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Lions notes: Matt Patricia under average pressure in 2019by Mansur Shaheen on July 18, 2019 at 9:31 pm
Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports The coach’s seat is not the hottest entering 2019. Much has been already said about Matt Patricia’s status in Detroit. The former New England Patriots defensive coordinator’s first year of establishing the “Patriot Way” in 2018 was a rocky 6-10 season, and we are all watching to see if the team can get it together in year two. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora realizes the pressure on Patricia, but believes that a lot of other coaches are dealing with even more strain in 2019. La Canfora ranked all 32 NFL head coaches by how “hot” their seat is entering the season, and the Lions coach came in 15th. The writer said: Matt Patricia’s first season at the helm saw the team drop substantially and the passing game fall apart. Matthew Stafford makes mega bucks but they ran the ball a ton. The success rate of Belichick assistants is well established. He didn’t exactly endear himself to the local fans and media in Year One. Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien leads off the list at No. 1. Bleacher Report NFL asked their panel of writers to predict the winners of each division in 2019. The NFC North projects to be one of the most competitive in 2019, with three teams receiving votes to end up on top. The Lions were the one team that no one voted to finish first, though. The Lions had some of their players reenact the plot of Disney blockbuster “The Lion King” with stuffed animals to hilarious results: Lions theatre presents to you:You can thank us later. pic.twitter.com/oxZovKrwMc— Detroit Lions (@Lions) July 18, 2019 The Big Lead’s Liam McKeone ranked who he believes to be the Top 50 players in the NFL at the moment. Only one Lion made the list, and surprisingly it’s Matthew Stafford at No. 49. Pro Football Focus gave some props to defensive tackle Damon Harrison Sr. on Twitter today, as their numbers show him as one of the most surefire tacklers in 2018: @snacks doesn’t miss tackles pic.twitter.com/6rB1J5nUUP— PFF (@PFF) July 18, 2019 […]
2019 Detroit Lions roster rankings: 50-41by Jeremy Reisman on July 18, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images These are your Lions players that will fight for a spot on the gameday rosters. As we head towards training camp, no players will have more to prove than those in the middle of the roster. Many of the players featured in our Detroit Lions roster ranking countdown from 50 to 41 will not only have to prove they’re worth a spot on the 53-man roster, but they’ll need to justify being part of the game plan, too. Before we jump in, be sure to catch up in our countdown: Players 89-81 Players 80-71 Players 70-61 Players 60-51 50. LB Miles Killebrew (High: 42, Low: 62) Last year: 36 Killebrew continues his slide. Just two years ago, we considered Killebrew the 20th best player on the roster. Now, he’s firmly on the bubble. I list him as a linebacker, even though he’s continued to be listed as a safety on the official roster. But he only practices with the linebackers, and Detroit has a surplus of safeties. Killebrew doesn’t really fit the mold of a big linebacker, so he’ll have to prove his worth on special teams, as he has done for the majority of his career. 49. RB Ty Johnson (High: 42, Low: 61) Everyone loves a skill position draft pick. Ty Johnson does, admittedly, bring some intrigue. His speed is undeniable, but where exactly would that fit into the Lions’ gameplan? Could he simply be a kick returner with some home-running hitting potential on offense? Does he possess enough versatility as a runner to be worth not only a 53-man roster spot, but a gameday roster spot as the team’s kick returner? This will be an extremely important training camp for Johnson, because the competition in the running backs room is tough. 48. CB Mike Ford (High: 39, Low: 67) Last year: 66 Mike Ford takes one of the biggest jumps of anyone on the list. The reasoning likely has to do with the fact that Ford unexpectedly got some playing time last year after Detroit figured out their outside cornerbacks on the roster weren’t playing so hot. Though he originally didn’t make the roster and was delegated to the practice squad, Ford was promoted in November and ended up starting four games for Detroit. His performance wasn’t exactly good (49.0 PFF grade), but it was a step up from some of the other players on the Lions’ depth chart (see: Teez Tabor). 47. WR Travis Fulgham (High: 37, Low: 65) Another rookie skill position player, Travis Fulgham enters a crowded receiver room. Detroit’s top three receivers are pretty much set with Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola. Jermaine Kearse likely has the leg up on WR4. Beyond that, who knows? It’s unclear how many receivers the Lions will carry, but Fulgham will have to prove he’s more valuable than the likes of Tommylee Lewis, Andy Jones, and Brandon Powell, among others. Fulgham has a few things working in his favor: youth and size. 46. EDGE Austin Bryant (High: 38, Low, 58) It’s a little surprising to see the Lions’ fourth-round pick this low on the list, but that may have to do with the fact that not much is expected of Bryant in his rookie year. He didn’t practice much at all during OTAs and minicamp due to pectoral surgery, and his role on the team is likely already filled by Devon Kennard. Bryant could potentially start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, although linebackers coach Al Golden made it sound like he was close to practicing back in May. 45. S Charles Washington (High: 40, Low: 51) Last year: 51 The Lions will face an extremely tough decision with Charles Washington this year. As previously alluded to, the Lions have a pretty crowded safety room. And while Washington has proven to be an extremely valuable commodity on special teams, he’s yet to show himself capable of playing safety if the team is in a pinch. That being said, both general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia have made it clear they value special teams more than most, and that could lead Washington to another year on the roster. 44. S Andrew Adams (High: 33, Low: 58) Adams is one of those players Washington will be competing against for a final roster spot. Adams, too, bring special teams value, but has a lot more experience on defense. He started 13 games as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and had a career-high four interceptions with the Buccaneers last year. And at $920,000, he’s a pretty cheap option to take Washington’s roster spot this year. At this point, you have to think he has a leg up. 43. LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (High: 30, Low: 55) Last year: 29 Reeves-Maybin has some work to do to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot this year. Although the Lions aren’t particularly deep at linebacker, the former fourth-round pick was a much better fit on the team under the previous coaching staff. The Lions like their linebackers big and strong, and Reeves-Maybin has always been the quicker, faster type. That being said, he’s apparently put on some extra weight this year and still brings some special teams value. I wouldn’t count him out just yet. 42. WR Andy Jones (High: 37, Low: 59) Last year: 74 Maybe the biggest leap of all came from Andy Jones last year. Jones started the year on the PUP list, and was almost immediately waived when he finally came back from injury. Then after a short stint on the practice squad, the Lions brought Jones up and he ended up starting the final three games of the season. Though he only had 11 catches for 80 yards and a score, some believe he showed enough to be given a real chance in 2019. The early returns are positive. While Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay sat out OTAs this past spring, Jones consistently played with the first-team offense and looked somewhat comfortable. Still, he has a ton of work to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot. 41. TE Logan Thomas (High: 34, Low: 54) After the release of Michael Roberts, it appears Logan Thomas is firmly the team’s third tight end. In fact, I would argue his roster spot is pretty close to a lock at this point. The quarterback-turned-tight end showed promise at his new position in Buffalo but is still very much a work in progress. […]
Detroit Lions first training camp practice now open to ALLby Jeremy Reisman on July 18, 2019 at 2:39 pm
Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Now everyone can watch the Lions open up training camp! When the Detroit Lions first announced their 2019 training camp schedule, the first practice was set to only be available to media and season-ticket holders. On Thursday, the Lions announced a change. That practice will now be completely open to the public: FIRST TRAINING CAMP PRACTICE ON THURS, 7/25 NOW OPEN TO ALL FANS! Check out the updated schedule for 2019 Detroit Lions Training Camp presented by @RocketMortgage: pic.twitter.com/aK23jXah0t— Detroit Lions (@Lions) July 18, 2019 You need not RSVP. You need not purchase a ticket. Simply show up to Allen Park—ideally early enough to guarantee a spot (gates open at 8:30 a.m. ET)—and enjoy the show! And for those season-ticket holders that already RSVP’d for the opening day of camp, the Lions haven’t forgotten about you. There will be reserved seating available for season-ticket holders available until 10 a.m. ET. If you want more information on how to visit training camp, the Lions website has a list of frequently asked questions that should have you covered. As a reminder, here are the full dates of open practices for Lions training camp (gates open at 8:30 a.m. ET each day) Thursday, July 25, 9:30 a.m. ET Friday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. ET Saturday, July 27, 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, July 31, 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, August 1, 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday, August 4, 9:30 a.m. ET* Patriots joint practices Monday, August 5, 9:30 a.m. ET* Tuesday, August 6, 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, August 7, 9:30 a.m. ET *Only available for season-ticket holders […]
Report: Agent of Damon Harrison, Darius Slay to meet with Detroit Lions this weekby Jeremy Reisman on July 18, 2019 at 12:22 pm
Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Thuzio Will the Lions get a deal done for both before the start on training camp next week? All has been quiet on the Damon Harrison Sr., Darius Slay front. The two sat out OTAs and minicamp last month in the hopes to start negotiations on a new contract. Though the two have a couple years remaining on their respective deals, their guaranteed money is out and they’re likely seeking some long-term security beyond a potential lockout in 2021. But according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, there could be some movement on negotiations coming soon. According to Birkett, Drew Rosenhaus—the agent for both Harrison and Slay—is set to meet with the Lions sometime this week. It comes as little surprise that general manager Bob Quinn has waited this long to start talking about a potential new contract. Since becoming the Lions general manager back in 2016, he has waited until the summer to get all contract extensions done. But the one thing he hasn’t done yet is extend a player with multiple years left on their deal. Whether Quinn is willing to make an exception for Slay and Harrison remains unknown, but this meeting certainly seems like a step in the right direction. Slay and Harrison have not given any indication whether they are willing to continue their holdout into training camp. Both players risk being fined $40,000 a day if they are no-shows. Both are due to report next Wednesday with the first practice scheduled for the following day. […]
Detroit Lions rookies reporting to training campby Jeremy Reisman on July 18, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The rookies are coming to town. Though the first practice session isn’t until next week, the Detroit Lions training camp officially opens Thursday. As I type these words, rookies are beginning to report to the Lions’ training facility in Allen Park to begin the festivities. This won’t be the first time the Lions’ coaching staff will get an up-close-and-personal look at their brand-new rookie class, but it will be a chance to see how serious these players took their month off after OTAs and minicamp back in early June. The rookie class is, of course, led by the Lions’ eighth overall pick, tight end T.J. Hockenson. Like any top-10 pick, expectations are high for the rookie. Earlier this week, NFL Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah called Hockenson the best blocking tight end he’s ever scouted. Considering Detroit’s struggles at the tight end position last year and their commitment to running the ball this season, Hockenson will undoubtedly be an integral part of this team’s offensive game planning from Day 1. The rest of the draft class may not be expected to contribute quite so quickly, but players like second-round linebacker Jahlani Tavai and third-round safety Will Harris will certainly play a role this year. And don’t forget about the Lions’ intriguing undrafted rookie class. Players like guard Beau Benzschawel and defensive end Malik Carney have a chance to impress and perhaps earn a spot on the team’s 53-man roster. It’s an exciting time for the Detroit Lions and fans alike! Welcome to training camp, rooks! […]