Detroit Lions

Five reasons why the Detroit Lions can win the Super Bowl

I know what you’re all thinking and trust me you’re not alone. You’re thinking I’m crazy and the Detroit Lions have little to no chance at winning the Super Bowl. The first response I have for all the doubters is this: At least we aren’t the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders or the Cleveland Browns.  Although being a Lions fan myself might bring some bias, I promise it doesn’t have anything to do with the reasons I list in this article. Calvin Johnson The Detroit Lions can win the Super Bowl for five solid reasons: 1. Calvin Johnson Not only is Calvin Johnson listed as the best receiver in the league, he also has the necessary chemistry with his quarterback and the rest of the Lions organization. The team has accepted the role of Calvin Johnson in being their best weapon. He is respected, confident and has the ability to push the Lions through the tough games later in the season. Just ask the odds people in Vegas what the Lions stock would be without number 81. 2. Reasonable schedule/Un

Detroit Lions re-signed Darryl Tapp; placed Van Noy on I/R exception to return

Today the Detroit Lions re-signed Darryl Tapp and in a corresponding move the team placed Kyle Van Noy on the Injured Reserve with the designation to return. @RavensInsider: LIons re-sign Darryl Tapp, place rookie Kyle Van Noy on short-term injured reserve
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Detroit Lions: 3 reasons they won’t make the playoffs

“This is our year!” It seems like fans of the Detroit Lions find a reason to say that at the start of every season, at least ever since Calvin Johnson was drafted in 2007. I was in a fantasy football draft with some friends just last night, and one of the guys said exactly those words in the chat box: “This is our year.”
For some reason, Detroit fans believe this year’s team is destined to reach the postseason. I’m here to remind you that this is the NFL, not some cakewalk, and the Lions are going to be fighting an uphill battle just to be in the hunt for one of the six coveted playoff spots in the NFC.
Here are three reasons working against Detroit’s playoff chances:
1. The Green Bay Packers
Rodgers
The foremost reason that the odds aren’t in Detroit’s favor are the Green Bay Packers. I could even rephrase this to just read: Aaron Rodgers. He’s all Green Bay needs to be a perennial contender in the NFC North.
In the six seasons that Rodgers has been at the helm of the Pack, the team has p

Nick Fairley has lost 10 pounds

Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley has had a rough summer.  He lost his starting job after eating himself out of shape.
The good news is that Fairley has lost 10 pounds.
Fairley is back down to 305 pounds
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 1, 2014

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Dissecting the Practice Squad of the Detroit Lions

The NFL practice squad system is a confusing notion for a lot of fans. Not many people fully understand the way the practice squad works, and that is partly because the guidelines for the practice squad change throughout the years. The Detroit Lions were allowed to sign 10 players to their practice squad, and the maximum amount of experience a player can have on the practice squad is 3 years. However, in order to count as a full year, a player must be present on the practice squad for at least six games.
Previous seasons, players would only have to play in 3 games for their entire season on the practice squad to count. Also, there were only 6 players that teams could sign to their practice squad. This makes it even harder to determine who would be eligible for the practice squad.
A lot of people try to claim that every free agent acquisition was made for the practice squad, but that is never the case. Coaches usually are not sure who is eligible for the practice squad until it comes…

Detroit Lions: Breaking down the 53-man roster

The Detroit Lions finalized their 53-man roster on Saturday just before the 4 p.m. deadline. It’s a harsh weekend for a lot of players in the NFL; many hopefuls have their lifelong dream snatched away from them.
But this is the NFL, home to the most elite football talent in the world. Everyone knows how brutal the business is to crack into. Teams do what must to be done to get down to the magic number of 53.
In that light, it’s one heck of an accomplishment for an undrafted free agent to work their way onto a roster like Jerome Couplin or Cornelius Lucas did in Detroit. Congratulations are deserved and well earned.
Let’s take a look at Detroit’s initial roster:
3 Quarterbacks: Matthew Stafford, Dan Orlovsky, Kellen Moore
This was was one of the bigger surprises of the day — keeping three quarterbacks despite having a clear-cut starter in Stafford. Nonetheless, Moore did all the right things this preseason and earned a spot. He finished the preseason with a team-high 108.4 QB rating, 361 passing yard

Ten players named to Detroit Lions practice squad

Yesterday we reported that the Detroit Lions shaved down their roster to 53 players in preparation for the regular season. The next roster moves due for NFL teams is deciding who will play on their practice squads. Here’s a primer on practice squad rules, per The Daily Norseman:

Practice squad players are just that. . .guys that practice with the team. They don’t play in any games and don’t count against the 53-man roster.
Players that are on the practice squad get paid weekly and can be dropped at any time during the season. The minimum salary for a practice squad player is $6,300/week, but teams can pay more (and usually will if they think that another team is considering poaching one of their players).
Practice squad players can be signed by any other team at any other time, provided that they’re signed directly to a team’s 53-man roster. A team can’t sign a player from another team’s practice squad simply to put them on their practice squad. If a player is released from a team’s pra

Lions announce their practice squad; All 10

Today the Detroit Lions announced their practice squad. The team had all these players in their camp this year. OT Michael Williams G Rodney Austin RB George Winn WR Andrew Peacock CB Mohammad Seisay TE Jordan Thompson FB Emil Igwenagu LB Julian Stanford S Nate Ness DT Xavier Proctor
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Lions Cut Mikel Leshoure; Fate for his Lions’ Tattoo?

Lions Cut Mikel Leshoure; Fate of his Lions’ Tattoo? Mikel Leshoure now a former running back of the Detroit Lions, who had the date he was drafted and a Lions logo tattooed on his arm is no longer an active Lion. This is awkward now……Photo: Mikel Leshoure’s Tattoo Of Detroit …
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NFL 53-man cutdown update: Detroit Lions

As of Sunday 8/31 8AM ET, Per NFL transaction wire, NFL.com: All teams down to 53 by Saturday 8/30 4PM.

Players released:

RB Mikel Leshoure

RB George Winn

RB Emil Igwenagu

WR Kris Durham

WR Andrew Peacock

WR Pat Edwards

TE Michael Egnew

TE Jordan Thompson

OL Rodney Austin

OL Garrett Reynolds

OL Michael Williams

OL Darren Keyton

DL Darryl Tapp

DE Andre Fluellen

DL Jimmy Saddler-McQueen

DL Xavier Proctor

LB Brandon Hepburn

LB Julian Stanford

LB Shamari Benton

CB Mohammed Seisay

CB Chris Greenwood

S Nate Ness
 

A look at the Detroit Lions final 53 man roster

Yesterday the Detroit Lions made their final cuts and trimmed their roster down to 53 players in anticipation of the start of the regular season. Now we know exactly who will be suiting up in blue and white for Monday Night Football on September 8th.
Here are all the players who made the cut:
Offense:
Quarterback - Matthew Stafford, Dan Orlovsky, Kellen Moore
Running back: Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Theo Riddick
Full back: Jed Collins, Montell Owens
Wide receiver: Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Kevin Ogletree, Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller
Tight end: Brandon Pettigrew, Joseph Fauria, Eric Ebron
Offensive line: Riley Reiff, LaAdrian Waddle, Corey Hilliard, Cornelius Lucas, Rob Sims, Larry Warford, Dominic Raiola, Travis Swanson
Defense:
Defensive Line: Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones, Devin Taylor, Larry Webster, George Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, C.J. Mosley, Nick Fairley, Caraun Reid
Linebacker: DeAndre Levy, Stephen Tulloch, Tahir Whitehead, Kyle Van Noy, Ashlee Palmer, T

Detroit Lions Roster Cut List – 53 man roster

Players currently on roster: 61
In order to get down to the 53 man roster by 4PM today (8/30) – the Lions were forced to make some tough choices today.
Below is a list of those who were cut. We will break down each cut once the dust settles.
Cut List: - 

RB George Winn
RB Mikel Leshoure
Center/guard Darren Keyton
WR Kris Durham
TE Michael Egnew
OT Michael Williams
OG Garrett Reynolds
OG Rodney Austin
OG Darren Keyton
DE Darryl Tapp
LB Brandon Hepburn
LB Shamari Benton
CB Chris Greenwood
CB Mohammed Seisay
S Nate Ness

 
Who is the most surprising cut for you? Let us know in the comments!
 
 

Lions Waive TE Michael Egnew Days After Claiming Him

 
The Detroit Lions waived former third-round pick TE Michael Egnew on Saturday just a few days after the claimed him off of waivers from Miami.
The Seahawks reportedly placed a claim on Egnew as well, so they could be a team to watch in the coming days.
Egnew, 24, has been a major disappointment in his first years in the NFL and it seemed likely that he would go unclaimed, but it appears as though the Lions believe he’s worthy bringing in for an extended look.
Last year, Egnew appeared in 15 games for Miami and caught seven passes for 69 yards and no touchdowns.

Detroit Lions: Three problematic takeaways from the preseason

Jim Caldwell and the Detroit Lions will be the first to admit that they still have work to do before becoming a team that can excel through the playoffs. Although the Lions handily beat the Buffalo Bills 23-0 on Thursday, there are still some issues that need to be addressed before the team feels comfortable moving forward. “We have a ways to go, we really do. I’m glad we have more practices prior to that time,” said Jim Caldwell after the final preseason game.
Here are the most notable problems after watching the Lions preseason.
1. Lack of a dominant opponent and the penalty problem
Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh penalty with a hit on Chad Henne.
The Lions matched any opponent they played this preseason, but every single team they played are long shots for the playoffs. When a team playing a weak opponent is struggling with punts and turnovers, the coaches need to look at the game from a different perspective. Instead of asking the question,  “How well did our starting cornerbacks play?” the Lions m

Lions cut Mikel Leshoure; Follow Detroit’s cuts here

Today the Detroit Lions began cuts with a big name player getting axed first. Mikel Leshours the teams former draft pick has been given the boot. @davebirkett: The Lions have informed RB Mikel Leshoure he’s being waived. You can track all the Lions cuts here: RB Mikel Leshoure
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