Lions dodged bullet by not re-signing Kenny Golladay, a colossal bust for Giants
Kenny Golladay was so good in Detroit, a third-round pick who went on to rack up back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Now it seems they dodged a bullet, because Golladay has been a colossal bust in New York. Since signing a four-year deal worth $72 million, he has caught just 39 of his 84 targets for 543 yards. Golladay did not play again that day, and there’s been no word whether he’ll play again on Sunday against the Lions, or at all this season. Really not much more than that.”All told, Golladay has just 22 yards on the season.mlive.com
With a 7-2 record, the Giants are closing in on the playoffs
New York Giants coach Brian Daboll was happy after Sunday's win over the Houston Texans. It would be easy to assume being 7-2 and having the Giants in position for the franchise's first playoff appearance since the 2016 season made Daboll happy.news.yahoo.com
Did Tom Brady steal free agent from Giants’ clutches?
It seems the coaching staff thought the Giants didn’t have enough drama among their wide receivers with Kadarius Toney’s persistent injuries, Kenny Golladay’s soap opera, and Darius Slayton’s fall from grace, so they aggressively pursued free agent Cole Beasley, who made headlines last year as a vaccine denier. Beasley signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week as a practice squad player before being elevated to the active roster in time for Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. Beasley had three catches for 12 yards. According to Pro Football Talk, Beasley drew interest from the Giants, Panthers and Commanders:mlive.com
Detroit Lions re-signing QB David Blough too, while Jalen Reeves-Maybin leaves for Texans payday
The Detroit Lions are also re-signing quarterback David Blough, according to ESPN. Blough is the seventh player Detroit has re-signed in the last week, and the second quarterback, joining fellow backup Tim Boyle. That includes big extensions for safety Tracy Walker (three years, $25 million) and pass rusher Charles Harris (two years, $14 million). The only player Detroit has lost in free agency is Jalen Reeves-Maybin, a special teams standout who just agreed to a two-year deal with Houston that is worth $7.5 million and includes $5 million in guarantees. With Reeves-Maybin out in Detroit, the book is closed on the Lions’ 2017 draft class.mlive.com
Pro Football Focus ranks Detroit Lions wide receivers as second-worst unit in 2021
Pro Football Focus ranked the new-look receiver room 31st, with only the Houston Texans coming in with lower expectations. For what it’s worth last year’s wide receiver corps were ranked sixth on PFF’s preseason rankings. Williams averaged 15.5 yards per reception in 2019, running more crossing routes than nearly any other NFL receiver from 2016-2019. He’s a long, explosive receiver the Lions are hoping can unlock quarterback Jared Goff’s deep ball. “Yeah, a little bit,” Williams said when asked if he feels like the receiver room is being overlooked.mlive.com
Lions considered a tag-and-trade for Kenny Golladay, opted against it
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions let Kenny Golladay walk in free agency. Turns out they did consider a tag-and-trade, but opted against it because of the uncertainties in the market. That’s $18 million per season, making Golladay the highest-paid free-agent receiver of the year and sixth overall. Of course, everyone else knows the draft is deep at receiver too, and that was a deterrent for the Lions trying to tag-and-trade Golladay. That’s exactly what happened in free agency too, where many top receivers took less money and/or fewer years than expected.mlive.com
Early Detroit Lions depth chart: Strengths, weaknesses, holes to fill after first wave of free agency
You want to make your guys better? Roster moves are much easier to quantify, and the Lions have made some changes during the first wave of free agency. He’ll have a better supporting cast too, with Josh Hill signed in free agency to replace the dearly departed Jesse James. Because the Detroit Lions’ pass rush was awful any way you want to measure it. At long snapper, Don “Death And Taxes” Mulhbach returns for his 167th season in Detroit, give or take.mlive.com
Patriots, Bucs among those making biggest waves so far
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)Bill Belichick never was one to spent wildly in free agency. Whether by trade, free agency or re-signings, the group brings a good mix of offense, defense and special teams. In addition to keeping Von Miller, Justin Simmons and Shelby Harris, Paton filled his biggest defensive pothole by signing free agent cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller. FUTURE CONSIDERATIONSThe Lions didn’t do much in free agency but nobody in Detroit should be bothered. The Lions are focused on rebuilding through the draft after sending QB Matthew Stafford to the Rams and then letting star wide receiver Kenny Golladay walk in free agency.
AP source: Giants, star receiver Kenny Golladay reach deal
The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Saturday, March 20, 2021, because the deal has not yet been announced. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)The New York Giants have their playmaker receiver. They reached an agreement with former Detroit Lions star Kenny Golladay, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. He caught 183 passes for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns, including a league-high 11 scoring catches in 2019. The previous two seasons in Detroit, he had more than 1,000 yards receiving in each campaign and 16 touchdown catches overall.
Ex-Lions WR Kenny Golladay reportedly signing four-year, $72 million deal with Giants
ALLEN PARK -- Kenny Golladay was the best draft pick of the Bob Quinn era. Now he’s out in Detroit too, agreeing to a four-year, $72 million contract with the New York Giants according to multiple reports. The deal includes $40 million in guarantees and is worth up to $76 million including incentives. That works out to $18 million per year, which makes Golladay the highest-paid receiver in free agency. Quinn’s best draft picks usually came in the first round, but Golladay proved to be one of the few Day 3 guys who actually panned out.mlive.com
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)
Detroit Lions reportedly signing former first-round DE Charles Harris
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are reportedly finding more help for the edge, signing former first-round defensive end Charles Harris. ESPN didn’t disclose terms of the deal while the Detroit News reports a final agreement hasn’t been reached. Harris, Pick 22 to the Dolphins in 2017, had a career-high three sacks and 18 tackles in 13 games for the Falcons last year. Detroit also retained Romeo Okwara, signing the team’s top pass rusher from last season to a three-year, $39 million deal. On the inside, the Lions have Da’Shawn Hand, Nick Williams, John Penisini, Jashon Cornell, Kevin Strong, John Atkins and Brockers.mlive.com
WR Kenny Golladay reportedly meets with Bears GM, coach before traveling to New York
ALLEN PARK -- Kenny Golladay surely can’t be happy with the way his free agency has unfolded. And Golladay, who is coming off an injury-plagued year that limited him to five games, is having a tough go of it. Now Golladay is meeting personally with teams, including the Chicago Bears. Golladay was born in Chicago and attended St. Rita’s High School, which is about 10 miles south of Soldier Field. The Lions tried to lock him up last offseason, but Golladay preferred to play through his contract year and test free agency.mlive.com
Report: Kenny Golladay receives ‘1-year, prove-it’ offer from Bengals, will visit Giants
ALLEN PARK -- The market for Kenny Golladay is slowly starting to form after a quiet start to free agency for wide receivers. Golladay has reportedly received a “one-year, prove-it” offer from the Cincinnati Bengals and will visit the New York Giants. Golladay developed into one of the better magicians in contested situations, sitting second in the NFL with 53 contested catches since 2018. People know who Kenny Golladay is, and I was really trying to make sure my body was right. Kyle Meinke’s 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Lions land offensive playmakerBen Raven’s 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Detroit Lions select reigning Heisman winner at Pick 7mlive.com
Nobody comes for free in NFL free agency that begins Monday
Regardless, on Monday, two days before the NFL's 2021 business year begins, the 32 teams and agents for the players will be making deals. “Legal tampering, and tampering is illegal? AdOf course, free agency always is a buyer-beware situation. AdVoila: Lavonte David, a key linebacker, was re-signed, and several other key guys in the title run could be back. “We do have some money from a cap standpoint that we can spend; but again, it’s an interesting year.
Detroit Lions reportedly will not use franchise tag on Kenny Golladay
ALLEN PARK -- Kenny Golladay was the best draft pick of the Bob Quinn era. The Lions have told Golladay they will not use the franchise tag on him before today’s deadline, according to multiple reports. That means short of coming to terms on a long-term deal, Golladay will be playing somewhere else next season. Golladay was selected by former Lions general manager Bob Quinn in the third round of the 2017 draft. If Golladay signs somewhere else -- and that is the likeliest outcome now -- the Lions will have moved into a much better place financially.mlive.com
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.
Ranking all 18 of the Detroit Lions’ pending free agents
ALLEN PARK -- Free agency opens next week, and the Detroit Lions have a lot of work to do to put a competitive product on the field. With that, here’s a look at every Lions player who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next week, ranked from least to most valuable. D’Andre Swift is the future at running back, and the Lions need to find him better support than that. But with just six days left until other teams can start calling him, the Lions still haven’t gotten it done. The Lions still have a few hours to use the franchise tag on the star receiver, and perhaps they will.mlive.com
It’s deadline day for the Detroit Lions to use the franchise tag on Kenny Golladay
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions are down to a matter of hours to use the franchise tag on Kenny Golladay. A lot has happened since, including injuries to his hip and hamstring that limited Golladay to just five games last season. The franchise tag is still available to secure Golladay’s return, or at least retain his rights for a trade, although time is running out on that front as well. Short of that, the Lions are down to a matter of hours to guarantee Golladay’s return to Detroit. The Giants also plan to use the franchise tag on defensive lineman Leonard Williams, according to multiple reports.mlive.com
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.
Detroit Lions free agency preview: Major change is afoot at receiver
This is the first of an eight-part series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs heading into free agency. But now Jones and Golladay are both eligible to hit the open market when free agency opens in 12 days, along with Danny Amendola. Change is afoot in Detroit, and depending on what happens with Golladay, that change could be considerable. If Golladay does walk, Detroit is far more likely to draft his replacement -- this class is absolutely loaded at the top -- while finding good values in free agency. Jamal Agnew, Detroit’s return man for much of the last four years, is eligible to become a free agent.mlive.com
Detroit Lions preparing for worst-case scenario with salary cap (and best, too)
The grass is green, the lines are white, touchdowns are worth six points and the salary cap always goes up. The salary cap is expected to decline this year, something that’s happened only when the league was emerging from the lockout in 2011. “From our planning standpoint, we’ve actually been weighing every single scenario from the most optimistic scenario, what it would be, to the worst-case scenario. That means worst-case scenario, the cap is set at $180 million and the Lions are $13 million over the limit with decisions still to make on who to sign in free agency. (That has) been a fun part of the free agency process.”The Lions have so much work to do in the early days of this rebuild, but don’t expect them to be big spenders in free agency.mlive.com
Detroit Lions brass remain mum on future of Kenny Golladay
He’s one of the best big-play wideouts in the league, and he’s cash money in the red zone. But Holmes said the Lions are taking their time with the process, and are in no hurry to make their decision. “We want to make the best decision for the Lions, and sometimes those decisions take a little bit longer,” he said. That’s probably the best thing about it, is we have a process we’re trusting and we’re sticking to it. “That’s another decision that we’re keeping in-house, just out of respect for the process,” Holmes said.mlive.com
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 Lions eligible to use franchise tag on Kenny Golladay as soon as today
ALLEN PARK -- The window to use the franchise tag opens today, and the Detroit Lions are candidates to use it for just the second time in nine years. Detroit tried to negotiate a long-term deal with Golladay last year, but the sides remained too far apart to even come close to reaching an accord. If the Lions are serious about salvaging Goff’s career -- and they are -- bringing back Kenny Golladay will go a long way toward helping him succeed. The Lions could use the franchise tag, but the cap charge will be more than $16 million. The new cap will be at least $180 million, meaning Detroit has work to do to get under the cap even before considering what to do with Golladay.mlive.com
Lions officially hire Antwaan Randle El to coach a receiver group that is headed for major change
ALLEN PARK -- Exactly one month before all their starting receivers become free agents, the Detroit Lions have announced the official hiring of new position coach Antwaan Randle El. He replaces Detroit’s longest-tenured coach, Robert Prince, and joins a staff that is full of former players like head coach Dan Campbell, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley, linebackers coach Mark DeLeone and defensive assistant Kelvin Sheppard. Randle El began his coaching career by following his old receivers coach, Bruce Arians, to Tampa Bay in 2019. That poses a serious problem for the Lions, who are also trading longtime quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Rams. He’s due a serious pay increase in 2021, and new head coach Dan Campbell has said he wants to avoid high-priced free agents as Detroit kicks off a multi-year rebuild.mlive.com
7 potential cap causalities for Detroit Lions
But the Lions also will add $14 million in dead money to their cap, plus had to take on Jared Goff’s contract to complete the deal. DT Nick Williams: Signed a two-year, $10 million contract to help anchor Detroit’s defensive front last offseason. Detroit would save $4 million in cap space by cutting Shelton. That’s $42.15 million worth of quarterbacks, and that doesn’t account for any potential quarterbacks taken in the draft. Daniel is currently scheduled to count another $5.3 million against the 2021 cap, although Detroit could save $2.3 million by moving on.mlive.com
2021 NFL Draft: 5 wide receivers who could make sense for the Detroit Lions
All of this put together means it’s time to look ahead to this year’s wide receiver draft class. The receiver was limited to five games this past season, catching 20 balls for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Jones took over in Golladay’s absence in 2020, with 76 catches for 978 yards and nine scores while playing 16 games. The Lions are expected to have a new starting quarterback in 2021, and as things stand, a freshly-stocked room of pass-catchers could be on the way too. Still, he’s the reigning Heisman winner and at the top of a loaded receiver draft class.mlive.com
NFL mock draft roundup: Receivers, EDGE rushers popular choice for Detroit Lions
The top half of the NFL draft order is set, meaning it’s time to examine what mock drafts from around the country have the Detroit Lions doing come April. What should be a surprise to no one is that the most popular choices are wide receivers and EDGE rushers, with a couple of quarterbacks sprinkled in. The Lions pick seventh in this year’s draft, behind the receiver-needy Philadelphia Eagles and in front of the youthful Carolina Panthers. He had 46 different plays of more than 15 yards, averaging a ridiculous 21.2 yards per catch. “I would say Justin Fields, he’s not your prototypical quarterback in the sense that -- Justin, I mean prototypical young quarterback, because he’s all about football,” Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah recently said of Fields.mlive.com
Detroit Lions lock No. 7 pick in 2021 NFL Draft: Early look at some targets
With a loss on Sunday, the Detroit Lions locked up the No. 7 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The 86th NFL draft is scheduled to be held April 29-May 1, 2021, in Cleveland. Detroit Lions (5-11)8. Related: 4 candidates for next Detroit Lions head coach
Cousins throws 3 TDs, Vikings end with 37-35 win over Lions
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT – Kirk Cousins danced in the end zone after running for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Vikings went on to celebrate the end of a disappointing season with a 37-35 win over the lowly Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Vikings (7-9) failed for the fourth time in a decade to make two straight trips to the playoffs. The Lions (5-11) lost their last four games eight of 10 after going into November with a .500 record under former coach Matt Patricia. In a matchup without postseason implications, the Vikings and Lions combined to play a closely contested game with a lot of highlights and lowlights. Alexander Mattison ran for 16 yards to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Lions 25 with 2:28 left, allowing the Vikings to run out the clock to seal the win.
Matthew Stafford, Jamie Collins, Frank Ragnow questionable against Vikings; Kenny Golladay out
Stafford suffered a sprained ankle early in last week’s loss while already dealing with injuries to his rib cartilage and throwing hand’s thumb. Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell said Stafford hasn’t suffered any setbacks and will continue to be evaluated through the weekend. The offensive line will be without right tackle Tyrell Crosby (ankle) and guard/center Joe Dahl (back) in Week 17. Star receiver Kenny Golladay has also already been ruled out, officially ending his disappointing campaign. Collins (neck) returned to practice on Friday, representing another dosage of good news for a defense badly in need of it.mlive.com
Lions, Vikings both stumbling to the finish of season
(AP Photo/Al Goldis)DETROIT – This season will end like so many others for Matthew Stafford: His Detroit Lions have a losing record and won’t be in the postseason. What's different now is that there are real questions about Stafford's future with the Lions. And if this is Stafford's last game with the Lions, it could be anticlimactic. The Lions (5-10) are coming off a 47-7 loss to Tampa Bay in which Stafford didn't play much. So Detroit will finish with double-digit losses for a third straight season and the sixth time in Stafford's tenure.
Kenny Golladay’s season is all but over. Is his Lions career over too?
The Lions hoped the injury would heal in a couple weeks and left Golladay on the 53-man roster. Golladay will finish the year with 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns, all career lows. If they can’t come to an accord on the numbers, the Lions could always use the franchise tag to secure Golladay’s return. Golladay has also said he would prefer to avoid the franchise tag. “But if the franchise tag would come, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about it.mlive.com
Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay missing practice with uncertain offseasons on horizon
ALLEN PARK -- Matthew Stafford and Kenny Golladay are Detroit’s two best skill players. Now both are missing more practice time as they approach uncertain offseasons with the club. Stafford still hopes to play in the finale on Sunday against Minnesota, and he’s played before without practicing at all. The Lions thought he would be able to return within two or three weeks and left Golladay on the 53-man roster. If Golladay doesn’t play on Sunday, as expected, he will finish the year with 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns.mlive.com
Taylor Decker, Frank Ragnow, Matt Prater questionable against Bucs; Kenny Golladay out
ALLEN PARK -- Robert Prince has never been a head coach. Right tackle Tyrell Crosby (ankle) already has been ruled out against Tampa Bay, while left tackle Taylor Decker (groin), center Frank Ragnow (throat) and right guard/tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai (brain) are all questionable. Linebacker Jamie Collins (neck), safety Jayron Kearse (hip), cornerback Darryl Roberts (hip) and kicker Matt Prater (back) are all questionable. Both players were listed as limited after being listed as full-go the rest of the week, causing some concern. Prater has never missed a game since joining the Lions in the middle of the 2014 season.mlive.com
Cowboys' Elliott inactive; Stafford will start for Lions
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott is inactive against San Francisco with a calf injury the two-time rushing championship has been battling for several weeks. Safety Deon Bush (foot) is also out after being listed questionable with Johnson. Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Ben DiNucci, WR Malik Turner, CB Rashard Robinson, DE Bradlee Anae, LB Luke Gifford, DE Ron’Dell Carter. ___JACKSONVILLE AT BALTIMOREJaguars: CB Sidney Jones, CB Luq Barcoo, LB Quincy Williams, DT Daniel Ross, QB Jake Luton. Ravens: DE Calais Campbell, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Marcus Peters, RB Mark Ingram, LB Kristian Welch, DE Jihad Ward, C Trystan Colon-Castillo.
Matthew Stafford makes limited return to Lions practice, officially questionable; 4 out
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions have listed Matthew Stafford and Frank Ragnow as questionable to play in Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Defensive tackle John Penisini (shoulder) is also questionable, while receiver Kenny Golladay (hip) right tackle Tyrell Crosby (ankle), defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) and cornerback Darryl Roberts (hip) have all been ruled out. The pain has subsided some this week, and Stafford even made a limited return to practice on Friday. Detroit also will be without Crosby, its starting right tackle for most of the year. And Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who was supposed to be the starting right tackle before moving to right guard, remains on injured reserve.mlive.com
Lions WR Kenny Golladay prefers long-term deal, again says: ‘I want to be here’
ALLEN PARK -- Kenny Golladay spoke with reporters for the first time since injuring his hip, offering updates on his health, future in Detroit and what kind of deal he prefers. The receiver’s rookie contract has three games left and he remains without a deal for next season. Yep.”He added that he wants to get a long-term deal done rather than playing around with the franchise tag. Golladay said he’s still trying to work his way back, admitting that “it’s still just not ready yet.”“It’s progressing,” he said. #Lions’ WR Kenny Golladay had 6 receptions for 114 yards on Sunday.mlive.com
No, Kenny Golladay isn’t holding out for a new contract. Yes, he could be shut down for the year.
Golladay has tried to practice a couple times, but was shut down again and hasn’t been on the field in weeks. “We’re really trying to get him back. Golladay has been terrific when he’s been on the field, too, averaging 84.5 yards when he’s played a full game. That’s really what I could say (to those who think he’s making a business decision). I love his competitiveness, love what he’s trying to do, it’s just he’s working with an injury that he’s trying to work through.”The new regime will have a lot of big decisions to make once they’re in place, including on the quarterback position.mlive.com
Looking ahead: Detroit Lions get to try and stop Titans RB Derrick Henry in Week 15
ALLEN PARK -- Titans running back Derrick Henry is undoubtedly one of the game’s most formidable forces, but it’s not all about him for Tennessee’s ultra-efficient offense. The Detroit Lions (5-8) head to Tennessee to face the AFC South-leading Titans (9-4) in Week 15. Stafford likely won’t practice all week, with the team trying to get his injured ribs as much time as possible. Henry leads the league in rushing yards by a clean 200 and tied with Dalvin Cook for the lead in scores. See below for the last five meetings or click here for the full rundown:2016 -- Titans 16, Lions 152012 -- Titans 44, Lions 41 OT2008 -- Titans 47, Lions 102005 -- Titans 24, Lions 192001 -- Titans 27, Lions 24(Last Lions win in the series 1995 -- Lions 24, Oilers 17)mlive.com
Lions RB D’Andre Swift officially active for first time in nearly a month
DETROIT -- D’Andre Swift is officially back. The Detroit Lions have activated their rookie running back for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, marking his first game since making a splashy debut in the starting lineup against Washington on Nov. 15. But Swift was diagnosed with a brain injury the following week, then later contracted an unrelated illness that kept him for a total of three games. Detroit averaged just 69.7 rushing yards per game without Swift, and averaged a woeful 3.1 yards per carry. Swift practiced all week and was officially listed as questionable for the game.mlive.com
Detroit Lions come up short in 31-24 loss to Green Bay Packers in Week 14: Live updates recap
FINAL -- Green Bay Packers 31, Detroit Lions 24-- Green Bay made life hell for the Lions in the second half, holding the ball for all but three plays in the third quarter. Packers 31, Lions 246:30 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 25Two throws to Davante Adams, and here come the Packers into Detroit’s territory. 6:11 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25Adrian Amos tackles T.J. Hockenson for a loss of 1 yard to open the drive. Lions 14, Packers 1410:27 -- Green Bay Packers drive starts on own 20Watching the Packers operate on second-and-10 versus what Detroit does week in and week out feels life two different sports. #GBvsDET inactives list 📝 https://t.co/6FaNx5wdC4 — Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 13, 2020--DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions are back at Ford Field to host the Green Bay Packers in Week 14 action.mlive.com
Kenny Golladay, Jeff Okudah ruled out against Packers; D’Andre Swift headed toward return
But the Detroit Lions didn’t think Kenny Golladay would need three weeks to return from his hip injury and left him on the 53-man roster. The Lions have ruled out Golladay for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, along with cornerback Jeff Okudah and right tackle Tyrell Crosby. Which also means Matt Nelson, the converted defensive lineman who held his own last week against Khalil Mack, could be headed for his first NFL start against Green Bay. Defensive lineman Austin Bryant (thigh), defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand (groin), quarterback Matthew Stafford (right thumb), defensive tackle John Penisini (shoulder) and special teams ace C.J. Defensive lineman Everson Griffen is a full-go after missing practice for non-injury reasons on Friday.mlive.com
Kenny Golladay, Jeff Okudah unlikely to play against Packers after missing another practice
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions likely will be without top receiver Kenny Golladay and top draft pick Jeff Okudah once again after both players missed another practice on Thursday afternoon. Mohamed Sanu started for him last week, and could get the call again on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Now he’s missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, plus the opener with a hamstring injury. He’s now over the shoulder injury, according to the practice report, but continues to sit because of a groin injury that first popped up last week. That thing’s kind of subsided, but as we were doing other things, the groin kind of became more of an issue.mlive.com
D’Andre Swift returns to Lions practice while Kenny Golladay, Jeff Okudah continue to sit
The Detroit Lions’ rookie running back will return to practice on Wednesday, according to interim head coach Darrell Bevell. Swift has missed the last three games due to a brain injury and unrelated illness, and practiced sparingly. But Bevell also suggested Swift will be limited in his return after taking so much time off. The Lions have not disclosed how he suffered the injury, but he missed the next two games because of it. The news isn’t so good for star wideout Kenny Golladay or top draft pick Jeff Okudah.mlive.com
Stafford throws 3 TDs, Lions rally to beat Bears 34-30
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – Darrell Bevell had a hard time processing everything from his first game as an NFL coach. They fired general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia while elevating Bevell, their offensive coordinator, to interim coach. But the Lions turned things around down the stretch, sending the Bears (5-7) to their sixth straight loss. The Lions came out on top after losing four of five, and Stafford gave Bevell the game ball.
QB Jones inactive for Giants; McCoy to start at Seattle
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)The New York Giants will be without starting quarterback Daniel Jones for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Jones was not expected to play because of a hamstring injury suffered last week against Cincinnati. Colt McCoy will make his first start of the season at QB for the Giants. Seattle was without both starting right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle) and backup Cedric Ogbuehi (calf) leaving a major question on the offensive line. ___CLEVELAND-TENNESSEEBrowns: WR Taywan Taylor, WR KhaDarel Hodge, CB Denzel Ward, RB Dontrell Hilliard, S Tedric Thompson, DE Joe Jackson.
Detroit Lions win 34-30 in wild fashion against the Chicago Bears: Live updates recap
FINAL -- Detroit Lions 34, Chicago Bears 30Quick observations: Lions roar back from double-digit deficit, stun Bears in Darrell Bevell’s debutLive: Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears Postgame Chat Yes, the Lions did just pull off that comeback victory! Lions 34, Bears 302:13 -- Chicago Bears drive starts on own 11Montgomery takes a short run into the two-minute warning. Bears 30, Lions 276:38 -- Chicago Bears drive starts on own 45Another tackles for loss, this one for Reggie Ragland. 11:23 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 25Another Adrian Peterson second-and-10 run makes it third-and-6 for the Lions. LIONS INJURY UPDATE:CB Mike Ford, Back, Questionable — Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) December 6, 2020Second quarter:30 -- Detroit Lions drive starts on own 32Lions use a timeout after a 5-yard pass to Kerryon Johnson.mlive.com
Lions vs. Bears: Matchups to watch, key questions heading into first game without Matt Patricia
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions welcome a new era this weekend against a familiar foe in the Chicago Bears. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, the veteran gunslinger averaged 6.1 completed air yards and 8.3 intended air yards per attempt. He averaged a league-leading 8.3 completed air yards and 10.7 intended air yards in eight games last year, for comparison’s sake. Detroit’s offensive line vs. Khalil Mack and Akiem HicksKhalil Mack is questionable but expected to play this weekend, according to reports. This section will remain part of these previews until Mitchell Trubisky starts against the Lions and doesn’t toss three touchdowns.mlive.com
Report: Detroit Lions to waive speedy wide receiver Marvin Hall
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions plan to waive wide receiver Marvin Hall, according to a report from Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network. He’s seen increased playing time due to injuries to Lions receivers Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola. Marvin Jones has played a near every-down role most of the season, but he’s been quiet outside of a couple of outings. Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus has seen at least two targets and 15 snaps in the previous four games, so an increased role could be on the way for the fifth-round rookie. Agnew, the former All-Pro return specialist, made the switch to wide receiver in the most recent offseason.mlive.com
Star Lions WR Kenny Golladay not expected to play against Bears
ALLEN PARK -- Darrell Bevell is not expected to have his star receiver when he makes his interim head coaching debut for Detroit on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Kenny Golladay has already missed the last four games with a hip injury he suffered on Nov. 1 against Indianapolis. The Lions are 1-5 when Golladay doesn’t play this season, and 1-6 when he doesn’t play four quarters. D’Andre Swift still hasn’t put in a full day of work since being diagnosed with a brain injury two weeks ago. Bevell said Swift could play on Sunday if he gets over his illness, although all the missed practice time likely will reduce his role in the offense.mlive.com
T.J. Hockenson is Detroit’s best bet in Week 13 fantasy football action after chaotic week
T.J. Hockenson has played like one of the best tight ends in the NFL, turning into the most consistent fantasy option out of Detroit. His growth from Year 1 to 2 has been recognized, sitting third among all tight ends getting Pro Bowl votes, leading the way for the NFC. Hockenson is third among tight ends in yards (530), tied for third in touchdowns (five) and fifth in targets (68). ESPN ranks Hockenson fourth among all tight ends for Week 13 fantasy action. Chicago is loaded with capable tight ends, but the role for the second-round rookie is showing signs of life.mlive.com
Lions rookie RB D’Andre Swift’s Week 13 status trending in right direction after all
ALLEN PARK -- Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift has gotten some much-needed good news and cleared concussion protocol with the independent neurologist. The rookie running back has been in concussion protocol since after the team’s win in Week 11, missing the previous two games. “It’s unfortunate that he’s dealing with this and it’s something he has to go through,” Peterson said. You think of a guy like Swift, he’s very competitive, obviously a great person and athlete. Rookie edge defender Julian Okwara and cornerback Darryl Roberts remain on injured reserve, but each returned to practice to open the week.mlive.com
Kenny Golladay, D’Andre Swift miss Lions practice again; Trey Flowers makes progress
ALLEN PARK -- Kenny Golladay and D’Andre Swift were not at Lions practice during the 25-minute window that was open to reporters, leaving both players trending the wrong way heading into Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Swift was a limited practice participant on Wednesday as he tries to come back from a brain injury that has sidelined him the last two games. Golladay, who has missed four games with a hip injury, was working on the side with a trainer. “(Swift’s injury) is a touchy subject, obviously, with the concussion protocols and everything,” interim head coach Darrell Bevell said before practice. The good news is defensive end Trey Flowers was working on the side with a trainer on Thursday.mlive.com
Prater’s 59-yard FG lifts Lions to 30-27 win over Washington
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT – The Detroit Lions leaned on their dynamic duo for comebacks and they came through again. Matthew Stafford directed the final drive with just 16 seconds left to set up Matt Prater's 59-yard field goal as time expired, lifting the Lions to a 30-27 win over Washington on Sunday. Prater made a go-ahead, 37-yard field goal with 2:42 remaining. It made a field goal and had a punt, missed field goal and Terry McLaurin's fumble on the possessions. In the second half, Washington got into the end zone on 82- and 84-yard drives and had the ball midway through the fourth quarter down a touchdown.
Eagles get Jeffery, Sanders back for game against Giants
The NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles have gotten healthier on offense in time for another division game. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is back in Philadelphia’s lineup against the New York Giants, his first action since foot surgery last year. Running back Miles Sanders, the Eagles' leading rusher, is also back after missing three games with a knee injury. Okung will miss his fifth game this season because of injury, so Dennis Daley starts, protecting Teddy Bridgewater’s blindside. The Buccaneers are playing without left guard Ali Marpet, who will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion.
Why didn’t Detroit Lions do more at the trade deadline?
DETROIT – It was a quiet trade deadline for the Detroit Lions as they opted to mostly stay put with what they had. Sitting at 3-4 and currently not holding a playoff spot, why didn’t Detroit do more at the deadline? One trade was enoughThe Lions picked up defensive end Everson Griffen last week for a conditional sixth round pick. Giving up another draft pick would’ve been too expensive for the Lions. They’re different players, but when the Lions traded Golden Tate at the deadline in 2018, they got a third-round pick in return.
Colts stuff Detroit running game in 41-21 win over Lions
DETROIT – The postgame stats stuck out in glaring fashion after the latest home loss by the Detroit Lions. Detroit's anemic running game — and indeed, its offensive ineptitude in general — had the Lions playing from behind the entire second half Sunday, and they eventually lost 41-21 to Indianapolis. The Lions managed only 29 yards rushing and lost the time of possession battle badly. “You want to try to do your best to stay balanced all the way through the game,” coach Matt Patricia said. “In order to win, you’ve got to stop the run.”Peterson is averaging 3.8 yards per carry in his first season with the Lions.
Rivers' 3 TDs in 2nd quarter help Colts beat Lions 41-21
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Detroit. Rivers threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter to help the Colts surge past Detroit for a 41-21 victory Sunday following a first quarter in which they averaged a little more than 1 yard rushing on 10 carries. Rivers threw passes to 11 teammates. Hines had so much energy he celebrated each of his two touchdowns in the second quarter with moves that would make a gymnast proud, pulling off roundoffs into full twists in the end zone. Three plays later, Rivers threw a 7-yard, tiebreaking touchdown pass to Jack Doyle.
Detroit Lions need to let Matthew Stafford loose
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions are 3-3 after back-to-back wins following their bye week. If the Lions do want to make a run to the playoffs, they need to let Matthew Stafford loose. Here are reasons the Lions need to let Matthew Stafford carry the offense if they want to make a playoff run. The Lions need Stafford to continue hitting on those deep throws, as their offense has been inconsistent this season. If the Lions are inconsistent in how they want to run, or can’t get much of a run game going, that’s even more reason to let Stafford carry the offense.
Lions stun Falcons 23-22 after letting Atlanta score late TD
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) makes the catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA – The Lions let the Falcons score a touchdown. Matthew Stafford connected with T.J. Hockenson on an 11-yard touchdown pass as time expired and Matt Prater booted a 48-yard extra point to give Detroit an improbable 23-22 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. The Lions (3-3) won their second in a row — their first winning streak since early in the 2019 season. Touchdown, Lions.
Saints score 5 straight TDs in 35-29 win over Lions
Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Tre'Quan Smith 2:19 apart in the second quarter, helping the short-handed Saints rally to beat the Lions 35-29. The Saints took a step toward sealing the win with Brees converting a third-and-5 from his 27 with a 19-yard pass to Smith. In Week 2, they were ahead by 11 points against Green Bay before giving up 31 straight points and losing an 11th straight game. “Let’s just talk about the Saints game," Patricia said when asked if he was concerned about his job security. Thomas, who practiced during the week, missed a third straight game with an ankle injury.
Lions snap 11-game losing streak, beat Cardinals 26-23
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Matt Prater made a 39-yard field goal as time expired, Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and the Detroit Lions snapped an 11-game losing streak dating to last season by beating the Arizona Cardinals 26-23 on Sunday. Stafford calmly led the Lions downfield, Prater connected on his fourth field goal of the afternoon and the Lions finally got to celebrate a victory. Arizona's Kyler Murray threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score, but he also had three interceptions. Six plays later, the Lions took a 10-7 lead when Stafford hit Jesse James for a 5-yard score. The 35-year-old Peterson, who is in his 14th NFL season, played six games for the Cardinals in 2017.
Lions WR Golladay makes 2020 debut; Bucs' Godwin also active
Jeudy is active for the Bucs game as Denver quarterback Jeff Driskel makes his first start while Drew Lock recovers from a shoulder injury. Cardinals: QB Brett Hundley, WR Christian Kirk, RB Eno Benjamin, OL Mason Cole, OL Josh Miles, DL Leki Fotu. ___CHICAGO AT ATLANTABears: CB Duke Shelley, OG Arlington Hambright, NT Daniel McCullers, WR RIley Ridley, OLB Trevis GipsonFalcons: WR Julio Jones, CB A.J. Browns: WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, CB Greedy Williams, LB Jacob Phillips, Olivier Vernon, Evan Brown and WR Rashard Higgins. Brown, CB Chris Jackson OLB Derick Roberson, C Aaron Brewer, TE Geoff Swaim, DT Matt DickersonVikings: WR Tajaé Sharpe, WR K.J.
The Latest: Hamstring injury sidelines Bucs WR Godwin
Earlier in the game, Bucs cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting was ruled out with a groin/hamstring injury. Brady threw two touchdown passes to Mike Evans along with another to Chris Godwin. Golladay missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury and Detroit has missed his production. The injury woes for Dallas continued when starting center Joe Looney walked to the locker room also with an ankle injury. Out of 48 NFL games so far in 2020, 10 have included paying customers.
The Detroit Lions are 0-2: How do they fix their season?
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions are 0-2 after two bad losses to start the season. Comparing the first two games of this year to last season show Stafford’s stats have dropped off. The Lions are still running deeper patterns, Stafford just isn’t throwing the ball deep as much as last year. Finally, Jamal Agnew lost the Lions 20 yards of field position when he committed a personal foul on a punt return. Getting rid of those mistakes is a good start to helping the Lions try to avoid starting 0-3 this year.
Detroit Lions lose to Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field
GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Detroit Lions to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday. Aaron Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday. Green Bay took the lead for good 17-14 on Rodgers' 11-yard pass to Tonyan with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. That gave Stafford 35 career touchdown passes against the Packers, the most by any Green Bay opponent. Stafford has thrown for 5,430 career yards against the Packers to lead all Green Bay foes.
Jones' big day helps Packers beat Lions 42-21 in home opener
Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday. After his first touchdown of the day, a 7-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers, Jones did a different kind of Lambeau Leap. Rodgers was 18 of 30 for 240 yards with touchdown passes to Jones and Robert Tonyan. Green Bay took the lead for good 17-14 on Rodgers’ 11-yard pass to Tonyan with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. Packers receiver Davante Adams (hamstring), center Corey Linsley (hand) and running back/receiver Tyler Ervin (concussion) left in the second half.
3 biggest reasons Lions lost to Raiders
DETROIT – The Detroit Lions lost to the Oakland Raiders 31-24 Sunday. Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones had a great game for the Lions while the defense struggled again. The Lions’ defense had just stopped the Raiders on 4th down. The coaching: How the Lions play is becoming increasingly frustrating. In the 3rd quarter Stafford missed Kenny Golladay on a 3rd and goal throw from the 5-yard line.
Detroit Lions analysis: 4 Stafford throws from win over Giants
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford had a fantastic game Sunday in the Lions’ win over the New York Giants. The Lions fake a run and Stafford rolls right as Jones goes deep, Golladay half-heartedly runs a dig and the running back runs a backside wheel route. It was a bad decision and even worse throw right to the defender. It was good play design by Lions’ offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and a good read and throw by Stafford. Stafford pitches to JD McKissic, who then throws back to Stafford who throws a deep post to Golladay for the score.
3 takeaways from Detroit Lions win over New York Giants
DETROIT The Detroit Lions snapped a three-game losing streak in a 31-26 win over the New York Giants Sunday. Matthew Stafford had another great game and the Lions' defense was able to stop Saquon Barkley. The win moves the Lions out of last place in the NFC North and means the Lions have survived another week as their schedule eases up. The Lions struggled to run the ball, but that didn't impact Stafford's ability to pick apart the Giants' defense. The Lions' run defense needed a strong showing like that.
Stafford-led Lions beat Giants 31-26 and end 3-game skid
Kenny Golladay #19 of the Detroit Lions celebrates his touchdown pass with teammate Matthew Stafford. Giants rookie Daniel Jones threw a 4-yard TD pass to Saquan Barkley and an extra point pulled them within five points late in the game. The Giants have lost four games in a row before the end of October for the second straight season. Jones provided a promising performance after throwing only TD pass in each of his last four games and seven interceptions during that span. He threw a 49-yard TD pass to Marvin Hall late in the first quarter and connected with Golladay for scores in the second half.
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers: 6 matchups to watch
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 30: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions reacts during the first half of a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 30, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)The Detroit Lions are getting ready for their first divisional game against the Green Bay Packers on Monday. Although it's only Week 5 the division race is heating up as Green Bay is 2-0 against the NFC North this year. Lions' tackles vs the Smiths: The Lions' offensive line will have its hands full again Monday. JK Scott vs the Lions' punt return team: Yes, we're going to talk about punting for a second.
Chiefs score late, stay undefeated with 34-30 win over Lions
DETROIT - Darrel Williams ran for a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left for his second score in the fourth quarter, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to a 34-30 win over the Detroit Lions. Stafford threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay with 2:26 left to give Detroit a 30-27 lead. The reigning MVP had thrown at least two touchdown passes in 14 straight games, one short of the NFL record set by Peyton Manning. Stafford's second touchdown pass of the game - and first to Golladay - put Detroit up 23-20 and followed a fifth fumble in the third quarter. INJURIESChiefs: DE Alex Okafor (hip) and LB Damien Wilson (concussion) left in the fourth quarter.
Detroit Lions analysis: Stafford's aggressiveness wins game -- but almost loses it, too
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass during the third quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Ford Field on September 15, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Those elite throws are sometimes mixed in with less amazing decisions and results, as Lions fans saw on Stafford's two interceptions earlier in the game. Let's look at those INTs and two more great throws that helped the Lions beat the Chargers. Prior to the interception, the Lions steadily move the ball down the field and look like they're going to score. On the interception, the Lions roll Stafford out after a play action fake.