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    Thursday, 11 Feb 2021. 14:06 Quarterback Matthew Stafford told two Detroit media outlets that he was considering leaving the Lions shortly before the 2020 campaign. Jared Koff and the man who fulfilled his wish when he went to the Los Angeles Rams against the three draft exams were eager to refer to it as “the hardest conversation of his life” when he was officially asked to trade. If the team ever wanted to experience regime change and rebuild, Stafford wanted to take that direction, which seems necessary in Detroit. “Every time you change your coach or general manager you know they want to surround themselves with their staff and it takes time. I don’t think I would have enjoyed this period,” Quarterback said. Knowing that he has given everything for this team on the field, he leaves the Stafford Lions in peace. He is the leader of...
    Getty DeVonta Smith during the Alabama win vs. Ohio State. The Detroit Lions have made some big changes since the last round of 2021 mock drafts were revealed, and their big move has some big consequences. At this point, the Lions may have eliminated a big hole for the team by brining Jared Goff into the mix, and that trade might open up the Lions to make a move elsewhere when it comes to the draft. Recently, ESPN sage Todd McShay put together another new Insider mock, and sent the Lions a special talent McShay had the Lions picking up Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith with the seventh pick in the draft. This comes after a flurry of trades above them for teams to land quarterbacks plays out. Mock Draft 2.0 for @McShay13 has #Lions taking DeVonta Smith, WR and Heisman winner from Alabama. — Matt Dery (@DerySpeaks)...
    Some Michigan localities have opted to put lawmakers at the front of the coronavirus vaccination line despite some of the state’s higher risk citizens still waiting to gain access. “Our lawmakers at the state and county level need to remain healthy so they can convene and vote on measures that support COVID response, vaccinations, and other key issues,” said Oakland County spokesman Bill Mullan, one of the counties offering lawmakers priority. Michigan’s Oakland and Macomb counties, as well as the city of Detroit, are jurisdictions fast-tracking lawmakers in some way. Officials in Oakland County have confirmed prioritizing lawmakers, saying they were part of the “vital public interest during the pandemic.” State Rep. John Reilly, who represents part of Oakland County, doesn’t agree with the decision to prioritize lawmakers. The 63-year-old Reilly is just outside of the higher priority status but says he is healthy and declined to be vaccinated ahead...
    Getty Jared Goff makes a signal playing the Saints in 2019. The Detroit Lions struck to reveal they’d be dealing for Jared Goff over the weekend, and ever since, it’s been quiet as it relates to the quarterback. Goff, however, has broken some of that silence finally with a social media post in which he thanked Los Angeles and the Rams for the last five seasons while also looking forward to his next chapter in Detroit. Here’s a look at what he had to say: Thank you, LA. pic.twitter.com/rkOJUpxA2T — Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) February 3, 2021 Perhaps most notably from the Detroit perspective is the fact that Goff says he’s excited and ready to attack the new opportunity he’s been given. From that standpoint, it certainly seems as if the Lions’ new quarterback is ready to prove some doubters wrong. Given the abrupt and strange nature of...
    Getty Jameis Winston celebrates a win for the Saints in 2020. The Detroit Lions are prepared to move on from Matthew Stafford in the coming weeks, and when they do so, it will open up a gaping hole on the roster at one of the most important positions on the team. There’s going to be a new quarterback in place in Detroit starting soon, and more than likely a pair of them considering the draft could be the top avenue the Lions will look at to fill the void. Free agency is likely to bring the first new addition to the Lions once the Stafford situation is resolved. When that happens, there are plenty of intriguing options for the Lions in terms of placeholders that could compete with a rookie. What names make the most sense in free agency for the Lions to remember? Here’s a look at...
    Loading the player... Many of the protestors in Detroit who participated in demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd will not face charges. Read More: Tyler Perry promotes vaccine, gripes with Black churches: ‘What good are you?’ Those charged with misdemeanors between May 31 and June 2 for violating a mandated curfew will have no further legal issues. The Detroit Corporation counsel Lawrence Garcia released a statement on Tuesday addressing the matter. “In the many months since those tickets were issued, the city law department and police department have worked to study videotape and other evidence from the events in question,” read the statement.   Floyd’s death last June sparked worldwide protests after ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, killing him during an arrest. Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter and three other police officers on the scene were...
    Getty A Titans helmet on the bench during the AFC Championship in 2020. The Detroit Lions have a new general manager, so now thoughts will turn to what happens next in their search for the next boss of the franchise. Detroit’s interview process has led them to multiple names thus far, one of which is Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. During this hiring cycle, Smith has been in-demand as a candidate, but the timeline could be shaping up to push for a close for him soon. This week, Smith will come back for a second interview in Detroit Friday as part of a busy schedule, as Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported. The #Falcons had a second interview today with #Titans OC Arthur Smith, who then flew to New York to have dinner tonight with #Jets brass, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Next up for Smith:...
    Getty Rod Wood before a Lions game. The Detroit Lions made it official, hiring Brad Holmes to be their next general manager and the rave reviews have been pouring in for the move in the hours after it was revealed. It’s clear while Holmes may not have been a household name coming into the process he has quickly become one after as folks have learned more about him and learned to appreciate what he could be bringing to the table in his next job. Rams general manager Les Snead had rave reviews for Holmes as a person and as an executive and wished him well. Certainly, some of the traits he points to will help Holmes in a big way in his new job. (2) his dynamic intelligence, his unwavering leadership and humility. All of those qualities will ensure hes set up to be successful in this next...
    Getty Doug Pederson during a 2020 playoff game. The Detroit Lions, like the rest of the NFL, saw a major shakeup on Monday when Doug Pederson was let go as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Pederson was fired in spite of the fact that he looked safe just a week ago, and that introduces a coach with major experience into the marketplace. That could get the attention of the Lions, who are moving through their process to hire a coach with more interviews this week. After Pederson’s firing, some new odds have surfaced regarding where he could land. While the Lions aren’t the current favorites, they do sit at a solid 5-1 in the odds, just barely in fourth position according to betonline.ag. Odds that Doug Pederson is next HC of the Lions, per ⁦@betonline_ag⁩ pic.twitter.com/vFeqNLa3xJ — Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) January 11, 2021 The Lions have...
    Getty Jaylen Waddle runs away from Auburn after a catch. The Detroit Lions have plenty needs, and that’s true considering the fact they will select safely within the top 10 of the upcoming draft this year. While the team’s new front office and coaching staff will have plenty to say about the direction they take, a consensus could quietly be forming about the position the Lions should select in the coming months in the prognostication community. Yet another mock draft has the Lions opting to go with a wide receiver from the SEC. Instead of the usual names, however, a new one enters the mix. Pro Football Focus writer Anthony Treash recently put together a new mock draft in which he has the Lions picking up Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle with the seventh pick this coming spring. Treash wrote: “Detroit is in a tough spot with wide receivers Kenny...
    Getty Arthur Smith celebrates with the Titans after a big win. The Detroit Lions are doing their diligence in terms of their coaching search, and as another week presses on, the team is set to get a look at another interesting name they could hire to be their next boss. This week, the Lions will meet with Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. Smith joins an already jam packed list for the Lions which includes already interviewed candidates such as Marvin Lewis, Robert Saleh, Eric Bieniemy and Darrell Bevell. Smith will interview for the Detroit job on Tuesday according to reports. Titans OC Arthur Smith interviewed Sunday night with the Jaguars for their HC job, per source. Smith is scheduled to interview today for HC jobs with the Jets, Falcons and Chargers, then the Lions on Tuesday. Jets also interviewing Saints’ DB coach Aaron Glenn today for...
    Getty Todd Bowles before a game coaching the Jets. The Detroit Lions have had a wide search for their next head coach, and things are only expected to expand further in the coming days. After the team started off their search with a simple list, a new name has entered the mix for the job in the form of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Bowles has been under-the-radar in this cycle, but is a strong candidate that many teams could have interest in given his previous experience in the league and his work with Tampa Bay. According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Lions have put in a request to interview Bowles, and that request could be granted in the coming days, with the only holding pattern being the team’s playoff game against Washington on Saturday. The #Lions have put in a request to...
    Getty Rick Spielman at a Super Bowl party. The Detroit Lions are in the process of narrowing the field for their next general manager, and one of the names on the list is Minnesota Vikings’ assistant general manager George Paton. Paton, long coveted for jobs in the NFL, is a hot name again in this cycle. This past week, he interviewed for the Detroit job and he also has an interview for the Denver Broncos’ general manager role lined up as well. Interestingly, though, Paton’s strongest connections could be in Detroit this cycle, which could lead him to be firmly in the mix to get the Lions gig when all is said and done. According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Paton has been giving a glowing recommendation by Rick Spielman to his brother Chris Spielman, who is one of the power brokers in on the decision on...
    Getty Ja'Marr Chase during the national title game in 2020. The Detroit Lions are looking for a new vision for their franchise, and one will almost certainly be on the way for the front office and coaching staff. What happens to the roster, though? It’s hard not to think about that end of things as the 2020 season has come to an end and mock draft season has pushed into focus. Recently, ESPN analyst Todd McShay offered a fresh look at what he expects to happen when the draft gets going and the Lions pick seventh overall. In an insider piece, McShay revealed his latest mock and had the Lions going with LSU wideout Ja’Marr Chase. Chase sat out the 2020 season to get ready for the NFL Draft in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, but he is clearly one of the top offensive options for the...
    Getty DeVonta Smith and the Heisman Trophy. The Detroit Lions have a long way to go before they start to make a plan for next season’s roster, but already, there’s been an idea about what the team should do. Potentially, there could be a huge player on the horizon for the team during the 2021 NFL Draft in the form of DeVonta Smith. Smith was just named the Heisman Trophy winner after a huge season and a huge bowl game, and his next move could be joining the Lions as a weapon next season according to a new mock draft. Pro Football Focus writer Austin Gayle explained that Smith makes a huge move up the board to the Lions, who have the seventh pick in the draft. Gayle wrote: “Even if the Lions re-sign soon-to-be unrestricted free agents Kenny Golladay (27), Marvin Jones (31) and/or Danny Amendola (35),...
    Getty The Lions make their pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Detroit Lions have finished off their 2020 season, and as a result, they finally know where they’ve been slated to pick in the impending 2021 NFL Draft. Following a tough weekend of results around them, the Lions will pick in the seventh spot coming up. Detroit did their part and lost to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 17, but didn’t get help around them from the likes of the Texans, Eagles and Bengals, so they missed ending up safely within the top five. The 2021 NFL Draft order for the non-playoff teams: 1. Jaguars2. Jets3. Dolphins (via Texans)4. Falcons5. Bengals6. Eagles7. Lions8. Panthers9. Broncos10. Cowboys11. Giants12. 49ers13. Chargers14. Vikings15. Patriots16. Cardinals17. Raiders18. Dolphins — Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 4, 2021 The Lions will set their sights on what to do in the draft now, and...
    Getty A Colts helmet on the field for a 2013 game. The Detroit Lions have been biding their time until the end of the NFL season to get more of their interviews in order, and a name to watch on that front could be set to surface in the coming weeks. While several established names have been interviewed for the general manager gig, there’s been a holding pattern in recent days that could coincide with the fact that the Lions are waiting to get a shot to interview some candidates with teams still in action. One of those names could be Ed Dodds, a man that could be one of the hottest candidates of this coming cycle. Recently, Sports Illustrated writer and insider Albert Breer appeared at halftime during games on Saturday and fielded rapid-fire questions from fans. One question had a Lions theme, and it revolved around...
    Getty T.J. Hockenson greets Roger Goodell after being picked by the Lions. The Detroit Lions had yet another lost weekend on the field, but the silver lining was the fact that once again, the team is on the move in the standings for the 2021 NFL Draft. This week, following an ugly loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which felt like rock bottom, the Lions were able to move up with some positive results ahead of them in the draft order. From outside of the top 10, the Lions have now climbed to the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Updated Draft Order 1. #DUUUVAL 2. #TakeFlight 3. #FinsUp 4. #RiseUpATL 5. #SeizeTheDey 6. #FlyEaglesFly 7. #OnePride 8. #TogetherBlue 9. #KeepPounding 10. #BroncosCountry #NFL #NFLTwitter #NFLDraft — KLTS Sports Talk (@KLTS_SportsTalk) December 28, 2020 In recent weeks, the Lions have been firmly outside of...
    Getty A Lions pick gets made at the 2018 NFL Draft. The Detroit Lions have been doing a ton of losing on the field this season, but they continue to win as it relates to moving up in the 2021 NFL Draft order. After Detroit’s resounding loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Lions moved up a spot in the NFL Draft order for 2021 and are now chasing down a top 10 selection. The Lions are now up to the 11th pick in the draft, just behind the Giants for a top 10 selection. Detroit is tied with a host of teams at 5-9 from picks eight to 13, which means in the coming weeks, there will be lots in-flux that could change. If the Lions lose out, they will give themselves a great shot at a top 10 selection, but it’s far from a lock that they...
    (CBS Detroit) – Vaccines have been given to some first responders in Wayne and Oakland County Friday. Officials say Workers coming in direct contact with COVID-19 patients in Michigan will be given the vaccine right away. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    Getty Jaylen Waddle celebrates a play with Jerry Jeudy. The Detroit Lions have a long way to go on their 2020 season, but it’s never too early for some folks to start consuming some 2021 mock drafts. So far, the Lions have not gotten off to an elite start on the field in terms of winning and losing, and that’s only made folks more weary in terms of the short term future. The long term future with regards to next year’s draft, however, is always exciting to fans. Recently, Pro Football Focus and analyst Michael Renner took a look at predicting where the Lions will go in the draft, and Alabama wideout Jaylen Waddle is their pick for Detroit at No. 13. Renner wrote: “If Waddle plays like he did Saturday on a consistent basis, he may not even make it to Pick 13. Waddle hauled in 8-of-10...
    DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – A couple of Non-profits in Detroit surprised some essential workers, that are often overlooked, grocery store employees were recognized for their hard work during the pandemic. Reggie Davis from Ceasefire Youth Initiative said, “They’re working in a store where every day we need to come for items, household items we must have, and like i said they’re putting their lives on the line.” To show gratitude for their sacrifices and hard work Davis with the Ceasefire Youth Initiative Non-Profit, along with the Detroit Blightbusters, provided 200 hot meals for employees at the Meijer store on grand river. The organizers say they intentionally picked this location. John George from Detroit Blightbusters says, “it’s in the neighborhood, there are a lot of stores on the fringes of Detroit but this one clearly is in the old Redford, Brightmoor community and it’s really rooted in this community.”...
    Getty Jason Huntley runs the ball for New Mexico State. The Detroit Lions have a rookie class that is highly regarded as one of the better groups in the league, and the depth of the class is what could make it second to none right off the bat in 2020. Detroit’s class should give then plenty of depth, but the chance exists for the team to see some huge performances from their youngest players. Who will make an immediate impact from this class? Here’s a look at some of the early picks to stand out. D’Andre Swift, RB It will be easy to see Swift playing a huge role this season for the Lions. The team needs a durable weapon at running back and Kerryon Johnson has been inconsistent with regards to health the last few seasons. All of that should point to Swift getting plenty of love...
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