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2011 NFL Offseason: Detroit Lions

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2011 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
RB Jerome Harrison, RB Mike Bell, C Rudy Niswanger, DE Keyunta Dawson, OLB Justin Durant, ILB Stephen Tulloch, CB Eric Wright, S Erik Coleman, S Michael Johnson.
Early Draft Picks:
DT Nick Fairley, WR Titus Young, RB Mikel Leshoure, OLB Doug Hogue.
Offseason Losses:
WR Bryant Johnson, DE Turk McBride, OLB Julian Peterson, OLB Jordon Dizon.

2011 Detroit Lions Offense:
Poor Matthew Stafford. The football gods just won't let him play. After an injury-plagued rookie campaign, Stafford was knocked out in the opener against the Bears in which the Lions looked like they were going to prevail. Stafford tried to come back in November, but hurt his shoulder again and was sidelined for the rest of the season.

Stafford is healthy now, but not for long. His top three offensive tackles, Jeff Backus, Gosder Cherilus and Jason Fox, are all injured. Backus, who was responsible for that injury in the opener, has a torn chest muscle and is currently on the active/PUP list. Cherilus, who was mediocre in 2010, is coming off microfracture surgery on his knee. Fox has has some upside, but suffered a foot injury during training camp.

It's a good thing Detroit is better in the interior, though that could be by default. Rob Sims and Stephen Peterman are very good guards, but center Dominic Raiola should have been upgraded this offseason.

It really is a shame that Stafford hasn't been given much of a chance. He has a howitzer arm and is surrounded by a plethora of talent to post monstrous stats. Calvin Johnson packed on 10 pounds of muscle this offseason and has been enjoying the best training camp of his life. He could top 1,500 receiving yards if Stafford stays healthy.

Stafford will also look more often to Brandon Pettigrew, who had somewhat of a breakout sophomore campaign with Shaun Hill under center. Pettigrew notched 71 receptions for 722 yards and four touchdowns; the latter number expected to rise, of course, if Stafford can stay healthy.

The rest of the receiving corps is comprised of Nate Burleson (55 catches, 625 yards, 6 TDs in 2010) and second-round rookie Titus Young. Young has blazing speed as he demonstrated in the Senior Bowl, but he hasn't been able to practice at training camp because of a leg injury.

Detroit spent another second-round selection on running back Mikel Leshoure, who unfortunately tore his Achilles tendon at training camp. Leshoure was supposed to serve as a power-back complement to the electrifying but fragile Jahvid Best. Best demonstrated what he was capable of against Philadelphia in Week 2 (232 total yards, three touchdowns) before suffering through two turf toes for the rest of the season. Best is now healthy, though that's far from a lock to last very long.

2011 Detroit Lions Defense:
The Lions shocked the football world when they used the No. 13 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Projected to go No. 1 overall at some point by a few draft analysts, Fairley fell because of motivational and character concerns. There was also the fact that he was a one-year wonder at Auburn, though he dominated the line of scrimmage in that one season.

Fairley was a value choice and will form a powerful duo with Ndamukong Suh if he can stay healthy. Fairley has a stress fracture in his foot at the moment, but it's believed that he'll be able to play in the opener. If not, it'll be Corey Williams, a talented interior pass-rusher who defends the run almost as well. Either way, Suh will have a damn good partner in crime. Suh notched an eye-popping 10 sacks as a rookie. He was very good, but he struggled a bit against the run. That could change now that he has a year of experience under his belt, though the Bengals made it a point to run right at him in the preseason opener.

With Suh, Fairley and Williams collapsing the pocket, it'll open things up even more for ends Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril. Vanden Bosch had just four sacks in 11 games, but is the leader of the locker room. Avril, meanwhile collected 8.5 sacks from the blind side.

Detroit's back seven was its downfall last year, but that has changed, at least in part, because of two upgrades in the linebacking corps. The big signing was Stephen Tulloch, one of the more talented players at his position. Tulloch will be stationed in the middle next to weakside linebacker DeAndre Levy, who started 11 games as an NFL sophomore in 2010 and was very solid. The other free-agent addition was strongside linebacker Justin Durant, who specialized in run support for Jacksonville.

The secondary is still a concern, however. The Lions' 25th-ranked pass defense figures to improve because of a stronger front seven, but it's still an area of huge weakness.

It was rumored that Detroit would sign a top-flight cornerback like Johnathan Joseph, but all the team managed to acquire was Eric Wright. A former Brown, Wright was a pretty solid corner a couple of seasons ago, but has lost his confidence ever since. He's still an upgrade over Alphonso Smith and Nathan Vasher across from Chris Houston, who held his own despite the fact that he was utilized as a No. 1 corner.

The Lions will be better on the back end because free safety Louis Delmas is healthy again. Delmas played all of last year with a painful groin injury, but he's now 100 percent after offseason surgery. He'll start next to strong safety Amari Speivey, a converted corner who performed adequately in 2010 despite being a third-round rookie.

2011 Detroit Lions Schedule and Intangibles:
The Lions have one of the worst home-field advantages in the NFL, owning a horrendous 53-67 record since 1996. But that's nothing compared to their 22-98 road mark during that span. That's the league's worst visiting record the past 15 years. In fact, prior to a victory over the Buccaneers in Week 15, the Lions hadn't won a road game since Oct. 28, 2007.

In the five years prior to 2010, the Lions didn't have a single real special-teams touchdown (the only one was a fluke score by Casey Fitzsimmons off an onsides kick). Even worse, they had given up NINE returns. Well, the latter figure is now up to 11, but Detroit at least scored. This happened when stud return specialist Stefan Logan took a kickoff back to the house.

Jason Hanson just turned 41 in October. Despite this, he drilled 12-of-14 attempts in eight games last year, including 3-of-4 from 50-plus. Unfortunately, Hanson suffered a sprain MCL in 2010, so his body might take too long to recover.

Punter Nick Harris did a good job last season, maintaining a 44.6 average, although he did pin the opposition inside the 20-yard line just 24 times in 90 tries.

If the Lions can win in Tampa again, they could start 3-0 because they have the Chiefs (home) and Vikings (road) after that. Detroit's non-divisional schedule as a whole is pretty easy; other cupcake foes include Oakland, San Francisco, Denver and Carolina. Unfortunately, they have to deal with the Packers and Bears twice each.

2011 Detroit Lions Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Offensive Line
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams

2011 Detroit Lions Analysis: Expectations are high in Detroit for the first time in a long while. And for good reason - the front office has assembled an enormous amount of talent.

Injuries are going to decide whether the Lions make the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Matthew Stafford, Jahvid Best, the starting tackles, Nick Fairley and even Jason Hanson all have major medical question marks. If they can all stay on the field, Detroit could be playing deep into January. And if not? Well, Lions fans know how that works.

Projection: 10-6 (Tied 2nd in NFC North)

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Dream Draft 2 04-09-2014 09:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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1. Anthony Barr, OLB, add some explosion to the LB corps.
2. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Get a proper NR 2 across form Calvin, imagine two 6"5 freaks lining up with tate in the slot
3. Marcus Martin, C, Good athletic ability, can learn a year under Dominic
4. Kareem Martin, DE, Good athltic ability, might not be able to start immediately but him and Taylor can split duties
4. Daniel Mccullers, DT, competition for Fairley
4. Spencer Long, G, Depth and eventual replacement of Sims
6. Dezmen Southward, S, get a safety to sit for 2 years behind the veterans, it takes safeties time to adapt anyway
7. Jamae Thomas, S, same story really, replace everything
Dream Draft 03-23-2014 07:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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Perfect draft:
1: Justin Gilbert, CB; Finally a good corner, should be sorted for years to come
2: Donte Moncrief, WR; Super explosive weapon, him, tate and megatron will be a terror
3: Travis Swanson, C; Future replacement for Dominic Raiola, bring him in now so he can be mentored
4: Dion Bailey, S; Replacement for Delmas, further improve the secondary
6: Will Clarke, DE; Some more D-line depth, nice project
7: Spencer Long, G; Great player, can take a redshirt and learn and eventually take over for Sims

Mike Williams projection 03-16-2014 01:18 am (total posts: 1)
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Seems like they're planning on moving glover quinn over to fs and having James ihedigbo play in the box. I know glover may have originally been a ss but with the lions interest in tj ward and now ihedigbo, that really seems like the case. Whatever mayhews got up his sleeve on this one I just hope it works out we need to get better with our passing defense.
WyattBurp 02-13-2014 04:54 pm (total posts: 14)
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DETROIT LIONS. My team let the division get away from them, last season. Stafford is an elite QB, so I'm expecting him to get back on track and put up some dominant numbers under Head Coach Jim Caldwell. Youth just has to learn how to finish games.

GREEN BAY PACKERS. This team is just great. Nothing bad to say about the Packers. They're showing the league how it's done.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS. Surprised that they finished last in the NFC North, they'll do better than the Bears, certainly.

CHICAGO BEARS. They are an old, washed-up team. They'll finish last for certain in 2014.
Thurston Howell III 02-11-2014 01:02 am (total posts: 1)
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matthew stafford looks like a lesbian

and I didn't wanna say nothing but heard if Suh even sneezes wrong while driving to church the Detroit PD is gonna pull him over and make him feel like he wished he never left africa. i'm talking pints of blood needed type beat down cause the city is broke and they need a pi
Lionsfan123197 01-13-2014 09:17 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hones,Ty, the problem at CB is everybody keeps saying to stack the position. We have Vets at the position who need to give the younger guys more time. We can't say Slay stinks because Rasean Mathis was signed. Secant say Bill Bentley cant cover the slot if he's only been played outside where he's been okay for a 4th rounder IMO. Jonte Green could get more play time as well. The problem is that we keep getting more. WR is not a major need. It is, but not in the 1st. If Watkins is there, take him. If not, no big deal, fill it in the 2nd and pass on Evans and Lee.
You also forgot to mention DT. I heard some people say that Suh and or Fairley should be traded for another 1st rounder so we can get Louis Nix! Don't know why as Suh and Fairley seem okay to me, but after them, the rest of the DTs SUCK.
Kicker is one of my bigger worries with this team, TE should be great with Williams and Fauria and Backup QB can be a compensatory pick, Devin Taylor is a future star, so no need for DE if we resign Willie, especially with Jason Jones.
ryan 01-13-2014 04:04 pm (total posts: 1)
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lions were 7-9
Jay 01-13-2014 03:56 pm (total posts: 1)
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Actually, this was pretty spot on. I'd put CB as the #1 need and WR #2, but thats argumentative. Good job
Larisa 01-04-2014 12:15 am (total posts: 1)
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Sure they do….everyone starts 0-0 they have a 1 in 32 chnage of winning the Super Bowl right now, logically speaking…And what if you are there the day the beat the Colts, or the patriots, or the the Saints, or the Vikings…that would be something to talk about for the next 4 years if you are a Lions fan- #12 -
Mark 01-02-2014 04:20 am (total posts: 1)
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Your article was exllceent and erudite.
WyattBurp 07-14-2013 01:49 pm (total posts: 14)
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@Peppers & Allen. For a couple of old, washed up ends, you certainly talk some impressive smack. I'm certain all the money your teams wasted on you went to twinkies and beer. I'm expecting absolutely nothing from either of you, so just stand on the sidelines and talk all you want. Here's my prediction:

Bears: Last in NFC North
Vikings: 8-8

Enjoy the games you have left. There aren't many of those, thank goodness!
Julius Peppers & Jared Allen 07-12-2013 02:40 pm (total posts: 6)
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There is nothing we look more forward to this season than beating the Lions' sorry OTs on speed rushes and smashing Stafford's ugly kisser into the turf.

Enjoy your IR time, China Doll!
Charles Rouleau 07-10-2013 04:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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Your positional rankings are terrible. CJ automatically makes it at least four stars. And did you really give their D-line 3 stars. They have the best DT pair in the NFL. ST will be much better than last year and deserve at least three stars. O-line is not as bad as everyone thinks. Rieff may be young but is already as good if not better than Backus. The RT will be the only real question mark and will not see a huge amount of scrutiny because of Warford being a star RG and making up for either Fox's or Hillard's shortcomings. Linebackers are very underrated. Tulloch is a top 5 inside LB who gets not respect and Levy is a respectable starter. Whoever comes out on the other side should be our breakout player and I feel its down to Whitehead or T. Lewis who will both be solid starters in the NFL. Reggie Bush's addition should make the RBs higher than three stars. He will bring stability to the offense giving the Lions a premier target other than CJ. Stafford is severely motivated and will have a tremendous season even without solid protection. Lions are a breakout team who should challenge for a division in a weakened NFC North.
bbb 07-10-2013 01:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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I say 9-7
Adam 07-09-2013 07:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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In defense of the Lions' players:

Blah blah "Reiff's arms" comment. It's already been said. He's a tackle through and through and performed decently in his one start.

Receivers: You actually should bump this up a star. There were questions about the number 2 receiver in the past, yes, but like you said about running backs, that has changed drastically with the acquisition of Reggie Bush, the premier pass-catching first back. Putting Bush in the slot takes pressure off of Broyles and Patrick Edwards, both of the big names at the position. Every running back on the roster (with the exclusion of Leshuore) actually has a history of being a strong pass-catching back.

Offensive Line: Reiff's solid. Rob Sims dominates on his side. Raiola was only in a slump because he was picking up after Stephen Peterman's mistakes. Larry Warford just straight up MAULS. Jason Fox, who I assume is taking over at right tackle, is a high quality player. His only issue was injuries, which he seems to have taken care of. We'll see how he fares.

Defensive Line: First off, way to not acknowledge Idonije. Bringing in his veteran presence bolsters every position on the line and sets a great example for what we want in a player, one who worked hard from special teams and made it to starting. Suh and Fairley are also taking over as vocal leaders, so while there may be more penalties (I'm assuming there will be more aggression), they're going to be more controlled and setting an example.

Linebackers: I'll give you that they're questionable at best.

Secondary: While unproven as a unit, each individual player is strong. Houston has been solid in our scheme for years. Across from him will be Darius Slay, a great pick up, with Bill Bentley covering the slot. They're an incredibly dynamic and high potential group. And that's not even mentioning the players that we're holding as depth: Chris Greenwood and Jonte Green, both potential high-caliber back-ups. In terms of safeties, Delmas is an absolute game changer when healthy. Glover Quin is great in that he is going to be incredibly consistent whereas Delmas will take those risks.

Special Teams: I'll need to see how they do in blocking and coverage, but the unit evolved over the course of last year to actually being decent at the very end. Stefan Logan just wasn't the answer at returner, but now we have a multitude of strong options as his replacement. The kicker battle is something to watch as well. If Akers isn't going to be healthy, Havard Rugland has an absolute rocket of a leg. We just have to see if he stays calm under pressure. Sam Martin, the punter that was drafted in the 5th round, was actually a very good pick. He booms kickoffs consistently if we need him to and had a great history of punting high with decent air time. There's no doubt that this will sway how the team does dramatically. How many other teams can say that the player they drafted in the fifth round is going to be a surefire starter?

2011 NFL Draft Grades:

I think I'm the only person in America who didn't like Detroit's draft.

Look, I understand the allure of drafting Nick Fairley No. 13. He was supposedly the top player available, and was once a candidate to go No. 1 overall. But there's a reason why he slipped - he's a 1-year wonder and has work ethic issues. I'm VERY concerned that he's going to use most of his signing bonus to buy doughnuts, Cheetos and Oreos, and eventually balloon up to 350 pounds. JUCO transfers have an extremely high bust rate in the NFL. Fairley is not someone I would have drafted in the top 20. Maybe I'm wrong, and maybe he'll be a perennial Pro Bowler, but I have my concerns.

The Lions had only five selections. I loved two of them. However, Detroit did not address the cornerback or left tackle positions, so Martin Mayhew will have to go after Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency. I don't know how he'll improve Matthew Stafford's protection.

Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: C+

2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

13. Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
All Matt Millen did was pick receivers. Now, all the Lions do is acquire high-priced defensive tackles.

I don't like this pick much. Fairley is a one-year wonder with work ethic issues. I don't like the idea of paying him a ton of money in a rookie signing bonus. Plus, passing up Prince Amukamara and Jimmy Smith is pretty questionable. (Pick Grade: C)

44. Titus Young, WR, Boise State
Titus Young is exactly what the Lions need on offense, outside of a left tackle. He's eventually going to draw some attention away from Calvin Johnson. In the meantime, he'll contribute right away on punt returns. I really like this pick. (Pick Grade: A)

57. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
Even though the Lions had to trade up to this spot, I love this pick. How did Mikel Leshoure fall this far? Leshoure provides great value at No. 57 and will fill a need as a big back complement for Jahvid Best. (Pick Grade: A)

157. Doug Hogue, OLB, Syracuse
I thought the Lions would address the linebacker position earlier than this. Doug Hogue fills a major need, but I feel like there were better linebackers available. (Pick Grade: C)

209. Johnny Culbreath, OT, South Carolina State
A developmental tackle. Jeff Backus is entering his contract year, so the Lions will finally be forced to find a new left tackle next year. (Pick Grade: B)

Season Summary:
The Lions played most of the 2010 season without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. Yet, they were able to finish 6-10, with seven of their 10 defeats decided by one score. If Stafford can stay healthy, Detroit will make a run at the playoffs next year.

Offseason Moves:
  • Lions sign S Michael Johnson
  • Lions sign C Rudy Niswanger
  • Lions sign RB Jerome Harrison
  • Lions sign RB Mike Bell
  • Lions sign DE Keyunta Dawson
  • Lions re-sign OLB Bobby Carpenter
  • Lions sign WR Maurice Stovall
  • Saints sign DE Turk McBride
  • Lions sign ILB Stephen Tulloch
  • Lions re-sign CB Chris Houston
  • Lions re-sign C Dylan Gandy
  • Lions sign CB Eric Wright
  • Lions cut OLB Jordon Dizon
  • Lions sign WR Rashied Davis
  • Lions sign OLB Justin Durant
  • Lions re-sign QB Drew Stanton
  • Lions cut WR Bryant Johnson
  • Lions tender FB Jerome Felton
  • Lions tender DT Andre Fluellen
  • Lions cut OLB Julian Peterson
  • Lions re-sign DE Cliff Avril
  • Lions sign SS Erik Coleman
  • Lions cut CB Eric King

    Offseason Needs:
    1. Two Outside Linebackers: Detroit has informed Julian Peterson that he will be released because of his $8 million salary. His mediocre play might also be a reason. Meanwhile, Zack Follett is coming off a devastating injury and may not be ready to play for a while. The Lions will consider Akeem Ayers with the No. 13 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Signed Stephen Tulloch and Justin Durant; drafted Doug Hogue

    2. Cornerback: Make this two corners if the Lions don't re-sign Chris Houston. Prince Amukamara will be the choice if he somehow falls to the 13th pick. Detroit will probably have to address this position in the second round. Re-signed Chris Houston; signed Eric Wright

    3. Left Tackle/Right Tackle: Jeff Backus didn't have a bad year overall, but he was responsible for Julius Peppers knocking out Matthew Stafford in the season opener. Backus would be better served at right tackle. Unfortunately, this tackle class is awful, so the Lions will have to wait until Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft to address this problem. Drafted Johnny Culbreath

    4. Center: The Lions have some major holes up front - including the center position, occupied by Dominic Raiola. By the way, I'm not listing the guard position as one of the needs; Stephen Peterman sucked last year because he played with a foot injury. He'll be better in 2011. Signed Rudy Niswanger

    5. Strong Safety: C.C. Brown started eight games for the Lions in 2010. Converted corner Amari Spievey was the other option, but he's probably better suited playing nickel. A Day 2 pick might be spent on an upgrade. Signed Erik Coleman

    6. Power Running Back: Detroit will be looking for a runner to help in goal-line situations. Mikel Leshoure is out for the year with a torn Achilles. Drafted Mikel Leshoure

    7. Wide Receiver: Can you imagine how potent Detroit's offense would be if it found a reliable No. 2 wideout across from Calvin Johnson? Drafted Titus Young; signed Rashied Davis

    2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Stephen Tulloch, ILB, Titans. Age: 26.
      Signed with Lions (1 year, $3.25 million)

      Stephen Tulloch is a stud. At only 26 years old, he's one of the top 4-3 middle linebackers in the NFL. He's going to receive a huge contract this offseason.

    2. Eric Wright, CB, Browns. Age: 26.
      Signed with Lions

      Eric Wright is physically talented, but has regressed each season in the NFL. He's still young though, so maybe he can turn his career around elsewhere.

    3. Justin Durant, OLB, Jaguars. Age: 25.
      Signed with Lions (2 years)

      Justin Durant is a quality weakside linebacker, but is frequently injured.

    4. Jerome Harrison, RB, Eagles. Age: 28.
      Signed with Lions

      Remember that torrid stretch Jerome Harrison enjoyed at the end of the 2009 season? It's amazing that he started only three games this year. Harrison is a very effective second running back.

    5. Erik Coleman, SS, Falcons. Age: 29. -- Signed with Lions (1 year)
    6. Keyunta Dawson, DE, Colts. Age: 25. -- Signed with Lions
    7. Rashied Davis, WR, Bears. Age: 32. -- Signed with Lions (1 year)
    8. Rudy Niswanger, C, Chiefs. Age: 28. -- Signed with Lions
    9. Michael Johnson, S, Giants. Age: 27. -- Signed with Lions
    10. Mike Bell, RB, Browns. Age: 28. -- Signed with Lions
    11. Maurice Stovall, WR, Buccaneers. Age: 26. -- Signed with Lions

    Detroit Lions Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: No cap.
    1. Cliff Avril (RFA), DE, Lions. Age: 25.
      Re-signed with Lions (1 year, $2.6 million)

      Cliff Avril is a tremendous pass-rusher - 8.5 sacks in 13 games - but he's a liability against the run.

    2. Chris Houston, CB, Lions. Age: 26.
      Re-signed with Lions

      Chris Houston can't be a No. 1 corner. The Lions might be able to get away with him being a starter across from someone more talented, however.

    3. Kevin Smith, RB, Lions. Age: 24.
      Kevin Smith has some talent, but can't seem to stay healthy. The Central Florida coaching staff ruined his NFL career by giving him 450 carries in his senior year.

    4. Turk McBride, DE, Lions. Age: 26.
      Signed with Saints

      A decent rotational lineman for the Lions, Turk McBride recorded five sacks in 2010.

    5. Julian Peterson, OLB, Lions. Age: 33.
    6. Landon Johnson, OLB, Lions. Age: 30.
    7. Drew Stanton, QB, Lions. Age: 27. -- Re-signed with Lions (1 year)
    8. Jordon Dizon, OLB, Lions. Age: 25.
    9. Ashlee Palmer, OLB, Lions. Age: 25.
    10. Bobby Carpenter, OLB, Lions. Age: 28. -- Re-signed with Lions
    11. Zack Follett (ERFA), OLB, Lions. Age: 24. -- Tendered by Lions
    12. C.C. Brown, S, Lions. Age: 28.
    13. Corey Hilliard, OT, Lions. Age: 26.
    14. Bryant Johnson, WR, Lions. Age: 30.
    15. Maurice Leggett, CB, Lions. Age: 24.
    16. Tye Hill, CB, Lions. Age: 29.
    17. Andre Fluellen (RFA), DT, Lions. Age: 26. -- Tendered by Lions
    18. Brandon McDonald, CB, Lions. Age: 26.
    19. Jerome Felton (RFA), FB, Lions. Age: 25. -- Tendered by Lions
    20. Vinny Ciurciu, ILB, Lions. Age: 31.
    21. Caleb Campbell (ERFA), OLB, Lions. Age: 26.
    22. Dylan Gandy, C, Lions. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Lions (2 years)
    23. Jared DeVries, DE, Lions. Age: 35.
    24. Eric King, CB, Lions. Age: 29.
    25. Brian Clark, WR, Lions. Age: 27.
    26. Copeland Bryan, DE, Lions. Age: 28.
    27. Zack Follett, OLB, Lions. Age: 24.

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    Divisional Rival History:
    Chicago Bears: Take out a bizarre 2007 season where the Lions somehow swept the Bears, and Chicago has won 10 straight in this rivalry.
    Green Bay Packers: The Packers have won 18 of the last 21 meetings. Detroit beat Green Bay at home in 2010, but Aaron Rodgers missed half the game.
    Minnesota Vikings: Pure domination. The Vikings have somehow won 21 of the past 24 meetings.

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