■ Andrew Luck proved a lot of doubters wrong last year when he returned from a mysterious shoulder injury to play all 16 games and throw a whopping 639 passes. So he deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to injuries and getting his body ready for the regular season. But Luck is now dealing with his second mysterious injury — this one a reported left calf strain that has forced him to miss seven straight practices, plus the first preseason game. Colts coach Frank Reich said the team is going to trust Luck with his return to play. “We’ll talk to everybody involved, but ultimately the big piece of the puzzle is, ‘What do you feel? Are you ready to take that next step? And if so, let’s talk about what that would look like and map it out for the next few days,’ ” Reich told reporters. Luck’s unavailability amplifies the importance of backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who has been a more consistent leader … [Read more...] about Lessons learned from two weeks of NFL training camp
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Nate Davis USA TODAY Published 9:06 AM EDT Jul 22, 2019 Take it from me, few things are more fun (if thankless) than the prediction business. So, with training camp doors swinging open, it's time to reveal my now-annual NFL record projections. The methodology? Using the latest pre-camp info, I predict all 256 regular-season games on the 2019 schedule, letting the chips fall where they may. From there, I add bonus prognostications for all 11 postseason contests. The results? Well, I've correctly forecast a Super Bowl eight months ahead of schedule (Seahawks over Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII) ... and also had some spectacular misses, including way-off-base outlooks for Seattle and Indianapolis just a year ago (both teams reached the postseason, of course, avoiding last-place finishes I envisioned). But 2018 produced extra fun when Seahawks LBs Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright kindly (and correctly) dismissed my predictive powers. Wagner even followed up to rib me after … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions will have NFL’s worst record in 2019, writer says
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 10:18 AM EDT Apr 18, 2019 Detroit Lions beat writer Dave Birkett is taking a position-by-position look at next week's NFL draft. Here's the second of seven installments, on the quarterback class. Part 1: WRs and TEs Quarterbacks On the roster: Matthew Stafford, Tom Savage, Connor Cook. Needs: While a small but vocal minority of fans is holding out hope the Lions take a quarterback high in the draft, the reality is the team is committed to Stafford for the foreseeable future. Stafford did not have his best season in 2018, but he still has four years left on the five-year, $135-million extension he signed in August 2017. He’s 31 years old and entering his 11th NFL season, but still in the prime of his career and one of the most durable quarterbacks in the league. Stafford has not been with the Lions for the start of their offseason program as his wife, Kelly, recently underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. But there’s … [Read more...] about NFL draft preview: Day 3 QB may be in cards for Detroit Lions
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 7:16 AM EDT Apr 17, 2019 Detroit Lions beat writer Dave Birkett is taking a position-by-position look at next week's NFL draft. Here's the first of seven installments, on the wide receiver and tight end class. Wide receivers/tight ends On the roster: WR-Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, Tommylee Lewis, Brandon Powell, Brandon Reilly, Andy Jones, Chris Lacy, Deontez Alexander; TE-Jesse James, Logan Thomas, Michael Roberts, Jerome Cunningham. Needs: The Lions added a couple new pass catchers to their roster this offseason, but they still have immediate and future needs at both the wide receiver and tight end positions. At wide receiver, Golladay is an ascending player who has the makings of a future Pro Bowler. He set career-highs with 70 catches and 1,063 yards last year, and should be even better in his third NFL season. The Lions are thin behind Golladay. Jones is a solid No. 2, but he’s coming off season-ending knee … [Read more...] about NFL draft preview: Strong TE class could interest Lions early
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 11:44 AM EDT Apr 16, 2019 The NFL is set to release its 2019 schedule at 8 p.m. Wednesday, though surely several games will leak ahead of time once team personnel get it in their hands. For now, here's what we know: Detroit Lions' 2019 opponents are set The NFL has a scheduling format it follows every year that makes knowing the opponents easy. The Lions play home and away against each of their division rivals, the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, and face the AFC West and NFC East this season. Because they finished last in their division last year, the Lions also play the last-place team in the NFC West (the Arizona Cardinals) and NFC South (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). The Lions' entire home schedule includes games the Packers, Vikings, Bears, Bucs, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. On the road, they face the Packers, Vikings, Bears, Cardinals, … [Read more...] about NFL schedule release: Who will Detroit Lions play Week 1?