Fantasy News
Fri. Aug 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Fairley won't spend time in jail after being convicted of drunken driving and reckless driving in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. District Judge George Hardesty ordered Fairley to spend one year on probation and pay $750 in fines plus court costs during a hearing Thursday.
Impact: Fairley wasn't in court. The judge says he accepts a defense attorney's explanation that the player didn't know about the hearing.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ogletree has emerged as the favorite to serve as the Lions' No. 3 wide receiver, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Impact: With Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate locked in as the starters, Ogletree will compete for snaps with the likes of Kris Durham and Ryan Broyles, among others. The Lions found a solid Megatron complement in Tate, but still lack depth at the wide receiver position. While the lack of depth is an issue, it certainly helps that the Lions have Brandon Pettigrew and first-round pick Eric Ebron at tight end, not to mention a pair of talented receiving backs in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. If Johnson and Tate stay healthy, there shouldn't be many targets available for the Lions' other wideouts.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Broyles (Achilles) reported no issues after two days of training camp, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Impact: Broyles' rehab has gone well all summer, but it's certainly a positive sign that his Achilles is holding up under increased stress.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Freese has been inconsistent during the early part of training camp, the Detroit Free press reports.
Impact: Freese has had kicks sail wide and be blocked already in camp while his competition, Giorgio Tavecchio, has been fairly solid, connecting on all five of his kicks Wednesday. Freese should probably still be considered the frontrunner for the job, but he certainly still has some work to do.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: One of Detroit's best offensive weapons, running back Joique Bell, has returned to practice after missing the entire offseason due to knee surgery, reports.
Impact: Detroit doesn't lack for offensive firepower, but Bell emerged as a true threat for the Lions and certainly will make defenses more leery of selling out to defend Detroit's dangerous passing game now that he's healthy.
Thu. July 31, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions have claimed wide receiver Quintin Payton off waivers from Tampa Bay. Detroit made the move Wednesday, adding the undrafted rookie from North Carolina State two days after he was cut by the Buccaneers.
Impact: The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Payton will get a chance to compete for a roster spot at a position led by Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bell, who missed OTAs and minicamp while recovering from a knee issue, is participating in training camp practices, reports.
Impact: The report notes that Bell cut and accelerated with ease during the team portion of Tuesday's practice, which sets the stage for him to resume sharing touches in the Detroit backfield with Reggie Bush, with Theo Riddick and perhaps Mikel Leshoure also in the mix to a lesser degree.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Payton was claimed off waivers by the Lions on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Impact: Payton went undrafted out of North Carolina State after catching 23 passes for 481 yards as a senior. He'll face long odds to win a roster spot with the Lions, who currently have 10 other players competing for receiver duties.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
Impact: Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being tabled. Lewand and Mayhew both expressed optimism that a deal can eventually be reached.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Lions have elected to put contract talks with Suh on hold until after the regular season ends, NBC Sports reports.
Impact: The team believes that a deal will eventually get done, but the two sides clearly are far apart in negotiations. Suh, a four-year NFL veteran, is the anchor of Detroit's defensive line; he recorded 49 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and six passes defensed last season.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lynn was released by the Lions, CBS Detroit reports.
Impact: Lynn, a rookie undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma, was aiming to make the Lions as either a corner or a safety due to his experience at both positions in college.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tate, who tweaked his shoulder during the Lions' offseason program, will come off the team's PUP list in advance of Monday's practice, Detroit News reports.
Impact: Tate, who is coming off a 2013 season in which he caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns for the Seahawks, is being counted on by the Lions to provide a complementary wideout presence opposite All-Pro Calvin Johnson. In such a scenario, Tate has a chance to see plenty of targets in the Detroit offense, and the fifth-year receiver appears poised to see a boost in his fantasy stock this coming season.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Suh is ready to start training camp - and he says any uncertainty about his contract shouldn't be a distraction.
Impact: Veterans report to camp Sunday for the Detroit Lions. Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and as always, the spotlight will be on the two-time All-Pro when he takes the field this year. Suh says he doesn't have a timetable for contract talks - and that his agent can handle that while he focuses on football.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions have signed free agent punter Drew Butler.
Impact: Butler played 16 games with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 season. He had a net average of 37.8 yards on 77 punts for the Steelers.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: It is "highly unlikely" Suh and the Lions reach an agreement on new contract terms before the start of training camp Monday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Suh is in the last year of his rookie deal and it would appear that he and the Lions will continue negotiating through camp, but likely not into the season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Riddick's work this offseason continues to draw major praise from his teammates, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Rookie wide receiver and Riddick's former college teammate TJ Jones recently heaped praise on Riddick while QB Dan Orlovsky said he could be the team's version of Darren Sproles. Riddick's role with the Lions isn't quite carved out yet, but it's looking increasingly likely that he'll have a significant one.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones will begin Lions' camp on the PUP list as he recovers from the arthroscopic surgery he underwent on his shoulder in June, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Jones injured his shoulder while he was at Notre Dame, but said Tuesday that his shoulder "is as healthy as can be." Jones is expected to return before camp ends and be ready for the regular season.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ansah (shoulder) will open training camp on the Lions' PUP list, reports.
Impact: Ansah continues to recover from a February shoulder operation and has still not pinned down a timetable for his return. Although new Lions coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged Ansah "will be brought along slowly", he's failed to state his expectation for the second-year player's future availability, other than saying Ansah "will be ready to go when it's time to kick it off in the fall." While it's not yet the fall, Ansah obviously won't be ready when training camp kicks off, so a status update would be worthwhile to track. In 14 games during his rookie year last season, Ansah impressed with 32 tackles and eight sacks, production he figures to advance should his shoulder be a non-factor.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tate (undisclosed) will begin training camp on the Lions' PUP list, reports.
Impact: Tate's reason for landing on the PUP list is unknown at this point and since any injury has not been previously disclosed, an explanation should be forthcoming. No matter, Tate will open his first Lions training camp on the sidelines, although it's doubtful he'll be a spectator for long. Projected to start opposite Calvin Johnson, Tate should enjoy both single coverage and Detroit's pass-happy scheme this season, putting his fantasy stock on the rise.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions have claimed Wiggins off waivers.
Impact: Wiggins was released by the New England Patriots last week. He had 26 receptions for 372 yards and four touchdowns last year at East Carolina and caught 80 passes for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns over three seasons.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones (shoulder) is unsure whether he'll be ready for the start of training camp next Monday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Jones, a rookie sixth-round pick, is coming off arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, which forced him to miss all of minicamp last month. While the former Notre Dame standout could begin training camp on the Lions' PUP list, any potential sideline stint isn't expected to last long. Whenever he's cleared to practice, Jones will compete with the likes of Ryan Broyles, Kris Durham, Corey Fuller, Kevin Ogletree, and Jeremy Ross to fill Detroit's receiving positions behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.