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NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
42Abdul-Quddus, Isa SS6-12008/3/19895Fordham
0Abdullah, Ameer RB5-92056/13/1993RNebraska
94Ansah, Ezekiel DE6-52785/29/19893Brigham Young
89Ausberry, David TE6-42509/25/19875USC
35Bell, Joique RB5-112298/4/19865Wayne State (Mich.)
65Boggs, Taylor C6-32852/20/19873Humboldt State
76Bond, Al G6-33033/5/1992RMemphis
2Brindza, Kyle K6-02391/13/1993RNotre Dame
84Broyles, Ryan WR5-101954/9/19884Oklahoma
46Burton, Michael FB6-02322/1/1992RRutgers
29Butler, Crezdon CB6-11915/26/19876Clemson
57Bynes, Josh LB6-12408/24/19894Auburn
26Carey, Don SS5-112032/14/19877Norfolk State
33Carter, Alex CB6-019610/19/1994RStanford
60Cave, Braxston C6-33057/29/19891Notre Dame
95Copeland, Brandon LB6-32607/2/19911Pennsylvania
63Cudjo, Jermelle DT6-23049/28/19864Central Oklahoma
36Diggs, Quandre CB5-9198//RTexas
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42654/10/19932North Carolina
80Fauria, Joseph TE6-72671/16/19903UCLA
10Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19902Virginia Tech
14Gilbert, Garrett QB6-42217/1/19911Southern Methodist
19Haggins, Jarred WR5-111921/17/1992RFlorida State
41Harris, Jerrell LB6-32427/8/19891Alabama
58Hunt, Phillip DE6-12541/10/19863Houston
61Hyder, Kerry DE6-22805/2/19911Texas Tech
44Igwenagu, Emil FB6-22453/27/19892Massachusetts
32Ihedigbo, James SS6-121712/3/19838Massachusetts
83Johnson, Vernon WR6-01964/17/1992RTexas A&M-Commerce
81Johnson, Calvin WR6-52369/29/19859Georgia Tech
43Johnson, Isaiah DB6-12025/16/1992RGeorgia Tech
91Jones, Jason DE6-52765/23/19868Eastern Michigan
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01857/19/19921Notre Dame
68Keyton, Darren C6-33056/15/19901Central Michigan
24Lawson, Nevin CB5-91924/23/19912Utah State
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22353/26/19877Wisconsin
50Lewis, Travis LB6-22361/15/19884Oklahoma
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93257/18/19912Kansas State
6Martin, Sam P6-12102/27/19903Appalachian State
40Martin, Desmond RB6-02213/20/1992RWayne State (Mich.)
31Mathis, Rashean CB6-11958/27/198013Bethune-Cookman
26Mays, Taylor DB6-32252/7/19886USC
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19894Boise State
16Moore, Lance WR5-91908/31/198310Toledo
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42608/17/198112Texas A&M
92Ngata, Haloti DT6-43401/21/198410Oregon
8Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52188/18/198310Connecticut
44Owens, Chris DB5-918012/1/19867San Jose State
11Peacock, Andrew WR5-101901/14/19911Appalachian State
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52752/23/19857Oklahoma State
62Philon, Roy DE6-32913/26/19911Louisville
86Pierce, Casey TE6-32448/21/1991RKent State
5Prater, Matt K5-101958/10/19849Central Florida
69Proctor, Xavier T6-631511/1/19901North Carolina Central
27Quin, Glover FS6-02061/15/19867New Mexico
63Ramirez, Manny G6-33202/19/19839Texas Tech
97Reid, Caraun DT6-230511/23/19912Princeton
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19884Iowa
25Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19913Notre Dame
70Robinson, Corey T6-73245/21/1992RSouth Carolina
12Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19883California
18Salas, Greg WR6-22108/25/19885Hawaii
39Seisay, Mohammed DB6-22065/22/19902Nebraska
23Slay, Darius CB6-01921/1/19913Mississippi State
46Snyder, Kevin LB6-22387/25/1992RRutgers
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32342/7/19887Georgia
49Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19903Wagner
41Stanford, R.J. DB5-101875/6/19884Utah
45Suite, Brian DB6-22034/21/1992RUtah State
64Swanson, Travis C6-53121/30/19912Arkansas
52Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198410Virginia Tech
15Tate, Golden WR5-102028/2/19886Notre Dame
98Taylor, Devin DE6-727511/15/19893South Carolina
82Thompson, Jordan TE6-42577/12/19891Ohio U.
72Tomlinson, Laken G6-33232/9/1992RDuke
55Tulloch, Stephen MLB5-112451/1/198510North Carolina State
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32526/19/19902Brigham Young
66Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63307/21/19913Texas Tech
93Walker, Tyrunn DE6-32943/18/19904Tulsa
75Warford, Larry G6-33307/18/19913Kentucky
79Webster, Larry DE6-62622/14/19902Bloomsburg
59Whitehead, Tahir MLB6-22424/2/19904Temple
73Williams, Michael T6-63049/8/19902Alabama
30Wilson, Josh DB5-91883/11/19859Maryland
74Wilson, Torrian G6-231011/28/1991RCentral Florida
38Winn, George RB5-1121511/10/19902Cincinnati
99Wootton, Corey DE6-62706/22/19876Northwestern
90Wright, Gabe DT6-33004/3/1992RAuburn
34Zenner, Zach FB5-112239/13/1991RSouth Dakota State
 
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Emil Igwenagu
News
The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
Vernon Johnson
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Michael Williams
News
Lions tackle Michael Williams is finally feeling comfortable in his new position, per mlive.com.

The former tight end struggled initially to adjust to his new role as a tackle, but he's improved drastically and he along with his coaches have taken notice.

"I remember how out of place I felt," said Williams, who moved from tight end to offensive tackle last offseason. "But now I feel like I'm at the right position. I feel like I'm in place. I feel like I'm impressing coaches, and impressing myself."

Williams spent last season as a member of the Lions' practice squad.

Corey Wootton
News
The Lions signed defensive tackle Corey Wootton to a one-year contract Thursday, according to his agent.

Wootton registered 16 tackles and one sack in 15 games for the Vikings last season.

Zach Zenner
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Kyle Van Noy
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell announced Thursday rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy will make his season debut Sunday against the Dolphins. However, Caldwell indicated Van Noy will likely be limited as he sees snaps on special teams and defense.

Van Noy spent most of the season on short-term injured reserve due to a sports hernia injury before being activated Monday.

Jason Jones
News
Lions defensive end Jason Jones was not able to attend practice this week because of a recent procedure he underwent for an undisclosed injury, reports Mlive.com.

While Jones missed the recent minicamp, the Lions expect him to be ready for training camp.

"He had a little bit of an injury that he got taken care of," coach Jim Caldwell said. "So should be good."

Nevin Lawson
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Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson said he plans to make a full recovery by the start of the season.

Lawson suffered a severely dislocated foot. He isn't sure if he'll participate in the Lions' OTAs, but he said he has no limitations on his activities, per MLive. Lawson is taking his recovery slow, but he should be back by the opener. 

Greg Salas
News
The Lions have signed two veterans - wideout Greg Salas and cornerback Chris Owens - per the Detroit Free Press. The team later confirmed the report.

Salas last played with the Jets. He compiled his most productive numbers since his rookie year last season, but that only amounted to eight catches for 167 yards.

Owens has played with four different teams over the last four seasons, but did get into 11 games with Kansas City in 2014. He has not recorded an interception since 2010.

Riley Reiff
News
The Lions have picked up the fifth-year option of offensive tackle Riley Reiff, general manager Martin Mayhew has announced.

"We anticipate getting that paperwork done sometime soon," Mayhew told MLive.com.

The one-year option will cost the team a bit more than $8 million.

Reiff has started every game but one over the last three seasons.

Mohammed Seisay
News
The Seahawks acquired cornerback Mohammed Seisay from the Lions on Sunday, reports 710 ESPN Seattle. The Lions will receive an undisclosed draft pick in the 2016 draft by trading Seisay.

Seisay played in 13 games for the Lions last season and produced five tackles.

Isa Abdul-Quddus
News
The Lions have re-signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, the team announced.

Abdul-Quddus played in all 16 games in 2014, totaling 32 tackles with two passes defended. He spent the previous three years with the Saints, where he recorded two interceptions.

Matthew Stafford
News
One of only a few knocks against Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been occasional inaccuracy. His penchant for throwing deep and taking chances on the field often results in incompletions.

But Stafford hit on 60.3 percent of his passes a year ago, the second-best rate of his career. And Jim Caldwell believes that will improve this year. His work in offseason practices have provided encouragement.

"He's improved," Caldwell told MLive.com. "He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement."

Caldwell added that he anticipates Stafford will improve his completion percentage in 2015.

Casey Pierce
No Updates
Julian Stanford
News
The Lions put cornerback Nevin Lawson (dislocated toes) on injured reserve, signed cornerback Danny Gorrer and promoted linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad.
Travis Lewis
News
The Lions placed linebacker Travis Lewis (quad) on injured reserve Saturday. The team replaced Lewis on the active roster with tight end Jordan Thompson, who was signed from the practice squad.
Phillip Hunt
News
The Lions are on the verge of signing linebacker Phillip Hunt, reports ESPN.

Hunt spent three seasons with the Eagles and totaled 16 tackles. He did not play in the NFL during the 2014 season.

Xavier Proctor
News
Xavier Proctor was a defensive tackle for the Lions, until he no longer was. He didn't get cut, the Lions moved Proctor from defensive tackle to offensive tackle before the start of organized team activities on Thursday, per mlive.com.

Proctor has spent the last two years learning the defensive tackle position as a member of the Lions practice squad, but the move comes at a time where the team needs more able bodies at the offensive line position after an injury to LaAdrian Waddle.

Tahir Whitehead
News
Lions third-year linebacker Tahir Whitehead is trying to maximize his run-stopping ability, so he spent time in the offseason trying to maximize his weight without sacrificing quickness. The result was a gain of seven poinds to 245.

Whitehead was provided an opportunity to play last year when Stephen Tulloch went down three games in. But Tulluch has since recovered, which results in Whitehead competing with Kyle Van Noy for the starting strongside job.

He certainly proved his worth in 2014. Whitehead racked up 12 tackles in his first start a year ago and finished the season with 86 as a full-time starter. But despite statistics that motivated Pro Football Focus to grade him out positively against the run, he felt he needed to put on some weight.

"Watching back last season, sometimes in the run game, I wasn't as sturdy as I could have been," he told MLive.com. "I bulked up a bit to be more stout against the run."

Darren Keyton
News
The Lions have waived center Darren Keyton on Monday, per the team's official website. Keyton was added prior to Week 17 to add depth for Dominic Raiola, who was suspended for the final game of the season after stomping on Ego Ferguson's ankle in Week 16.
Jerrell Harris
News
The Lions have parted ways with tight end Kellen Davis on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free-Press. The team promoted linebacker Jerrell Harris and guard Rodney Austin from the practice squad.
Rashean Mathis
News
Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis is planning to retire after the two-year contract he signed in March expires, per the Detroit Free Press.

That comes directly from Mathis, who admits he has told that to others.

Mathis, who will be 35 when the regular season begins, has started all but one game since joining the Lions in 2013. He contributed to 51 tackles a year ago, his highest total since 2010 with Jacksonville.

Glover Quin
News
The Lions and safety Glover Quin agreed to restructure his contract, a source told ESPN.com.

By converting $3.255 million of his 2015 base salary into a signing bonus, the team created $2.17 million in additional cap space this season. The deal allows Quin to receive more guaranteed money now.

Quin is under contract through the 2017 season. He has produced 10 interceptions over the last two seasons with the Lions.

Corey Robinson
No Updates
Crezdon Butler
News
The Buccaneers announced they released cornerback Crezdon Butler. He played in 14 games, making 11 tackles.
Michael Burton
No Updates
Laken Tomlinson
News
The Lions finished signing their entire 2015 draft class when first-round pick Laken Tomlinson agreed to a four-year contract Thursday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The deal includes a team option on the fifth year of the deal. Tomlinson is expected to start at left guard for the Lions.

Brandon Copeland
News
The Lions announced the signing of linebacker Brandon Copeland on Tuesday.

Copeland impressed the Lions when he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the NFL veterans combine. Copeland had spent time on the Titans' practice squad in 2013.

Don Carey
News
Lions strong safety Don Carey and linebacker Tahir Whitehead both returned to Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys after being deemed questionable in the third quarter.

Both players were diagnosed with dehydration, but both were able to make it back onto the field before the end of the third quarter. The Lions have a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Darius Slay
News
Lions cornerback Darius Slay has improved from an inconsistent rookie to dependable starter in his two years in the league. Now, he wants to improve to a lockdown defender.

Slay plans on taking notes from the other elite cornerbacks in the league to continue his climb in the NFL ranks, per ESPN.com.

"I gotta study [Darrelle] Revis and Joe [Haden]," Slay said. "They are more my type of corner, more in your face, try to travel guys, follow you wherever you want to go. Just trying to take [the] best player out of the game.

"I look at [Richard] Sherman, too, just because his ball skills, he's probably got the best ball skills in the NFL that I've seen in my past years. If the ball's in the air, he's getting it. Other than that, I love to watch Revis and Joe."

Slay played in all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 61 tackles and two interceptions.

Kellen Moore
News
After signing a two-year deal to remain with the Lions, quarterback Kellen Moore is looking to improve his status on the depth chart, reports the team's official website.

“It’s a good place, a good situation,” Moore said in a telephone interview from Boise, where he is spending the offseason with his wife, Julie, and their young child.

“Ideally, the hope was to be able to go back, as long as there was a little plan in place. I feel like it’s a good situation to go back to. I didn’t have to deal with all the variables.”

Head coach Jim Caldwell likes what he sees in Moore.

“They all have a chance,” Caldwell said at the recent NFL Annual Meeting. “He’s got some qualities that you really like.”

“It’s nice that they see some value in you,” Moore said. “As a backup quarterback, you’re not seen on the field, other than a few August games. But hopefully, you still have an impact on the team – with the other players, helping in the film room.

“We enjoy Detroit – stuff that’s not football related. Obviously, in the football side of it we have a good room. Matthew’s obviously a tremendous quarterback. Dan’s been awesome. It’s awesome that we’re all set to come back.”

Although Moore would like to see the playing field, he recognizes that the team has its starter in Matthew Stafford.

“Obviously, at the end of the day all of us love playing the game of football. Only so many guys get to play. We’ve got good guys, and we’ve got a great starter in Matthew.

“You have to take advantage of opportunities, whether it’s preseason games or whatever.”

Moore has yet to throw a pass during a regular season game after being drafted by the team in 2012.

LaAdrian Waddle
News
Lions offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle is way ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL, per mlive.com.

Waddle tore the ACL in a Week 15 game against the Vikings last season, and has been rehabbing the knee for about nine months. Recovering from an ACL tear usually takes around nine months.

"Knee's feeling good -- feeling real good, actually," Waddle said. "I think I'm a little ahead of schedule. It's been going really well, we haven't had any kind of setbacks. Each day I feel like I'm getting a little better. Hopefully I'll be back sooner than later."

Waddle's recovery might put him on the field for the Lions' Week 1 game this season.

"I think there's a chance," he said. "It just kind of depends on how the rest of the rehab goes. Just going in, working hard every day and trying to get better."

Kyle Brindza
No Updates
Travis Swanson
News
When the Lions drafted Travis Swanson a year ago, the idea was for him to emerge as a starting center for the franchise by 2015. 

There's now some doubt, at least that's what the Lions themselves are saying after acquiring veteran Manny Ramirez in a trade on Thursday during the NFL draft. 

"I don't know," Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn said, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I'm not trying to be evasive, I just don't know. What is it, May 2, 3rd? The depth kind of develops itself, which is a nice thing. Going through OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, it always takes care of itself."

Swanson is still the favorite to start at center, though it does appear the Lions want to put him in a competitive situation. 

David Ausberry
News
The Lions have gained depth at tight end with the signing of David Ausberry.

Ausberry spent four seasons with the Raiders, though he missed all of 2013 with a shoulder injury and lost much of last year with a foot issue.

He has appeared in 34 games with 11 catches for 120 yards. He also earned significant time on special teams.

Matt Prater
News
Lions kicker Matt Prater is concerned that the NFL's new rule moving extra points back to the 15-yard line could have some major effects toward kickers. 

"Am I thrilled about it? No, I don't think any other kicker is," Prater said in an interview with ESPN.com. "You know, they make these rules and they never talk to any of us about it. I don't know. I just feel that eventually they are just trying to weed kicking out of the game completely. It's something we'll have to deal with and hopefully make them all."

He also questioned the motive from the league with making this kind of rule change. 

"I don't know what the owners and (NFL commissioner Roger) Goodell and all them are thinking," Prater said. "But I'm just going to try and do my job and keep my mouth shut for the most part."

Joique Bell
News
Although Lions coach Jim Caldwell said running back Joique Bell is making progress from his knee and Achilles surgeries, there is no timetable for his return, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Bell is on the Physically Unable to Perform List after missing all of the team's offseason practices due to the surgeries.

Injury
Undisclosed - PUP. Questionable for start of season
DeAndre Levy
News
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew has announced that his team has begun contract negotiations with outside linebacker DeAndre Levy.

"We've had some dialogue with him," he told MLive.com. "and I think it's ongoing at this point."

Levy is entering the final year of a $9.75 million contract he signed with the team in 2013. He thrived a year ago, contributing to a career-high 117 tackles and adding 2 1/2 sacks.

Cornelius Lucas
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said that Riley Reiff might start at right tackle next season. 

Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle LaAdrian Waddle will be fully recovered from knee surgery, and backup tackle Cornelius Lucas is better on the left side. 

Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays. 

 "I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.

Taylor Boggs
News
The Friday injury report issued by the Bears for their Week 6 game at Atlanta is headlined by the thumbs-down given to linebackers Lance Briggs (ribs) and Shea McClellin (hand). But they are not the only Chicago players ruled out.

Also red-lighted are offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod (knee/ankle) and Taylor Boggs (hamstring) and safety Ahmad Dixon (hamstring).

The questionables are linebacker Jonathan Bostic (back) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (quad). Safety Chris Conte (concussion), offensive lineman Roberto Garza (ankle), nose tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (neck) are all probable.

Quandre Diggs
News
A lack of size and speed is generally a deadly combination to those seeking employment as an NFL cornerback. But Lions rookie nickel back Quandre Diggs is ahead of the game in his desire to land a job.

His 40-yard dash time of 4.56 at the combine is below average. The sixth-round pick is only 5-foot-9. But he has shown instincts at his position that have impressed his coaches and teammates.

"He's got a natural feel," quarterback Matthew Stafford told MLive.com. "(He) made a play the other day in the red zone that wasn't even on the ball. I wasn't in the game. I was watching from afar, and was like, 'Man, our QB wanted to throw it, and he just took it away at the last second. ... He's got a good feel in zone, and I think he's a feisty kind of competitor in man. He's going to be around the football trying to make plays on it."

Gabe Wright
News
Lions rookie defensive tackle Gabe Wright is burdened with wearing former Detroit star Ndamukong Suh's number. But the fourth-round draft pick is showing he can rep the number and fill in the void left in the defense, according to MLive.com.

"We think he is going to be productive for us when we get him in here and get him in the rotation for us," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "We are hoping, like most of our defensive tackles, to get him 25, 30, 35 plays a game."

Sixth-round pick Quandre Diggs thinks the team is going to have a solid player in the middle of their defensive line.

"He's going to go out and compete," Diggs said. "He's one of those big guys that loves to hustle. He loves to make plays, and he plays the game with the type of excitement that you love to see from those big guys."

George Winn
News
The Lions might not have running back Joique Bell for Sunday's key game at Green Bay, reports MLive.com. Bell has been limited in practice this week with an Achilles injury, and coach Jim Caldwell said only, "We'll see," when asked about Bell's status.

Bell leads Detroit with 800 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry in four straight games, scoring five times in that span. If he can't play, Reggie Bush would start and Theo Riddick and George Winn would get increased snaps, the report said.

Detroit is a 7.5-point underdog in the game that will decide the division title.

Alex Carter
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Haloti Ngata
News
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had his contract in mind in his last days with the Ravens, but he's too busy to think about it now that he's been traded to the Lions.

Ngata admitted that he suspected a deal could take place.

"The closer we got to free agency, I thought it could be a possibility," he told Monday Morning Quarterback. "It didn't surprise me ... since we weren't getting closer to any kind of contract stuff, I just figured there were a lot of things that could happen. I definitely started to have a trade in my mind as a possibility."

Ngata added that he's not thinking about a contract extension with Detroit.

"I'm just trying to get to know my teammates, get my playbook down, and my technique and terminology," he said.

Brandon Pettigrew
News
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew had his worst season from a statistical standpoint in 2014, totaling a career-low 10 catches for 70 yards and no touchdowns. His numbers aren't expected to improve dramatically in 2015 since the Lions want to get second-year tight end Eric Ebron more involved in the passing game.

Still, coach Jim Caldwell holds Pettigrew in high regard.

"I think he's an iron man," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "(He did a) tremendous job. Got a lot of respect for that man. Let me tell you something, he was tough. He was gritty. And I think those guys are the kinds of guys you can build a foundation upon.

"He's one of those guys."

Lance Moore
News
Wide receiver Lance Moore is used to defying the odds.

He went undrafted in 2005, he was signed and cut by the Browns, the Saints signed him but thought so little of him they sent him over to NFL Europe. Moore overcame all of that to enjoy nine seasons with the Saints, which included a pivotal role in the team's Super Bowl championship in 2009.

Moore is now trying to revive his career after finding himself on his third team in as many seasons, per ESPN.com.

Moore signed with the Steelers after the Saints released him, but after not being able to establish a role within the Steelers' offense he was released. The Lions signed Moore to a one-year contract in early May. 

“At this point in the game, I just want to play,” Moore said. “I’m not really exactly looking for the biggest pay day. I’m looking for an opportunity to go in and play and help the team win. Detroit made sense for me for numerous reasons."

Moore has 360 career catches for 4,479 yards and 40 touchdowns in his 10-year career.

Corey Fuller
News
In wideouts Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, the Lions feature one the best 1-2 punches in the league. But the Lions' website notes the team "is also very high on Corey Fuller and is hoping he takes the same big jump in his development from year two to three as he did from his rookie season to year two."

A 6-2, 200-pound former track star, Fuller caught 14 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown in limited work last year. The 24-year-old is in for a bigger role in 2015.

Joseph Fauria
News
Lions tight end Joseph Fauria hasn't had the most conventional start to his NFL career.

He broke out in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with seven touchdowns, but then the Lions drafted another tight end in the first round the following season. Fauria now expects to hit his stride and improve on last season's six catch, 74 yard totals.

“Extremely frustrating,” Fauria said, per the team website. “But it’s something you have to overcome. Football is frustrating, you know. Everyone has injuries. Everyone has trials and tribulations and it’s how you answer them and how you come back. I’m expecting myself to come back strong.”

Fauria is a huge target a 6-foot-7 and the Lions hope they can use that to their advantage next season.

“He has a unique skill set,” head coach Jim Caldwell said of his big tight end. “When you’re not able to utilize everything that’s available to you, you know, obviously you have to find other ways to do it.

“So, he brings to the table a little something that you can’t teach. He has height and he can position himself, particularly in the red zone, extremely well.”

Josh Wilson
News
The Lions have signed former Falcons cornerback Josh Wilson to a one-year deal on Friday, per the team's official website.

Wilson, 30, played for four different teams (Seahawks, Ravens, Redskins, Falcons) before signing with Detroit on Friday. He totaled 426 tackles in 118 career games with 85 starts. He posted 27 tackles and one interception in 16 games (four starts) for the Falcons in 2014.

Kevin Snyder
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Tyrunn Walker
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The Lions have signed defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker to a one-year deal, per the team.

Walker, formerly of the Saints, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. The 24-year-old played in all 16 games last season, registering 19 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and forced fumble.

Braxston Cave
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The Redskins signed offensive lineman Tevita Stevens to the practice squad and released offensive lineman Braxston Cave from the squad.
Larry Warford
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The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys: guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackles Nick Fairley (knee) and Caraun Reid, defensive back Josh Thomas, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.

Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.

Calvin Johnson
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Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has dealt with some injuries throughout his career, which has kept him off the field at times and has prevented him from playing full seasons the last two years. 

He will turn 30 years old early in the 2015 season and while his receiving production has declined the last two seasons since his record-breaking year in 2012, the All-Pro receiver wants to let you know it's not time to overlook him.

"What did I miss, four, almost five games last year? Still came up with just over 1,000 (yards). I still have some (good years) left," he said, per the Detroit Free Press. "It's a mindset more than anything. If you have injuries, it's tough. But I'm feeling good right now."

Ezekiel Ansah
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In only his seventh year of playing organized football, Lions defensive tackle Ziggy Ansah will experience his first healthy NFL offseason, a fact that will help prepare him for what could be a big season, per the team's website. 

Ansah was drafted by the Lions in 2013 and didn't get to spend much time working on his game leading up to draft day. Prior to the 2014 season, Ansah was sidelined with shoulder surgery and missed all team OTAs and minicamps. 

Now, however, Ansah is healthy and getting in shape for the 2015 campaign, which could see him in a bigger role on the Lions' front line. 

"We're looking forward to Ziggy really having his first offseason and getting into shape and having a great year and having the stamina to finish well," defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said.

Manny Ramirez
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Many believed that guard and first-round pick Laken Tomlinson was a shoo-in to start for the Lions this season.

Not so fast.

Fellow newcomer Manny Ramirez, for whom the team traded in a swap with Denver, began OTAs this week working with the first team. Tomlinson was on the second unit.

Jim Caldwell explained why, praising the 32-year-old Ramirez along the way.

"He's a guy that's certainly going to add some girth and power and experience in the (interior)," Caldwell told MLive.com. "But, also, you can just tell from a leadership standpoint, I mean, he's tremendous. Real solid guy, just a person that's well-rounded, has a good sense of what being a real pro is. ... I think you'll see some of that wear off on some of our younger guys."

Ramirez was a full-time starter with the Broncos in each of the last three seasons.

Chris Owens
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The Lions have signed two veterans - wideout Greg Salas and cornerback Chris Owens - per the Detroit Free Press. The team later confirmed the report.

Salas last played with the Jets. He compiled his most productive numbers since his rookie year last season, but that only amounted to eight catches for 167 yards.

Owens has played with four different teams over the last four seasons, but did get into 11 games with Kansas City in 2014. He has not recorded an interception since 2010.

Don Muhlbach
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The Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Muhlbach made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and has spent his entire 12-year career with the Lions. 

Caraun Reid
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With Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley gone, there will be a lot of opportunities for defensive tackle Caraun Reid to contribute for the Lions, per mlive.com.

Though it's still early during organized team activities, Reid has impressed coach Jim Caldwell thus far. 

"I think he's done a tremendous job just in terms of his approach to it," Caldwell said. "He looks good, increased his strength, his lean muscle has gone up, I mean, the whole gamut. So, hopefully we'll see that translate when we get an opportunity to go out there and go after it."

Reid, a fifth-round pick out of Princeton in 2014, has gotten a majority of the first-team reps during OTA's, which defensive coordinator Teryl Austin says ties back to the hard work he put in during the offseason.

"He's trained really hard, he's in really good shape," Austin said. "He looks good right now. Obviously, we'll have to wait and see once we get to pads where we are, but I like what he's done so far."

Reid appeared in 12 games last season and recorded just two tackles.

Devin Taylor
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Lions tight ends Eric Ebron (hamstring) and Joseph Fauria (ankle) are active for Sunday's game at Arizona after being listed as probable. Ebron returns after missing three straight games and will start in place of Brandon Pettigrew (foot). Fauria is back after missing six straight games.

Also suiting up are safety James Ihedigbo (back), center Don Muhlbach (ankle), right tacle LaAdrian Waddle (knee) and defensive end Devin Taylor (knee).

Sam Martin
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Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, still upset about the pass-interference flag officials picked up in the fourth quarter of Sunday's playoff loss at Dallas, suggested video replay be used on critical calls like that one, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

"I think, without question, it was probably not officiated correctly in my estimation,” Caldwell said Monday. "Nevertheless, I do think in this day and age, with modern times where we have technology that can take out the human factor in certain key situations in big games, that we should use that technology to do so."

Detroit led 20-17 and had third-and-1 at the Cowboys' 46-yard line when linebacker Anthony Hitchens was called for pass interference against tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Officials reversed themselves and picked up the flag, prompting a Lions punt. Sam Martin shanked it, the Cowboys drove for a touchdown and held on to win 24-20.

"I'm angry about it, and trying to keep my composure here, but I'm probably angry for our team, and the fans," Caldwell said. "That's the thing that stirs your blood."

Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president for officiating, said Hitchens should have been penalized for defensive holding. That would have given the Lions a first down, putting them near field-goal range.

T.J. Jones
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Lions coach Jim Caldwell said receiver T.J. Jones is nearing a return to the practice field, according to MLive.com

Before the Lions selected him in the 2014 NFL draft in the sixth round, Jones injured his arm late in his final collegiate season with Notre Dame. He ended up dealing with a nerve issue in his arm, which placed him on injured reserve last season. 

Though he's eligible to participate in this weekend's rookie minicamp, Jones was not present. Caldwell said Jones is in the weight room getting his strength back. 

"He's healed up quite nicely," Caldwell said. "I think he's still working himself into a position where's got all of his girth back, because you do lose a little bit with inactivity. But he's been working hard at it, he's gaining and he's making strides."

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Shoulder - Questionable for start of training camp
Taylor Mays
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The Lions signed safety Taylor Mays , his agent told the Detroit Free Press

Mays has played the last four seasons with Cincinnati, primarily on special teams. He'll compete for time at safety as well as on special teams. 

The Lions have one open roster spot remaining. 

Golden Tate
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Lions second-year wide receiver Golden Tate has stated that his familiarity and comfort level with the offense this offseason is "night and day" better than it was a year ago, per the team website. He added that his goal is to improve on the numbers he established last year.

That won't be easy. He had easily his best season in 2014 with 99 catches for 1,331 yards and four touchdowns to earn a Pro Bowl spot. A total of 58 of his receptions were for first downs.

Ryan Broyles
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The Lions are not yet giving up on wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who has been hampered in his career by knee and Achilles injuries. 

“I think he’s a guy you have a lot of respect for because he’s had three major injuries and fought his way back,’’ Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday, per The Oakland Press. “When he’s been in there he’s been productive. We’re excited to see where he is now after a full season of not coming back from an injury. He’s had a full year to be healthy we’re excited to see what he does in the offseasaon.’’

Stephen Tulloch
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Lions middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch has apparently made good on his claim that he has fully recovered from ACL surgery undergone in 2014, at least if his effort Tuesday is any indication.

The team website is stating that Tulloch was a full participant in the OTA session. "I'm doing everything," he said. "I'm able to run around and make calls and make checks and get back to being a middle linebacker."

Tulloch suffered a bit of embarrassment in Week 3 a year ago when he sustained the season-ending injury celebrating a sack of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Knee - Questionable for start of training camp
James Ihedigbo
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Lions strong safety James Ihedigbo has reported to OTAs and will likely attend minicamp despite his stated desire for a new contract, the Detroit News is reporting.

Ihedigbo was the lone Lion to skip voluntary workouts last month. But general manager Martin Mayhew expressed understanding about his absence given the contract situation.

The 31-year-old Ihedigbo has been a starter in the NFL since 2009. He racked up 59 tackles and a career-high four interceptions in his first season with Detroit in 2014.

Jeremy Ross
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Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross has made it clear he's not giving up his return specialist duties to anyone, per mlive.com.

During organized team activities on Thursday, Ross was not taking reps returning kicks but that's because he was contributing on the coverage side of the ball. As far as being the go-to return specialist, Ross wants to keep that job.

"I definitely want to be back there," Ross said. "I love being back as a return man, I love doing punt returns, kick returns. It's an exciting place to be. You get to make a lot of big plays for your team, so it's definitely important."

Ross is confident he won't face significant competition for the position, in fact, he sees himself as the only competitor for the spot.

"If I'm out there not giving my best and I'm not the return man, that's on me," Ross said. "If I give my best, give everything I've got to being the best that I can be and I don't get it, hey, more power to you, you're just better."

Theo Riddick
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Even though the Lions are considering drafting a running back, the team will depend on Joique Bell and Theo Riddick for a large portion of the running game this season.

GM Joe Lombardi called the veteran tandem a "work in progress".

"Joique we love. He's a tough guy. Runs hard. Just keeping him healthy will be key," Lombardi said, per NFL.com. "I'm very excited for Theo (Riddick) and have been since I first got here. I think we're going to see great things from him."

 

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Dan Orlovsky
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The Lions have re-signed quarterback Dan Orlovsky to a one-year deal, per the team's website.

Orlovsky will return to a backup role behind starter Matthew Stafford. Originally drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2005 draft, Orlovsky has attempted 472 career passes. He's made 12 starts in his career, with seven coming for the Lions in 2008 and five for the Colts in 2011.

Al Bond
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Torrian Wilson
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Garrett Gilbert
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The Lions released rookie quarterback Anthony Boone and claimed quarterback Garrett Gilbert off waivers on Friday, according to the team's senior writer and insider Tim Twentyman.

Boone, an undrafted free agent out of Duke, was brought into camp as the team's fourth quarterback. Gilbert was released by the Patriots on Thursday.

Eric Ebron
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Lions tight end Eric Ebron might be hurt that he has been deemed a bust after just one season in the NFL.

But he's not letting on.

"It is what it is," he told MLive.com. "It's one year. You can claim what you want to claim. Your opinions and your statements don't mean anything to me."

Those opinions and statements are based on a disappointing rookie season in which Ebron was held without a catch in two of his first three games, missed three others with a hamstring injury and never totaled more than 38 yards receiving in any game. He finished the year with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown.

And considering the Lions had a chance to draft premier pass-catchers such as NFL Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald, one can understand the skepticism. After all, the team looked at Ebron as a Jimmy Graham clone who would thrive as a receiver out of the slot.

Ebron admits he has been changed as a person by the humbling experience.

"Absolutely," he said. "Totally different person. Just totally different person. Just more mature. Just continue to understand, and actually take advice. I was always standing out and always better than everyone else (growing up), as you would say. And I never really heeded advice. Now I do, from everybody."

Ebron can gain assurance by knowing that 49ers standout Vernon Davis, the last tight end chosen in the top 10 of the draft, recorded comparable numbers as a rookie. He caught20 passes for 265 yards in his first season before emerging as a Pro Bowler.

Kerry Hyder
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The Jets have cut their roster down to 53 by waiving a number of players.

Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.

The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.

Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.

Desmond Martin
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The Lions have announced the signing of free agent running back Desmond Martin after an impressive tryout.

Martin rushed for 1,578 yards last season at Wayne State. He finished his college career fourth in school history in career yards with 2,791 and seventh with 24 touchdowns.

He can talk all about that with fellow Wayne State standout and Lions backfield mate Joique Bell.

Andrew Peacock
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The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
R.J. Stanford
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The Lions signed defensive back R.J. Stanford on Tuesday, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Stanford was one of five cornerbacks that worked out for the Lions on Tuesday. He has two interceptions during his five-year career.

Josh Bynes
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The Lions have re-signed linebacker Josh Bynes.

The team declined to tender Bynes a restricted free-agent offer in February, but he'll be back with the team in 2015. The linebacker recorded 18 tackles and one interception in 13 games in 2014.

Darryl Tapp
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The Lions have re-signed defensive end Darryl Tapp, according to Jeff Katzenstein of the Detroit News, citing NFLPA data.

Tapp was scheduled to become a free agent on March 10. He reportedly signed for the minimum salary, which is $870,000 for veterans. He made $855,000 last season. 

Tapp had 17 tackles, half a sack and two pass defenses in his first year with the Lions, last season. He's been in the NFL since 2006, with the Seahawks, Eagles and Redskins. 

Isaiah Johnson
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Jermelle Cudjo
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The Chiefs released receivers Jerrell Jackson, Darryl Surgent, Deon Anthony and Weston Dressler, defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo, defensive lineman Jairus Campbell, guard Otis Hudson, cornerbacks Brandon Jones and Vernon Kearney, safety Jerron McMillian and tight end Adam Schiltz.
Jordan Thompson
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The Lions announced several practice squad roster moves on Monday, according to the Detroit Free Press. The team signed the following players to the practice squad: Tight end Jordan Thompson, cornerback Trevin Wade and defensive tackle Roy Philon.
Jarred Haggins
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Roy Philon
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The Steelers announced their final round of cuts to trim the roster to 53 players Saturday, as they parted ways with 22 players.

The Steelers released defensive backs Isaiah Green, Dayonne Nunley, Shaquille Richardson and Ross Ventrone, linebackers Chris Carter, Howard Jones and Dan Molls, and defensive linemen Ethan Hemer, Josh Mauro, Roy Philon and Nick Williams on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, the team cut tight ends Rob Blanchflower, Bryce Davis and David Paulson, running backs Josh Harris and Stephen Houston, wide receivers Derek Moye and Lanear Sampson, offensive linemen Graham Pocic, Will Simmons and Guy Whimper, and quarter Brendon Kay.

Ameer Abdullah
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The Lions have signed second-round pick Ameer Abdullah to his rookie contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

Abdullah, a running back out of Nebraska, ran for 3,301 yards and 28 touchdowns in his last two seasons in college.

Larry Webster
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The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys: guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackles Nick Fairley (knee) and Caraun Reid, defensive back Josh Thomas, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.

Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.

Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.