Detroit Lions LB Romeo Okwara (Achilles) was not a full participant in team drills during minicamp.
|Footballguys view: The Lions added Aidan Hutchinson at the #2 overall pick and Josh Paschal in the second round to bolster their defensive end group, and they also re-signed 2021 redemption story and former Dolphins first round pick Charles Harris. Okwara was their best edge rusher in 2020 with 10 sacks and 3 forced fumbles, and if he can return to form, the Lions will have their best edge group in years with an improved focus on stopping the run.|
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Lions | Josh Paschal under contract Fri Jun 17, 04:10 PM
Second-round draft choice DE Josh Paschal (Kentucky) signed a four-year contract with the Detroit Lions on Friday, June 17. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.Link to story
Lions | Detroit takes a chance on Devin Funchess Tue Jun 14, 04:39 PM
Free-agent WR Devin Funchess (49ers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, June 14. The Lions will also move him to tight end.
|Footballguys view: Funchess is a big-bodied receiver who hasn't done much in the NFL since 2017. He's bounced around the league over the last few seasons and now gets a chance with the Lions. T.J. Hockenson is the starter, and behind him guys like Brock Wright, James Mitchell and Funchess will compete to establish a pecking order on the depth chart.|
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Lions | David Blough gaining traction Tue Jun 14, 10:20 AM
Detroit Lions QB David Blough made some great throws in minicamp last week and put himself in position to push QB Tim Boyle for the backup spot.Link to story
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Lions | Aidan Hutchinson disruptive early Tue Jun 14, 10:18 AM
Detroit Lions No. 2 overall pick DE Aidan Hutchinson was disruptive in team periods and nearly had an interception on a screen pass last week. He worked himself into first-team repetitions pretty quickly, and he's expected to play a big role. 'He's been all business,' Lions head coach Dan Campbell said of Hutchinson. 'What's great about him is he just is quietly getting better right in front of us. He doesn't say anything, he listens, he's like a sponge in there, he absorbs the information, he watches how things are done and the way coaches want them done.'Link to story
Lions | D'Andre Swift shining as a receiver Tue Jun 14, 10:10 AM
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift has stood out as a receiver in minicamps. The team worked out without pads and limited contact, and Swift looks stronger without losing his shiftiness. He's expected to be a big part of the passing game again this season.
|Footballguys view: Swift can do it all, and the Lions are going to feature him both as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. With QB Jared Goff looking to him on underneath routes, Swift should be a great pick for Fantasy GMs in PPR formats. He's an RB1 for Fantasy GMs and could end up as a top-10 player at his position.|
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Lions | John Penisini retires Sat Jun 11, 10:41 AM
Detroit Lions DT John Penisini announced his retirement from the National Football League in a post on his personal Instagram account Saturday, June 11.Link to story
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Lions | Jeff Okudah limited Thursday Thu Jun 9, 08:27 PM
Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah (Achilles) did not participate in team drills during practice Thursday, June 9, but did some work on the side.Link to story
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Lions | Open Competition to Backup QB Goff Thu Jun 9, 03:58 PM
Tim Twentyman, from DetroitLions.com, reports Detroits Lions head coach Dan Campbell said QB David Blough has earned reps on the second-team offense this week. Campbell also said it's very much an open competition to back up starting QB Jared Goff.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy GMs are not dialed in on the backup QB competition in Detroit...not even in dynasty formats. Blough has earned second-team reps, but he's battling with Tim Boyle to be the no.2 on the depth chart behind Goff.|
Lions | David Blough impressive in spring practices Thu Jun 9, 03:31 PM
Detroit Lions QB David Blough has earned reps on the second-team offense this week, according to Tim Twentyman of the team's website, as he battles Tim Boyle for the right to back up Jared Goff.Link to story
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Lions | Jameson Williams in doubt for training camp? Thu Jun 9, 11:36 AM
Detroit Lions WR Jameson Williams (knee) may not be ready for the start of training camp, head coach Dan Campbell said Thursday, June 9. 'I don't see him being ready for training camp.'Link to story
Lions | Jermaine Waller calls it quits Wed Jun 8, 12:11 PM
Detroit Lions CB Jermaine Waller was placed on the reserve/retired list on Wednesday, June 8. Waller was signed as an undrafted free agent in May and received a $10,000 signing bonus upon inking the deal.Link to story
Lions | Josh Paschal dealing with injury Wed Jun 8, 12:01 PM
Detroit Lions DL Josh Paschal (lower body) is dealing with an unspecified injury to his lower extremity, head coach Dan Campbell said on Wednesday, June 8.Link to story
Lions | DET trying to toughen up D'Andre Swift Sun Jun 5, 06:56 PM
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift needs to do a better job of playing through pain, running backs coach Duce Staley hinted recently. 'Injuries happen, but one of the things Swift and I had a conversation about is you've got to be able to play through some of these injuries as a running back,' Staley said. 'We all know there's a difference between being injured and hurt. As soon as you step in this building as a running back, Day 1 training camp, you're not going to feel the same. There will be some things you have to fight through.'Link to story
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Lions | Uphill battle for Jameson Williams? Thu Jun 2, 09:20 PM
Detroit Lions WR Jameson Williams (knee) isn't practicing with the team, and offensive coordinator Benjamin Johnson said it is 'going to be a challenge' to have Williams for the season when he is healthy enough to play.
|Footballguys view: Williams tore his ACL in the National Championship Game, and he's been recovering ever since. All reports have been positive about his recovery, but expect the Lions to ease him into action when he's ready to resume practicing at some point (perhaps) in training camp.|
Lions | Aldrick Rosas let go Tue May 31, 04:52 PM
Detroit Lions PK Aldrick Rosas was released Tuesday, May 31.Link to story
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Lions | John Cominsky picked up by Detroit Tue May 31, 04:33 PM
Free-agent DL John Cominsky (Falcons) was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, May 31.Link to story
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Lions | D'Andre Swift in great shape Sun May 29, 05:21 PM
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift looks to be in great shape while in attendance at organized team activities. Lions Wire's Jeff Risdon noted that Swift has more muscle than he did last year.
|Footballguys view: Swift has talent as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. We've seen him flash as a fantasy asset, but he's also been banged up in each of his first two seasons in the NFL. Swift closed the year as the RB10 in fantasy points per game (16.1) and has RB1 upside. Over the last two seasons, Swift has overall produced like a RB2 when looking at season-long stats. However, as our very own Cecil Lammey says fantasy football is all about capturing 'windows' of production. If you can get Swift at the right time, he can produce in a big way for your fantasy team.|
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Lions | Jeff Okudah could move around Fri May 27, 06:46 PM
Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah (Achilles) could receive snaps at nickel back and safety once he returns to the field.Link to story
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Lions | Taylor Decker held out Fri May 27, 05:19 PM
Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, May 26, because he is still recovering from a foot injury.Link to story
Lions | Jeff Okudah back in action Fri May 27, 11:31 AM
Detroit Lions CB Jeff Okudah (Achilles') was a limited participant in organized team activities Thursday, May 26, on his way back from an Achilles' tear.
|Footballguys view: Okudah is projected to be the team's #1 corner, so this is a good sign that he'll be ready for Week 1 against the Eagles and A.J. Brown.|
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Lions | Jameson Williams could be ready in September? Fri May 20, 01:05 PM
Detroit Lions WR Jameson Williams (knee) believes he has a chance to be recovered enough from his torn anterior cruciate ligament to be ready for training camp in August. If so, Tim Twentyman of the team's website believes Williams could be on the field at some point during the first month of the season, suggesting a late September or early October debut.
|Footballguys view: Williams was injured in the National Championship Game, but the Lions felt strongly enough about his skill set to move up in the first round to select him. Reports have indicated he's making good progress and should be ready for the beginning of the regular season. He's likely to begin training camp on the PUP list, which means starting on PUP for the regular season is possible if the team feels he needs more time to heal. If he's on the field in Week 1, expect the Lions to ease him into action.|
Lions | Natrez Patrick to Lions Mon May 16, 09:56 AM
Free-agent LB Natrez Patrick (Broncos) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 16. DE Jessie Lemonier was released.Link to story
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Lions | Two draft picks under contract Fri May 13, 07:45 PM
Detroit Lions sixth-round draft choices LB Malcolm Rodriguez and LB James Houston signed four-year contracts with the Lions Friday, May 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Lions | Jameson Williams rookie contract details Fri May 13, 12:32 PM
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Jameson Williams' four-year rookie contract is worth $17.461 million with a $9.88 million signing bonus. The full guaranteed contract includes a fifth-year team option.
|Footballguys view: Williams is still recovering from the ACL injury he suffered in the National Championship Game. All reports have been positive about his recovery, but he could end up on the PUP list to begin training camp. When healthy, Williams has the skill to attack a defense at all three levels of the field.|
Lions | Detroit signs 12 UDFAs Fri May 13, 11:34 AM
Undrafted free-agents RB Greg Bell (San Diego State), CB Cedric Boswell (Miami, Ohio), TE Derrick Deese Jr. (San Jose State), OT Obinna Eze (TCU), TE Nolan Givan (Southeastern Louisiana), OG Kevin Jarvis (Michigan State), WR Josh Johnson (Tulsa), OG Zein Obeid (Ferris State), WR Kalil Pimpleton (Central Michigan), WR Corey Sutton (Appalachian State), DL Demetrius Taylor (Appalachian State), CB Jermaine Waller (Virginia Tech) signed deals with the Detroit Lions, the team announced Friday, May 13.Link to story
Lions | James Mitchell under contract Thu May 12, 08:44 PM
Detroit Lions fifth-round draft choice TE James Mitchell signed a four-year contract with the Lions Thursday, May 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Some in the draft media had called Mitchell 'the forgotten tight end' because of the ACL injury suffered in September 2021 which caused him to miss 11 games in 2021 at Virginia Tech. He would have easily been drafted higher if not for the injury. Mitchell is the type of tight end who can attack all three levels of the field. He's got strong hands, good body control, and brings a basketball skill set to the H-back/TE position. We'll monitor Mitchell in super deep dynasty formats as he'll begin his pro career as a backup to T.J. Hockenson.|
Lions | Jameson Williams gets rookie deal done Thu May 12, 02:49 PM
First-round draft choice WR Jameson Williams (Alabama) reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year, fully guaranteed contract Thursday, May 12. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Williams was arguably the best receiver in the 2022 NFL draft. He is coming off a knee injury suffered in the National Championship Game, but all reports have been positive about his recovery. The Lions felt good enough about him to move up in the draft to select Williams. He's likely to be eased into action during training camp, and he may start camp on the PUP list as he continues to recover.|
Lions | Detroit locks up Kerby Joseph on rookie deal Thu May 12, 01:27 PM
Third-round draft choice S Kerby Joseph (Illinois) reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $5.045 million - including a signing bonus of $849,020 with the Detroit Lions on Thursday, May 12.Link to story
Lions | DJ Chark practicing in full Thu May 12, 11:23 AM
Detroit Lions WR DJ Chark Jr. (ankle) said he has been a full participant during the team's offseason workouts after missing most of the 2021 season with a fractured ankle, per Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press. 'They're always there to let me know like, if it's bothering me I don't have to push it as hard or things like that, cause they want me to be where I'm at my peak when the season starts. But no, I do everything that everybody else does. That's just how I am. I wouldn't feel good going home knowing that I didn't do whatever because the other guys, and I feel like that's how you earn your respect and your keep around here,' Chark said Wednesday, May 11.
|Footballguys view: It's good news for Chark after he missed all of last year. He's still got speed to blow by defenders in the blink of an eye. Chark will compete to be a favorite deep target of QB Jared Goff. Last year, Goff threw deep 9.1 percent of the time - among the lowest in the league. We'll see if that number bumps up with a guy like Chark on the field.|
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Lions | Detroit waives a pair Thu May 12, 11:21 AM
Detroit Lions WR Javon McKinley and S Jalen Elliott were waived, the team announced Thursday, May 12.Link to story
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Lions | Steven Montez waived by DET Wed May 11, 11:15 AM
Detroit Lions QB Steven Montez was waived on Wednesday, May 11.
|Footballguys view: Montez was undrafted a couple of years ago out of the University of Colorado. He was with Washington as a rookie in 2020 but has been with the Lions since fall 2021. Now, Montez will try to find a new home as a camp arm and perhaps latch on with a practice squad somewhere.|
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Lions | Detroit parts ways with 5 players Tue May 10, 11:44 AM
The Detroit Lions waived four players, including LB Tavante Beckett, LB Rashod Berry, CB Parnell Motley, and TE Matt Sokol, the team announced Tuesday, May 10. TE Jared Pinkney (undisclosed) also was waived with an injury settlement.Link to story
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Lions | Chase Lucas agrees to rookie deal Mon May 9, 11:01 AM
Detroit Lions CB Chase Lucas has agreed to terms on a four-year, $3.75 million rookie contract, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.Link to story
Lions | Aidan Hutchinson signs rookie deal Mon May 9, 10:01 AM
Detroit Lions first-round pick DE Aidan Hutchinson signed a four-year, $35,713,388 deal Monday, May 9, that includes a $23,153,372 signing bonus. The contract is fully guaranteed and includes a fifth-year option.Link to story
Lions | Rookie TE Mitchell To Be Cleared By June? Sun May 8, 03:40 PM
Benjamin Raven, from MLive.com, reports Detroit Lions rookie tight end James Mitchell expects to be fully cleared from his ACL injury by June. "Yeah, so I'm seven months out, seven months and some weeks," Mitchell said via Zoom. "I'm pretty much back. I'm doing everything from running, cutting, running routes. I'm expected to be fully cleared by June at the latest. I'll be ready to go by training camp. I'm excited."
|Footballguys view: Some in the draft media had called Mitchell 'the forgotten tight end' because of the ACL injury suffered in September 2021 which caused him to miss most of his final season at Virginia Tech. There is no doubt he would have been drafted higher if not for the injury. Mitchell is the type of tight end who can attack all three levels of the field. He's got strong hands, good body control, and brings a basketball skill set to the H-back/TE position. We'll monitor Mitchell in super deep dynasty formats as he'll begin his pro career as a backup to T.J. Hockenson.|
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Lions | Jameson Williams' doctor talks knee recovery Wed May 4, 05:27 PM
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Jameson Williams (knee), who is working his way back from reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL, didn't suffer damage to other ligaments, according to Dr. Lyle Cain, who led the procedure on Williams' knee. Williams said he expects to be ready for training camp and has a goal to play in the team's first preseason game. 'Jameson's goal is to play first preseason game, obviously. I told him, I said, 'Look, depending on which team you go to, most teams are probably - they're going to be very conservative. You've got to understand that,'' Lyle told the Detroit Free Press.
|Footballguys view: Williams injured his ACL in the National Championship Game and has been recovering since then. All reports have been good about his progress, but Williams is still a question mark for the start of the regular season. There's a good chance the rookie first-round pick could begin training camp on the PUP list. Expect the Lions to be cautiously optimistic about Williams in Week 1.|
Lions | James Mitchell on track for camp Mon May 2, 09:39 PM
Detroit Lions TE James Mitchell (knee) is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but expects to be fully cleared by the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Mitchell tore his ACL in September 2021 and has been working back ever since. When healthy, Mitchell is an athletic tight end with strong hands who can work all three levels of the field. He will work as a reserve behind starter T.J. Hockenson in 2022.|
Lions | Seven UDFAs headed to Motown Sun May 1, 03:25 PM
Undrafted free agents OT Obinna Eze (TCU), RB Greg Bell (San Diego State), TE Nolan Given (Southeastern), WR Corey Sutton (Appalachian State), WR Josh Z. Johnson (Tulsa), TE Derrick Desse (San Jose State), DB Cedrick Boswell (Miami, Ohio) are signing undisclosed contacts with the Detroit Lions.Link to story
Lions | Detroit adds to roster Sat Apr 30, 08:13 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Khalil Pimpleton (Central Michigan) and undrafted free-agent DT Demetrius X. Taylor (Appalachian State) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Lions | Detroit adds Josh Paschal Fri Apr 29, 08:13 PM
Kentucky DE Josh Paschal was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 46th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.Link to story
Lions | Jameson Williams may be on track for camp Fri Apr 29, 05:45 PM
Detroit Lions WR Jameson Williams (knee) said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Williams suffered an ACL tear in the National Championship Game and has been recovering ever since. Reports have been positive about his timetable, but we're not expecting him to do much in training camp. He's likely to start camp on PUP, but Williams may be able to get on the field for the start of the regular season. The Lions moved up to get him in the draft, so they'll be cautious as they bring him along.|
Lions | Detroit attempted to acquire Deebo Samuel Fri Apr 29, 03:11 PM
The Detroit Lions attempted to acquire San Francisco 49ers WR Deebo Samuel during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 28, but the undisclosed offer was declined, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.Link to story
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Lions | Jameson Williams selected by Detroit Thu Apr 28, 09:33 PM
Alabama WR Jameson Williams was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 12th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Williams was arguably the best wide receiver in this draft class. The Lions liked him so much they made a big move from no.32 overall to no.12 just to get him. A knee injury in the National Championship Game means Williams may not be ready for the start of the 2022 regular season. Williams has speed, speed and more speed to his game. He can make cuts without losing speed and does a good job of tracking the ball in the air.|
Lions | Aidan Hutchinson joining Lions Thu Apr 28, 08:19 PM
Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson was selected by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.Link to story
Lions | More on Hunter Bryant Wed Apr 27, 05:54 PM
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions TE Hunter Bryant (undisclosed) was waived Wednesday, April 27, with a non-football injury designation.Link to story
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Lions | Two removed from roster Wed Apr 27, 04:14 PM
Detroit Lions TE Hunter Bryant and LB Curtis Bolton were waived Wednesday, April 27.Link to story
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Lions | Riley Patterson back with Detroit Tue Apr 26, 09:23 PM
Detroit Lions exclusive rights free-agent PK Riley Patterson officially re-signed with the team Tuesday, April 26.Link to story
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T.J. Hockenson has fifth-year option picked up by Lions Tue Apr 26, 07:37 PM
Ian Rapoport with NFL Network is reporting that the Lions are picking up the fifth-year option for tight end T.J. Hockenson.
|Footballguys view: Hockenson may not have lived up to his price tag as the eighth overall pick in 2019's Draft class. However, he's been a reliable target and showed improvements every year in the league. In 2021, he logged a career-high 48.6 yards per game, eighth-most among NFL tight ends. His season was ultimately cut short after a late-season hand surgery. Hockenson should remain an offensive focal point for the Lions. But with Amon-Ra St. Brown, D'Andre Swift, D.J. Chark, and an expected rookie receiver on the depth chart next year, he may find himself struggling to garner elite volume. Hockenson will fall comfortably into place as a mid-level TE1 in fantasy football assuming he is healthy for Week 1. Picking up the fifth-year option will keep Hockenson under contract through 2023.|
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Lions | DJ Chark working with Jared Goff Fri Apr 22, 09:10 PM
Detroit Lions WR DJ Chark Jr. participated in an offseason throwing session with QB Jared Goff.
|Footballguys view: Goff didn't look terrible when head coach Dan Campbell was calling the plays last year. He's the starter for now, even though the Lions are likely to select a quarterback - perhaps in the first round - in the 2022 NFL draft. Chark was signed to a one-year, $10 million deal earlier this offseason. He's getting a fresh start and looking to spark his career as a deep threat for the Lions.|
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