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NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
42Abdul-Quddus, Isa FS6-12058/3/19894Fordham
44Abram, Chad RB6-02295/22/1991RFlorida State
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
60Bullard, Alex G6-23023/20/1991RTennessee
21Bush, Reggie RB6-02033/2/19859USC
9Butler, Drew P6-12045/10/19892Georgia
26Carey, Don SS5-111922/14/19876Norfolk State
45Collins, Jed FB6-12553/3/19864Washington State
46Couplin, Jerome DB6-22158/31/1991RWilliam & Mary
63Dalton, A.J. T6-42802/17/1992RRobert Morris
18Durham, Kris WR6-62163/17/19884Georgia
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42504/10/1993RNorth 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
14Franklin, James QB6-22307/23/1991RMissouri
3Freese, Nate K6-01928/18/1990RBoston College
10Fuller, Corey WR6-21966/23/19901Virginia 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)
57Hepburn, Brandon ILB6-423512/6/19891Florida A&M
60Hickman, Gregory DT6-228011/23/1990RFlorida International
78Hilliard, Corey T6-63004/26/19856Oklahoma State
32Ihedigbo, James SS6-121412/3/19838Massachusetts
44Jackson, Justin LB6-12308/24/1991RWake Forest
81Johnson, Calvin WR6-52369/29/19858Georgia Tech
68Johnson, George DE6-427012/11/19873Rutgers
91Jones, Jason DE6-52765/23/19867Eastern Michigan
13Jones, T.J. WR6-01887/19/1992RNotre Dame
62Keyton, Darren G6-33056/15/19901Central Michigan
43Lawson, Nevin CB5-91904/23/1991RUtah State
25Leshoure, Mikel RB6-02333/30/19904Illinois
54Levy, DeAndre OLB6-22383/26/19876Wisconsin
50Lewis, Travis LB6-22221/15/19883Oklahoma
77Lucas, Cornelius T6-93287/18/1991RKansas State
6Martin, Sam P6-12052/27/19902Appalachian State
31Mathis, Rashean CB6-11958/27/198012Bethune-Cookman
49Maxwell, Jacob TE6-42401/4/1991RLouisiana-Lafayette
40Miller, Steven RB5-71723/23/19911Appalachian State
17Moore, Kellen QB6-01977/12/19893Boise State
99Mosley, C.J. DT6-23108/6/198310Missouri
48Muhlbach, Don LS6-42658/17/198111Texas A&M
11Ogletree, Kevin WR6-11988/5/19876Virginia
8Orlovsky, Dan QB6-52308/18/198310Connecticut
34Owens, Montell RB5-102255/4/19849Maine
58Palmer, Ashlee OLB6-12364/7/19866Mississippi
16Payton, Quintin WR6-42122/24/1990RNorth Carolina State
1Peacock, Andrew WR5-101901/14/1991RAppalachian State
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52652/23/19856Oklahoma State
69Proctor, Xavier DT6-627211/1/19901North Carolina Central
72Quigley, Bryce G6-52956/26/1992RSan Diego State
27Quin, Glover SS6-02091/15/19866New Mexico
51Raiola, Dominic C6-129512/30/197814Nebraska
61Reid, Caraun DT6-230511/23/1991RPrinceton
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19883Iowa
75Reynolds, Garrett T6-73107/1/19876North Carolina
41Riddick, Theo RB5-92005/4/19912Notre Dame
12Ross, Jeremy WR6-02153/16/19882California
63Saddler-McQueen, Jimmy DT6-32998/4/19872Texas A&M - Kingsville
45Seisay, Mohammed DB6-22005/22/1990RNebraska
67Sims, Rob G6-331212/6/19839Ohio State
30Slay, Darius CB6-01921/1/19912Mississippi State
9Stafford, Matthew QB6-32322/7/19886Georgia
49Stanford, Julian LB6-12309/2/19902Wagner
90Suh, Ndamukong DT6-43071/6/19875Nebraska
64Swanson, Travis C6-53121/30/1991RArkansas
52Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/19849Virginia Tech
15Tate, Golden WR5-102028/2/19885Notre Dame
5Tavecchio, Giorgio K5-101827/16/19901California
92Taylor, Devin DE6-727611/15/19892South Carolina
82Thompson, Jordan TE6-42487/12/19891Ohio U.
55Tulloch, Stephen MLB5-112401/1/19859North Carolina State
95Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32446/19/1990RBrigham Young
29Vaughn, Cassius CB5-1119911/3/19875Mississippi
66Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63217/21/19912Texas Tech
75Warford, Larry G6-33337/18/19912Kentucky
79Webster, Larry DE6-62522/14/1990RBloomsburg
59Whitehead, Tahir LB6-22284/2/19903Temple
16Wiggins, Reese WR5-111935/5/1991REast Carolina
73Williams, Michael T6-62709/8/19902Alabama
16Wilson, Cody WR5-91913/5/19911Central Michigan
35Winn, George RB5-1121011/10/19901Cincinnati
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73Kashama, Kalonji (IR) DE6-42707/5/1991REastern Michigan
 
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Kris Durham
News
The Lions official team website believes four receivers will compete for one roster spot in camp this summer. Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham, rookie T.J. Jones and second-year wideout Corey Fuller are considered "leading candidates" for the job. Ogletree and Durham lead the way in terms of experience but Fuller and Jones are younger and might have more explosiveness to contribute. 
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
Jed Collins should beat out Montell Owens in the Lions' training camp battle at fullback, reports MLive.com. The website favors Collins "based on his frame and his familiarity with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi."

Collins (6-1, 255) spent the last three seasons in New Orleans with Lombardi.

Kyle Van Noy
News
Lions rookie linebacker Kyle Van Noy suffered a thumb injury during practice Monday, MLive.con reports.

"I'm fine," Van Noy said. "I just got a little banged up, but I should be fine."

Van Noy had to get his hand taped in the locker room, cutting his first training camp practice short. The rookie believes he'll be able to practice Tuesday, though coach Jim Caldwell said the team would have a better feel for the extent of the injury after practice.

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 official team website believes four receivers will compete for one roster spot in camp this summer. Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham, rookie T.J. Jones and second-year wideout Corey Fuller are considered "leading candidates" for the job. Ogletree and Durham lead the way in terms of experience but Fuller and Jones are younger and might have more explosiveness to contribute. 
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
Matthew Stafford
News
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he's impressed with quarterback Matthew Stafford's approach so far, especially the way he's been absorbing the playbook and paying attention to detail.

"He is getting better," Caldwell told the Detroit News. "His command of the offense has been good."

Caldwell said it was obvious how much work Stafford put in before coming to camp. "I was impressed when he came back that first of all he did not miss a beat," Caldwell said. "He’s a very, very smart guy. You could tell he’s worked at it even during the summer.

"In every facet when he came back, I could see improvement — footwork, accuracy, timing, command of the offense, all of those things. Now we get a chance to see if we can put it together a little bit more, add a few more things, keep progressing and then get some real challenges from our opposition as we start preseason."

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 appears to be No. 4 on the depth chart to open the season behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but the team has other plans, reports mlive.com.

"I think Mikel has a chance to be a big part of what we do," running backs coach Curtis Modkins said. "As a matter of fact, I'm anticipating him being a big part of what we do and a big role in our success."

While it would seem tough for Leshoure to get consistent work this year, the new offensive system in Detroit could help. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi developed his scheme while in New Orleans the past seven years, and New Orleans is known for using a fleet of tailbacks.

Four had at least 53 carries last year, compared to just two for Detroit. Given that context, Modkins' prediction doesn't seem so far-fetched.

Still, since he is behind Bush, Bell and Riddick, don't count on Leshoure to do much in 2014.

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
Ravens first-round pick C.J. Mosley, the Butkus Award-winning linebacker out of Alabama, "looked instinctive and comfortable during the Ravens' offseason practices while working with the first-team defense," reports the Baltimore Sun, adding Mosley could beat out Arthur Brown for the starting weakside job at inside linebacker.

The 6-2, 235-pound Mosley displayed his athleticism in the spring, leaping high to intercept passes, the report said. Both Mosley and Brown, a second-round pick last year, will play a lot no matter who starts.

Kalonji Kashama
News
The Lions released defensive end Kalonji Kashama Monday. He was an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan University who had 5.5 sacks and nine tackels for loss in 2013.
Injury
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 could be leaning toward rookie kicker Nate Freese, on whom the team spent a seventh-round pick, over Giorgio Tavecchio, who has bounced around training camps the past two years, reports ESPN.

Tavecchio has the stronger leg. Freese is likely the more accurate kicker and, due to having a draft pick invested, would appear to be the favorite. 

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.

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.
Cornelius Lucas
No Updates
George Winn
News
The Lions signed running back George Winn, reports the National Football Post. Winn went undrafted out of the University of Cincinnati last year and has spent time with the Patriots and Cowboys.
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
The Lions official team website believes four receivers will compete for one roster spot in camp this summer. Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham, rookie T.J. Jones and second-year wideout Corey Fuller are considered "leading candidates" for the job. Ogletree and Durham lead the way in terms of experience but Fuller and Jones are younger and might have more explosiveness to contribute. 
Jed Collins
News
Jed Collins should beat out Montell Owens in the Lions' training camp battle at fullback, reports MLive.com. The website favors Collins "based on his frame and his familiarity with offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi."

Collins (6-1, 255) spent the last three seasons in New Orleans with Lombardi.

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.
Ndamukong Suh
News
The Lions tabled contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season. Team president Tom Lewand said he remains optimistic the Lions will retain Suh, who will be a free agent after this year.

The team cannot afford to franchise him in 2015 because his tag would cost a staggering $26.7 million.

Reese Wiggins
News
On Thursday the Patriots released receivers Jeremy Johnson and Reese Wiggins. Both were rookie free agents signed on May 27. 
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.

Drew Butler
News
The Bears waived punter Drew Butler after drafting punter Pat O'Donnell in the sixth round.
Calvin Johnson
News
The Lions added receiving weapons in the offseason that should result in fewer targets for Calvin Johnson, reports MLive.com. Johnson was targeted 157 times in 14 games last year, after drawing a league-high 204 targets in 2012.

"Shoot, we just need to get wins. That's all that counts," Johnson said. "We get more wins, I'm happy either way. I'm fine with that. Whatever coach needs me to do, I'll do it."

The website notes Johnson is being used at both outside receiver positions and in the slot this year. "I'm trying to learn everything," Johnson said. "It's a little learning curve. You sit there in the huddle and you have to think about it a second longer than you want to.

"But in the end, I'm learning everything so I can go play every position whenever coach needs me to. I think it'll benefit the team."

Ezekiel Ansah
News
The Lions placed defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who's recovering from shoulder surgery, on the PUP list. Ansah had eight sacks as a rookie and is fully expected to be ready for the season opener.
Injury
Shoulder - PUP. Probable for start of regular season
Nate Freese
News
The Lions could be leaning toward rookie kicker Nate Freese, on whom the team spent a seventh-round pick, over Giorgio Tavecchio, who has bounced around training camps the past two years, reports ESPN.

Tavecchio has the stronger leg. Freese is likely the more accurate kicker and, due to having a draft pick invested, would appear to be the favorite. 

Don Muhlbach
News
The Lions re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year deal, according to the team's website.
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen
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. 
Caraun Reid
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Lions rookie receiver T.J. Jones, who's coming back from shoulder surgery, is doing individual drills but not catching passes yet. He told MLive.com he doesn't know if he'll be ready for the start of the season.

"Depends on how long my body wants to heal," he said. "Right now I'm just focused on coming back as strong and as healthy as I can be, for whenever that day is."

The sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame has fallen behind and is in danger of not making the team.

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Shoulder - PUP. Probable for start of regular season
Golden Tate
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Lions receiver Golden Tate (shoulder) came off the PUP list Monday in time to participate in the team's first practice.

"Still a little rusty out there, still have to trust myself and trust my hands," he told the Detroit Free Press. "But I like the way we work around here, coach (Jim Caldwell) does a great job at taking care of our legs. After Day 1, I’m excited about [Tuesday] and I’m just going to keep on getting better day to day."

Tate said a shoulder injury was a first for him. “I kind of trusted the doctors," he said. "The doctors said I would be back by camp and here I am practicing Day 1. However, there was a lot of rehabbing and strengthening the muscles around it so it didn’t shut down, but I feel like I’m close to being pretty good."

Caldwell called Tate "a very important piece to our offense."

Ryan Broyles
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Though a story previewing receivers on the Lions official team website says that the Lions will give Ryan Broyles every opportunity to make the team this summer, they still list him as being on the roster bubble. That's because Broyles has battled injuries throughout his short NFL career after being taken in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He's played 16 games over two seasons and has 30 catches for 395 yards and two scores. 

"Broyles still has to prove the explosiveness is back in his legs," writer Tim Twentyman explains. "If he does that, he should have a spot."

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.  

Quintin Payton
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The Lions claimed receiver Quintin Payton off waivers from the Buccaneers, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan.
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. 
Garrett Reynolds
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The Titans are hosting a pair of offensive linemen for free-agent visits, reports the Tennessean. They are former Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri and former Falcons guard Garrett Reynolds.
Eric Ebron
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Lions first-round pick Eric Ebron, who struggled with drops in college, has had "an inordinate number of dropped passes" through offseason workouts and the first two days of training camp, reports the Detroit Free Press. Coach Jim Caldwell says he's not concerned.

"It’s tough for any young guy that’s coming in to a system, particularly at the position he plays," Caldwell told the paper. "One thing I think people don’t quite understand about playing a tight end position, you can probably notice that he lines up in a number of different places. He lines up at a true tight end position, so he’s got to know all the blocking schemes, routes from there. He lines up at an auxiliary (position), what we can an F, so he’s got to know all the protections at that particular location as well as the routes. And then we also put him in the backfield.

"This guy literally has to know the slot receiver, the regular tight end and also a position out of the backfield as if he’s a fullback. So it’s not easy for him."

Caldwell said Ebron "has an unusual skill set" and will continue to improve.

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.