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NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
42Abdul-Quddus, Isa FS6-12058/3/19894Fordham
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
44Benton, Shamari LB5-112315/9/1991RCentral Michigan
84Broyles, Ryan WR5-101884/9/19883Oklahoma
21Bush, Reggie RB6-02033/2/19859USC
26Carey, Don SS5-111922/14/19876Norfolk State
45Collins, Jed FB6-12553/3/19864Washington State
46Couplin, Jerome DB6-22158/31/1991RWilliam & Mary
18Durham, Kris WR6-62163/17/19884Georgia
85Ebron, Eric TE6-42504/10/1993RNorth Carolina
83Edwards, Pat WR5-917510/25/19882Houston
49Egnew, Michael TE6-526011/1/19893Missouri
98Fairley, Nick DT6-42981/23/19884Auburn
80Fauria, Joseph TE6-72551/16/19902UCLA
96Fluellen, Andre DT6-23023/7/19856Florida State
3Freese, Nate K6-01928/18/1990RBoston College
10Fuller, Corey WR6-21966/23/19901Virginia Tech
33Greenwood, Chris CB6-11937/10/19893Albion
57Hepburn, Brandon ILB6-423512/6/19891Florida A&M
78Hilliard, Corey T6-63004/26/19856Oklahoma State
44Igwenagu, Emil TE6-22453/27/19892Massachusetts
32Ihedigbo, James SS6-121412/3/19838Massachusetts
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
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
1Peacock, Andrew WR5-101901/14/1991RAppalachian State
87Pettigrew, Brandon TE6-52652/23/19856Oklahoma State
69Proctor, Xavier DT6-627211/1/19901North Carolina Central
27Quin, Glover SS6-02091/15/19866New Mexico
51Raiola, Dominic C6-129512/30/197814Nebraska
97Reid, Caraun DT6-230511/23/1991RPrinceton
71Reiff, Riley T6-631312/1/19883Iowa
70Reynolds, Garrett T6-73057/1/19876North 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
23Slay, 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
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
73Williams, Michael T6-62709/8/19902Alabama
38Winn, George RB5-1121511/10/19901Cincinnati
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24Gomes, DeJon (IR) DB6-020111/17/19894Nebraska
 
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Kris Durham
News
Lions wide receiver Kris Durham made one of his two grabs count for six during Friday's preseason game against the Raiders.

Durham caught a short 4-yard touchdown pass from Matt Stafford in the first quarter. Earlier on the same drive, he hauled in a 2-yard reception. He finished the game with two catches for 6 yards and a touchdown.
Jerome Couplin
No Updates
Emil Igwenagu
News
The Lions claimed two tight ends off waivers: Michael Egnew from the Dolphins, and Emil Igwenagu from the Eagles.
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.

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.

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 running back Montell Owens left Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars in the opening quarter with a an apparent head injury, the team announced. Owens was taken back to the locker and was evaluated for a head injury. The team has not revealed the extent of the injury, though he was unable to return.
Injury
Head - Questionable for Week 4 of preseason
Kyle Van Noy
News
Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy will see a specialist to get another look at his abdominal injury, the Detroit Free Press reports.

"He’s still under evaluation," Caldwell said Monday. "He’s still got to see the doctors, and the doctors are going to tell him. He’s going to a specialist to take a look at it, and we’ll make a determination, at that point in time, where he is."

Van Noy may require surgery for a sports hernia, and he isn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Injury
Abdomen - Doubtful for start of season
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
Lions receiver Kevin Ogletree has opened training camp by running with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate on the first team, reports MLive.com. Ogletree took the lead for the No. 3 job with stellar play during OTAs and "several nice catches during minicamp," the report said.

"This is the biggest opportunity of my career," Ogletree said, "and it would be selfish of me not to indulge in it and bury myself in the playbook. Just overcommit myself to getting better every day.

"I've always felt confident about my game. But like I said, this is the biggest opportunity of my career. And there was no way I was going to mess this thing up."

Ogletree caught 13 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown after signing with Detroit for the final 12 games last year. He went through a grueling training program to get ready for 2014, the website said. While he lacks Johnson's size or Tate's speed, Ogletree "runs nice, consistent patterns and has had a knack for getting separation from defensive backs."

Ogletree also has had few, if any drops in camp, the website said.

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
Lions defensive back DeJon Gomes left Friday's preseason game against Oakland with a neck injury, according to the team's official website. Gomes forced a fumble on a huge hit late in the fourth quarter, which caused the injury. He was taken back to the locker room and ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Injury
Neck - Questionable for Week 4 of preseason
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. 

Matthew Stafford
News
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was picked off once in an up-an-down outing Friday night against the Jaguars in exhibition play.

Stafford was intercepted by Andre Branch in the first quarter. He was limited to only one half of work with the first unit. He compiled 98 yards through the air while completing 10 of 16 passes. He had one interception and no touchdowns, registering 53.6 passer rating.
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
ESPN.com's latest projection has the Lions releasing running back Mikel Leshoure. The website expects Detroit to keep Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, Theo Riddick, Jed Collins and Montell Owens at running back.
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.

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.

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.

Don Carey
News
Lions strong safety Don Carey left Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars with a hamstring injury. Carey left the game in the second half and was ruled doubtful to return, according to the team's official website.
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.

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
In his bid to stick on the roster and challenge Dan Orlovsky for the No. 2 job, Lions quarterback Kellen Moore helped himself a lot Saturday night. Moore completed 11 of 13 passes for 121 yards against the Browns, including the game-winning 21-yard touchdown to Corey Fuller with 1:05 left.

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, who's now on the second string, said his eating habits "have gotten in the way" the past couple weeks, reports the team's website. Fairley said he weighs 315 pounds and wants to play at 305.
Joique Bell
News
Lions running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell shared reps with the first-team offense Friday night against the Raiders in Oakland. Both players were lifted after three series of work.

Bush ripped an 8-yard run on the team's first offensive snap. However, he finished the game with three carries for 7 yards. He caught two of the three passes thrown his way for 2 yards. Bell couldn't capitalize against Oakland's defense. He finished with three carries for 7 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game.
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.
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
Although Brandon Pettigrew is still listed as the starting tight end for the Lions and rookie Eric Ebron is a quick-rising prospect, Lions coach Jim Caldwell doesn't want fans to forget about Joseph Fauria, who is listed as the second-team tight end on the team's unofficial depth chart.

"He’s been having a real fine camp," Caldwell said, per the team's official website. "One of the things that he and I had a little discussion about back during the offseason was that he was challenged by the fact that he thought that everybody kind of pigeonholed him as an individual that was just good in the red zone. That he’s deficient in blocking and things of that nature.

"He set out to prove all the skeptics wrong in that regard because he’s been blocking well. He’s working at it. He’s a linear guy, he’s pretty tall, but he can bend his knees. Obviously, we know what he can do in terms of pass catching. That height is something that you can’t teach and he’s got good hands. He really does provide a natural threat to the opposition."

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.

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
Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson made his preseason debut Friday night against Jacksonville. Johnson wore a protective splint on his finger and was limited two catches, both of which came in the opening quarter. He was targeted three times and finished with two grabs for 27 yards. 
Ezekiel Ansah
News
Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who missed the first two weeks of camp while recovering from a shoulder injury, might not play in Friday's preseason game against the Jaguars, reports the Detroit Free Press.

"Even though he's off of PUP, we're still going to bring him along just according to what he can handle from a physical standpoint," coach Jim Caldwell said. "So we'll get a sense of that. He's doing a little bit more today in practice and going to do a little bit more tomorrow, and then we'll see what happens come game day."

Nate Freese
News
Lions kicker Nate Freese was announced as the team's starting kicker Monday by head coach Jim Caldwell, DetroitLions.com reports.

"Obviously it was a tough competition, it was a very, very difficult decision and Giorgio (Tavecchio) did a nice job," Caldwell said. "I think both guys took this thing on in a professional manner and Nate ended up edging him out. I think they are both very capable guys but as we look at all the factors, Nate was the best one for us at this time."

Freese was able to make a 55-yard field goal attempt off the dirt at O.co Coliseum in the second preseason game, and it was a kick that helped the rookie kicker stand out in the competition.

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
The Lions placed wide receiver T.J. Jones on the regular season Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, as a result of a lingering shoulder injury, the team announced. Jones will have to sit out the first six weeks of the season before he may be activated. 
Injury
Shoulder - PUP. Out for start of regular season
Golden Tate
News
New Lions receiver Golden Tate said his production "can be way better" in Detroit than it was in Seattle, reports ESPN.com.

"I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage by a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks," Tate said, referring to Calvin Johnson.

"So mentally I think I should be able to excel and do very well here."

Tate stressed, however, that his main concern is winning and he won't care what his numbers are if the team goes deep in the playoffs.

Ryan Broyles
News
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
News
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
News
According to ESPN, the following players are not expected to dress for the Lions Friday night against the Jaguars: Safety James Ihedigbo (rest), safety DeJon Gomes (neck), wide receiver T.J. Jones (arm), and linebacker Kyle Van Noy (abdominal). 
Jeremy Ross
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. 

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.
Shamari Benton
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Eric Ebron
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Lions tight end Eric Ebron got the start in Friday's preseason game against the Raiders, his second time seeing game action.

Ebron saw time with both the first and second team offenses, catching two passes for 36 yards, including a long catch of 23 yards from Matt Stafford on the first drive. He has three receptions for 38 yards in two preseason games to open his career. 

Michael Egnew
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The Lions claimed two tight ends off waivers: Michael Egnew from the Dolphins, and Emil Igwenagu from the Eagles.
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 returned to practice Tuesday after missing the past two days of practice due to "rest," coach Jim Caldwell told ESPN.com. Bush, 29, ripped off an 86-yard touchdown run Friday against the Jaguars.
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.