt may know he’s a long shot to make the team, but it isn’t showing in his mood, according to Justin Rogers of MLive.com. After two full seasons without a team, Hunt is just happy to have another shot at proving he can play in the NFL.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity,” Hunt told MLive.com. “That’s all I can hope for and ask for. I’ll take advantage of it.”
Hunt originally went undrafted out of Houston. He didn’t catch on right away in the NFL, but he went to the Canadian Football League and scored a CFL-leading 16 sacks with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2010.
Hunt’s only real NFL production came as a reserve with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2011-2012, where he recorded 16 tackles and three sacks. And that was before he tore his ACL.
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ESPN.com recently made their list of the top 300 players for Fantasy Football this year. Oddly enough, they are not selling high on the league’s best wide receiver, Calvin Johnson.
Johnson is ranked 18th overall, behind surprisingly higher players like C.J. Anderson, and even Adrian Peterson, who may not even play in 2015.
Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press sent a link to an article by ESPN’s Mike Sando, regarding Johnson (Subscription required to view the article by Sando.)
According to Manzullo, Sando had the following to say, warning Fantasy players about taking him so high:
“Megatron has missed five games the past two seasons and wasn’t right physically in others,” Sando wrote last week. “Last year, an executive from another team summarized it this way: ‘I heard that some of the coaches in the mix for the Detroit job (in early 2014) had some concerns. … I had heard then that there are serious concerns about his health, that with all the maintenance that is involved, this g…
Calvin Johnson in his thirties could look like Alshon Jeffery in his prime.
For the first time since 2011, its a valid question to ask: who is the best receiver in the NFL?
While Calvin Johnson has been the unquestioned king of wideouts since (at least) 2011, he’ll be turning 30 in 2015, and after consecutive injury-plagued seasons, some have begun the process of writing off one of the finest playmakers the NFL has ever seen. Johnson has missed five games the past two seasons, mostly due to ankle and knee issues, while at times playing hurt, being scarcely targeted, and providing nothing more than a decoy.
Johnson’s durability concerns are real, though the biggest culprit in 2014 was a high ankle sprain that should be a non-factor moving forward. Otherwise, he figures to start the 2015 season with a clean bill of health, and that could mean a return to the elite productivity that made Megatron the most feared playmaker in the game.
When playing at full capacity, or anywhere near it in 2014, Johnson
The Detroit Lions took Eric Ebron 10th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
At the time, many fans clamored for them to select either Aaron Donald (NT, Pitt) or Odell Beckham Jr. (WR, LSU).
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Beckham Jr. went 12th to the Giants and Donald 13th to the Rams.
Both those guys had big 2014s while the rookie season for Ebron was super underwhelming.
Here’s some salt in the wounds of Lions fans on that front.
Aaron Donald and Odell Beckham are ranked 13th and 18th on @PFF top 100 players of 2015. Lions fans weep.
— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) May 18, 2015
That really, really hurts.
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The Lions will likely only keep eight Offensive Lineman on their final roster much like they have in the past several seasons. I would say that seven of the eight are locked in right now, with the final spot still up for grabs. There is also a decent possibility that final spot will be occupied by a post cut down signing, as there really isn’t a utility Guard/Tackle on the roster right now.