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    Getty Jamaal Williams celebrates a first down for the Lions in 2022. The Detroit Lions came within an eyelash of beating a fantastic Buffalo Bills team on Thanksgiving, and while the loss might have stung, fans still woke up with plenty of reasons to feel thankful. One of the biggest reasons is having a team that could be in the playoff hunt the rest of the way. While the Lions loss to the Bills is temporarily crippling to put them at 4-7, the team could battle back hard to remain in the hunt. After the game, Bleacher Report took a look at some takeaways about the teams, and writer Brad Gagnon was more than a bit bullish on the Lions. As he said, the moral victories may be getting old, but the Lions still looked playoff-caliber against Buffalo. “Meanwhile, the Lions might lead the NFL in moral victories. And while that may not satisfy an even more starved fanbase than the one in Buffalo, it’s worth noting that Detroit looked like a playoff-caliber team Thursday against a high-quality...
    Getty Detroit Lions defensive tackle Alim McNeill (#54). Randy Mueller, the 2000 NFL Executive of the Year, brings over 30 years of experience in the football business, including stints as the general manager of Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins. With Heavy, Mueller breaks down the NFL from a front office perspective. You can follow Randy on Twitter @RandyMueller_Keep an Eye on Detroit Lions DT Alim McNeillIn my biggest surprise of Week 11, the Detroit Lions throttled the New York Giants by holding them to 89 yards rushing in a 31-18 road win. The note for me about this game was that the Lions’ young and aggressive defensive front feasted on the holiday week versus a Giants offensive line that has been performing well, for the most part, in allowing them to control games at times and keep them close. We saw the interception by No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson on a zone blitz concept, but a closer look on video showed me a name you might want to keep track of as well: Lions...
    Getty Alim McNeill on the field for the Lions vs. New York in 2022. The Detroit Lions’ defense stepped up in a major way to play a role in their 31-18 upset in Week 11 of the New York Giants, and the tone was set in a big way by Alim McNeill. Detroit’s defensive tackle did a great job to show up and be active from the start of day and that was due to the mood he was in from the beginning of the day before the game even kicked off. Speaking after the game to Dannie Rogers of DetroitLions.com on the postgame show, McNeill admitted that the team had a clear idea of what they had to do in order to step up and win the game, and it started in the trenches. Play VideoVideo related to motivated alim mcneill leaps on the scene after personal pep talk2022-11-20T19:50:45-05:00 “We knew that’s what we had to do to be able to win this game. We had to be very physical with them, with a guy like Saquon...
    Getty Images Adoree Jackson warms up before a Giants game in 2021. The New York Giants suffered a brutal day on the injury front in their Week 11 loss to the Detroit Lions — among the injuries was to one of their core defenders. According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, leading Giants cornerback Adoree Jackson has suffered a sprained MCL to his knee and could miss three-to-five weeks. Breaking: #Giants CB Adoree’ Jackson suffered a sprained MCL and will be out 3-5 weeks, sources tell @theScore. The injury occurred when he was returning a punt vs the #Lions. Jackson has enjoyed a stellar season thus far for the GMen. — Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) November 20, 2022 Jackson hurt his knee during a punt return in the second quarter. The 27-year-old was able to walk off the field, but would later be transferred to the locker room after being evaluated in the team’s medical tent. Read More From Heavy Get Coached Into the Best Shape of Your Life Tyree Phillips (neck), Jon Feliciano (neck) and Wan’Dale Robinson (knee)...
    Getty Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff. Heavy’s football mailbag series returns for Week 10 — hosted by Heavy Sports NFL insider Matt Lombardo — to answer questions about your favorite team(s). The NFL trade deadline is in the rear-view mirror, the playoff race is heating up, and as some teams set sights on the postseason, others are already at least keeping one eye trained on formulating offseason plans to rebuild. In Week 9, the Philadelphia Eagles improved to 8-0 as the NFL’s last unbeaten, the New York Jets knocked off the division rival and previously high-flying Buffalo Bills, and Justin Fields staked his claim to the future of the Chicago Bears’ quarterback position. Those developments all have the chance to become key storylines over the final eight weeks of the regular season.Detroit LionsAny thoughts about QB plan in Detroit? Is Jared Goff the guy and even if he is, will the team look at the spot close in 2023 NFL draft? Read More From Heavy Get Coached Into the Best Shape of Your Life Through the first eight weeks...
    Getty Malcolm Rodriguez celebrates with Alex Anzalone. The Detroit Lions have a bleak present in 2022 as evidence of their woeful record, but there’s still been some reasons to be excited beyond the frustration. An electric offense has spent most of the season near the top of the league in terms of most metrics, and while Detroit’s defense has been next to terrible, they still have plenty of building blocks themselves. The even better realization? The team not only has difference makers, but players poised to be stars in the future as well. Pro Football Focus proved that when they put together their midseason All-Rookie team for 2022. Writer Michael Renner was charged with putting together the list, and the Lions landed three players on it in defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez and safety Kerby Joseph. That made up a huge percentage of the defense. In terms of Hutchinson, Renner admitted that things have been up and down for the player, but he has shown the kind of ability to press the pocket this season. Read...
    Getty Kerby Joseph chats with Malcolm Rodriguez on the field. The Detroit Lions witnessed the potential breakout of Kerby Joseph in Week 9, so it would only stand to reason that fans would see his departure with injury late in the game as another sign of a curse. Fortunately, that particular curse seems to be averted for now. As a new week gets set to begin on the field, Joseph figures to be back in the mix and on the field, having progressed well through his concussion protocol. At this point, it doesn’t seem as Dan Campbell has any reason to think he will be out of the game assuming everything progresses. Speaking on Friday, November 11, Campbell told reporters including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, about the status of Joseph, and the news was positive. Kerby Joseph has progressed through concussion protocol, will be full go in practice today. If everything checks out, should play Sunday. — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 11, 2022 “Kerby Joseph has progressed through concussion protocol, will be full go in...
    Getty Aidan Hutchinson ready to rush the passer in a 2022 game against Green Bay. The Detroit Lions’ brightest bright spot of the 2022 season might end up being a plucky rookie class, and it’s great news to have the best player in that class leading the way. Aidan Hutchinson has passed the eye test in terms of the statistics and plays he has made on the field. As a result of that, he’s also managed to rise on a new ESPN list ranking the rookie class. Hutchinson placed eighth, and writer Jordan Reid explained that the reason for that is due to the fact he has been a major bright spot for a maligned group on the field. “Hutchinson has been one of the few bright spots for a defense that has struggled mightily this season, displaying tremendous effort and showcasing a knack of getting to the QB. He has made game-changing plays for Detroit, including an interception of Aaron Rodgers at the goal line on Sunday,” Reid wrote. In terms of what happens next, Matt Bowen...
    Getty Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers looks on during warmups before the game against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on October 23, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers faced tough questions and even tougher criticism following a historically bad performance in a devastating loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday. November 6 marked the date that Rodgers did two things he’d never done before in nearly 20 years of professional football — tossed three interceptions, two of which came inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. The quarterback spoke to those catastrophic mistakes during the postgame press conference. Play Post-Game Press ConferencesWatch Head Coach Matt LaFleur and players address the media.2022-11-06T21:56:18Z “I had some sh***y throws for sure,” Rodgers said. “We moved the ball well in the first half, and I threw a couple picks in the end zone — took points off the board. So, that obviously came back to hurt us down the stretch.”  “I played sh***y but I never gave up,” Rodgers continued. “Obviously, I don’t want...
    Aaron Rodgers played one of the worst games of his career in Week 9, and fans have lost all patience.  To say that this season has not gone well for the Green Bay Packers is an understatement. Coming into the season it was expected that Aaron Rodgers was well positioned to win an elusive second Super Bowl ring, and at the very least lead the way in a weak NFC. The NFC is indeed a weak conference in the NFL this year, but Rodgers is part of the problem. Green Bay dropped to 3-6 after a brutal and embarrassing Week 9 loss to the Detroit Lions. The loss is the Packers fifth in a row and comes in a string of losses to the Giants, Jets, Commanders, and Bills and featured games where Rodgers was thoroughly outplayed by Zach Wilson, Daniel Jones, and Taylor Heinicke. Adding insult to injury, the Minnesota Vikings further distanced themselves as NFC North leaders and hold a four-game lead after a late comeback victory in Washington on Sunday. Needless to say, Packers fans are not...
    NFL fans have been stunned by a throwback snap of Minessota Vikings newboy T.J Hockenson from Draft Day in 2019. And many were surprised at how the 6ft5 tight end is almost unrecognizable less than four years down the line. 1T.J Hockenson has made the switch from Detroit to MinneapolisCredit: Getty Images - Getty Hockenson was taken as the eighth overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2019 NFL Draft. The athletic star had been a standout for Iowa Hawkeyes in college, winning the coveted John Mackey Award in 2018. He signed a four-year deal with the Lions worth $19.8m and wasted no time in announcing his talent on the big stage. Hockenson went for 131 yards receiving and a touchdown on debut, the most for a tight end in their first game in NFL history. Read More on The US SunHOW RANDOM Fans react as AJ Brown given 'random' drug test after scoring three touchdownsMCAFEE BLOWS A FUSE Pat McAfee trolls the NFL after league hits his show with a bizarre ban During...
    This is the soft part of the Miami Dolphins’ schedule. We on the outside can say it as media, fans and observers. But don’t you dare even think it if you are a player or coach for the Dolphins. “No such thing in this league,” veteran left tackle Terron Armstead said. “We’re all pros. I’m definitely not a fan of like an ‘easy stretch’ or nothing. There’s no such thing.” But the proof is in the records of the teams Miami (4-3) plays in this five-game stretch that started with last week’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) and continues with the Dolphins facing the Lions (1-5) in Detroit’s Ford Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff Sunday, especially compared to that from the team’s start to the season. Miami’s first six opponents enter Sunday a combined 27-14. The next five: a combined 9-23-1 record entering Sunday. Following Detroit, it’s the Chicago Bears (3-4), Cleveland Browns (2-5) and Houston Texans (1-4-1) after a bye week. While the Lions and their league-worst-ranked defense may be easily overlooked, that’s not the way coach...
    Getty Center Evan Brown calls out a play for the Lions in a 2022 game. Offensively, the Detroit Lions didn’t seem as if they were in any danger of suffering a power outage after a solid Week 4 performance. That day, the Lions put up a solid 45 points in spite of the defense falling apart. Detroit’s offense hummed along in spite of the absence of weapons like running back D’Andre Swift, wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown and others. Even with some of those players coming in and out, reality bit in a Week 5 shutout, and after the bye, the Lions were drilled again in Week 7. While the defense has seemingly played better, the offense has regressed in a glaring way. Offensive lineman Evan Brown has some theories on why that’s the case, and even if he isn’t willing to share all of them publicly or their fixes, he does know that the issues are small in nature and things the Lions can fix by getting back to basics. Speaking to the media on Monday, October 24,...
    Getty Justin Jackson gets body slammed by Sam Williams in a 2022 game. The Detroit Lions had a sloppy loss on the road against the Dallas Cowboys, and adding insult to the injury of their effort was more questionable calls by the referees. Adrian Hill called the game tight most of the way, and while it didn’t seem like there was a penalty imbalance, it did feel as if a few mistakes were made that proved to be key by the end of the game. Perhaps one of the most overlooked calls in the game came as Detroit running back Justin Jackson was slammed to the turf by Sam Williams. Normally, the play is an automatic personal foul. Instead, it was largely ignored. Afterward, former Detroit offensive lineman T.J. Lang summed up the feelings of many fans when he said on Twitter that he didn’t remember the last time such a play wasn’t called as a penalty in the league. Don’t remember the last time this wasn’t a penalty. https://t.co/x7xaQmniWa — Teej. (@TJLang70) October 23, 2022 “Don’t remember...
    Getty Cam Akers celebrates a touchdown in 2022. Most of the 2022 season, the Detroit Lions haven’t struggled on offense, and have been able to put it together in a big way on that side of the ball. Whether with the run or the pass, the Lions have been in good shape and have a top-six offense in the NFL at this point in time. On the ground, the Lions have been just as solid, and have a top 10 ground attack right now. For some, however, that doesn’t change the team’s need for reinforcements at the position. With Cam Akers of the Los Angeles Rams now potentially on the block, many see a chance for the Lions to pounce on a meaningful upgrade to their team. CBS Sports analyst Cody Benjamin recently put together a list of fits for the running back across the league. The Lions were included in the fits if traded section, and the implication by Benjamin was that the team needed some depth at the position to feel good about their future. ...
    Getty Dan Campbell during a Lions game in 2021. Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell won’t face any heat in Week 6 with his team on a bye, but that hasn’t stopped some folks from dropping the hot takes about the coach. Campbell continues to generate questions about his future with the team given how poorly they have played, and with a losing record and some notable implosions, Campbell is certainly feeling the heat. According to Bleacher Report, he might even be working himself into the discussion to be the next coach fired. Recently, writer Alex Ballentine listed the top coaches who could be next to go in the wake of Matt Rhule’s firing. Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Campbell was the top name on the list, and Ballentine admits that while the coach’s personality is fun and leads to hype, the results have not matched the effort so far in terms of wins and losses. “Dan Campbell spent the preseason endearing himself to a national audience on Hard Knocks. The coach’s gift for rousing speeches and hard-nosed approach...
    Getty Dan Campbell during a training camp interview in 2022. The Detroit Lions have stumbled out of the blocks to a 1-4 start this season, and a big brunt of the responsibility for that falls on Dan Campbell. Detroit’s head coach has been erratic with the decision making this year, and may have cost his team a shot at two more wins this season as a result. He’s far from a finished product as a head coach, and that could be costing his team in the short and long-term. Heavy NFL insider Matt Lombardo is beginning to question whether or not Campbell is the man for the job in Detroit. After watching Campbell’s team get waxed 29-0 by New England, Campbell was proclaimed by Lombardo as a coach who should be on the clock in a Week 5 recap. The reason? A lack of wins and development. “The only thing that creates a winning culture is winning. Campbell doesn’t seem to have a clue how to win. There is plenty of young talent on the Lions’ roster, on...
    Getty Aaron Glenn coaching for the Lions in a 2021 preseason game. The Detroit Lions came into Week 4 with a chance to build some momentum ahead of their looming bye week, but instead of doing that, they fell apart in usual fashion. While the team’s offense continued to get busy with 45 points given a lack of playmakers, the team’s defense was pushed around worse than ever before on the field of play. Fans are feeling more than fed up. Featuring an offense that was 28th in the league, the Seahawks came in and rolled up 48 points. They didn’t put on the day, and 555 yards of offense later, the Seahawks strutted out of town with a big win and a 2-2 record. With even an average defensive performance, the Lions would have cruised to a likely double-digit win. Instead, the team couldn’t get off the field on fourth down, and allowed play action pass completions routinely. The same mistakes kept happening. The team had several miscommunications on the back end and was gashed for several...
    Getty Jared Goff hugs Kevin O'Connell after a 2022 game in Minnesota. The Detroit Lions have been one of the most confusing teams early during the 2022 season. At 1-2, the team has seen plenty of positives, yet they continue to lose close games. Something’s going to have to give for the Lions to feel good about the way their season is trending at this point in time. This week, a visit from the Seattle Seahawks could cure what ails the team. Already, Detroit has been revealed to be massive favorites for the contest, with the early line hovering anywhere between 4.5 to six points. That could also set the team up for a bit of a letdown if they lose, as well. ESPN analyst Jeremy Fowler offered some upset predictions for Week 4 in an insider piece, and he had Detroit losing to the Seahawks. As he said, the reason is that he doesn’t feel as if he can trust the team to put away victories, and the Lions may not be able to hold on in...
    Getty Amon-Ra St. Brown runs with the ball in 2022 against Seattle. The Detroit Lions have been dealing with tough injury news left and right so far this season, but finally, they got some good news on Tuesday. Wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown, who was fighting an ankle injury on Sunday, will be alright according to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero. Test results were positive and the injury isn’t expected to be a long-term issue even if Detroit could be careful with St. Brown in the coming weeks. #Lions budding star WR Amon-Ra St. Brown underwent tests Monday on the ankle injury he suffered at Minnesota, and the results were encouraging overall, per sources. They’ll be cautious, but if St. Brown misses time, it shouldn’t be anything long-term. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 27, 2022 “Lions budding star WR Amon-Ra St. Brown underwent tests Monday on the ankle injury he suffered at Minnesota, and the results were encouraging overall, per sources. They’ll be cautious, but if St. Brown misses time, it shouldn’t be anything long-term,” Pelissero tweeted. In real-time,...
    Getty Tracy Walker after a Lions loss to the Vikings in 2021. The Detroit Lions watched as safety Tracy Walker went down on Sunday, and immediately after it happened, there was fear that the injury was bad news. Quickly on Monday, September 26, that was revealed to be the case. As NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport revealed, Walker is believed to have suffered an achilles tear in the loss to Minnesota, which would end his season. #Lions S Tracy Walker, who had been impressive during the early part of the season, is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles on Sunday. That would knock him out for the season, sources say. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 26, 2022 “Lions S Tracy Walker, who had been impressive during the early part of the season, is believed to have suffered a torn Achilles on Sunday. That would knock him out for the season, sources say,” Rapoport tweeted. Losing Walker is a brutal blow to the Lions. He was a veteran that was capable of being the heartbeat of the second...
    Getty Commentator Colin Cowherd on the red carpet for a 2022 party. The Detroit Lions have enjoyed a solid start to the 2022 season, and folks in the media are starting to take notice of what’s going on in the Motor City. While the team hasn’t accomplished anything quite yet, there has been a definite buzz about the way the team has started the season. The Lions are suddenly looking like one of the best offenses in the league, and while their defense needs to make some adjustments, they’ve played well, too. So as a result of this, there’s been a little bit of love early on in terms of the national media. Some of that was shared by Fox Sports commentator Colin Cowherd. Speaking on his show The Herd, Cowherd talked about Detroit, and as he said, while it might be seen as a bit crazy to go all-in on the team, that’s exactly what he is doing. Guys, Im just the messenger. I promise I didnt pay anybody to say anything. ????????‍♂️ #OnePride pic.twitter.com/JX6EX785ev — Malcolm...
    Getty Dan Campbell yells on the field during a Packers game in 2021. Sometimes a 44-6 thumping can turn the season around. Other times it sticks with the losing team for 10-plus months and fuels a redemption tour. The latter is what the Detroit Lions are banking on. Their Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles has been on Dan Campbell’s mind since walking off the field on October 31, 2021. The Lions head coach has been using it as bulletin-board material for the rematch. The Eagles travel back to the scene of the crime on Sunday. “It was an embarrassing loss,” Campbell said, via the Detroit Free Press. “They let us have it, they rubbed our nose in it and that’s — listen, man, they came in and did everything that they wanted to do, they did to us, times 10. So, I think we’ve acknowledged that, and we understand that that’s what they’re coming back for.” “This is a team that can make you look silly because they did it to us last year. If we’re...
    Getty Drew Forbes playing with Cleveland in 2021. The Detroit Lions have had good luck with injuries this offseason in terms of starters, but that luck has run out more than a bit heading into Week 1 of the season. Detroit is facing a new injury, and it’s to offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai. On Monday, September 5, the team revealed that they had placed Vaitai on the reserve/injured list ahead of the start of the season. As part of the corresponding move, the team added offensive lineman Drew Forbes off waivers. Forbes was previously with the Cleveland Browns, but had been released hours before. #Lions announced that they have been assigned OL Drew Forbes via waivers from Cleveland and placed OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai on Reserve/Injured — Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 5, 2022 “Lions announced that they have been assigned OL Drew Forbes via waivers from Cleveland and placed OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai on Reserve/Injured,” the team tweeted. The loss of Vaitai is significant for the Detroit depth up front. The Lions have a solid guard rotation, however, and those...
    Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn went off on the team’s defensive players in Tuesday night’s episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks. The day after a player-run practice, Glenn did not hold back his view of how the defense, which was statistically one of the NFL’s worst last season, performed. “Here’s what I want us to understand about practice yesterday. But we cannot let our offense go out there and complete 16 of 18 passes,” said an angry Glenn. That is fucking bullshit. That is fucking bullshit for that to happen. I don’t give a damn what nobody else thinks of how you used the practice, but we not fucking practicing like that.” Glenn’s message to those alright with their lackluster performance did not mince words. “If you not with that, you get the fuck out,” he said. “I’m just telling you ‘cause we’re not practicing like that. ‘Cause we played give-up football yesterday.” “And right now our fucking offense is laughing. They think they’re so full ahead of us that we can’t catch up. And that fires me up. Just...
    Getty Tom Kennedy makes a catch for the Lions vs. the Colts in 2022. The Detroit Lions witnessed a breakout performance from wideout Tom Kennedy, who may have made himself money on the team’s roster for 2022, and a big name is all eyes. During the game, which was a 27-26 win for the Lions, Kennedy was quite literally the reason the team pulled out the victory. Detroit wouldn’t have won without Kennedy’s 2 touchdown outburst and Chad Johnson loved what he saw. The wideout, who was once known as Ochocinco, was notable for big plays on the field. As he tweeted, he knows Kennedy’s name and has put him on notice. Tommy Kennedy i now know your name & you’ve put me on notice ???? — Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) August 20, 2022 “Tommy Kennedy I now know your name & you’ve put me on notice,” Johnson tweeted. The praise from Johnson is notable. The wide receiver was a big play machine during his time in the league, and was one of the more elite players during his...
    Getty Tim Boyle throws a pass for the Lions vs. the Falcons in the 2022 preseason. The Detroit Lions are set to tackle Week 2 of the preseason, and though the midpoint of the exhibition slate can bring some staleness, there is none of that in the Motor City. Detroit has a rising young team and put the finishing touches on a week of practice work against the Indianapolis Colts ahead of this week’s game. With that in mind, this week represents a chance to get the taste of defeat out of the collective mouth of the team. So what will be the most important variables to watch this week? Here’s a look at some thoughts.How Does Malcolm Rodriguez Look as a Lions’ Starter?Malcolm Rodriguez saw snaps in a starting role during practice against the Colts this week, so the guess is that he will be turned loose much earlier in the game on defense. Thus far, Rodriguez has been a revelation for the Lions both with his play and his attitude. Will that continue once the game...
    Getty Dan Campbell on the field against the Browns in 2021. You’d be hard-pressed to find a head coach in the NFL that gets involved with his players on the field like Dan Campbell does with the Detroit Lions. Typically, by the time coaches rise up the ranks, they become delegators and leave the instruction behind. As fans know, however, Campbell isn’t exactly cut from the same cloth as a usual head coach in the league. Detroit’s second-year tight end Brock Wright seems to understand that more than most. Seeking improvement, Wright is able to get some quality tips from not only his position coaches, but Campbell himself. Speaking to the media on Monday, August 17, Wright discussed his development and revealed how Campbell has played a big role. Play Chase Lucas, Craig Reynolds, Brock Wright, & Tanner Engstrand meet the media at Lions Training CampWatch Detroit Lions cornerback Chase Lucas, running back Craig Reynolds, tight end Brock Wright, and tight end/passing game coordinator Tanner Engstrand speak to the media on August 15, 2022 at Detroit Lions Training...
    Getty Tom Kennedy runs in a game against Atlanta in 2021. Easily the best performance of the Detroit Lions‘ first preseason game was turned in by wideout Tom Kennedy. Kennedy had a major effort and made arguably the biggest step forward of any player on the team’s roster bubble. Even though that was the case, Kennedy wasn’t completely satisfied with what he was able to get done. Speaking to the media after the game on Friday, August 12, Kennedy was asked about his big game. As he said, it was good to compete, but he would have preferred the team come out with a win. Play Lions vs Falcons postgame media availability | preseason game oneHear from select Lions players following the first preseason game against the Falcons. 0:00 – 2:59 – TE Devin Funchess 3:00 – 7:03 – LB Derrick Barnes 7:04 – 8:49 – WR Tom Kennedy 8:50 – 9:53 – CB Jeff Okudah 9:54 – 12:01 – LB Malcolm Rodriguez Subscribe to the Lions YT Channel: bit.ly/2OABzdx…2022-08-13T12:00:04Z “It’s just fun to be out there competing...
    Getty Jared Goff runs on the field for the Lions in a 2022 preseason game. The first preseason game isn’t typically a time for a starting quarterback to make a major impression, but Jared Goff bucked that trend in a big way. Initially, Goff wasn’t supposed to play at all for the Detroit Lions in their game against the Atlanta Falcons, but Goff surprised everybody by demanding back in. Once he found out he was slated to sit, it simply wasn’t going to happen. Speaking after Detroit’s 27-23 loss to the Falcons on Friday, August 12, Dan Campbell revealed that he was happy with Goff’s night, mostly because of the fact that he simply willed his way on the field when he was supposed to sit. Coach Campbell on @JaredGoff16 insisting to play today pic.twitter.com/7elMd6FRm9 — Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 13, 2022 “I was proud of him. We really didn’t intend on playing him. He was the one who came to my office and said ‘I want to play.’ I said ‘well I’m not playing you.’ He said...
    Getty Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell walk on the field during Lions training camp in 2021. The Detroit Lions are poised to roll into the 2022 season in another month with Jared Goff at quarterback, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning. Jimmy Garoppolo needs a new home for the 2022 season, and folks want to see that home be in Detroit. That’s in spite of the fact that the Lions already have a quarterback similar to Garoppolo in a lot of ways in Jared Goff. According to Bleacher Report and writer Alex Kay, the Lions were listed as a “brand new landing spot” for Garoppolo. As he wrote in the piece, Garoppolo would “represent a major upgrade” for the team at quarterback, given the way the Lions are rebuilding and who is on the roster at the position now. Kay wrote that Detroit’s “one glaring hole is under center,” even as the team has reshaped things around Goff to try and put him in a better position this season to win games. “Goff went just...
    Detroit Lions rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson got his team to sing Michael Jackson classic “Billie Jean” in what was a hilarious moment on HBO’s Hard Knocks. The season premiere aired on Tuesday. Hard Knocks, produced by NFL Films and HBO, follows an NFL team during training camp ahead of the regular season. During a team meeting, Lions head coach Dan Campbell called Hutchinson up to sing a song. After initially messing up the lyrics, leading the team to laugh and jeer at him, Hutchinson got the lyrics right and got his teammates in the mood. His teammates eventually sang along with him. They sang: People always told me be careful of what you do And don’t go around breaking young girls’ hearts And mother always told me be careful of who you love And be careful of what you do ’cause the lie becomes the truth Billie Jean is not my lover She’s just a girl who claims that I am the one But the kid is not my son Hutchinson played football at the University of Michigan and...
    Getty Amon-Ra St. Brown during 2022 Lions training camp. The Detroit Lions have Ben Johnson in the mix as the team’s new offensive coordinator, and as usual, his success or failure will be determined by the players on the field. This coming year, the Lions could have a complete rising star at wide receiver in the form of Amon-Ra St. Brown, and it’s clear to the coach that St. Brown is motivated to get himself to the next level. Speaking with the media on Friday, August 5, Johnson spoke about St. Brown and shared some of the reasons he was impressed with the player. As he explained, St. Brown is committed to improving himself. .@amonra_stbrowns on a mission. pic.twitter.com/2hjVzDOSGp — Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 5, 2022 “He’s special, man. He really is. He’s on a mission right now. We talked in the spring about each coach giving each player areas of improvement. He has taken those to heart. You can really see that translate on the field right now,” Johnson told the media. “I talked to him middle...
    Getty Amon-Ra St. Brown catches a pass in a Lions preseason game in Pittsburgh. The Detroit Lions are counting on Amon-Ra St. Brown to have another good season, and the question at this point revolves around whether or not the wideout will produce. Though St. Brown is drawing rave reviews early in camp for his work, there’s still worries about if he can match his fast finish to the 2021 year. Duplicating such a feat can be difficult, and there are some factors out of St. Brown’s control which could hurt his ability to be a statistical dynamo again. Pro Football Focus writer Dwain McFarland took a look at key camp storylines, and St. Brown’s future production As was explained in McFarland’s piece, there’s a reason St. Brown might not deliver as big as hoped this season, and it could revolve around al of Detroit’s additions. As he wrote, a problem for St. Brown could come with “a reduction in routes thanks to multiple additions to the receiver room. Over the last seven games in 2021, St....
    Getty DeShon Elliott on the field with the Ravens in 2021. DeShon Elliott came to the Detroit Lions an accomplished player given he played a major role for the Baltimore Ravens, but a new coach might be helping him take his game to a new level. Aubrey Pleasant has drawn rave reviews with the Lions for his ability to connect with players and teach, and already, Elliott has learned what some of his teammates already knew about their defensive backs coach. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Early in camp, Elliott has admitted he has been impressed by his new position coach, and may have already grown. Speaking to the media on Saturday, July 30, Elliott revealed what he has learned already from Pleasant. Play DeShon Elliott, Josh Reynolds, and Julian Okwara meet with the media at Detroit Lions Training CampWatch Detroit Lions safety DeShon Elliott, wide receiver Josh Reynolds, and linebacker Julian Okwara speak to the media on July 30, 2022 at...
    William White, an 11-year NFL veteran who started at safety for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, has died at 56 following a six-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Primarily known for his time with the Detroit Lions, who drafted him out of Ohio State in 1988, White had 20 interceptions over his career and was generally regarded as one of the tougher safeties in football before retiring in 1998 after his only Super Bowl appearance. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs.  'I loved William,' said Lions executive Chris Spielman, a former teammate of White's in Detroit and at Ohio State. 'We shared experiences of joy and sorrow on and off the field. He was and always will be my brother.  'I am forever grateful for the special moment last year when he was able to be by my side during the Pride of the Lions ceremony at Ford Field. I can't wait to see him again when he will be free from ALS. May God's peace rest upon his family.' Former Detroit Lions player William...
    Getty Alex Anzalone celebrates a 2021 play against Minnesota. The Detroit Lions have one of the more iconic jerseys in the NFL, but that hasn’t stopped some from desiring the team go back in their history to bring back a more controversial look. When the Lions revealed a black alternate jersey in 2004, not everybody was a fan. Since it was discontinued, though, the jersey has gained a cult following within the fanbase as well as many players on the team’s roster. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Another player has thrown his support behind the black alternate in the form of linebacker Alex Anzalone. When photos of an alternate mock-up crossed his timeline, Anzalone took time out to put in his two cents with some well-placed fire emojis. Here’s a look: ???????????? https://t.co/AqdyjvQkuF — Alex Anzalone (@AlexAnzalone34) July 19, 2022 Interestingly enough, the post included the hashtag “#BringBackTheBlackUniform” and also featured a photo of Calvin Johnson rocking the threads for the team....
    Getty Images Jared Goff of the Detroit Lions talks with head coach Dan Campbell. Jared Goff’s first season with the Detroit Lions didn’t go as planned but the former No. 1 overall pick is confident as he heads into a new season. Goff landed with the Lions last offseason as part of a trade that sent Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams, also netting Detroit a pair of first-round picks. He went 3-10-1 in his starts last season and was shaky at best, passing for 3,245 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Lions surfaced in some trade rumors this offseason, most prominently for former Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield. However, Goff remains atop the depth chart without much competition for the starting gig with David Blough and Tim Boyle behind him. Goff will have some strong weapons to work with in new arrivals D.J. Chark and rookie Jameson Williams, who will combine forces in the passing game with tight end T.J. Hockenson and Amon-Ra St.Brown. Goff is confident the Lions are. ready to turn the corner...
    Getty Michael Brockers on the field against the Vikings in 2021. The Detroit Lions expect to have a couple of things along the defensive front in 2022 that were absent last season — a genuine swagger and young pass rusher picked at the top of the NFL Draft. Veteran defensive tackle Michael Brockers put his voice behind No. 2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson and what he sees as a “scary” compilation of youthful talent in Detroit, which bodes well for both the immediate and the sustained future. “They knew we were coming the whole 60 minutes of the game,” Brockers said of Lions’ opponents in 2021. His comments came during a media session he held at his youth football and cheerleader camp at Dulles High School on Monday, July 11, per Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network. “That’s what I love about being there, and you see it generating that enthusiasm. To be in Detroit, to play in Detroit, to be aligned — you’re seeing it starting with the younger guys,” Brockers continued. “That’s why I’m one of...
    Getty Jared Goff throws in front of Tim Boyle and David Blough at 2021 Lions training camp. The spot of quarterback didn’t figure to be an intense place of competition for the Detroit Lions during training camp in 2022, but if a new analysis is to be believed, fans will want to remember to watch the position very closely in the coming weeks. Jared Goff is entrenched as the team’s starter, but the real fireworks could take place as it relates to who backs him up this year. After 2021, many have assumed it’s a layup the Lions will keep both quarterbacks, but that might not be the case at all. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! ESPN’s Eric Woodyard recently took a closer look at the Lions player who could be on the roster bubble, and perhaps surprisingly, he had Tim Boyle as the answer. That’s in spite of Boyle being favored by the team in 2021 over David Blough for backup...
    Getty Amani Oruwariye dives to intercept a pass against the Bears. With a 3-13-1 record, it isn’t hard to proclaim the 2021 Detroit Lions’ season a failure, but within that struggle, there was some major themes that developed which could lead to future hope. The Lions might now have a game plan toward an ideal turnaround for 2022, and the chances of them looking better could revolve around several key factors that must change. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! What should the Lions be focusing on this time around? Here’s a look at the specific things the team can look at which will help in creating a much better record this coming season.Turn Multiple Close Losses Into WinsArguably, there was no team that was more prone to the close loss in 2021 than the Lions across the league. The team sustained several gut punches, both within the division and outside of it. Quite possibly the best or worst example of this for...
    Getty Austin Bryant reacts after hitting Aaron Rodgers in a 2020 game. With improved depth across the board, the roster decisions the Detroit Lions will have to make this season will be significant and very difficult. One of the toughest spots to project at this point remains the defensive line. Detroit has invested time into rebuilding the group ahead of the 2022 season, and as a result, some folks will be feeling the squeeze once the time to slice down the roster comes later this summer. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! One of the players that could be feeling the most heat is defensive lineman Austin Bryant. So far, Bryant has been doing a bit of everything in an attempt to stick, but his future could be significantly up in the air. 2. Austin Bryant could be an odd man out up front. He also might stick as a versatile pass rusher — they've had him taking reps on the edge and...
    Getty Dan Campbell coaching the Lions against the Bears in 2021. The Detroit Lions drafted injured wideout Jameson Williams with the idea that he might not be ready to see the field come training camp, and already, that looks to be the case. Detroit doesn’t seem like they want to rush Williams back, which has been proven by Lions head coach Dan Campbell when he spoke about his plans for the player the rest of the summer and toward camp. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Speaking to the media before practice on Thursday, June 9, Campbell offered perhaps his most sound timeline for Williams since he joined the team. It’s not looking as if the speedy wideout will be a go for the first day of camp in over a month. Play Detroit Lions Media Availability: June 9, 2022 | Dan CampbellWatch Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell speak to the media June 9, 2022. Subscribe to the Lions YT Channel: bit.ly/2OABzdx...
    Getty Dan Campbell hugs Jared Goff after the Lions beat the Vikings in 2021. The Detroit Lions have done a lot to improve their roster for 2022 with the hopes of contention in the future, and at this point, the only question that remains is how soon that contention could come. Many see the team as being a few years away, but some others believe that the Lions could compete this season for an immediate playoff birth. Pro Football Focus and analyst Eric Eager wrote an article about why he believes he is the case. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Eager outlined scenarios in which he believes bettors should be going all-in on Detroit. As he explained, folks should be betting the over on six wins in 2022, betting yes on the team playing in the playoffs and yes on the team winning the NFC North division. Read More From Heavy EXCLUSIVE: Doris Burke Goes Deep on Keys to the NBA Finals...
    Getty Derrick Barnes runs down Najee Harris in a 2021 game. The Detroit Lions went a frustrating 3-13-1 in 2021, so it stands to reason how folks would not believe the team has many hidden-gem players on the roster, but it could be true given how little exposure the team receives. Detroit’s rookie class played a huge role last season, and the hope is that the group can continue to take steps forward toward being the bedrock for the team’s future. That might be likely as it relates to one player’s fortunes if Bleacher Report is to be believed. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Recently, the site named its best-kept secret players on every single roster in the league. According writer Maurice Moton, the leader for Detroit in this position is linebacker Derrick Barnes, who enjoyed a solid rookie season despite having to learn on the fly most of the year. As Moton wrote, while Barnes struggled against the pass last season,...
    Getty T.J. Hockenson celebrates a touchdown with his teammates against San Francisco. This offseason, the Detroit Lions have made a habit of rewarding their own solid in-house players with new contracts, and that theme could continue well into the future. The Lions want to build around players who earn their keep with toughness and solid play, and names like Tracy Walker, Josh Reynolds, Charles Harris and Kalif Raymond have been brought back ahead of hitting the market. Now, the same is being speculated for tight end T.J. Hockenson. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! In a new ESPN piece courtesy of insider Jeremy Fowler, the cases of several younger players on soon expiring deals around the league are examined. Who amongst the group is heading for a new deal soon? Detroit didn’t have much representation on the list, but Hockenson was one of their bigger headliners. Fowler wrote in the case of Hockenson, “don’t be surprised” if the team gets a deal done...
    Getty Carson Wentz in his 2022 introductory presser in Washington. The Detroit Lions haven’t won a playoff game in decades, haven’t won their division or looked like a real NFL franchise at times, so proclaiming any game of theirs as easy can be seen as a fool’s errand most of the time. While that’s understandable, scheduling is still a reality, and every year at this time, the Lions are one of 32 other teams that feel as if they have a chance at winning it all. For Detroit, the hope is there to finally reverse their usual miserable fortune every single spring. To that end, folks are allowed to dream for a bit about a future where the Lions are good and can win games. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! What games do the Lions have the biggest opportunity to win this season on paper? Here’s a look at some of the easier games they figure to face on the schedule.Week 13:...
    Getty Jameson Williams runs into the end zone with Alabama in 2022. When the Detroit Lions traded up to nab wideout Jameson Williams in the 2022 NFL draft, it was a move that generated plenty of early praise given what a steal it could prove to be in time. Williams is a speedy wideout who trends to become a game breaker at the next level, and the Detroit offense had a need for such a player on their anemic offense. To that end, many saw the move as an easy slam-dunk for the Lions while some others still had some reservations given his injury status entering the league. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! In an ESPN Insider piece, contributors debated some of the best and head-scratching picks. Interestingly enough, Williams fell into both categories for the Lions via the opinions of two separate analysts. Insider Field Yates had Williams to Detroit as one of his favorite picks in the draft. Why? According...
    Getty Dan Campbell looks on during a Lions game in 2021. Over a week ago, the Detroit Lions didn’t know what was going to happen in the NFL draft, and now that the event has played out, their future seems to be in even more focus and brighter. Such is the way that things can change fast in the NFL. Detroit put together a solid weekend of work, but the reality is, momentum started during round one and built to a crescendo the rest of the weekend. Detroit head coach Dan Campbell would likely be a believer in that idea. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Campbell, like the rest of Detroit’s brass, was in a holding pattern to wait and see what happened with Jacksonville’s top pick. When speaking with Sports Illustrated and writer Albert Breer, the coach admitted he had to come to the realization the team would actually land Hutchinson gradually, but was very excited to do so given what...
    The Detroit Lions continued to make big investments on defense in the NFL draft and are hoping that they result in immediate rewards for a franchise that has struggled in recent seasons. “We definitely felt like we got better as an organization this week,” said Brad Holmes who completed his second draft as the Lions general manager. “We’ve got eight guys that we’re really, really excited about that can help us going forward. READ MORE: Motorcyclist Arrested After Speeding, Fleeing MSP On I-96 In Detroit LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 28: Aidan Hutchinson walks onstage after being selected second by the Detroit Lions during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) “The really good thing about all these guys that we got is they all have different flavors. They’re not all cut out of the same box.” After finishing among the worst defenses in the NFL for the second consecutive season, the Lions this year used six of their eight picks to rebuild the defense. Over...