Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 1:23 PM EDT Aug 20, 2019 Matthew Stafford has yet to play in the NFL preseason and Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia was noncommittal Tuesday about whether his starting quarterback would make his debut Friday night against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field, the team's third preseason game. “Um, you know what? I think obviously he’s a veteran quarterback,” Patricia said of Stafford, 31, who is entering his 11th season. “There’s a lot of quarterbacks in the league that do everything differently. I’ve been around teams where the quarterbacks haven’t played at all in preseason, they played in regular season and they’ve been good whether they played in all the preseason games. More on Lions: Mike Daniels, Marvin Jones back to practice; locker room gets makeover “It’s really individually based and I think with Matthew we’re just trying to do a good job of making sure that … [Read more...] about Matthew Stafford in Detroit Lions’ 3rd preseason game?
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Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 2:10 PM EDT Apr 28, 2019 Allen Park — The Detroit Lions added nine players in the draft this week, with several drawing the standard visceral reaction from fans. If we're being realistic, we won't have a true sense for the impact of this group for at least a year, probably two. But after having a night to ponder the additions, we do have some thoughts we'd like to share. Is bigger better? There was a consistent theme with the defensive players the Lions added this weekend — they're big. We're talking notably bigger than average for their positions, whether that's height in the secondary or weight throughout the front seven. "Bigger, longer, if they’re athletic enough, that’s what you want to build," general manager Bob Quinn said after the draft. "There’s a few guys at certain positions that really matter in our defense, and you guys have been studying the kind of players … [Read more...] about Five thoughts on Detroit Lions’ NFL Draft and what’s next
The Detroit News Published 1:08 PM EDT Apr 28, 2019 The Lions 2019 NFL Draft is complete, and experts are weighing in with, for the most part, positive reviews. A look through the grades from national analysts reveals plenty of Bs, though at least one writer wasn't a fan of the Lions' work this weekend. Here's a roundup of the what they're saying about the Lions draft (listed alphabetically): Andy Benoit, NFL analyst, Sports Illustrated Benoit gave the Lions a B-plus. "Head coach Matt Patricia is determined to shape the Lions into a Patriots-style offense, and obviously finding a five-tool tight end is a strong first step. It’s too much to say T.J. Hockenson will be the next Rob Gronkowski, but Hockenson is one of the highest-rated tight end prospects of this century. His blocking is even more touted than his receiving —an important note given Detroit’s two-decade-long effort to improve its feeble ground game. "Friday’s picks were spent on buttressing the … [Read more...] about Analysts weigh in on Detroit Lions’ haul in NFL Draft
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 2:43 PM EDT Apr 8, 2019 Allen Park — Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn has said he drafts players with what they'll be in their second year in mind. Still, the popular belief is you don’t really know what you have with an NFL draft class until three years have passed. With that in mind, and sticking to an annual tradition, we've re-evaluated the Detroit Lions’ draft from three years ago, prior to the upcoming batch of rookies being added to the roster later this month. The 2016 draft was Quinn's first as Detroit's general manager. In addition to grading the individual selections, there will also be an overall mark, with that calculation weighing each pick by the draft pick value chart. First round, pick No. 16 Offensive tackle Taylor Decker Grade: B+ It was evident early in the process the Lions would be focusing on offensive line early in the draft. Understanding that, the … [Read more...] about Third-year review on Detroit Lions’ 2016 draft: Bob Quinn’s top picks stick
Dana Sulonen Detroit Free Press Published 3:55 PM EDT Mar 11, 2019 It's been a busy day for the Detroit Lions. According to reports, it's expected that the Lions will sign cornerback Justin Coleman. This corresponds with the team cutting Nevin Lawson on Monday. Here are a few fun facts about Coleman, including one that should not surprise anyone: Rocky top Coleman went to Tennessee from Brunswick, Georgia. He was a 3-star recruit and was the 25th ranked corner in the 2011 recruiting class. During his career at Tennessee from 2011-2014, he finished with 157 career tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 22 pass deflections and five interceptions. Four of those interceptions came in his senior year of 2014 and he returned his lone INT for a score in 2013. At Tennessee, his best game came against Alabama On Oct. 20, 2012, when he had 13 tackles. It was his only 10-plus tackle game of his career. He went undrafted out of college and … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ Justin Coleman: Meet team’s newest cornerback