Episode four of HBO’s Hard Knocks had Detroit Lions making tough decisions for 53-man roster
Tuesday was part four of HBO’s Hard Knocks featuring the Detroit Lions, and this week’s episode gave an inside look at what the organization does and how they prepare for roster cuts heading into week one of the regular season.
It’s a Hard Knocks life for Detroit, as second episode goes behind scenes of Lions’ preseason loss
Although this year seems like the Lions may be in a different stratosphere as an organization, after blowing week one of the NFL preseason to the Atlanta Falcons, they seem like they’re the same old Lions.
Detroit Lions fans weigh in on Matthew Stafford’s big win
Matthew Stafford played at Ford Field for 12 seasons and never hosted a playoff game or won one outside the city. But 365 days after he’s traded, he accomplished both, plus he won a Super Bowl. Stafford is the talk of the town Monday, Feb. 14.
NFL Mock Draft 2021: Predictions for Detroit Lions at No. 7
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith celebrates after scoring against Ohio State during the first half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The 2021 NFL Draft is just weeks away and the Detroit Lions have a big decision to make in the top 10. 7 is a wide receiver. 7:ProFootballNetwork: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama: “It seems the shine on DeVonta Smith has waned just a bit in the past few months since his Heisman Trophy-winning campaign. If Matthew Stafford still dropped back for the Lions, Chase would be a better fit.” (Read more here)AdSporting News: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama: “Waddle is a highly skilled all-around natural pass-catcher. The Lions need to overhaul at wide receiver with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola all not re-signed.
Tracking Detroit Lions free agency moves: Let the rebuild begin
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams (30) celebrates a touchdown off a throw by quarterback Aaron Rodgers during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Report: Lions won’t franchise tag WR Kenny Golladay, making him free agent
(Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)The Detroit Lions will reportedly not use the franchise tag on their star wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who is set to become a free agent, ESPN reports. Lions have informed WR Kenny Golladay that they will not use their franchise tag on him, as @TomPelissero reported. The franchise tag is used by teams on players who are set to become free agents. Schefter said the Lions may opt to just let Golladay walk as part of the rebuild, noting the cost of the franchise tag for Golladay would be around $16 million. In four years with the Lions, Golladay has played 47 games, logging 21 touchdowns and 3,068 yards.
Decision day for Lions: Will Golladay get the franchise tag?
(Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)It’s decision day for the Detroit Lions: Will they franchise tag their star wide receiver Kenny Golladay before the deadline? UPDATE: Report: Lions won’t franchise tag WR Kenny Golladay, making him free agentNFL teams have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to franchise tag players and Golladay, set to become a free agent on March 17, is a prime candidate for the Lions. The franchise tag is used by teams on players who are set to become free agents. AdSchefter said the Lions may opt to just let Golladay walk as part of the rebuild, noting the cost of the franchise tag for Golladay would be around $16 million. AdIn four years with the Lions, Golladay has played 47 games, logging 21 touchdowns and 3,068 yards.
5 takeaways from Lions press conference with Dan Campbell, Brad Holmes
New Lions head coach Dan Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes spoke to the media about a wide range of topics, from the upcoming NFL Draft, to free agency decisions, to franchise tag decisions. Here are some of the biggest takeaways:All options on table for Kenny GolladayIt’s no secret that Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay needs a new contract. 1 receiver in this league,” Brad Holmes said. NFL Draft approachTake this for what it’s worth: Brad Holmes said he likes the crop of players in the quarterback draft class. 7Team needs, free agency“It’s no secret that receiver is somewhat of a need,” Campbell said.
Detroit professional sports leaders speak on importance of diversity in management roles
DETROIT – More than 70% of NFL players are people of color. However, those in top roles often times do not look like the players they lead. In Detroit, both the Lions and Pistons have Black men in prominent, leadership roles. There were seven open general manager positions in the NFL this year. Only two of them went to Black me, which doubled the number of minority general managers in the league.
Lions add Jett Modkins, DeOn’tae Pannell to coaching staff
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 17: DeOn'tae Pannell #61 of the New Orleans Saints during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 17, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions have added assistant special teams coach Jett Modkins to Dan Campbell’s staff. The Lions also announced Wednesday that DeOn’tae Pannell will join the organization with its William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship. Pannell coached at Peru State College in Nebraska the previous five seasons, serving as defensive coordinator the last three years. The Lions hired Campbell and general manager Brad Holmes last month after firing coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn in November.
Matthew Stafford trade: Brad Holmes passes first (and biggest) test as Detroit Lions GM
Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes speaks at the team's practice facility on Jan. 19, 2021, in Allen Park. (Detroit Lions via AP)DETROIT – Brad Holmes took over as the general manager of the Detroit Lions just two weeks ago, but he’s already made the single biggest move that will likely define his tenure with the organization. ORIGINAL BREAKING STORY: Lions trade Matthew Stafford to Rams for 3 draft picks, QB Jared GoffAt first glance, he passed with flying colors. Nobody really knew what a Stafford trade would bring back to the Lions, but two first-round picks always felt like the best-case scenario. If you’ve watched this defense over the last several years, you know it’s going to take as many early-round draft picks as possible to fix.
Stafford decision and 4 new hires -- Breaking down all 5 major moves by Detroit Lions this weekend
DETROIT – From new coordinators to front office hires to Matthew Stafford trade rumors that shook the whole league, the Detroit Lions had one of the busiest weekends in franchise history. Matthew StaffordThe most significant news of the weekend broke Saturday evening, when multiple experts revealed the Lions and Stafford are expected to part ways this offseason. The decision appears to be mutual as the Lions move forward under a new regime and Stafford enters his mid-30s. Stafford has started 165 games for the Lions since he was drafted with the No. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford watches from the sidelines during warmups before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford requests trade: Where could he land?
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford warms up before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif. Since the start of last year, Matthew Stafford has had to deal with a health scare involving his wife, his own injury problems -- and more recently, a coronavirus test that the team later described as a false positive. Ross Cameron, File)Longtime Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has requested a trade -- and the rumor mill is moving fast. The Lions are reportedly seeking a first-round pick for Stafford in any trade scenario. Stafford is the Lions all-time franchise leader in all major offensive passing categories.
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford requests trade amid front office overhaul
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)The Matthew Stafford era could be coming to an end in Detroit. ESPN reports Campbell and Holmes were told that Stafford was not expected to be with the team before they were hired. “They knew the situation and still embraced it.”Stafford is the Lions all-time franchise leader in all major offensive passing categories. Stafford, 32, was drafted by Detroit first overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Dan Campbell’s memorable intro gets mixed reviews from Lions fans, pundits
DETROIT – New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell lit the internet on fire on Thursday after a memorable introductory press conference chock-full of quotes. Campbell was officially hired by the Lions this week, joining the team after several years as a tight ends coach and assistant head coach with the New Orleans Saints. That’s gonna be the mentality.”More: 28 takeaways from new Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell’s introductory press conference“When you knock us down, we’re gonna get up. Lots of messages about the Dan Campbell press conference. “I think if you’re a Lions fan, you’re excited about the possibilities.”If you're a Detroit #Lions fan you are excited about the possibilities of #MCDC& if you're not a Detroit #Lions fan you are excited about the possibilities of #MCDC #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/qQTwubF40I — Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 21, 2021Campbell acknowledged his tenure won’t just come with positives.
28 takeaways from new Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell’s introductory press conference
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions officially introduced Dan Campbell as their new head coach Thursday. New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and other members of that organization, including head coach Sean Payton, gave positive feedback about Campbell as a leader and potential head coach. “Dan stood out.”She said he sent them a book ahead of the interview, and it contained his ideas and philosophies if he were to become the head coach. “He said, ‘Dan is the kind of head coach that coaches are going to run to Detroit and want to be on his staff. That’s gonna be the mentality.”Working environmentCampbell talked extensively about his time with the Saints, where he served as Payton’s assistant head coach and the tight ends coach.
AP source: New Lions coach Campbell gets 6-year deal
FILE - This is a 2016 file photo showing Dan Campbell of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team. The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with Dan Campbell to be their coach. (AP Photo/File)The Detroit Lions landed the coach they coveted from the start of their search by hiring Dan Campbell. Philadelphia and Houston, meanwhile, still have an opening for a head coach. Patricia, a former New England defensive coordinator, was 13-29-1 in two-plus seasons as a first-time NFL head coach.
Report: Detroit Lions to hire Rams scouting director Brad Holmes as next general manager
The Detroit Lions are planning to hire Los Angeles Rams Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, according to reports. The #Lions have agreed to terms on a 5-year deal with #Rams Director of College Scouting Brad Holmes as their new GM, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 14, 2021Lions expected to hire Los Angeles Rams' director of college scouting Brad Holmes as their new general manager, per source. He began as a public relations intern in 2003 and moved into scouting the following year as a scouting assistant. Holmes worked as a national combine scout, area scout and national scout before becoming the director of college scouting in 2013 and one of Rams GM Les Snead’s most trusted members of the front office.