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Detroit Lions training camp players to watch: P.J. Johnson

Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The defensive tackle has potential to slide perfectly into Detroit’s defensive front. The Detroit Lions chose to add to their already deep collection of interior defensive linemen with their final selection of the 2019 NFL Draft when they selected Arizona’s P.J. Johnson in the seventh round. Johnson seems to fit exactly what head coach Matt Patricia wants his defensive tackles to be able to do upfront. At 6-4, 334 pounds, the rookie...

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Detroit Lions special teams stacks up well against rest of NFC North

Leading up to training camps, SideLion Report previews position groups for the Detroit Lions, and the rest of the NFC North. Today, we look at special teams. They see a limited number of snaps every game, their mistakes are often magnified more than any other player, and their paychecks can pale in comparison to their […] Detroit Lions special teams stacks up well against rest of NFC North - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Watch: Tracy Walker visits downtown Detroit's Coney Islands

Tori Petry and Tracy Walker taste coney dogs at American and Lafayette in this series where Lions players get out and about in Detroit.

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Detroit Lions fans should temper expectations for T.J. Hockenson

With expectations through the roof for tight end T.J. Hockenson, should Detroit Lions’ fans expect a slow start during the first rounder’s rookie season? When the Detroit Lions made Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson the eighth overall selection in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, an audible sigh could be heard across the […] Detroit Lions fans should temper expectations for T.J. Hockenson - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Only wins will vindicate Matt Patricia

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia was recently ranked 24th out of the 26 returning head coaches in the NFL, and only one thing will change that. We are now less than a week away from the Detroit Lions opening training camp. It’s practically here. But the euphoria of Lions football has often been tempered […] Detroit Lions: Only wins will vindicate Matt Patricia - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Faces of the 2019 Detroit Lions

Throughout the month of July, the Last Word on Pro Football department will be taking a look at the three most recognizable faces of each NFL team. For this series, we’ll be looking only at active players. The Detroit Lions are just weeks away from the start of training camp. Now is a good time to take a look at which players are the faces of the 2019 Detroit Lions. This distinction takes into account players whose success on the field will have a large impact, as well as players who stand...

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Detroit Lions offense reloaded and ready to compete in 2019

After a disastrous 2018 season, the Detroit Lions offense is reloaded and ready to compete in 2019. But can they win the NFC North title? The Detroit Lions should be much improved after a dismal 2018 season. Detroit has brought in new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and added some talent in key positions ahead of […] Detroit Lions offense reloaded and ready to compete in 2019 - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Damon Harrison at the heart of Detroit Lions defensive resurgence

The trade for Damon Harrison was immediately fruitful for the Detroit Lions. Now, Pro Football Focus believes Snacks will lead a top-five run defense. The Detroit Lions‘ run defense did a complete one-eighty last season. And that’s due in large part to a midseason trade for defensive tackle Damon Harrison. Nicknamed Snacks, Harrison was shipped […] Damon Harrison at the heart of Detroit Lions defensive resurgence - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News,...

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Is Matthew Stafford overrated? ESPN’s Max Kellerman believes he is

Entering his 11th season in the NFL, Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford has accomplished little. Does that make him overrated? When the Detroit Lions drafted Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the first overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, it was believed the talented signal-caller would lead the struggling franchise to new heights. Eleven years […] Is Matthew Stafford overrated? ESPN’s Max Kellerman believes he is - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit...

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Lions place four on non-football injury list, Chris Lacy on PUP

The Lions made five moves Friday, the team announced. They placed defensive tackle John Atkins, linebacker Austin Bryant, defensive tackle P.J. Johnson and offensive tackle Ryan Pope on the non-football injury list. They also placed receiver Chris Lacy on the physically unable to perform list. Lacy, 23, played one game for the Lions last season. [more]

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Who is the present and future at offensive guard?

The Detroit Lions have improved this offseason but still have some challenges. This week we’ll discuss the guard position, present and future. The Detroit Lions have had a good offseason by many accounts. Many Lions fans are in full Kool-Aid Summer mode, meaning that they won’t hear about criticism of the team until at least […] Detroit Lions: Who is the present and future at offensive guard? - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Watch: Matthew Stafford is overrated and he's barely a franchise QB, says Max Kellerman | First Take

Max Kellerman insists that Matthew Stafford is overrated because he was the top pick in the 2009 NFL draft and has not led the Detroit Lions to a playoff win or an NFC North title. #FirstTake ?

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Detroit Lions first training camp practice now open to ALL

Photo by Steven King/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Now everyone can watch the Lions open up training camp! When the Detroit Lions first announced their 2019 training camp schedule, the first practice was set to only be available to media and season-ticket holders. On Thursday, the Lions announced a change. That practice will now be completely open to the public: You need not RSVP. You need not purchase a ticket. Simply show up to Allen Park—ideally early enough to guarantee a spot...

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Former NFL players strive to break into coaching on ground floor

After finishing their NFL careers, several former players are trying to prove themselves again as entry-level assistant coaches for the Lions.

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Is anyone really surprised by the Madden 20 ratings?

This week the Detroit Lions along with the rest of the NFL found out their ratings for Madden 20. Were any of us really surprised at the results? It’s not just the Detroit Lions, but every player on every team in the NFL that is interested in how they are rated on Madden football each […] Detroit Lions: Is anyone really surprised by the Madden 20 ratings? - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Report: Agent of Damon Harrison, Darius Slay to meet with Detroit Lions this week

Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Thuzio Will the Lions get a deal done for both before the start on training camp next week? All has been quiet on the Damon Harrison Sr., Darius Slay front. The two sat out OTAs and minicamp last month in the hopes to start negotiations on a new contract. Though the two have a couple years remaining on their respective deals, their guaranteed money is out and they’re likely seeking some long-term security beyond a potential lockout in 2021. But according...

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Is the Detroit Lions most underrated player a backup?

Could the Detroit Lions most underrated player be backup running back, C.J. Anderson? There is a very real chance this veteran has been overlooked. It is no secret that the Detroit Lions have had a rough history and will have to do a lot of work to gain any respect or recognition on the national […] Is the Detroit Lions most underrated player a backup? - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Video yearbook reveals the challenge ahead

Ultimately, the Detroit Lions are unlikely to be champions at the end of this year. But what transpires in 2019 will be key to making some noise in 2020. On Monday, the four video yearbooks for the NFC North division – including, of course, the Detroit Lions – debuted on the NFL Network. Here are […] Detroit Lions: Video yearbook reveals the challenge ahead - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Detroit Lions trio only average in NFL.com triplets ranking

According to one annual ranking of the NFL’s the top QB-RB-pass catcher trios, this Detroit Lions combo falls into the middle of the pack. A list was released at NFL.com last week to rank the quarterback/running back/pass catcher combos for all 32 teams in the league. It’s mid-July after all, so there’s not much else […] Detroit Lions trio only average in NFL.com triplets ranking - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Should Detroit Lions add defensive end Nick Perry for depth?

The Detroit Lions have been looking to improve their pass rush for quite a while now. So, should they add defensive end Nick Perry for depth? The offseason is winding down and there are a few free agents on the market that might be worth the Detroit Lions kicking the tires. One of those players […] Should Detroit Lions add defensive end Nick Perry for depth? - SideLion Report - SideLion Report - A Detroit Lions Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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