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Lions coach Matt Patricia calls Matthew Stafford trade rumors ‘comical’by Jeremy Reisman on February 27, 2020 at 2:43 pm
Yeah, this rumor is beyond dead at this point. By now, the Detroit Lions have made their stance on Matthew Stafford’s future with the team abundantly clear. Ever since Bernie Smilovitz of WDIV in Detroit reported that the Lions were shopping Stafford, Detroit has done everything to deny said rumors. General manager Bob Quinn immediately texted everyone in his rolodex that the rumors were 100 percent untrue. He then reportedly told Stafford himself, “We’re not trading you, period.” But just in case that wasn’t enough denial for you, head coach Matt Patricia joined NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” this week from the NFL Combine and put the 203rd nail in this rumor’s coffin. “It’s comical to me, to be honest with you,” Patricia said of the Stafford rumors. “Not interested in doing any of that. There’s no conversation of that whatsoever.” Throw that in with Quinn’s insistence that Stafford is healthy and should be ready to go for offseason workouts, plus all of the other reasons a Stafford trade is completely illogical, and there is really no question who the Lions quarterback will be in 2020. Matthew Stafford will be behind center this season, and Patricia continues to express his unwavering faith and adoration for the franchise quarterback. “Matt Stafford, I love the guy. He’s one of the reasons I came to Detroit when I was at my previous employment looking at different jobs and opportunities. An opportunity to work with a guy like Matthew Stafford, for me, there’s no question.” Alright, are we all ready to move on now? Great. Me too.
Mock Draft tracker 3.0: Chase Young, Isaiah Simmons gaining traction for Lionsby Jeremy Reisman on February 27, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images There’s a lot more variation on our Mock Draft Tracker 3.0. With the NFL Combine ready to kick off its drills this week, it’s time to take a pre-Combine look at the world of mock drafts. When we last checked in with our Mock Draft Tracker, Jeff Okudah was, by far, the most popular pick for Detroit. Over 80 percent of mocks had Okudah going to the Lions, whether with the third overall pick or via some sort of trade down scenario. As I started to accumulate mock drafts from the most recent two weeks, it was apparent draft analysts are starting to open up to some new ideas. Okudah is still the most popular pick, but he’s nowhere near the consensus pick that he was just a couple weeks ago. Here’s a look at our Mock Draft Tracker 3.0. In trade down scenarios, any picks used are indicated in parentheses after the selected players’ names. 2/11/20 - PFF (Michael Renner) - **trade down** Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah (5)2/11/20 - MLive (Kyle Meinke) - Ohio State EDGE Chase Young2/13/20 - CBS Sports (Will Brinson) - Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah2/15/20 - The Draft Network (Trevor Sikkema) - Ohio State EDGE Chase Young2/17/20 - The Draft Network (Benjamin Solak) - **trade down** Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah (7)2/18/20 - ESPN (Mel Kiper Jr.) - Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa2/20/20 - The Draft Wire (Luke Easterling) - Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah2/20/20 - Touchdown Wire (Doug Farrar) - Ohio State EDGE Chase Young2/21/20 - NFL.com (Chad Reuter) - **trade down** Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah (5), Clemson WR Tee Higgins (26)2/21/20 - The Ringer (Danny Kelly) - Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah2/24/20 - The Draft Network (Joe Marino) - Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa2/24/20 - PFF (Mike Renner, Austin Gayle) - Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah2/24/20 - The Athletic (full staff) - **trade down** Auburn DT Derrick Brown (6)2/24/20 - SB Nation (Dan Kadar) - Auburn DT Derrick Brown2/24/20 - Pewter Report (Jon Ledyard) - **trade down (twice)** Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons (7), Alabama CB Trevon Diggs2/25/20 - NFL.com (Bucky Brooks) - Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons2/25/20 - Sports Illustrated (Kevin Hanson) - **trade down** Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah (5)2/25/20 - CBS Sports (R.J. White) - Auburn DT Derrick Brown2/26/20 - CBS Sports (Chris Trapasso) - **trade down** Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah (6) 2/26/20 - Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer) - Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons Results (Note: I’m not including the second first-round picks in some trade-down mocks) Jeff Okudah - 9 of 20 - 45% (down 37%)Derrick Brown - 3 of 20 - 15% (up 6%)Chase Young - 3 of 20 - 15% (up 6%)Isaiah Simmons - 3 of 20 - 15% (up 5%)Tua Tagovailoa - 2 of 20 - 10% (up 10%) There is now less of a consensus with mock drafters about the Lions’ pick, which shouldn’t be surprising considering the Lions’ secrecy (and their long list of needs). Okudah remains the most popular pick simply because no one can agree on what the Lions will do. Chase Young, Derrick Brown and Isaiah Simmons all garnered 15 percent of the picks, while two mock drafters were either convinced by the Matthew Stafford rumors, or think Detroit needs to start preparing for the future at quarterback. And they aren’t the only ones... No real idea if it's happening but this has come up quite a bit in Indy - the concept of the Lions drafting Tua to sit a year behind Stafford https://t.co/1mXZ6HA2fw— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) February 27, 2020 Trades! 7 of 20 - 35% (up 3%) 4 of 7 trades with Dolphins 2 of 7 trades with Panthers 2 of 7 trades with Chargers (Note: there are seven mocks with trades, but eight trades with teams because of the double trade down in Jon Ledyard’s mock) Trading down remains a very popular option for the Lions. What’s interesting about this set of mocks is that it has the Lions trading down with a variety of teams. In our last tracker, the Lions traded down with the Dolphins in all seven trade scenarios. This latest batch had three different trade down targets in the Dolphins, Panthers and Chargers. The most common return on the Lions’ trades is a pair of Day 2 picks. Here’s a look at the best and worst returns on trades. Best (via Benjamin Solak) Lions send: 3rd overall pickLions get: 7th overall pick (from Panthers) Second-round pick (38th overall) 2021 first-round pick 2021 fourth-round pick 2022 second-round pick Worst (via The Athletic) Lions send: 3rd overall pick 2020 fifth-round pick Lions get: 6th overall pick (from Chargers) Second-round pick (37) Fifth-round pick 2021 fourth-round pick Local results (Lions beat writers only) Writers included: Kyle Meinke Chase Young: 1 of 1 - 100% There is only one new mock from the local beat and it comes from MLive’s Kyle Meinke a few weeks ago. He is of the belief that Young will fall to the Lions at third overall. The reasoning is simple: the Dolphins don’t trade up with the Lions, they trade up for Washington’s second overall pick. Miami takes Tua Tagovailoa, as expected, and—boom—Chase Young at three.
How to watch 2020 NFL Combine: Workout schedule, TV channel, online streamingby Jeremy Reisman on February 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images All the information you need to watch this weekend’s Combine drills. It’s Thursday, which means the meat and potatoes part of the NFL Combine is here for us fans watching from home. Though the past three days have been extremely important for the players and the teams, as they gather information through measurements, physical examinations and interviews, the most entertaining part from a visual standpoint is the on-field workouts. Now a primetime event, those workouts kick off Thursday evening with the quarterbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers down at Lucas Oil Stadium. This is the first year the NFL has moved all of the main workouts to the evening, so it will be an adjustment for everyone. However, it should be convenient for the viewer, as I’m sure the league is planning to get the high-anticipated 40-yard dash lined up just in time for everyone to be home from work. If you’re looking forward to watching these events, here’s a basic schedule and how you can watch for each of the upcoming four days of on-field drills. Thursday, February 27 Positions: QBs, TEs, WRsTime: 4 p.m ET - 11 p.m. ETTV: NFL Network (4-11 p.m. ET), ESPN (7-8 p.m. ET)Online streaming: NFL.com/watch, Fubo.tv (free trial here) Friday, February 28 Positions: OL, RBs, Special teamersTime: 4 p.m. ET - 11 p.m. ETTV: NFL NetworkOnline streaming: NFL.com/watch, Fubo.tv (free trial here) Saturday, February 29 Positions: DL, LBsTime: 4 p.m. ET - 11 p.m. ETTV: NFL NetworkOnline streaming: NFL.com/watch, Fubo.tv (free trial here) Sunday, March 1 Positions: DBsTime: 2 p.m. ET - 7 p.m. ETTV: NFL NetworkOnline streaming: NFL.com/watch, Fubo.tv (free trial here)
Should the Lions re-sign anyone else before free agency?by Justin Simon on February 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports The Lions might miss out if they don’t act soon. The Detroit Lions announced earlier this week that they have resigned Danny Amendola to a one-year contract. And with free agency less than a three weeks away, it’s time to think about if anyone else is worth getting under contract before the free agency period begins. Here’s the full list of remaining free agents: Mike Daniels Tavon Wilson Sam Martin Rashaan Melvin Jermaine Kearse A’Shawn Robinson Oday Aboushi Don Muhlbach Logan Thomas Graham Glasgow Miles Killebrew J.D. McKissic (RFA) Jeff Driskel Darius Kilgo Jamie Meder (RFA) Mike Ford (ERFA) Dee Virgin (ERFA) Kenny Wiggins Many of the names on that list are role players, but there are a few starters as well. Guys like Tavon Wilson, Rashaan Melvin, Sam Martin, and Graham Glasgow all were significant starters for the Lions last season. So today’s Question of the Day is: Should the Lions re-sign anyone else before free agency? My answer: The only player I feel strongly about is Graham Glasgow. Unfortunately, I think he’s the least likely on this least to re-sign before free agency. My gut tells me he probably won’t be back after free agency either. What do you think? Should the Lions get any of these guys under contract before the free agency frenzy begins in a few weeks? Tweets from https://twitter.com/PrideOfDetroit/lists/lions-coverage
Notes: The grueling life of an NFL scoutby Jeremy Reisman on February 26, 2020 at 9:30 pm
Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images ESPN’s Michael Rothstein has an excellent feature on a Lions scout. As we all put on our scouting hats this week for the NFL Combine, for people whose job this really is, this is just another week in a year-long process. The life of an NFL scout is never ending and exhausting. ESPN Michael Rothstein caught up with Detroit Lions director of college scouting Dave Sears to give a glimpse into what that kind of life entails. “There’s really no glamour in it at all,” Sears told Rothstein. “Some people think you get to watch football for a living. Well, I get to type reports for a living and get to travel for a living. There’s a lot of other aspects other than just watching football, but it’s great because it’s football-related.” It’s a really interesting read, from Sears’ time spent in hotels—in which he estimates equals one-fifth of his entire life, missing out on time with his 10-year old daughter—to how being a scout changes his perception of everyday life. It also serves as a nice look into what exactly a regional scout does. Michigan receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones told the media at the NFL Combine that playing for the Lions, his hometown team, “would mean everything to me.” Despite taking what appeared to be a shot at the Lions on Twitter and not mentioning the coaching staff in his farewell, Damon Harrison Sr. cleared the air a little more Tuesday evening: Honestly I thought I had wrote it in there. It was such an emotional message and I got caught up in writing it. Nothing but respect for those guys. Coach P and I will be friends long after football is done for the both of us. Coach Bo is my man 100 grand. Honest mistake.— Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) February 25, 2020 Justin Rogers believes the Lions are likely to move on from punter Sam Martin and details a list of potential replacements. T.J. Hockenson is already starting to help some of his boys back in Iowa: Iowa OL Tristan Wirfs says TJ Hockenson has been training back in Iowa City, and it’s been nice having him around to work with and ask questions.— Benjamin Raven (@BenjaminSRaven) February 26, 2020 Chris Burke of The Athletic made a top-40 NFL Draft Big Board (subscription required) for the Lions specifically. Here are a couple of NFL notes regarding the quarterback carousel that is sure to happen this year: A lot can still happen in the coming months, but as of now, the #Panthers are moving forward with Cam Newton as their starting QB, sources say. While his foot is healing well, it will be several months until it’s game-ready — a timeline that complicates any potential trade.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2020 Ron Rivera says the Redskins will bring in QBs Joe Burrow and Tua Tagavailoa. Says all options are on the table.— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) February 26, 2020