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Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Suh is not attending the Detroit Lions' voluntary minicamp this week.
Impact: Suh will attend the team's voluntary workouts in May and mandatory minicamp next month. Detroit's first-year coach Jim Caldwell said last week he wished the defensive tackle was at previous voluntary workouts, adding he has spoken to Suh more than any other player on the team since being hired.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suh won't attend voluntary camp this week, Larry Lage of the AP reports.
Impact: Earlier in April, teammate Reggie Bush said Suh's absence from voluntary workouts was due to "a contract thing." It's no secret that the stud defensive tackle wants an extension as he enters the final season of his rookie contract, and the Lions almost certainly want to work things out with their clear-cut top defensive player. However, Suh is somewhat controversial due to his history of on-field conflict, and as a former No. 2 overall draft pick who was selected before the rookie wage scale was implemented, he's already signed one huge contract. Public opinion wouldn't be in Suh's favor in the event of a holdout, if it all comes to that. As is typically the case in these situations, the player in question will very likely be playing for his current team come Week 1. Whether Suh will happily be playing for the Lions is quite a bit more questionable.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions have signed free agent cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Nate Ness. The team announced the moves Monday.
Impact: The 27-year-old Ness last played in the NFL with the St. Louis Rams in 2011. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks in 2010, starting one game for Seattle.
Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions have signed free agent cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Nate Ness. The team announced the moves Monday.
Impact: Hester spent time with the Denver Broncos last season. He was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013, but has not played in an NFL game.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Bell will continue to work in tandem with Reggie Bush, the Detroit Free Press reports. "I think they both have their specific role," Lombardi noted, while adding that "it's hard for one running back to get all the carries. So much like they did last year, I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive."
Impact: The report points out that Bush (who ran for 1,006 yards on 223 carries) played on 54 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in 2013, while Bell was out there 49 percent of the time. In doing so, Bell recorded 650 rushing yards and eight TDs on 166 carries, while catching 53 passes for 547 yards. As long as there's a time-share in play, Bell's fantasy upside will be capped some, but even in such a scenario he figures to remain involved enough as a pass-catcher to maintain utility, especially in PPR formats.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions have been negotiating with Suh in the hopes of signing him to a long-year deal before he potentially becomes a free agent next year.
Impact: Lions president Tom Lewand told season-ticket holders on Monday night that talks were "civil and productive" with Suh. The defensive tackle has not been attending the team's voluntary workouts that began last week.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions claimed Brown off waivers Monday.
Impact: The defensive end was released by the Buffalo Bills last week. The former Clemson player was not drafted in 2012 and was cut last year by the Bills before the regular season. Buffalo re-signed Brown in January to a reserve-future contract.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mathis will sign a one-year deal with the Lions, reports.
Impact: Mathis, who recorded 47 tackles in 15 games (including 13 starts) for Detroit this past season, figures to compete with Darius Slay for work at right cornerback for the Lions this coming season.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: The Buffalo Bills have released defensive end Kourtnei Brown. The move was announced by the team on Thursday. It was made two days after the Bills signed free-agent defensive lineman Jarius Wynn.
Impact: Brown initially signed with the Bills a year ago, before being cut by the team ahead of the regular season. The Bills then re-signed Brown in January to a reserve-future contract.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Broyles (Achilles) was cleared to join the Lions for their voluntary conditioning workouts, according to
Impact: It's been two ACL tears and a ruptured Achilles for Broyles the last three years, and he'll have an uphill climb to work his way into meaningful snaps for the Lions, who have already bolstered their wide receiver depth and are expected to continue to do so in the draft.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suh's absence from voluntary workouts this week are a "contract thing," his teammate Reggie Bush told the Detroit Free Press
Impact: Suh and the Lions have engaged in contract discussions with him having just one remaining year left on his rookie deal. He also hasn't typically had a spotless voluntary workout attendance record either. Whenever the Lions and Suh reach an agreement, it's expected to make him one of the richest players on the defensive side of the ball.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Under new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Bush indicated that he's prepared for his workload, as well as Joique Bell's, to change some from last season, reports. "We had a pretty good rotation going last (season), so, you know, we did some pretty special things with that," Bush said. "It can only go up from there, even if the workload is less for both of us, that's only going to help us toward the end of the season, help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season."
Impact: Bush averaged 15.9 carries in 14 games for the Lions last season, but with Lombardi coming over from the Saints -- and expected to incorporate many of their schemes in the Detroit offense -- the report suggests that Bush (who played his first five NFL seasons with New Orleans) could garner fewer carries this coming season, though on the plus side, he could well see increased work in the team's passing game.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Lions have signed cornerback Cassius Vaughn to a one-year contract. Vaughn played 16 games for Indianapolis last season, including four starts.
Impact: Vaughn earned a spot in the NFL with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie from Mississippi. He started in three of 22 games in Denver during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Fri. Apr 4, 2014 | STATS
News: Orlovsky is back with the Detroit Lions after signing a one-year contract.
Impact: Orlovsky spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He appeared in two games last season. He was drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2005 draft and played his first four years in the NFL with Detroit. His arrival gives the Lions a veteran backup for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Shaun Hill filled that role previously, but he signed with St. Louis this offseason.