Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Morning Lions Links for Wednesday 7-29-15

Lions Articles:

National Media:

Defensive tackle, nickelback among Detroit Lions' unsettled positions:  http://espn.go.com/blog/detroit-lions/post/_/id/17954/defensive-tackle-nickel-corner-among-detroit-lions-unsettled-defensive-positions

Radical personnel shifts leaves questions with Detroit Lions defensive tackles:  http://espn.go.com/blog/detroit-lions/post/_/id/17889/radical-personnel-shifts-leaves-questions-with-detroit-lions-defensive-tackles

First-team reps in spring gave Detroit Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs confidence:   http://espn.go.com/blog/detroit-lions/post/_/id/17971/first-team-reps-in-spring-gave-detroit-lions-cornerback-quandre-diggs-confidence

Are Lions eyeing long-term deal with DeAndre Levy?:  http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000503961/article/are-lions-eyeing-longterm-deal-with-deandre-levy

32 teams, 32 sleeping giants: One breakout player for each team:  http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/lists/nfl-breakout-players-2015-season-sleeping-giants-072815

Despite Suh's departure, Lions hoping to build on 2014:   http://www.foxsports.com/detroit/story/despite-suh-s-departure-lions-hoping-to-build-on-2014-072815

Underrated rookies who could surprise at camps (DT Gabe Wright: With Ndamuking Suh and Nick Fairley (not to mention backup C.J. Mosley) out the door in free agency, the Lions have a major need at the defensive tackle position, even with the acquisition of Haloti Ngata. Wright fell to the fourth round because he's a bit of a tweener—at 6'1" and 300 pounds, he's not an earthmover who will consistently take double-teams, but he's not always a consistent penetrator, either—and at his size, that's what he needs to be. Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, however, has a great deal of faith in Wright's ability to grow in Detroit's aggressive scheme. "We really like Gabe," the coach said in May. "He is a really hard competitor. He played a lot of football from the SEC. He falls in the mold in what we like our defensive tackles to do and that is to penetrate, attack, get off blocks and make plays. He did a really good job of those things. He is a good player, a good kid and we are really glad to have him.” Wright has the physical characteristics to live up to all that; the questions are about his play-to-play effort. He'll certainly get enough preseason reps to prove what he's bringing to the table.):   http://www.si.com/nfl/2015/07/27/nfl-training-camp-underrated-rookies-grady-jarrett-zadarius-smith

Most intriguing NFL team of 2015? Ranking the storylines of all 32 squads (30. Detroit Lions — Losing Suh and Nick Fairley hurts, and adding Haloti Ngata (for what could be a one-season rental) doesn’t tickle our toes much. Matthew Stafford endures the long-running can-he-do-more questions, and even with excitement (Calvin Johnson returning to health), hope (Eric Ebron emerging) and options at running back (another three-headed attack), we’re underwhelmed by the offensive line. Jim Caldwell is a natural sedative for a team, and even coming off a strong first season at the helm, we expect a small step back and limited intrigue in a tough division.):   http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/what-is-the-most-intriguing-nfl-team-right-now--we-rank-them-1-32-134504085.html

Local Media:

Lions sign cornerback R.J. Stanford:  http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Lions-sign-cornerback-RJ-Stanford/53083b21-1406-4917-bdbe-d2f74f22fffd

Rookie CB Quandre Diggs changes number:   http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider-short/article-1/Rookie-CB-Quandre-Diggs-changes-number/22f07e8d-4d44-4754-a06e-dad951fbfd0f

CB Lawson: Injured foot is completely healed:   http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/28/detroit-lions-nevin-lawson/30794103/

Lions won't shy away from Super Bowl talk:   http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/28/detroit-lions-super-bowl/30804831/

Lions rookie Diggs in to compete for secondary role:   http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/28/lions-rookie-diggs-compete-secondary-role/30799785/

Lions' Lawson 'feeling real good' after injury wiped out rookie year:   http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/28/lions-lawson-feeling-real-good-after-injury-wiped-out-rookie-year/30802491/

Young players look to meet Lions’ lofty expectations:   http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/28/young-players-look-meet-lions-lofty-expectations/30786845/

Laken Tomlinson: 'Very Possible Lions Could Go To Super Bowl':   http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2015/07/28/laken-tomlinson-very-possible-lions-could-go-to-super-bowl/

Lions notes: Cornelius Lucas, Darius Slay, more:  http://www.prideofdetroit.com/2015/7/28/9050473/lions-notes-cornelius-lucas-darius-slay

Lions single-game tickets go on sale Wednesday:   http://www.wxyz.com/sports/football/lions/lions-single-game-tickets-go-on-sale-wednesday-morning

Training Camp Previews:


Training camp preview: Offensive line:  http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Training-camp-preview-Offensive-line/4d7832a3-36f5-4474-be90-09bbd55dce7e

Rookies report for camp looking to make an impact:  http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Rookies-report-for-camp-looking-to-make-an-impact/ca236e3b-84f4-4b6e-912c-4c9bd97ed106

Lions camp battle No. 5: Backup quarterback:  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/28/detroit-lions-training-camp/30773973/

Lions training camp position previews: Defensive backs:   http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/28/lions-training-camp-position-previews-defensive-backs/30804501/

Detroit Lions training camp preview: New-look offensive line has talent, and uncertainty:  http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2015/07/detroit_lions_training_camp_pr_8.html

Detroit Lions' rookies report to training camp, veterans due next week:  http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2015/07/detroit_lions_rookies_report_t_1.html

Detroit Lions — Five rookies to watch when camp opens:   http://www.theoaklandpress.com/sports/20150728/detroit-lions-x2014-five-rookies-to-watch-when-camp-opens


Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line:  http://www.detroitlions.com/media-center/videos/Training-Camp-Preview-Offensive-Line/a6b2ecad-ebba-4d62-907b-161ab31557b3

Power Rankings:

CBS' Prisco's Power Ranking (17. Detroit Lions - They appear to be going to more of a power running style on offense, which they need. But they have to be careful to not get away from their strength of throwing it. The defense has suffered some big hits.):   http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/25252073/nfl-power-rankings-packers-patriots-are-1-2-heading-into-camp


National Media:

Will first rounder Eric Ebron finally break through in 2015?:   http://www.nfl.com/videos/detroit-lions/0ap3000000504216/Will-first-rounder-Eric-Ebron-finally-break-through-in-2015

Local Media:

Breaking Down The Lions Running Back Competition:   http://www.detroitlions.com/media-center/videos/Breaking-down-the-Lions-running-back-competition/8b257aee-0bb1-4f63-a8b8-ddfb3b5ff879

Laken Tomlinson reports: Lions can make Super Bowl:   http://www.freep.com/videos/sports/nfl/lions/2015/07/28/30782509/

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