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NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
42Abdul-Quddus, Isa FS6-12058/3/19894Fordham
 Abram, Chad RB6-0229//RFlorida State
2Akers, David (FA) K5-1020012/9/197417Louisville
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52715/29/19892Brigham Young
74Austin, Rodney G6-431112/4/19881Elon
35Bell, Joique RB5-112208/4/19864Wayne State (Mich.)
28Bentley, Bill CB5-101765/16/19893Louisiana-Lafayette
84Broyles, Ryan WR5-101884/9/19883Oklahoma
 Bullard, Alex G6-2302//RTennessee
21Bush, Reggie RB6-02033/2/19859USC
32Carey, Don SS5-111922/14/19876Norfolk State
45Collins, Jed FB6-12553/3/19864Washington State
 Couplin, Jerome DB6-2215//RWilliam & Mary
 Dalton, A.J. G6-4280//RRobert Morris
18Durham, Kris WR6-62163/17/19884Georgia
0Ebron, Eric TE6-42454/10/1993RNorth Carolina
83Edwards, Pat WR5-917510/25/19882Houston
98Fairley, Nick DT6-42981/23/19884Auburn
80Fauria, Joseph TE6-72551/16/19902UCLA
96Fluellen, Andre DT6-23023/7/19856Florida State
 Franklin, James QB6-2230//RMissouri
 Freese, Nate K5-11192//RBoston College
10Fuller, Corey WR6-21966/23/19901Virginia Tech
65Gandy, Dylan (FA) C6-32953/8/198210Texas Tech
24Gomes, DeJon DB6-020111/17/19894Nebraska
36Green, Jonte CB6-01847/19/19893New Mexico State
33Greenwood, Chris CB6-11937/10/19893Albion
53Greenwood, Cory LB6-22356/5/19855Concordia (Quebec)
64Harris, Leroy (FA) C6-33036/6/19848North Carolina State
57Hepburn, Brandon ILB6-423512/6/19891Florida A&M
 Hickman, Gregory DT6-0278//RFlorida International
78Hilliard, Corey T6-63004/26/19856Oklahoma State
23Houston, Chris (FA) CB5-1117810/18/19848Arkansas
32Ihedigbo, James SS6-121412/3/19838Massachusetts
69Irvin, Corvey (FA) DT6-22955/3/19854Georgia
 Jackson, Justin LB6-12308/24/1991RWake Forest
81Johnson, Calvin WR6-52369/29/19858Georgia Tech
92Johnson, George DE6-427012/11/19873Rutgers
91Jones, Jason DE6-52765/23/19867Eastern Michigan
0Jones, T.J. WR6-01957/19/1992RNotre Dame
 Kashama, Kalonji DE6-42707/5/1991REastern Michigan
62Keyton, Darren C6-33056/15/1990RCentral Michigan
0Lawson, Nevin CB5-10184//RUtah State
25Leshoure, Mikel RB6-02333/30/19904Illinois
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22383/26/19876Wisconsin
50Lewis, Travis LB6-22221/15/19883Oklahoma
 Lucas, Cornelius T6-9328//RKansas State
 Lynn, Gabe DB6-0204//ROklahoma
90Martin, Vaughn (FA) DE6-43004/18/19866Western Ontario (Canada)
6Martin, Sam P6-12052/27/19902Appalachian State
31Mathis, Rashean CB6-11958/27/198011Bethune-Cookman
 Maxwell, Jacob TE6-42401/4/1991RLouisiana-Lafayette
52McIntosh, Rocky (FA) LB6-224211/15/19829Miami (Fla.)
40Miller, Steven RB5-71723/23/19911Appalachian State
17Moore, Kellen QB6-01977/12/19893Boise State
 Morrell, D.J. G6-63258/19/1991ROld Dominion
99Mosley, C.J. DT6-23108/6/198310Missouri
48Muhlbach, Don (FA) LS6-42658/17/198111Texas A&M
11Ogletree, Kevin WR6-11988/5/19876Virginia
6Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52308/18/198310Connecticut
34Owens, Montell RB5-102255/4/19849Maine
58Palmer, Ashlee OLB6-12364/7/19866Mississippi
 Peacock, Andrew WR5-101901/14/1991RAppalachian State
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52652/23/19856Oklahoma State
69Proctor, Xavier DT6-627211/1/19901North Carolina Central
 Quigley, Bryce T6-53006/26/1992RSan Diego State
27Quin, Glover SS6-02091/15/19866New Mexico
51Raiola, Dominic C6-129512/30/197814Nebraska
0Reid, Caraun DT6-230111/23/1991RPrinceton
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19883Iowa
41Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19912Notre Dame
85Roosevelt, Naaman WR6-019912/24/19873Buffalo
12Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19882California
63Saddler-McQueen, Jimmy DT6-22998/4/19872Texas A&M - Kingsville
 Seisay, Mohammed DB6-22005/22/1990RNebraska
79Shugarts, J.B. T6-630510/26/19891Ohio State
67Sims, Rob G6-331212/6/19839Ohio State
30Slay, Darius CB6-01921/1/19912Mississippi State
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32322/7/19886Georgia
57Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19902Wagner
90Suh, Ndamukong DT6-43071/6/19875Nebraska
0Swanson, Travis C6-53101/30/1991RArkansas
54Tapp, Darryl LB6-12709/13/19849Virginia Tech
81Tate, Golden WR5-102028/2/19885Notre Dame
7Tavecchio, Giorgio K5-101827/16/1990RCalifornia
92Taylor, Devin DE6-726711/15/19892South Carolina
 Thompson, Jordan TE6-42487/12/1989ROhio U.
55Tulloch, Stephen MLB5-112401/1/19859North Carolina State
0Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32446/19/1990RBrigham Young
32Vaughn, Cassius CB5-1119911/3/19875Mississippi
66Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63217/21/19912Texas Tech
75Warford, Larry G6-33337/18/19912Kentucky
 Webster, Larry DE6-7250//RBloomsburg
29Wendling, John (FA) FS6-12226/4/19838Wyoming
59Whitehead, Tahir LB6-22284/2/19903Temple
89Williams, Michael TE6-62709/8/19902Alabama
1Wilson, Cody WR5-91913/5/19911Central Michigan
 
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Kris Durham
News
The Lions have Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross and Kris Durham competing for the No. 3 job this season behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Broyles is returning from a torn Achilles tendon, his third straight season-ending leg injury, but he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab and took part in most spring workouts. He’s the same surehanded receiver the Lions drafted in the second round two years ago, though not as explosive. 

Ross is another slot receiver. He’s all but guaranteed a spot on the game-day roster because of his return ability, and is coming off of an impressive spring during which he saw extended action because of injuries.

Durham is the biggest and most accomplished option of this trio. He’s a red-zone threat at 6-feet-5, is coming off a career-high 38-catch season and has a good rapport with Matthew Stafford, his college roommate. 

Jerome Couplin
No Updates
Rob Sims
News
Lions G Rob Sims is probable Week 5 against the Packers.

Sims has been dealing with a shoulder injury. He was limited in practice both Wednesday and Thursday, but was able to return Friday.

Steven Miller
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Corey Hilliard
News
With Jason Fox headed to free agency, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he'd feel "very comfortable with LaAdrian Waddle and Corey Hilliard as his right tackles in 2014. Waddle started eight games last year after going undrafted out of Texas Tech.

“They both played really good football for us last year," Mayhew told the team's website of Waddle and Hilliard.

The website notes the Lions have more pressing needs at receiver and in the secondary.

Jonte Green
News
The Lions have made QB Kellen Moore, CB Chris Houston, CB Bill Bentley, CB Jonte Green, OL Dylan Gandy, OL LaAdrian Waddle and WR Calvin Johnson inactive Week 17.

Johnson is not going to play through a knee injury. Houston and Bentley came into the week listed as doubtful. 

Gregory Hickman
No Updates
Michael Williams
News
The Lions will move tight end Michael Williams to offensive tackle, the Oakland Press reports.

Williams is 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds and best known for his blocking, not for his receiving skills. He was a late-round draft pick of the Lions last year. 

Montell Owens
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team might keep both fullbacks currently on the roster: Jed Collins and Montell Owens

"Montell can play fullback, but Montell is sort of a tweener halfback/fullback guy," Mayhew told MLive.com. "Obviously Jed, he's a hammering fullback. I've seen him play fullback on some run downs and short-yardage situations, he can play some special teams for you in some other situations. So they're really two different types of players.

"There's a way where you keep both of them, so we'll see how it all plays out."

Kyle Van Noy
News
The Lions likely made a steal by taking BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy . Immediately after taking him, coaches began talking about him as a three-down player -- music to the ears of propsective Fantasy owners. Not only was Van Noy a robust tackler in college, he also produced numbers against the pass, making him an all-around very good linebacker. He also was a teammate of Ziggy Ansah, who was drafted by the Lions last year.

This is a name to remember in 2014. We'd draft Van Noy with a middle-round pick in seasonal drafts and dynasty/keeper leagues as well as with a third-round pick in rookie-only drafts. 

Brandon Hepburn
News
The Lions made several more cuts Saturday in an effort to pare down their roster to 53 players. The following players were released: OL Rodney Austin; OL Xavier Proctor; LB Brandon Hepburn; CB Ron Bartell; P Blake Clingan; WR Matt Willis; S Tyrell Johnson; RB Steven Miller; and OL Jake Scott
Jason Jones
News
Eight months removed from surgery to fix a ruptured patellar tendon, Lions defensive end Jason Jones is participating in OTAs on a limited basis, reports the Detroit Free Press. "I feel good,” Jones told the paper. "It’s definitely a long offseason for me, so I’m ready to get back out there."

Jones played in parts of three games before being shelved last season.

Nevin Lawson
News
With the 133rd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected cornerback Nevin Lawson from Utah State.

Lawson played in 14 games, starting 13 for the Aggies. He amassed 57 total tackles, five tackles for loss and four interceptions in 2013. Standing at 5-foot-9, 190-pounds, he will likely be used as a nickel corner to start his pro career.
Kevin Ogletree
News
The Lions have re-signed receiver Kevin Ogletree to a one-year deal, reports Pro Football Talk.

Ogletree had 21 catches for 269 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.

Riley Reiff
News
The Lions could be down two starting tackles Sunday against the Cowboys. Jason Fox (knee) and Riley Reiff (hamstring) are both questionable for the game.
Mohammed Seisay
No Updates
Chris Greenwood
News
The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.
DeJon Gomes
News
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett surprised everyone Thursday by saying rookie DeJon Gomes will start the rest of the season at strong safety. Current starter LaRon Landry has been hampered by groin and Achilles' problems.
Isa Abdul-Quddus
News
The Lions have signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, formerly with the Saints, to a one-year deal worth just under $700,000. 

The former Fordham student has 74 total tackles, nine passes defensed and a pair of interceptions to go with three forced fumbles over three years. 

Alex Bullard
No Updates
Gabe Lynn
No Updates
Matthew Stafford
News
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has "looked precise" and comfortable over the first two days of minicamp, says the Detroit News. The coaching staff has done a lot to help with his footwork, a problem for him over the past couple of seasons. As he's learning the details of a new playbook, Stafford will be allowed to change plays at the line of scrimmage. The idea behind it is if he sees a coverage that could make a route change to one of his receivers more favorable, he can take advantage. 

"He's done it before, he has a good understanding of it, and he even does some now," coach Jim Caldwell said. "That's kind of part of the package because he's got to have a little bit of autonomy from time to time to get you in the right play. You may be able to call a play, but he's out there on the field. He can see it happening. He can see the defense, so there's some times we have some overriding checks and things of that nature that we'll utilize."

Vaughn Martin
News
On Monday the Lions signed defensive end Kalonji Kashama and receiver Cody Wilson, releasing defensive end Kourtnei Brown  and defensive tackle Vaughn Martin .
Julian Stanford
News
The Lions tendered exclusive rights free agent offers to receiver Kris Durham, kick returner Jeremy Ross, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Chris Greenwood and tight end Matt Veldman. Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns last season, while Ross averaged 29.3 yards on kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on punt returns.
Mikel Leshoure
News
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure, inactive for 13 games last year, is getting increased reps this spring as Joique Bell rehabs a knee injury. "I’m taking full advantage of it,” Leshoure told the team's website. "Right now coach is giving me the opportunity to get more carries. Theo [Riddick] is getting a few more reps, too, and we’re here to take full advantage of it.

"We weren’t out there a lot last year, so to get our opportunities, whether it’s OTAs or minicamp, training camp or whatever it is, you have to take advantage of it."

Leshoure, who's entering the final year of his rookie contract, is optimistic he'll find a role in the new offense since coordinator Joe Lombardi has a history of rotating running backs with different strengths.

Travis Lewis
News
Lions linebacker Travis Lewis said his suspension for the final four games resulted from his taking Adderall, a potent amphetamine, reports MLive.com. However, Lewis said he thought he was taking caffeine pills.

"Big mistake," he told the website. "Don't ever trust a friend that gives you something like that."

Xavier Proctor
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Tahir Whitehead
News
The Lions drafted three cornerbacks and three linebackers in April's draft, all of them with picks in Round 3 or later. The three cornerbacks are Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley, Albion's Chris Greenwood and New Mexico State's Jonte Green. The linebackers are Oklahoma's Ronnell Lewis (who might play some defensive end), Temple's Tahir Whitehead and Oklahoma's Travis Lewis. Bentley's a tough, physical cornerback who might compete for a roster spot while Greenwood and Green's speed should help them land some work on special teams. Ronnell Lewis will definitely work on special teams and might move into a role as a pass rusher for the Lions as a defensive lineman while Travis Lewis is a tackling machine. Whitehead has good skills and can work in pass coverage as an outside linebacker.
Darren Keyton
No Updates
Rashean Mathis
News
Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis led the team with 16 passes defended last year, but he had no interceptions, notes the Detroit Free Press. With the departures of Chris Houston and Louis Delmas, who combined for five of the team's 15 picks, Detroit is counting on Mathis to be more of a ball hawk.

Mathis, 33, made a career-high eight interceptions in 2006 with the Jaguars. Since then, he has 10 interceptions in seven years, none since 2011.

Bryce Quigley
No Updates
Glover Quin
News
Lions safety Glover Quin had a small surgical procedure to relieve pain in his ankle, reports the team's official website.

Quin said the surgery was minor, but he said he needed to procedure because the ankle wasn't getting any better. Quin played all 16 games for the Lions in 2013 and finished with 57 tackles (44 solo), three interceptions and two sacks.

Jacob Maxwell
No Updates
C.J. Mosley
News
Accusation from three unnamed teammates that Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh displayed insubordination against former coach Jim Schwartz have been refuted by fellow lineman C.J. Mosley.

"Suh wasn't late to one meeting, or have any outbursts, or show any dominance over the head coach," Mosley wrote in an email to Michigan Live. "From what I've seen, they had a very good relationship. Not one argument, blowup, or even an incident where he disrespected the head coach. He's nowhere near a monster."

The claims against Suh by the players were imparted to former NFL fullback Heath Evans, who relayed them to a Detroit radio station.

Kalonji Kashama
No Updates
Don Carey
News
The Lions have signed strong safety Don Carey to a three-year extension that includes an $800,000 signing bonus, per the Detroit Free Press. Carey played in 14 games and started three of the last seven.
Darius Slay
News
Lions cornerback Darius Slay was inconsistent as a rookie but the team is counting on him as a starter in 2014, according to the team's website. 

“He has a lot of work to do,” general manager Martin Mayhew said. “I think he’s up to the challenge. He finished up strong for us the last half of the season. I’m looking forward to seeing him this season.”

The Lions are expected to play more aggressive, man-to-man coverage under new coordinator Teryl Austin, a style that suits Slay's strengths, the report said.

Giorgio Tavecchio
News
The Lions drafted Nate Freese and signed Giorgio Tavecchio this offseason. Both players will compete for the kicking job through the summer, and the job is wide open even though the Lions invested a draft pick in Freese. 

"Both guys are thumping it pretty good," coach Jim Caldwell said per MLive.com. "Giorgio's doing a nice job and Nate's doing a nice job as well. So I think it will be a good, healthy competition."

Andre Fluellen
News
The Lions have re-signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, who played as a non-starter for 13 games last season and made just three tackles. He has been a backup throughout his career.
Kellen Moore
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said "all options are open" when it comes to finding a backup quarterback. Shaun Hill signed with the Rams, leaving only Kellen Moore behind Matthew Stafford.

Moore has not appeared in a regular-season game, and it's unclear if he has a legitimate shot at the No. 2 job.

“We keep looking and we could certainly address it a number of different ways, and all options are open at this time,” Caldwell said, per the Detroit Free Press.

Signing Dan Orlovsky is one possibility. He started seven games for the Lions from 2005-08.

LaAdrian Waddle
News
With Jason Fox headed to free agency, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he'd feel "very comfortable with LaAdrian Waddle and Corey Hilliard as his right tackles in 2014. Waddle started eight games last year after going undrafted out of Texas Tech.

“They both played really good football for us last year," Mayhew told the team's website of Waddle and Hilliard.

The website notes the Lions have more pressing needs at receiver and in the secondary.

Travis Swanson
News
The Lions signed third-round draft pick Travis Swanson to a rookie deal, the team announced Thursday. Swanson is expected to compete for a starting spot this summer and eventually become the team's starting center. 
Pat Edwards
News
The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Nick Fairley
News
Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley was not at OTAs on Tuesday after undergoing a procedure, coach Jim Caldwell told the Detroit News without elaborating. Caldwell is unsure if Fairley will return for the end of OTAs.

"He’s got a medical issue he’s dealing with," Caldwell said. "He’ll be back as soon as he’s recovered."

One veteran told the paper that Fairley's procedure was minor and not football-related, the paper said.

Joique Bell
News
Lions running back Joique Bell, who missed offseason workouts recovering from a knee injury, has been cleared to run full speed, reports MLive.com. He plans to report to training camp early to test his body.

"I'm feeling 100 percent," he said. "I'm feeling great."

Bell, 27, signed a three-year, $9.3 million contract after producing 1,197 yards from scrimmage and scoring eight touchdowns last season.

Injury
Left knee - Questionable for start of training camp
Cassius Vaughn
News
The Lions signed cornerback Cassius Vaughn to a one-year deal, reports the Detroit Free Press. He had 30 tackles, six pass breakups, three interceptions and a forced fumble in part-time duty with the Colts last year.
James Franklin
No Updates
Chad Abram
No Updates
DeAndre Levy
News
The Lions have ruled Louis Delmas (knee), DeAndre Levy (foot), Darius Slay (knee) and John Wendling (ankle) active for Sunday's game against the Giants in Week 16. Slay was the biggest surprise among the injured players, as he was originally ruled doubtful for the game on Friday.
Rodney Austin
News
The Lions have ruled Kellen Moore, Brandon Pettigrew, Mikel Leshoure, Chris Houston, Rashean Mathis, Leroy Harris and Rodney Austin inactive for Sunday's home game against the Giants in Week 16.
Leroy Harris
News
The Lions released backup guard/center Leroy Harris, reports the National Football Post. The move saved Detroit $1.95 million.
Cornelius Lucas
No Updates
Brandon Pettigrew
News
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew is ceding his spot as the top pass-catching tight end to rookie Eric Ebron, notes the Detroit Free Press. Pettigrew is O.K. with blocking more.

"Whatever it is, I’m a team guy," he said. "You know that. Everybody here has the same goal. We’re trying to win."

Pettigrew signed a four-year, $16 million contract this offseason despite the fact that his receptions and yards have dropped three straight years.

Corey Fuller
News
Everyone knows the Lions are in the market for receivers to help out Calvin Johnson. They might have one on their roster who could surprise, according to general manager Martin Mayhew.

Corey Fuller, last year's sixth-round pick, spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad. He ran track at Virginia Tech and is a big target at 6-2, 204 pounds. “He’s really improved since we’ve had him,” Mayhew told the Detroit Free Press.

“His big thing is going to be a need to get stronger in the weight room. I think he’s worked very hard at that, and I think another year in the offseason program is really going to benefit him quite a bit. So I’m looking forward to seeing him.”

Jed Collins
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team might keep both fullbacks currently on the roster: Jed Collins and Montell Owens

"Montell can play fullback, but Montell is sort of a tweener halfback/fullback guy," Mayhew told MLive.com. "Obviously Jed, he's a hammering fullback. I've seen him play fullback on some run downs and short-yardage situations, he can play some special teams for you in some other situations. So they're really two different types of players.

"There's a way where you keep both of them, so we'll see how it all plays out."

Joseph Fauria
News
Lions tight end Joseph Fauria understands why the team drafted Eric Ebron with a first-round pick. He just wants a chance to compete with him for the starting job, the Detroit Free Press reports.
D.J. Morrell
No Updates
Ndamukong Suh
News
A source says it's "highly unlikely" that the Lions will trade defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, ProFootballTalk.com reports. Suh and the Lions are struggling to come to terms on a contract extension, particularly since the team is thin in cap space. Suh currently carries a cap number over $22 million and is effectively a free agent after this season. 
J.B. Shugarts
News
The Lions signed offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts, a 2012 undrafted free agent out of Ohio State who spent time with the Browns and Jets.
Dylan Gandy
News
The Lions have made QB Kellen Moore, CB Chris Houston, CB Bill Bentley, CB Jonte Green, OL Dylan Gandy, OL LaAdrian Waddle and WR Calvin Johnson inactive Week 17.

Johnson is not going to play through a knee injury. Houston and Bentley came into the week listed as doubtful. 

Justin Jackson
No Updates
Cody Wilson
News
The Lions released wideouts Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, center Sherman Carter, linebacker Jon Morgan, cornerback Nate Ness, safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, kicker John Potter and tight end Matt Veldman.
Larry Warford
News
Lions guard Larry Warford, who did not allow a sack while playing every snap as a rookie, said he wasn't happy with how he played down the stretch. 

“Looking back on my last three games and comparing it to my first four or five, the difference in explosion was significant,” Warford told the team's website. “I wasn’t coming off the ball as hard as I used to. I was still getting good movement and all that, but it wasn’t a snap like it used to be. I didn’t realize how much (the season) would tear me down.”

Warford (6-3, 333) said he's taking better care of his body and honing his technique so he can finish stronger in 2014.

Bill Bentley
News
Lions cornerback Bill Bentley, a third-round pick in 2012, found a home as a slot corner this season and hopes to stay there under the new coaching staff, whenever it is named. Bentley played outside as a rookie.

"We’ll find out when the new coaches come in where they’d like me to be at, but I definitely love the inside," Bentley said. "That’s where my game is based at and I’m definitely comfortable on the inside. I think that’s where I can make my name in this league."

In 13 games this year, Bentley had 29 tackles and five passes defended.

Calvin Johnson
News
The Oakland Press expects Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to be better in 2014 for three reasons:

Johnson is healthier after undergoing offseason knee and finger procedures, so he'll be able to practice more than he did in 2013. Defenses will have to worry about receiver Golden Tate and rookie tight end Eric Ebron. And Johnson should benefit from new ideas brought in by coordinator Joe Lombardi.

In 14 games last year, Johnson caught 84 passes for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns.

John Wendling
News
Lions S Louis Delmas, S John Wendling, OL Dylan Gandy, CB Chris Greenwood, CB Rashean Mathis and CB Darius Slay are probable Week 17.

Delmas has been playing through a knee injury all season. Mathis has an illness, but practiced in full all week.

David Akers
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team is not expected to bring back free agent kicker David Akers, reports the team's offical website.

Akers, 39, made just 19 of 24 field goals in 2013, which his lone year in Detroit.

Ezekiel Ansah
News
Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah underwent shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of next season, reports Lions Insider. Ansah had eight sacks in 14 games as a rookie.
Nate Freese
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The Lions drafted Nate Freese and signed Giorgio Tavecchio this offseason. Both players will compete for the kicking job through the summer, and the job is wide open even though the Lions invested a draft pick in Freese. 

"Both guys are thumping it pretty good," coach Jim Caldwell said per MLive.com. "Giorgio's doing a nice job and Nate's doing a nice job as well. So I think it will be a good, healthy competition."

Don Muhlbach
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The Lions re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year deal, according to the team's website.
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
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The Lions signed receivers Pat Edwards, Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles and Cody Wilson, running back Steven Miller, linebacker Jon Morgan, kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen to reserve/futures contracts. 
Rocky McIntosh
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The Lions signed former Redskins and Rams linebacker Rocky McIntosh Wednesday. McIntosh recorded 44 tackles and one sack in 16 games for St. Louis last season.
Chris Houston
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Cornerback Chris Houston was cut by the Lions on Friday. According to the team, a mutual decision was made to let Houston go so he could rehab "a significant medical procedure" on his own. 

Houston had surgery on his toe back in May and many within the organization questioned whether or not he'd be ready to play at a high level again soon. 

Houston had 210 total tackles, 45 passes defensed, 10 interceptions and two touchdowns in four years with the Lions. The defensive back had signed a five-year extension last spring.

Injury
Toe - Questionable for start of training camp
Caraun Reid
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The agent for defensive tackle Caraun Reid announced Thursday that his client signed a rookie contract with the Lions. Reid, a Princeton alum, figures to work in the Lions D-line rotation if he has a good training camp. 
Devin Taylor
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Lions coach Jim Schwartz said rookie Devin Taylor will be asked to play a bigger role on defense after the team lost starting defensive end Jason Jones to a season-ending knee injury Sunday against the Redskins.

"We've got a lot of different ways (to replace Jones) and I think I said yesterday, we're going to lean on Devin Taylor, also there," Schwartz said at his Monday press conference, per MLive.com. "A lot of the same things we like about Jason, we like in Devin. He played well at times in preseason, but he needs to grow up quickly."

Taylor has been active for just one of three games. He played three snaps Week 2 against the Cardinals and had no stats.

"Taylor has shown some really good things," Schwartz said immediately after the Lions' win over the Redskins. "He's only been active for one game, but it will be his time to step up."

Sam Martin
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The Lions have listed S John Wendling, S Louis Delmas and P Sam Martin as probable Week 16. 

Wendling has an ankle injury and was limited in practice Friday. Delmas has been dealing with a knee injury all year, but has played through it. Martin has been limited with a groin issue.

T.J. Jones
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Lions rookie receiver T.J. Jones missed minicamp due to arthroscopic shoulder surgery, reports the Detroit Free Press. Jones said he feels a little behind in learning the offense, but should be ready for training camp.

Before the surgery, the sixth-rounder out of Notre Dame was working primarily as a slot receiver along with Ryan Broyles and tight end Eric Ebron.

Golden Tate
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So it appeared for weeks the Lions wanted to move up to select receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Maybe they didn't offer enough to jump up to No. 4 like the Bills, who drafted Watkins. Or maybe they were hoping if they stayed put at No. 10 that an elite player would land in their lap.

That's what happened on Thursday night when they drafted tight end Eric Ebron from North Carolina.

Think about this offense now. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and now Ebron. The only downside about this pick is Joseph Fauria loses all sleeper appeal, but we can live with that. He'll still score a few touchdowns, but Ebron could be a star.

You can't double cover him because of Johnson and Tate, and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans, where Jimmy Graham was a dominant force. The Lions wanted an upgrade at tight end, and Ebron is the answer.

He should be considered a potential starter in all Fantasy leagues with a late-round pick, and he's a late first-round selection in rookie-only drafts. The Lions are going to be fun to watch in 2014. 

Injury
Shoulder - Probable for start of training camp
Ryan Broyles
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Lions receiver Ryan Broyles made "impressive catches" and "flashed his speed and agility" during minicamp as he continues to progress in his return from a torn Achilles, reports the Detroit Free Press. Broyles told the paper he feels like he's finally getting the benefit of a full offseason.

He was planning to work with a speed coach before training camp.

"It’s more just conditioning for the body, a lot of lightweight stuff for me to stay mobile, to stay healthy," he said. "Foot placement and things like that."

Injury
Achilles - Probable for start of training camp
Stephen Tulloch
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Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch totaled 10-plus tackles for the third time in four games Week 7 vs. Cincinnati. Tulloch had a team-high 12 tackles, which included a team-high nine solo tackles.

Tulloch had one tackle for loss and has 30 tackles through three October games.

James Ihedigbo
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The Lions signed strong safety James Ihedigbo to a two-year contract on Monday, according to the his Twitter handle. 

Ihedigbo will be re-united with defensive coordinator Terry Austin. He is expected to replace Louis Delmas. Ihedigbo, 30, registered a career-high 101 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.  

Naaman Roosevelt
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The Lions signed receiver Naaman Roosevelt and center Sherman Carter after tryouts this week. Roosevelt was cut by the Browns before last season.
A.J. Dalton
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Jeremy Ross
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The Lions have Ryan Broyles, Jeremy Ross and Kris Durham competing for the No. 3 job this season behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Broyles is returning from a torn Achilles tendon, his third straight season-ending leg injury, but he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab and took part in most spring workouts. He’s the same surehanded receiver the Lions drafted in the second round two years ago, though not as explosive. 

Ross is another slot receiver. He’s all but guaranteed a spot on the game-day roster because of his return ability, and is coming off of an impressive spring during which he saw extended action because of injuries.

Durham is the biggest and most accomplished option of this trio. He’s a red-zone threat at 6-feet-5, is coming off a career-high 38-catch season and has a good rapport with Matthew Stafford, his college roommate. 

Theo Riddick
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Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky predicted running back Theo Riddick will play a Darren Sproles-like role in the offense, reports the Detroit Free Press. Riddick is behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell on the depth chart.

"I’m telling you, if he doesn’t 50 catches this year, I’ll be surprised because he’s going to have opportunities and he’s very talented at it," Orlovsky said on the Ross Tucker Podcast. "I think he’s going to play that Sproles role, for sure."

Orlovsky was struck by what he saw from Riddick in OTAs and minicamp.

"I mean this kid, he wasn’t covered a single time in OTAs and minicamp. He was not covered," Orlovsky said. "And I think it’s even going to be easier when he gets pads on because once linebackers just try to start colliding him, and that’s what teams started to do with Sproles sometimes, you hit the home run one out of every 10 plays. And then nine out of 10 times, Sproles wins. And I think Theo’s going to do that for us."

Riddick got 13 touches in 14 games as a rookie last year.

Dan Orlovsky
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Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who's back with the team after his 2005-08 stint, doesn't like to relive the 0-16 season in 2008. Orlovsky punctuated that debacle by running out the back of his own end zone for a safety.

“There’s not much I can say to unmask the things that happened or erase those things,” Orlovsky told the Detroit Free Press. “My personal aspect of it is I knew I played well. We were just not a good football team. Did I have a part of that? Sure. I wish I played better in certain spaces, but I knew I played well, and I kind of look at it like this: It’s hard to play in this league for four years. It’s really, really hard to play in it for 10 years.

“I get the fears maybe with obviously fans and whatnot, but the organization knows what they’re doing, and I know I’m a good player, and I certainly hope to just be part of changing some of that past, whether it’s directly or indirectly.”

Orlovsky replaced Shaun Hill as Matthew Stafford's backup.

Ashlee Palmer
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The Detroit Lions listed several players as probable for the Week 8 game against Dallas Sunday. All of those players are active for the contest. They are as follows: DB Louis Delmas (knee); DL Andre Fluellen (concussion); DB Rashean Mathis (groin); LB Ashlee Palmer (ankle); and RB Theo Riddick (concussion). All are active against the Cowboys. 
Corvey Irvin
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The Lions released veteran defensive tackle Corvey Irvin and signed rookie free agent Gregory Hickman, a defensive tackle out of Florida International. Hickman (6-0, 278) had four sacks, three forced fumbles and 44 tackles last season.
Eric Ebron
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Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron says he's lining up "everywhere" and while the learning process has been tough for him, he's aware of how important it is for him to learn the playbook. 

"It's crazy," Ebron told the Ross Tucker Football Podcast about his assignments. "I've been everywhere, and that's what's killing me because I'm used to either learning the Y or learning the A, which we had at North Carolina. But now it's the Y, the F, the Z. ... It's really hard, but I'm not going to say I'm not enjoying it or not having fun doing it because I know the more I learn the faster I'm able to play, the faster I'm able to produce. I love it."

Ebron also predicted that he would line up in the slot 50 percent of the time, with his hand on the ground 30 percent of the time, out wide 15 percent of the time and in the backfield 5 percent of the time. 

George Johnson
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The Vikings waived defensive end George Johnson and signed defensive end Justin Trattou, the team announced.
Andrew Peacock
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Dominic Raiola
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With the 76th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Lions selected Arkansas center Travis Swanson. A starter for the last four seasons, Swanson is a smart, stout lineman with experience in run and zone blocking. He's a better run blocker than pass blocker. Expect Swanson to put some pressure on Lions veteran center Dominic Raiola in training camp. 
Darryl Tapp
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The Lions added defensive lineman Darryl Tapp via free agency Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Terms of the deal are not yet known for the veteran who spent last season with the Redskins, recording one sack in 11 games. 
Jordan Thompson
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The Lions have signed tight end Jordan Thompson , the official team website reported. He didn't play last season after going undrafted out of Ohio. Over four years with the Bobcats he snared 60 catches for 666 yards and six touchdowns. 
Reggie Bush
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Lions running back Reggie Bush, 29, said there's no reason he can't play several more years. "I wasn’t taking a huge pounding early on in my NFL career," he told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I didn’t get a lot of carries. I wasn’t getting 20 to 30 carries. I was splitting time a lot. I think that kind of helped me in the long run. I went through my share of injuries, but I still feel pretty good."

Bush ran for 1,006 yards last year and caught 54 passes, his most since 2007.

Larry Webster
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With the 136th pick in the draft, the Lions have selected Bloomsburg defensive end Larry Webster .

Webster played basketball for four years at Bloomsburg. He picked up football in 2012, and impressed scouts despite being incredibly raw. He played defensive end in college, but there's a sense he could be converted to tight end based on his basketball background. 

Cory Greenwood
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The Lions have claimed linebacker Cory Greenwood off waivers from the Chiefs.