Detroit Lions
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Zonovan Knight
Zonovan Knight Recovery going well
Thu, Jun 6, 2024, 3:38 PM
Knight (shoulder) has been a limited participant in Lions' OTAs, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Knight sustained a torn labrum and missed the Lions' final 12 games in 2023, but he's been cleared for seven-on-seven and light team work as of last week. The 23-year-old running back has also been ramping up his workload in hopes of returning for Detroit's mandatory minicamp. Once Knight is back at full health, he's expected to compete for a depth spot in the Lions' backfield ahead of the 2024 season.
Jahmyr Gibbs
Jahmyr Gibbs Sidelined by minor injury
Thu, Jun 6, 2024, 8:36 AM
Gibbs has missed spring practices due to a soft tissue injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The Lions expect Gibbs to be ready for the start of training camp in late July, though coach Dan Campbell noted that the running back's absence this spring is a missed opportunity for growth. Gibbs nonetheless figures to be a huge part of Detroit's offense this season, with the big question being whether he'll take away some of the work that went to backfield mate David Montgomery last year.
Jameson Williams
Jameson Williams Making improvements
Thu, May 23, 2024, 11:34 AM
Coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Williams is "a man on a mission" and has made notable improvements this offseason, Eric Woodyard of reports.
Analysis: Williams hasn't yet lived up to his 12th overall draft capital from back in 2022, but he's also faced unique hurdles to begin his NFL career. His big-play ability is undeniable, as is the opportunity for a third playmaker to emerge in Detroit's passing game behind standouts Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta, though plenty of targets should be distributed to running backs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery. Potential for a year-three breakout is still there, but it depends on Williams truly logging an impressive offseason and earning consistent targets in a crowded offense.
Kalif Raymond
Kalif Raymond Taking part in OTAs
Wed, May 22, 2024, 6:58 PM
Raymond (knee) participated in OTAs Wednesday.
Analysis: Raymond was pictured making a catch during Wednesday's session. He missed the entirety of the Lions' playoff run last season after being injured in the regular-season finale. Raymond is currently penciled in as the Lions' third receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams after Josh Reynolds left as a free agent. Detroit didn't draft a single wideout last month. Raymond's competition will be in the form of Donovan Peoples-Jones and 2023 seventh-rounder Antoine Green.
Sean McKeon
Sean McKeon Inks in Detroit
Thu, May 16, 2024, 4:08 PM
The Lions signed McKeon to a contract Thursday.
Analysis: McKeon suffered an ankle injury last December and was placed on IR after suiting up for nine games with the Cowboys, in which span he failed to secure either of his two targets. He can contribute both on special teams and as a blocker on offense, and McKeon, who's presumably past his ankle issue, now gets a chance to compete for a depth role with Detroit.
Jermar Jefferson
Jermar Jefferson Back in action Tuesday
Wed, May 15, 2024, 9:15 PM
Jefferson (undisclosed) was a participant during the beginning of Detroit's offseason program Tuesday.
Analysis: Jefferson finished the 2023 campaing on Lions' practice squad injured list after popping up with an undisclosed injury in late January. The nature of the 24-year-old's issue was never revealed, though he appears to have moved past the injury over the past months. Jefferson has not played since his 2021 rookie season, spending each of the past two campaigns on Detroit's practice squad.
James Mitchell
James Mitchell Participates in offseason program
Wed, May 15, 2024, 9:07 PM
Mitchell (hand) was seen catching passes last week during the beginning of Detroit's offseason program.
Analysis: Mitchell played 15 games during the 2023 regular season while primarily slotting in as a blocking tight end and contributor on special teams, as he caught just two passes. The 24-year-old then missed the Lions' postseason run with a hand injury. Mitchell's return to action during the offseason program likely means he's moved past the injury or the time being, so he'll likely slot back in behind Sam LaPorta and Brock Wright on the depth chart at tight end to begin the 2024 season.
Jahmyr Gibbs
Jahmyr Gibbs To see more touches in 2024
Tue, May 14, 2024, 3:33 PM
Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show on Monday, Lions GM Brad Holmes said he "definitely would expect" Gibbs to "see more of the load" out of the backfield in 2024.
Analysis: Holmes added that he thinks Gibbs will also be even more involved in the passing game in his second season. Only seven running backs saw more targets than Gibbs' 71 in 2023, and his 52 catches were tied for the ninth-most at the position. Backfield mate David Montgomery out-carried Gibbs 219 to 182, but Gibbs had a commanding edge in the pass game with 47 more targets than the veteran. There's reason to believe Gibbs' touches will rise in 2024, but Montgomery isn't going away. This backfield will remain a one-two punch, and Montgomery is the favorite for carries when the Lions are trying to kill the clock when they have a lead. Gibbs' fantasy ceiling remains extremely high due to the overall explosive nature of Detroit's offense.
Jared Goff
Jared Goff Lands four-year, $212M extension
Mon, May 13, 2024, 3:51 PM
The Lions signed Goff to a four-year, $212 million contract extension Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The deal contains $170 million guaranteed, and Goff is now the highest-paid player in Lions franchise history. The 2016 No. 1 overall pick of the Rams, Goff was acquired from Los Angeles in the Matthew Stafford haul from the 2021 offseason and has resurrected his career under Detroit offensive coordinator Ben Johnson. In three seasons with Detroit, Goff has completed 66.5 percent of his passes, up from 63.4 percent with Los Angeles, and has thrown for 12,258 yards with a splendid 78:27 TD:INT. He's lowered his turnover rate with Detroit and just helped lead the team to the NFC Championship Game last season. Goff is still just 29 years old and is locked in with the Lions for at least the next few seasons.
Parker Hesse
Parker Hesse Joins Detroit
Mon, May 13, 2024, 1:03 PM
The Lions signed Hesse on Monday.
Analysis: Hesse appeared in three games with Atlanta last season, but across 48 offensive snaps he wasn't targeted. He also played 28 snaps on special teams. Now, Hesse will get a chance to compete for a depth role in Detroit's crowded tight end room.
Jameson Williams
Jameson Williams Gets subtle vote of confidence
Mon, Apr 29, 2024, 2:30 PM
Williams is part of a WR room that didn't add any new bodies during the 2024 NFL Draft.
Analysis: It's a subtle vote of confidence in the 12th overall pick from the 2022 NFL Draft, as Detroit's roster otherwise has a slew of fourth-receiver types behind Williams and Amon-Ra St. Brown, namely Kalif Raymond, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Antoine Green and Tre'Quan Smith. The No. 2 receiver spot may not be a high-volume task in an offense with ARSB, TE Sam LaPorta and an excellent RB duo, but it's nonetheless a positive sign for Williams that the Lions didn't prioritize adding competition for him this offseason. While he made a bunch of big plays down the stretch last season, Williams has played only 522 regular-season snaps on offense to this point in his career and has never caught more than five passes in a game.
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Amon-Ra St. Brown Gets four-year extension
Wed, Apr 24, 2024, 10:59 AM
St. Brown and the Lions reached agreement Tuesday on a four-year extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Rapoport relays that St. Brown's deal is worth more than $120 million, including $77 million guaranteed. If those numbers hold up when more details come out, St. Brown will tie Tyreek Hill's for average annual value ($30 million) for a receiver and have the stand-alone record for money guaranteed. Of course, he probably won't hold those records for long, as the list of star wideouts nearing the end of their rookie contracts includes Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb and Ja'Marr Chase. In any case, St. Brown has improved his receiving volume and fantasy production with each passing season in the NFL, and he should have another big year in 2024 while catching passes from quarterback Jared Goff in an offense that will be coordinated by Ben Johnson for at least one more season.
Craig Reynolds
Craig Reynolds Back to Detroit
Mon, Apr 15, 2024, 12:05 PM
The Lions re-signed Reynolds as an exclusive rights free agent Monday.
Analysis: Reynolds appeared in 16 regular-season games last year, rushing 41 times for 179 yards and one touchdown. He also secured all five of his targets for 47 yards. Now having re-upped with Detroit, he figures to reprise a depth role behind Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery.
Brock Wright
Brock Wright Retained by Detroit
Wed, Apr 3, 2024, 12:36 PM
The Lions matched the three-year, $12 million offer sheet extended to Wright by the 49ers on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Wright signed an offer sheet that reportedly included $6 million guaranteed, but since he was a restricted free agent, Detroit had the ability to retain the tight end, who plays a key role as a blocker in the run game. The 49ers will now have to look elsewhere for an additional depth behind George Kittle, while Wright gets an improved contract and the opportunity to remain in a scheme in which he's already thrived. Across 14 regular-season appearances in 2023, Wright totaled 13 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Brock Wright
Brock Wright Could back up Kittle
Fri, Mar 29, 2024, 6:16 PM
The offer sheet Wright signed with the 49ers as a restricted free agent Friday is reportedly for three years and $12 million, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Analysis: Per Birkett, the Lions have five days to match the offer and since Wright was an undrafted free agent, they wouldn't receive draft pick compensation if he departs. If the 25-year-old ends up with the 49ers, he'd be in line to help fill the blocking tight end void behind starter George Kittle created by the free-agent departure of Charlie Woerner.
Brock Wright
Brock Wright Signs offer sheet with San Fran
Fri, Mar 29, 2024, 1:35 PM
Wright (forearm) signed an offer sheet with the 49ers on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Lions extended a one-year, $2.98 million contract tender to Wright ahead of free agency and now have five days to match the 49ers' offer. If not, Wright's deal with San Francisco becomes official. Wright broke his left forearm during Detroit's postseason win over Tampa Bay and finished the 2023 regular season with 13 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown across 14 appearances.
Nate Sudfeld
Nate Sudfeld Remains in Detroit
Wed, Mar 27, 2024, 4:59 PM
Sudfeld (knee) re-signed with the Lions on Wednesday.
Analysis: Sudfeld missed all of last year after suffering a torn ACL in a preseason game against the Panthers. The 30-year-old operated as the team's backup quarterback to Jared Goff in 2022, and was competing with Teddy Bridgewater for that role last season before his injury. If he can make the Lions roster in 2024, he'll likely be the No. 3 option with Hendon Hooker behind Goff.
Jared Goff
Jared Goff Discussing new deal
Tue, Mar 26, 2024, 2:58 PM
Goff and the Lions have begun negotiations on a contract extension, Kyle Meinke of reports.
Analysis: The same is true for star wideout Amon-Ra St. Brown, one of the team's nine regular starters on offense currently under contract with the Lions for 2024. The two exceptions are wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who averaged 3.8 targets per game last year, and right guard Jonah Jackson, who has already been replaced by 2023 Pro Bowler Kevin Zeitler. Even offensive coordinator Ben Johnson is back for another year, after many assumed he'd leave for a head coaching job. Goff has just one season and $27.3 million remaining on a four-year extension he originally signed with the Rams. What was once viewed as an overpay has now become one of the best values among veteran QB contracts, with the 29-year-old coming off consecutive seasons with more than 4,400 passing yards and at least 29 TDs. Goff hasn't quite been as effective for fantasy managers, as he offers next to nothing on the ground and plays in an offense that got 47 rushing TDs from its running backs over the past two seasons.
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Amon-Ra St. Brown Talking extension
Tue, Mar 26, 2024, 2:47 PM
St. Brown is discussing an extension with the Lions, Kyle Meinke of reports.
Analysis: The 2021 fourth-round pick is entering the final season of his rookie contract, after catching 315 passes for 3,588 yards and 21 touchdowns through his first three years. It's likely only a matter of time before St. Brown becomes one of the highest-paid non-QBs in the league, though he may be hesitant to sign before seeing what other top WRs about to hit the open market end up getting, such as Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb and Ja'Marr Chase. In any case, St. Brown will be back as the lead target for quarterback Jared Goff in a talented Detroit offense that looks set to return either nine or 10 starters from last season plus a handful of key backups.
Brock Wright
Brock Wright In line for contract tender
Thu, Mar 7, 2024, 1:58 PM
The Lions are slated to extend a contract tender to Wright (forearm) ahead of NFL free agency, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: The report notes that by offering Wright (as a restricted free agent) a right of first refusal tender of $2.985 million, the Lions will retain the right to match any contract the tight end signs. Wright, who is bouncing back from a broken left forearm that he sustained in the postseason, is coming off a 2023 season in which he caught 13 passes for 91 yards and a TD in 14 regular-season games while working behind outstanding rookie Sam LaPorta.


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