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One thing you can count on with the Detroit Lions is that they are never, ever boring. Follow the latest news including injuries, roster moves and more here daily from Oakland Press beat writer Paula Pasche. Plus you'll find regular commentary about the team.

8/26/2015

Check out transcript of chat on Detroit Lions

If you missed today's chat on the Detroit Lions check out the transcript here. We talked a ton about Zach Zenner's chances, Ryan Broyles and Corey Fuller too. Also we discussed the Lions' chances in the NFC North.  It was a good chat.

The Lions will play the Jaguars on Friday in Jacksonville. Many of the starters are expected to play the entire first half.

The next chat is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, just hours before the final preseason game. Join in, it's always a fun time. — Paula Pasche



8/19/2015

Check out transcript from Detroit Lions chat

If you missed today's chat on the Detroit Lions, check out the transcript here. The Lions will play their second preseason game tonight (Thursday) when they'll face the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

You might have heard Redskins' Robert Griffin III say this week he thinks he's the best quarterback in the NFL. Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis said it's nothing personal against the Lions, but look for the secondary to be fired up anyway.

Join the next chat at 3 p.m., Aug. 27. It's always fun ... Paula Pasche



8/18/2015

Detroit Lions — Nate Burleson sizes up Ameer Abdullah

Nate Burleson, who keeps a close eye on the Detroit Lions, likes what he sees from running back Ameer Abdullah. Really, who doesn’t?

The former Lions wide receiver  shared his thoughts on the NFL Network’s "NFL Total Access'' on Monday night.

Burleson said: “What he was able to do when he got the ball in his hands was exactly what we saw him do at Nebraska … What I loved the most is when he got into the interior and he was able to move in small spaces, he loves to put those feet down, give you a shoulder, give you a head and he doesn’t have a fear when he sees safeties and linebackers in front of him. For a rookie to get the ball and make moves like he does in short spaces, that’s going to carry this running game a long way. With the addition of Golden Tate and a healthy Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford has a ton of weapons.”

Burleson had a good view of Abdullah, the Lions’ second-round pick, because he was a television color analyst for the Detroit call of the preseason game.

Burleson will also be in the booth on Thursday night with Matt Shepard and Rob Rubick for the Lions second preseason game at the Washington Redskins. It will air at 7:30 p.m. on WJBK-TV FOX 2.

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8/17/2015

Detroit Lions — SI's Peter King sees them as a surprise in NFC

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who writes at MMQB.si.com, visited Detroit training camp last week and saw what I’ve seen all spring and through the first weeks of camp.



Now he has high praise for the Detroit Lions and thinks they could be the NFC’s surprise team.



In his MMQB column published today (Monday), he wrote: “All along, I’ve had this thought that Minnesota would be my surprise team of the NFC. Then I came to Allen Park, Mich., to watch the Lions practice, and saw rookie back Ameer Abdullah run through everyone on defense, and watched one of the two or three most intense practices of our tour, and saw a healthy Calvin Johnson shred the defense like the pre-ankle-injury days. And I imagine that Caraun Reid and others we’ve never heard of can play well enough in the middle of the defensive line to soften the death blow of losing Ndamukong Suh.’’




He’s also changed his mind about Suh. Weeks/months ago he didn’t think the Lions could handle Suh’s loss. He also talked to Stafford about the Packers. Good stuff.

Always interesting to get the perspective of a veteran writer who has been to several training camps.



Brady the golden
King is a good guy too — known for his love of golden retrievers. So when he stopped in the media work room that day I showed him photos of my golden Brady who I adopted 11 months ago after my neighbor found him sitting in a park. 

Honestly, he sat down and wanted to hear the whole story. I guess it’s better to talk about Brady the golden than Brady and Deflategate. 

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8/14/2015

Detroit Lions — Five things learned from preseason win over Jets

When the Lions opened their preseason schedule with a 23-3 win over the N.Y. Jets on Thursday, we got a glimpse at the possibilities for this season.

Here are five things we learned:

  1. Ameer Abdullah is the real deal. We’d seen flashes at training camp, but in pads and against another opponent, Abdullah had a jaw-dropping 45-yard run. Where did he get those moves? Afterward he said he was excited to get into his first NFL game even though it was preseason. He also thanked the offensive line and the receivers for their blocks. Two things: His runs were against the Jets’ defense and it’s too early to draw comparisons to Barry Sanders, a Hall of Famer.

  2. Caraun Reid made his case to start at defensive tackle. It’s tough to judge defensive and offensive lines until they see game action. He passed. His half a sack (he could have gotten there on his own) was impressive. He is not Ndamukong Suh but his play can help people forget about losing Suh.

  3. Laken Tomlinson didn’t start at left guard but was solid once he got in. Right guard Larry Warford was impressed especially when Tomlinson “destroyed” a defensive end. It’s a tight competition with Manny Ramirez and is fun to watch. These coaches don’t hand out starting jobs based on draft position.

  4. Special teams is blocking better on returns than last season which was an issue. Jeremy Ross started it with a 26-yard kickoff return. Abdullah had one for 25 yards and TJ Jones had three solid punt returns.

  5. Wide receiver Greg Salas’ five catches for 92 yards was impressive even though against the third-team defense. He’s got to be in conversation for that final wide receiver spot.


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8/13/2015

Detroit Lions — Mathis inactive, Lawson to start vs. Jets; Broyles active

DETROIT — Veteran cornerback Rashean Mathis will not play in the Lions preseason opener tonight against the N.Y. Jets at Ford Field.


Mathis has been practicing. It’s unknown if he’s injured. He could be sitting out just because he’s a veteran and the Lions want to give the younger corners a chance.


Nevin Lawson, entering his second season, will start in his place.


Other inactives for the Lions include Joique Bell, LaAdrian Waddle, Jason Jones and Haloti Ngata. The four of them are coming off injuries and have not participated in training camp.

Ryan Broyles, who did not practice on Monday or Tuesday with an undisclosed injury, is active. He said on Tuesday he would play.


According to the game notes, no surprises among the starters. Manny Ramirez will start at left guard, Cornelius Lucas at right tackle.



Inactives for the Jets: Geno Smith, T.J. Graham, Chris Owusu, Dee Milliner, Curtis Brown, Steve Maneri, Devin Smith and Muhammad Wilkerson. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback.

8/12/2015

Join chat on Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. Thursday

Join me for a live chat discussing the Detroit Lions at 3 p.m. on Thursday. That's just four and a half hours before their preseason opener against the N.Y. Jets at Ford Field.

It's been a fairly routine training camp so far, but still plenty of position battles are ongoing.

Bring your questions and comments. It's always fun. — Paula Pasche

Detroit Lions blog — Preseason ratings show NFL is king

It’s always curious to see television ratings for Detroit Lions’ preseason games. We’ll get the first numbers after Thursday’s preseason opener against the Jets at Ford Field.

Look, I know the NFL is popular, but even I was shocked at the ratings numbers for the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night with the Vikings against the Steelers.

The 6.9 overnight rating was astronomical. Adrian Peterson and Ben Roethlisberger were not even playing.

According to Pro Football Talk, that 6.9 overnight rating was higher than Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final; the Indy 500;, Game 1 of both the American League and National League Championship Series; and Game 1 of both the NBA Eastern and Western Conference finals.

Think about it. That is amazing.

No doubt about it, the NFL is king.

(Follow @PaulaPasche on Twitter. Pre-order her new book “Game of My Life Detroit Lions” which will be be published in October on Amazon.com. Also order her book,  “100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die’’ here.)