Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 11:11 AM EST Feb 18, 2019 Allen Park — The Detroit Lions desperately need to upgrade their situation at tight end. That much is obvious. But would the team really consider using a top-10 draft pick to address the need? Well, it's a sentiment that seems to be growing stronger among draft analysts. For the second time in a month, a top draft prognosticator has slotted Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson to the Detroit Lions at No. 8. "Hockenson (6-5, 250) is a complete player who can run routes out of the slot on one play, then line up next to a tackle and blow up an edge defender in the running game on the next," ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote on his mock draft, which posted Monday morning. "I'm not going to call him a Rob Gronkowski clone, but there are similarities, particularly when you see each as blockers. And remember that Lions coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn saw firsthand what Gronk did for the Patriots … [Read more...] about Another NFL mock draft slots T.J. Hockenson to Detroit Lions
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Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 2:42 PM EST Jan 25, 2019 Bob Quinn said something at his end-of-season news conference that’s been on my mind for a couple weeks now, something he repeated, in essence, in an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio this week. “This guy’s a really talented player,” Quinn said earlier this month. “And myself, the coaches need to put him in better situations to allow him to use his skill set.” No one will argue that the Detroit Lions must do a better job of stocking their cupboards with the ingredients they need to become a perennial playoff power. They need an offense more tailored to Matthew Stafford’s strengths, a couple reliable pass catchers for him to throw to, a backup running back in case Kerryon Johnson gets hurt again, better play from their offensive line and two or three playmakers on defense. That’s a song and dance we’ve heard for years now, with the names, faces and promises … [Read more...] about Matthew Stafford’s contract hindering Detroit Lions’ rebuild
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 11:36 AM EST Jan 25, 2019 Mobile, Ala. – For Detroit Lions fans, there was no escaping Eric Ebron this year. If you watched any highlight shows during the season, the tight end was a weekly fixture, scoring 14 touchdowns during the regular season and another in the Indianapolis Colts’ wild-card playoff victory. That was enough to earn him his first Pro Bowl selection. Then Thursday night, some final salt for the wound, Ebron teamed up with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck to win the “Best Hands” competition at the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown in Orlando. The Lions tossed Ebron aside, cutting him loose last March instead of paying him the $8.25 million they would have owed him in 2019. The team thought there were better alternatives than paying the former first-rounder, including an attempted trade for Rob Gronkowski and the failed pursuit of a couple of the top names in free agency. Ultimately, the Lions settled on … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ search to improve at tight end begins at Senior Bowl
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 1:02 PM EST Jan 24, 2019 Mobile, Ala. — While not the only factor, the Detroit Lions offense fell off a cliff last season after the team moved wide receiver Golden Tate at the trade deadline. That’s why replacing Tate this offseason must be a top priority for general manager Bob Quinn. Thankfully, the Senior Bowl is chock full of explosive slot receivers who could fill Detroit’s roster hole. In the seven games prior to the Tate trade, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford posted a 98.5 passer rating, with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. In the final nine games, the passer rating dipped to 82.7 and his yards per attempt plummeted to 6.18 yards. Tate’s ability to quickly get open from the slot and make tacklers miss in the open field was sorely missed down the stretch. Among the options at the Senior Bowl who could replicate that skill set is South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel, who compared himself to Tate … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Golden Tate replacement could come from Senior Bowl
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 12:26 PM EST Jan 23, 2019 It’s worse than I thought. I thought new Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was going to be meatloaf. But it turns out general manager Bob Quinn wants him to be an everything bagel. You know. That’s a bagel. With everything. That tastes exactly like nothing. "It’s going to be a little bit of a mix of everything,” Quinn said in a radio interview Monday, “and that’s something what really kind of led us to Darrell in the end.” It’s hard to know exactly what Quinn is saying because he deferred further comment about Bevell to coach Matt Patricia, who declined comment to the Free Press and other Detroit reporters at the Senior Bowl. Maybe Quinn actually means “everything.” Maybe he means some of “everything” sometimes. He might be trying to avoid tipping his hand about a new scheme. But I can tell you this about NFL offenses. … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions want Darrell Bevell to do ‘everything’; can he?