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eddie drummond is gonna still be the return guy if they dont use CJ.....
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Lions sign G Ramirez to 3-year contract
July 18, 2007

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions signed guard Manny Ramirez, their fourth-round draft pick, to a three-year contract Wednesday.

The Texas Tech offensive lineman was taken by the Lions with the 117th pick overall in April's draft. Detroit traded two fifth-round choices to St. Louis to move back up into the fourth round and draft Ramirez.

Signing Ramirez was among several moves the team has made to strengthen its offensive line, devastated last year by injuries. Detroit also signed free agent guard Edwin Mulitalo and traded Dre' Bly to Denver for tackle George Foster.


and ppl say we aint address our o line....... it was one more too zach pillar but we cut him
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Marcus Robinson On IR

Lions placed WR Marcus Robinson on injured reserve, ending his season.
Robinson, 32, was trying to f!ght through a quadriceps injury. He never made much sense as a big, slow receiver in Mike Martz's offense and could get a shot elsewhere if the Lions can reach an injury settlement with him.
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Lions sign fourth-round pick CB Davis
July 24, 2007

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Lions signed fourth-round draft pick A.J. Davis to a three-year contract Tuesday.

Davis had 135 tackles and four interceptions during at North Carolina State.

The Lions have yet to sign top draft pick Calvin Johnson and three others: quarterback Drew Stanton of Michigan State, defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis of Hawaii and safety Gerald Alexander of Boise State.

Players are scheduled to report to training camp Wednesday. The first practice is scheduled for Thursday.
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Lions' Kitna talking big heading into training camp
By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
July 25, 2007

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Jon Kitna predicts the Detroit Lions will end a string of six double-digit loss seasons with at least 10 wins.

That's pretty heady stuff considering the Lions are the worst team in the NFL since 2001, have one playoff win since taking the NFL title in 1957 and haven't been in the postseason since 1999.

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Yet, on the eve of training camp Wednesday, coach Rod Marinelli didn't have a problem with his quarterback's bravado.

"You have to be secure in what you're saying," said Marinelli, entering his second season in Detroit. "These guys are in the huddle. They've seen what we've brought in, some of the talent that's here.

"They feel good about it, and a big part of winning is a mind-set."

Consider defensive tackle Cory Redding among the converts.

"He added fuel to my fire," Redding said, clearly fired up by Kitna's comments. "It just gives you goose bumps and that sense of hope and that burning desire that you want from your quarterback.

"For Kitna to come out and say that, I stand behind him 100 percent."

Detroit was 3-13 last season, better than only Oakland, and has been the league's laughingstock with a 24-72 record since Matt Millen was given control of the franchise six years ago. The only other stretch of futility in league history that compares is Tampa Bay's 12 straight seasons of 10 losses or more from 1983-94.

The Lions' defense is a weak spot.

Cornerback Dre' Bly, defensive end James Hall and free safety Terrence Holt are gone, perhaps replaced by free agents Travis Fisher, Dewayne White and second-year pro Daniel Bullocks. Stanley Wilson, who ended last year as a starting cornerback, might get the nod ahead of Fisher.

"Some parts of our secondary people don't know a lot about yet," Marinelli said. "But when this system is really taught well, you don't put the corners on an island."

If the line can protect Kitna, the Mike Martz-directed offense could put up a lot of points.

Receiver Roy Williams has emerged as a star, converted defensive back Mike Furrey caught 98 passes last year and first-round draft choice Calvin Johnson -- when he reports to camp -- give Kitna viable targets.

"We have a chance to be really good in that area," Marinelli said.

Johnson, the second pick overall in the draft, is the only rookie the Lions didn't expect on the field for their first practice Thursday morning. They are optimistic Johnson will be signed within the next few days.

Injuries have put running back Kevin Jones (foot) and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (knee) on the sidelines for the start of camp. With Jones likely out for a while, newly acquired running backs Tatum Bell and T.J. Duckett will get an opportunity to impress Marinelli.

Even so, the Lions might still seem a long way from 10 wins. But Redding said another reason he's optimistic is the team's improved chemistry after getting rid of some players who didn't seem to buy into Marinelli's intense program.

"You can't make a pecan pie with cherries on top," Redding said.

Then there is the obvious.

"When you're at the bottom," he said, "there's only one way to go."
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Johnson only Lions rookie not in camp on time
July 26, 2007

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions began training camp workouts Thursday without top pick Calvin Johnson.

The wide receiver, chosen with the second overall pick in the draft, is the team's only rookie without a contract.

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Coach Rod Marinelli said nothing had changed between the team and Johnson.

The All-America selection was regarded by some as the best player in the draft after catching 78 passes for 1,202 yards and 15 touchdowns during his junior season at Georgia Tech. He won the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top collegiate receiver.

Marinelli didn't seem concerned by Johnson's absence.

"If that's a guy that has to be out, he should recover very quickly when he gets back," he said. "He did a great job in our offseason activities."
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Roster of Jul. 29.

Detroit Lions
3-13-0, 4th NFC North

Roster
No. Player Pos Ht Wt DOB Exp College
Alama-Francis, Ikaika DE 6-5 250 12/4/84 R Hawaii
Alexander, Gerald S 6-0 204 6/28/84 R Boise State
76 Backus, Jeff T 6-5 305 9/21/77 7 Michigan
97 Bailey, Boss LB 6-3 235 10/14/79 5 Georgia
Baldwin, Johnny LB 6-1 225 4/1/84 R Alabama A&M
33 Bashir, Idrees S 6-2 198 12/7/78 6 Memphis
24 Beckham, Tony CB 6-1 195 10/1/78 5 Wisconsin-Stout
26 Bell, Tatum RB 5-11 213 3/2/81 4 Oklahoma State
18 Bellamy, Ronald WR 6-0 203 12/28/81 1 Michigan
80 Beverly, Eric TE 6-3 300 3/28/74 11 Miami (OH)
98 Bradley, Jon DT 6-0 301 1/13/81 4 Arkansas State
25 Bryant, Fernando CB 5-10 175 3/26/77 9 Alabama
27 Bullocks, Daniel S 6-0 213 2/28/83 2 Nebraska
29 Calhoun, Brian RB 5-9 202 5/8/84 2 Wisconsin
89 Campbell, Dan TE 6-5 262 4/13/76 8 Texas A&M
99 Cannon, Anthony LB 6-0 226 12/31/84 2 Tulane
36 Cason, Aveion RB 5-10 204 7/12/79 7 Illinois State
31 Charlton, Ike CB 5-11 199 10/6/77 5 Virginia Tech
75 Cody, Shaun DT 6-4 293 1/22/83 3 USC
55 Curry, Donte' LB 6-1 233 7/22/78 7 Morris Brown
Davis, A.J. CB 5-10 191 5/29/83 R North Carolina State
61 Davis, Frank G 6-4 326 8/22/81 2 South Florida
95 DeVries, Jared DE 6-4 275 6/11/76 9 Iowa
18 Drummond, Eddie WR 5-9 190 4/12/80 6 Penn State
36 Duckett, T.J. RB 6-0 254 2/17/81 6 Michigan State
98 Edwards, Kalimba DE 6-6 265 12/26/79 6 South Carolina
80 Ellis, Devale WR 5-11 170 4/2/84 2 Hofstra
22 Fisher, Travis CB 5-10 189 9/12/79 6 UCF
82 FitzSimmons, Casey TE 6-4 258 10/10/80 5 Carroll (MT)
72 Foster, George T 6-5 338 6/9/80 5 Georgia
87 Furrey, Mike WR 6-0 205 5/12/77 5 Northern Iowa
4 Hanson, Jason K 5-11 182 6/17/70 16 Washington State
70 Harriott, Claude DE 6-3 271 4/8/81 1 Pittsburgh
2 Harris, Nick P 6-2 218 7/23/78 7 California
Johnson, Calvin WR 6-4 237 9/25/85 R Georgia Tech
34 Jones, Kevin RB 5-11 221 8/21/82 4 Virginia Tech
83 Kasper, Kevin WR 6-1 197 12/23/77 6 Iowa
26 Kennedy, Kenoy S 6-1 215 11/15/77 8 Arkansas
8 Kitna, Jon QB 6-2 225 9/21/72 11 Central Washington
54 Lehman, Teddy LB 6-2 238 11/18/81 4 Oklahoma
53 Lenon, Paris LB 6-2 240 11/26/77 6 Richmond
59 Lewis, Alex LB 6-0 227 6/11/81 4 Wisconsin
45 McCann, Dee DB 5-11 198 4/24/83 1 West Virginia
84 McDonald, Shaun WR 5-10 183 6/13/81 5 Arizona State
49 McHugh, Sean TE 6-5 265 5/27/82 3 Penn State
79 Moore, Langston DT 6-1 305 7/17/81 5 South Carolina
48 Muhlbach, Don C 6-4 256 8/17/81 4 Texas A&M
64 Mulitalo, Edwin G 6-3 350 9/1/74 9 Arizona
64 Noll, Ben G 6-4 317 11/14/81 3 Pennsylvania
9 O'Sullivan, J.T. QB 6-2 227 8/25/79 6 California-Davis
6 Orlovsky, Dan QB 6-5 225 8/18/83 3 Connecticut
66 Peterman, Stephen G 6-4 323 1/11/82 3 LSU
62 Pinkney, Cleveland DT 6-1 300 9/14/77 4 South Carolina
35 Pruitt, Etric S 6-0 196 8/16/81 3 Southern Miss
51 Raiola, Dominic C 6-1 295 12/30/78 7 Nebraska
Ramirez, Manuel G 6-4 335 2/19/83 R Texas Tech
78 Redding, Cory DT 6-4 290 11/15/80 5 Texas
87 Robinson, Marcus WR 6-3 215 2/27/75 11 South Carolina
Robinson, Ramzee CB 5-10 196 2/20/84 R Alabama
92 Rogers, Shaun DT 6-4 345 3/12/79 7 Texas
88 Russell, Cliff WR 5-11 190 2/8/79 6 Utah
67 Saipaia, Blaine G 6-3 315 8/25/78 4 Colorado State
83 Sanders, Darnell TE 6-6 270 3/16/79 4 Ohio State
72 Scott, Jonathan T 6-6 314 1/10/83 2 Texas
19 Shepherd, Edell WR 6-1 175 5/18/80 4 San Jose State
28 Sherrell, Anthony RB 5-10 190 8/13/83 1 Eastern Michigan
50 Sims, Ernie LB 5-11 232 12/23/84 2 Florida State
93 Smith, Corey DE 6-2 250 11/2/79 4 North Carolina State
23 Smith, Keith CB 5-11 192 3/20/80 4 McNeese State
Stanton, Drew QB 6-3 230 5/7/84 R Michigan State
77 Stickdorn, Clint T 6-5 307 4/30/82 2 Cincinnati
68 Stokes, Barry G 6-4 310 12/20/73 8 Eastern Michigan
74 Tucker, Rex G 6-5 315 12/20/76 9 Texas A&M
86 Walters, Troy WR 5-8 171 12/15/76 8 Stanford
90 White, Dewayne DE 6-2 273 10/19/79 5 Louisville
11 Williams, Roy WR 6-2 212 12/20/81 4 Texas
31 Wilson, Stanley CB 5-11 185 11/5/82 3 Stanford
65 Woody, Damien G 6-3 325 11/3/77 9 Boston College
Injured Reserve
No. Player Pos Ht Wt DOB Exp College
87 Robinson, Marcus WR 6-3 215 2/27/75 11 South Carolina
 07-31-2007, 04:55 PM         #108
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tatum bell tj duckett kevin jones at rb


damn...u know in madden....that would be a serious a.ss back field


but in nfl...eeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhh
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 bangabi*ch said:
I didn't know the tenderloins had fans.
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 QueenzBaller26 said:
tatum bell tj duckett kevin jones at rb


damn...u know in madden....that would be a serious a.ss back field


but in nfl...eeehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhh
I played the demo of the new madden with them back there and they beastin.. and the pass game is sick if u can get the ball out ya hand in 5 secs cause the online rating is :thumbsdow
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Tatum Bell is gonna tear it up for the lions, I will bet money on that.
 08-07-2007, 05:42 PM         #112
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you guy's are sorry
 08-07-2007, 11:13 PM         #113
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Any Lions fans tryna make an AVY bet for week 1???? Lemme know in here cuz yall got 3 Raider fans(including me) callin ya'll out:

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Lions WR Johnson says preseason game doesn't count as his debut
By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
August 8, 2007

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Calvin Johnson will play as a professional for the first time when the Detroit Lions host the Cincinnati Bengals.

The receiver said he won't count it as his debut.

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"Not until the regular season starts," Johnson said Wednesday, walking off the practice field after signing numerous autographs for fans. "But I'm definitely excited."

The Lions and their long-suffering fans are also fired up to see him play against Cincinnati on Thursday night, less than a week after the second pick in the draft ended an eight-day holdout.

"He needs to play," team president Matt Millen said. "But we'll monitor him."

Jon Kitna may not get a chance to throw to Johnson much, if at all, in the exhibition opener. But Kitna has seen enough in practice to give the 6-foot-5, 239-pound Johnson rave reviews.

"He's explosive and he's bigger than everybody on the field," Kitna said. "When he gets the ball in his hands, he has a different gear and he's electrifying."

Passing is Detroit's strength, while defending the pass is the Bengals' weak link, giving them a chance to find out how much their secondary improved over the offseason.

First-round pick Leon Hall, a former Michigan star, will get tested right away by Roy Williams, Mike Furrey and Johnson.

"They will be a good team for us to measure ourselves against," Hall said. "With Williams and Johnson they have an explosive offense and it's going to be a challenge for the DBs and the whole defense.

"Johnson is obviously a big, fast and physical guy. Williams is kind of the same guy. Furrey is more of the slot receiver."

Bengals defensive end Bryan Robinson said Kitna, a former teammate, will test Cincinnati's defense with a month to go before the real opener.

"Kit is going to get the ball out of his hand as quick as he can," Robinson said. "He's smart at knowing the reads, and that's going to test us.

"They have a couple of new guys upfront. They have some new running backs with Tatum Bell and T.J. Duckett. If (Kitna) says that they can win 10-12 games, you like to believe what Kit says."

Kitna has predicted that the Lions,who have lost an NFL-high 72 games since 2001, will at least reach double digits in wins this season.

The 10-year veteran oozes confidence, in part because Detroit didn't draft a first-round quarterback in either of the last two years to possibly replace him.

"This is what I've been waiting for my whole career, and I feel like I'm prepared," he said. "It feels great as a quarterback to know you have the backing of your organization, coach and coordinator."

Kitna didn't in Cincinnati, where he was the No. 1 QB from 2001-03 before coach Marvin Lewis gave second-year pro Carson Palmer the nod.

"It wasn't disappointing," Kitna insisted. "Coach Lewis gave me an opportunity in 2003 to be the starter for the whole year, and not many people would've done that. I can't be bitter.

"Once they drafted Carson, I knew he was going to play. He's a great quarterback, and he's a great friend of mine."

Detroit coach Rod Marinelli said starters on both sides of the ball will be used for about 10 to 12 plays before reserves take over.

Even though it's just an exhibition game, Marinelli said he wants to win.

"You come out and play marbles, and I want to take all your marbles, bag, shoes and socks," he said. "I want everything you got. I'm hoping we're instilling that."

Kitna clearly understands Marinelli's approach.

"We would like to come out and be an example for the guys that are going to play quite a bit in the second half," he said. "And say, 'This is how we play football now. This isn't the Lions of the old. It's the Lions of new.'

"You can't put too much into this because it is the preseason, but we're trying to change an attitude and mind-set here."

Cincinnati, meanwhile, is looking forward to seeing its change-of-pace running back, Kenny Irons. The second-round pick is expected to split time with Rudi Johnson. Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski likes Irons' talent, but securing the football has been a concern.

"He's got that burst when he gets into the open field," Bratkowski said. "We've got to clean up that (fumbling) part of his game."
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Detroit Lions try to keep cornerback Fernando Bryant fit
August 12, 2007

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Lions know they need cornerback Fernando Bryant on the field all season, so they did something about it during the offseason.

Coach Rod Marinelli sat down with the nine-year veteran before training camp to discuss a plan for keeping his most experienced cornerback ready.

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"We had a diagram of how I was going to make it through 16 games," Bryant said after Sunday's training camp workouts. "I've been healthy and moving around great. I feel like I'm five years younger just the way I'm moving."

Much of that is because the coaching staff has increased his reps on the left side of the backfield and is keeping him there.

"I don't have to switch," Bryant said. "The body gets used to regularity and the coaches have been great with that."

Signed in 2004 from Jacksonville, he has yet to play a full season for the Lions. He missed six games his first year with an ankle injury and was out for the last 14 games of the following season after a collarbone injury.

A concussion and ankle injury, along with a week off to tend to a death in the family, cost him six games last season.

An offseason trade that sent former Pro Bowl cornerback Dre' Bly to Denver made Bryant the senior cornerback on the team, a role he said he's slipped into easily.

"They expect me to be me," he said. "They expect me to be a veteran and lead by example."

It also helps that Joe Barry, the former Tampa Bay linebackers coach and a big believer in Marinelli's Tampa Two scheme, has taken over as defensive coordinator.

"It's not about the individual, it's about the group," Bryant said of the system. "It's going to rotate -- you'll have your starters, but everyone is going to play at those five corner spots.

"We know that we are a Tampa Two defense. In the past we'd try to get away from that."

That's a big change from seasons past, when Bly often got what he wanted when it came to matching up with opposing receivers.

"When you're a Pro Bowl corner, there's things that go along with it," Bryant said of Bly. "Dre' is a great corner and he wanted certain things with that, like the matchups.

"In this scheme, it doesn't work that way, and with this group, that's fine."
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Detroit 27, Cincinnati 26
Preview - Box Score - Recap

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer
August 10, 2007

Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky throws during the third quarter of a preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. The Lions defeated the Bengals 27-26.
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DETROIT (AP) -- Calvin Johnson shrugged his shoulders when asked about the only two passes thrown his way, both of which he caught, giving a glimpse of what's to come from the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft.

Johnson had two receptions for 45 yards late in the first half to set up a score and the Detroit Lions rallied late to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-26 on Thursday night in the exhibition opener for both teams.

The 6-foot-5, 239-pound receiver displayed his speed and savvy on his first catch, sprinting and settling into a spot behind a cornerback and in front of a safety. On the next play, Johnson used his body and leaping ability to shield first-round pick Leon Hall for a 21-yard reception that was the second and final ball thrown to him.

"That's my job -- go get the ball," he said. "People expect me to make plays."

Detroit has been expected to lose since 2001, when Matt Millen took over the franchise and the Lions went on to lose a league-high 72 games over the next six seasons.

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But the players sense things will be different this year with Rod Marinelli on the sideline for a second season.

Cincinnati led 26-17 midway through the fourth quarter, then the Lions' third- and fourth-string players won out.

Dan Orlovsky threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Kasper with 50 seconds left after Detroit recovered an onside kick following Kenny Byrd's field goal.

Cincinnati got in position to win the game, stopping the clock with 1 second left, but Shayne Graham, who made four field goals, was wide left on a 48-yard attempt.

The Lions celebrated by jumping, hugging and screaming.

"Coach Marinelli came in here last year and preached winning, whether it was a 1-on-1 route in practice or a preseason game," Orlovsky said. "Losing is going to be wiped out as a culture around here.

"Cincinnati is a good team. I think it was really important that we won and showed excitement."

Detroit Lions receiver Ron Bellamy (16) pulls in a touchdown pass while defended by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback T.J. Wright in the third quarter of their preseason football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. The Lions defeated the Bengals 27-26.
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The Bengals, meanwhile, were not bummed out.

"You always want to win any game you play, but this doesn't hurt," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said. "We did a lot of good things when the veterans were in there. The young guys missed some chances to finish out the game."

If the score counted only when the starters were in the game, the Bengals would have won 6-0.

Carson Palmer completed seven of 10 passes for 93 yards to set up two field goals on his only two drives, totaling 121 yards. The Bengals held Detroit's first-string defense to just three first downs on its two possessions.

"We expect to score touchdowns every time we have the ball, so that's disappointing," Palmer said.

Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh each caught two of Palmer's passes, combining for 74 yards. Rudi Johnson ran through a huge hole for a 20-yard gain on the first play of the game and finished with five carries for 32 yards.

The Bengals might have lost his backup.

Rookie running back Kenny Irons injured his left knee and ankle and was taken to the locker room on a cart after hobbling off the field. He had four carries for 17 yards, including an 11-yard gain.

The second-round pick from Auburn was hurt when his foot appeared to get caught up in the artificial turf while making a stutter-step move. Lewis said Irons will have an MRI, adding there are concerns about his knee.

Jon Kitna was 3-for-5 for 52 yards, then his backups competed to be Detroit's No. 2 quarterback.

J.T. O'Sullivan was 12-of-19 for 225 yards, a score and an interception. Orlovsky completed 15 of 23 passes for 220 yards with two TDs and an interception that was returned for a score.

Rookie Matt Toeaina -- a 6-foot-2, 311-pound defensive tackle -- caught the fluttering football and rumbled 81 yards for a score that gave Cincinnati a 26-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati's Chris Henry is suspended for the first eight games of the season for violating the NFL's conduct policies, but that didn't keep him off the field at Detroit. He caught six passes for 86 yards, including a 9-yard TD with 1:08 left the first half to give the Bengals a 16-7 lead.

"I think it is good that he gets to play in these games because it will remind him how special this is, and how much fun it is," Palmer said. "He knows he has a long way to go, and he's not feeling sorry for himself. He is going to pay for the bad choices he made, and he accepts that."

Notes

Bengals DE Jonathan Fanene (muscle cramps) left the game in the third quarter, but Lewis said he will be fine. ... Lions DE Kalimba Edwards (shoulder) and RB Aveion Cason (concussion) were injured
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Lions: Look to the skies
By Katie Koss - SportingNews

WHAT'S NEW

Matt Millen has taken his share of shots for his draft-day blunders -- most of which have been warranted -- but he finally might have gotten things right. At the risk of sounding like the girl who cried "Touchdown," the Lions finally have a.ssembled the weapons to make their air show must-see TV. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the can't-miss kid of the 2007 draft class, will keep defenses from doubling up on Roy Williams, who is on the cusp of becoming a bona fide stud. Add in speedy free-agent pickup Shaun McDonald and holdover Mike Furrey, and opposing secondaries are going to have their hands full.

While the passing game figures to take off, the running game could be stuck in neutral. The Lions should get a boost from a revamped line, which features new starters at left guard (Edwin Mulitalo, signed from Baltimore) and right tackle (George Foster, signed from Denver). But questions abound in the backfield. Newcomer Tatum Bell could offer some flash, particularly on outside runs and as a receiver, but he has yet to prove he can handle the full load and likely will share carries with Kevin Jones -- once Jones is fully recovered from foot surgery, that is. T.J. Duckett, another offseason addition, likely will be used as the battering ram in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

The defense remains a work in progress -- progress that will be impeded by the loss of players such as CB Dre' Bly, DE James Hall and DT Marcus Bell. Even if DT Shaun Rogers is healthy, the Lions did little to improve a flagging pass rush (30 sacks last season), adding only Bucs DE Dewayne White. Couple that with a secondary that is riddled with holes, and this is a can-miss unit.

# Lions depth chart | Lions 2006 stats



Projected draft round
Player Round
Jon Kitna, QB 10-11
Kevin Jones, RB 7
Tatum Bell, RB 7-8
Roy Williams, WR 3
Calvin Johnson, WR 5
Dan Campbell, TE DND
Jason Hanson, K 17
Defense/special teams DND
Draft position based on a standard 12-team combined scoring and yardage league with a 17-round draft. DND: Do not draft.

5-Star Players

Roy Williams, WR. Despite facing plenty of double coverage, Williams put up career totals in receptions (82) and yards (1310) in 2006. He needs to work on his focus in terms of hauling in passes, but Williams has the size (6-3, 212) to be an imposing target and make an impact in the red zone, as well as the speed to pick up yards after the catch. Set aside any fears that Williams won't be targeted enough in the Lions' loaded receiving corps; there will be plenty of balls to go around. With a year in coordinator Mike Martz's complex scheme under his belt and a couple of newcomers to help take the heat off him, Williams should achieve elite status this season.

4-Star Players

Calvin Johnson. No doubt, there's a lot to love about Johnson, from his rare size (6-5, 235) to his speed to his sticky fingers. And in limited work so far with the Lions, he has looked sharp. But keep in mind, he is still a rookie who is learning a complex offensive scheme, and having incredible physical talent won't make him immune to growing pains. Will he make an impact in his first NFL season? Absolutely. Mike Furrey flourished as second banana to Roy Williams last season, so you can bet your boots Mike Martz will find ways to exploit matchups that favor Johnson. But don't overdraft the rookie; in the most recent Fantasy Source experts mock draft, Johnson came off the board in Round 6. For now, he is a No. 2 receiver whose value is a little greater in keeper leagues.

Key additions: RB Tatum Bell, RB T.J. Duckett, T George Foster, WR Shaun McDonald, G Edwin Mulitalo, DE Dewayne White.
Key losses: DT Marcus Bell, CB Dre' Bly, DE James Hall, S Terrence Holt, QB Josh McCown, TE Marcus Pollard.

3-Star Players

Jon Kitna, QB. Before you wrinkle your nose and dismiss Kitna as washed up, take a look at his 2006 stats. He threw 21 touchdown passes in 2006, good for ninth in the NFL. Heaven knows he needs to cut down on interceptions -- he was picked an abominable 22 times last season, but there are reasons for hope. An improved line should keep Kitna's jersey considerably cleaner this season, and Kitna and his receivers should be more in sync in 2007 after working in Martz's scheme for a season. Add to that the fact that Kitna has even more dangerous receiving options and likely will get plenty of opportunities to throw, and he is a sneaky sleeper pick in drafts this year.

Jason Hanson, K. Hanson always has been a steady option at kicker, and playing in an indoor environment makes him a little more attractive as the temperatures drop. In 2006, he went 29-for-33 on field goals and a perfect 30-for-30 on extra points to register his best season points-wise in nearly a decade. His accuracy waivers on deep kicks, though; he is 5-for-10 on kicks of 50 yards or longer the past two seasons. An improved offense could give him more shots this season -- and make him worthy of a regular roster spot. For now, though, he is better suited to be a bye-week replacement.

2-Star Players

Kevin Jones, RB. My stance on Jones heading into this season is the same as it was heading into last season: I consider him guilty until proven innocent. Yes, he has the talent to break into your lineup, and he has showed a nose for the end zone as a rusher and receiver. But talent doesn't mean squat if you can't stay on the field. Jones has yet to prove he can do that -- the three-year veteran has yet to make it through a full NFL season, and there are whispers that he may miss the first six weeks of the season as he continues to recover from a Lisfranc fracture in his foot. Then there's the fact that he caught a severe case of fumblitis (5 fumbles in 12 games) in '06. And the fact he likely will be sharing carries with Bell even when he is healthy. Any way you slice it, you're taking a gamble if you count on Jones as a fantasy starter, particularly early on.

Tatum Bell, RB. After being part of Mike Shanahan's revolving back situation in Denver, Bell finds himself in another likely timeshare situation in Detroit, where Mike Martz will look to get both his top backs touches. However, Kevin Jones' pain could be Tatum's gain early on, as the Lions may be forced to give Bell the bulk of the carries. But after running for 1,025 yards last season, he might have a tougher time finding holes behind the Lions' weaker line. Two other strikes against Bell: his drop in TD production (only 2 TDs in '06, compared to 8 in '05) and his fumbling (5 lost fumbles in '06). Still, Bell has the speed to break runs to the outside and provides a solid threat as a receiver out of the backfield. He also has been working his way into the coaches' good graces with his work in camps, which could give him a shot at stealing touches from Jones.

Ernie Sims, LB. IDP owners looking for a draft-day steal should cast an eye in Sims' direction. The speedy weakside linebacker proved to be a tackling machine as a rookie, leading the Lions with 124. Look for him to continue that trend this season while also making a greater big-play impact.

1-Star Players

Mike Furrey, WR. Furrey was a fantasy find for owners lucky enough to scoop him up off waivers last season. He took advantage of opponents' willingness to overplay Roy Williams to lead the NFC in receptions and haul in six touchdowns. Don't expect the same magic this season, though, with Calvin Johnson a.ssuming the No. 2 role. Furrey still will get opportunities in the Lions' multi-receiver sets, but not enough to make him more than a bench consideration for your roster.

T.J. Duckett, RB. Duckett isn't expected to get regular touches -- even in the Lions' shaky backfield -- although his role could expand if Kevin Jones spends extended time on the PUP list. But Duckett's size (6-0, 254) makes him a prime candidate to be Detroit's go-to inside back in short-yardage and goal-line situations. That gives him increased value from a touchdowns standpoint, but not enough to make an impact on your roster. More than anything, his presence diminishes the opportunities Jones and Tatum Bell might get for touchdown rushes.

0-Star Players

Defense/special teams. The Lions are banking on coach Rod Marinelli's ability to turn around a woebegone defense. That doesn't mean you should do the same for your fantasy roster. In Fantasy Source's defense/special teams rankings, the Lions come in at No. 31, edging only the Texans. There are far too many holes, particularly in the secondary, which lost its marquee playmaker in Dre' Bly. You'd be better served drafting Barry Sanders as your running back than you would drafting this unit.

Shaun McDonald, WR. Talk about bad luck -- McDonald jumped from one crowded receiving corps (the Rams') to another. Though he has speed to burn and occasionally will provide a nice deep threat, don't count on McDonald making much of a fantasy impact unless someone ahead of him gets injured.

Dan Campbell, TE. Even with Marcus Pollard out of the picture, don't expect Campbell to be more than a fringe contributor and safety valve option in the Lions' offense. There are simply too many other dynamic receiving weapons, and Campbell's greatest strength is as a blocker. He shouldn't register a blip on your draft-day radar.

TO KNOW LIST

Ultimate Fantasy Football Tip: Jon Kitna ($6 million) is in an offense that leans heavily on the pass. If Kitna would cut down his interceptions, he might even become more than just a bye-week fill-in. As it is, he compares favorably with the quarterbacks in his price range.
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Coaching: Rod Marinelli had to expend a lot of energy in Year 1 at the Lions' helm simply trying to change the culture in the locker room. With a foundation set, he should be able to build this season. It helps that he now has a defensive coordinator (Joe Barry, previously with the Bucs) who shares his defensive vision and will adhere more closely to the basics of the one-gap scheme. Expect less blitzing than you saw last season under deposed coordinator Donnie Henderson. Conversely, look for Mike Martz to open up the playbook on offense. After facing a steep learning curve in their first year with Martz, players should be more comfortable in the offense, particularly the receivers and quarterbacks, who had to adjust to a passing game predicated on timing. That, in turn, will cut down on mistakes and improve efficiency. Though the Lions likely will strive for a bit more balance on offense last season -- they threw the ball an NFL-high 66 percent of the time last season -- with Martz at the controls, the passing game will remain king and feature plenty of multiple-receiver sets.

Offensive line: On the plus side, the Lions' line should be improved in 2007 -- but that doesn't take much, following a season in which it gave up 63 sacks, second-most in the NFL. The Lions also had the third-worst red-zone touchdown efficiency in the NFL last season and were terrible in third-and-short situations, converting 47.9 percent of opportunities (ranked 29th in NFL). Edwin Mulitalo and George Foster provide experienced upgrades and will be counted on to use their muscle to improve Detroit's woeful showing in the trenches. It is also imperative for the linemen to cut down on penalties this season.

Schedule analysis:

Schedule analysis: Detroit Lions. The schedule makers did the Lions no favors; they're the only NFC team with a strength of schedule ranked higher than .500. In addition to squaring off against the Bears' top-ranked defense twice a year, and the other two defenses in the division (Packers and Vikings) both are on-the-rise units. Out-of-division games don't offer much reprieve; the Lions will have their hands full against formidable AFC West opponents such as the Chargers and Broncos and NFC East heavies such as the Eagles and Cowboys. Fantasy Strength of Schedule: 9th toughest (or 24th easiest).
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Player Status Injury
C. FitzSimmons TE Out Shoulder
T. Lehman LB Questionable Hamstring
E. Drummond WR Questionable Ankle
Injured Reserve
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D. Stanton QB IR Right knee
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