Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Morning Lions Links for Tuesday 3-19-13

Articles:

Lions heavy lifting in free agency appears to be over:   http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Detroit-Lions-heavy-lifting-in-free-agency-appears-to-be-over/b1b748c6-b5d2-46e3-b8e5-2e3f606f9ea4

Restructured contracts and transactions have saved the Lions approximately $27 million:   http://www.detroitlions.com/news/ohara/article-1/Restructured-contracts-and-transactions-have-saved-the-Detroit-Lions-approximately-27-million/bed3a4fa-f633-4fd2-8fe1-50595c72e8d0

Lions awarded a 4th and 7th round compensatory pick:   http://blogs.detroitlions.com/2013/03/18/lions-awarded-two-compensatory-picks/

Delmas impressed Harbaugh on his trip to SF:   http://www.detroitlions.com/news/ohara/article-1/Louis-Delmas-impressed-49ers-head-coach-Jim-Harbaugh-on-his-visit-to-San-Francisco/9a1a8a65-da8b-4528-a631-43e6c08a6b22

Best not giving up hope that he will return to football:   http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Jahvid-Best-not-giving-up-hope-that-he-will-make-a-return-to-football/dc92c8de-2727-43c2-95f3-cccfab13afb8

Durant re-signing with the Lions seem unlikely:   http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Twentyman-Justin-Durant-re-signing-with-Lions-seems-unlikely-/3a562933-1613-40bd-8e0c-d296082b19f0

Reiff remains a blocker without a position for now:   http://www.freep.com/article/20130319/SPORTS01/303190087/detroit-lions-riley-reiff

Megatron restructures deal to help with cap space:   http://www.freep.com/article/20130318/SPORTS01/130318100/detroit-lions-calvin-johnson-restructure-salary-cap-help

Lions have shown interest in DE Osi Umenyiora:   http://www.freep.com/article/20130319/SPORTS01/130319006/detroit-lions-osi-umenyiora

Splash celebrity dive show featuring Suh debuts tonight:   http://www.freep.com/article/20130319/SPORTS01/303190109/detroit-lions-ndamukong-suh-splash

Avril's price got too high, so we moved on in free agency:   http://www.freep.com/article/20130318/SPORTS01/130318094/detroit-lions-martin-mayhew-free-agency-cliff-avril-price-too-high

Mayhew's says teams big money signings are over:   http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130319/SPORTS0101/303190351/1126/sports0101/Lions-GM-Martin-Mayhew-says-team-s-big-money-signings-over

Lions on top on Delmas' knee rehabilitation:   http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130318/SPORTS0101/303180448/1126/sports0101/GM-Martin-Mayhew-Lions-top-Louis-Delmas-knee-rehabilitation

Offensive, defensive lines a concern for the Lions:   http://www.foxsportsdetroit.com/nfl/detroit-lions/story/Offensive-defensive-lines-a-concern-for-?blockID=880687&feedID=3862

Lions lucked out on Avril:   http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/54426/detroit-lions-lucked-out-on-cliff-avril-deal

Updated NFC North Draft Order:   http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/54431/updated-2013-nfc-north-draft-order

PFF Stats - First downs and TDs (CJ had the most):   http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/03/18/signature-stats-first-downs-touchdowns-wr/

PFF Stats - First downs and TDs per route run - WRs (CJ is #5):    http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/03/18/sig-stats-first-downs-touchdowns-per-route-run-wrs/

PFF Stats - First downs and TDs conversion stat - WRs (CJ is #13):    http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2013/03/18/sig-stats-first-down-touchdown-conversions-wrs/

Grades:

Free Agency report card grades for every team (Lions get a B+):   http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/03/18/free-agency-grades-report-cards-seahawks/1996523/

Draft:

First pro day preview for week of March 18-22:   http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/First-Pro-Day-Preview-Week-of-March-18-22.html

NFL meetings musings (One of the paragraphs is about Dee Milliner and how GMs are concerned about his injury.   They think he could start the season on PUP list.   Xavier Rhodes could be the first CB taken.):   http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/pete-prisco/21906589/nfl-meetings-musings-rams-signing-of-long-is-a-smart-move

CB Hayden eases concerns about health, speed at pro day:   http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/21906487/pro-days-houston-cb-hayden-eases-concerns-about-health-speed

Mock Draft Round-Up:  http://captainbluelionslinks.blogspot.com/2013/03/2013-mock-draft-round-up-15.html

Miscellaneous:

Cowboys sign ex-Lion Ernie Sims:   http://www.freep.com/article/20130319/SPORTS01/303190093/detroit-lions-ernie-sims-dallas-cowboys-nfl

NFL players furious about salary cuts for young veterans, too:   http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/mike-freeman/21906015/nfl-players-furious-about-salary-cuts-for-younger-veterans-too

Video:

OL Groups (top 5 OTs and interior lineman in the draft):   http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/42795/355/video-ol-groups

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