Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
NFC North | 5-10-0
Avg PTS
25.1
Rank: 17th
Avg Yds
368.5
Rank: 19th
Avg PYds
274.8
Rank: 7th
Avg RYds
93.7
Rank: 29th
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Posted 7/23/2021 2:28 am GMT
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift could be headed for a big workload in 2021, according to running backs coach Duce Staley. Staley said the team wants its 'three-down back' to have about 25 touches per game.
Huddle Up: While Staley didn't mention Swift by name, the sophomore is expected to be the lead back and is Detroit's best receiving threat out of the backfield. The Lions aren't exactly an offensive juggernaut, but Swift should have the volume to produce RB2 numbers, especially in PPR formats.
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Posted 7/02/2021 3:17 am GMT
Detroit Lions RB Jamaal Williams is 'expected to be the No. 2 running back' and complement RB D'Andre Swift in 2021, according to Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: While Swift offers more explosiveness and production in the passing game, Williams could see more action than a typical backup because of his consistency between the tackles. He is at least a priority handcuff for Swift owners.
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Posted 6/24/2021 2:02 am GMT
Detroit Lions PK Randy Bullock and PK Matthew Wright will likely be competing for the starting kicking job into the preseason, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
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Posted 6/11/2021 1:56 am GMT
Detroit Lions WR Tyrell Williams 'appears to be' the No. 1 receiver for QB Jared Goff during practices, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Huddle Up: Williams has the best resume among Detroit's current receiving corps, but that says more about the state of the group than it does Williams. Even if he is the top target for the passing attack, Williams will likely be a big play-dependent WR3.
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Posted 6/11/2021 1:51 am GMT
Detroit Lions WR Breshad Perriman has been 'less consistent' during practices, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Huddle Up: Perriman will have every opportunity to earn a prominent role for a depleted Detroit receiving corps, but his history of injuries and inconsistent play don't inspire confidence. He will be a late-round flier, at best.
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Posted 6/07/2021 1:09 am GMT
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson is entering his third season, and 'all signs' suggest that he will become the No. 1 target for QB Jared Goff, according to Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Hockenson made a big jump in his second season, and with Detroit doing little to address holes in the receiving corps over the offseason, he is positioned for another jump in 2021. He is locked in as a TE1 with a chance to be a top-five option at the position.
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Posted 6/05/2021 4:22 am GMT
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift is 'going to be a real handful for defenders in space in the passing game,' according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Huddle Up: Swift battled some injuries as a rookie, but he delivered solid results down the stretch when given the lead role. If Detroit uses him more in the passing game in 2021, it should only bolster his fantasy value. He's a RB2 candidate.
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Posted 6/04/2021 1:37 am GMT
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff will be running an offense catered to his strengths, according to offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, and Lynn said the offense will be much different than the one Goff ran with the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Even if the Lions do build the offense for Goff, consistency has always been an issue, and Detroit isn't exactly loaded with offensive firepower. He is likely a low-end QB2, at best.
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Posted 5/27/2021 4:38 pm GMT
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff was quick to earn praise from head coach Dan Campbell at OTAs. We're only one week into it -- I can tell you this, he throws a pretty ball, that's for sure,' Campbell said Thursday, May 27. 'But I like his mannerisms. I like his command in the huddle. And I would say, man, he's progressing kind of right where you want him to progress at this point. Again, we're not in team (drills), we're doing these walk-throughs. But the first live seven-on-seven yesterday, just watching him throw and some of the things that come out of it -- it's baby steps right now. It's good to have him here.'
Huddle Up: Goff was at least a QB2 in each of his last four seasons with the Rams, but he now moves away from offensive guru Sean McVay and to a Lions squad that is lacking proven receiving weapons, particularly at wideout. Regard him as a second QB only in deeper two-QB leagues.
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Posted 5/20/2021 4:53 pm GMT
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift could serve as a complementary back to free agent-acquisition Jamaal Williams, according to comments made by new offensive coordinator in a recent interview with The Athletic. 'Jamaal is what I'd call a classic 'A' back,' Lynn said. 'I like to break the backs down into A and B. My 'A' backs are normally my bigger backs. They can run between the tackles, block probably a little better than a 'B' back, they can also run the perimeter. I can leave those guys in there for all three downs. My 'B' back comes in, he's a guy that sometimes I want to use in space more. He's my speed-in-space guy. '
Huddle Up: Instead of Williams usurping touches and fantasy value away from Aaron Jones in Green Bay, it now sounds like -- at least early in the preseason -- that he will be doing the same to Swift in the Motor City, only even more so as perhaps the Lions' lead back. Swift entered the offseason regarded by most analysts as a solid RB2 draft value, but that's not likely to hold up if Lynn's glowing assessment of Williams proves to be anywhere close to accurate.
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Posted 5/20/2021 4:25 pm GMT
Detroit Lions RB Jamaal Williams is on track to be the team's lead running back, offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn recently told The Athletic. 'Jamaal is what I'd call a classic 'A' back,' Lynn said. 'I like to break the backs down into A and B. My 'A' backs are normally my bigger backs. They can run between the tackles, block probably a little better than a 'B' back, they can also run the perimeter. I can leave those guys in there for all three downs. My 'B' back comes in, he's a guy that sometimes I want to use in space more. He's my speed-in-space guy. I feel like Jamaal would be an outstanding 'A' back. I like his energy, I like his pad level and the way he runs the football between the tackles.'
Huddle Up: Lynn also went on praise Williams' receiving skills in the glowing interview, which leads us to wonder if most of us have the draft rankings of Williams (RB4) and second-year Lions back D'Andre Swift (RB2) flip-flopped. If anything, Williams should at least be regarded as a high-end RB3 until we hear or see otherwise.
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Posted 3/26/2021 12:00 am GMT
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff has agreed to restructure his contract, which has created $15 million in salary cap space for the Lions.
Huddle Up: Goff will be the starting quarterback for the Lions for the foreseeable future but will have to build chemistry with a new group of pass catchers. He should only be a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/18/2021 10:45 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Breshad Perriman (Jets) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions Thursday, March 18, worth $3 million.
Huddle Up: The Lions will be losing multiple receivers this offseason, so Perriman has a chance to earn a solid role in the passing game. He could be a late-round option in deeper leagues but likely will not have a lot of fantasy value.
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Posted 3/17/2021 3:52 am GMT
Impending free-agent RB Jamaal Williams (Packers) reportedly agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth up to $7.5 million with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, March 16.
Huddle Up: This likely closes the door on Adrian Peterson's return and figures to have a slightly negative impact on the fantasy value of D'Andre Swift. Williams isn't nearly as talented or explosive as Swift, but he does enough well that he should be expected to steal more touches from Swift than fantasy owners would like - as was sometimes the case in Green Bay with Aaron Jones. Swift should be considered a low-end RB1 now, while Williams should be viewed as his clear handcuff.
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Posted 3/07/2021 10:11 pm GMT
New York Jets impending free-agent WR Breshad Perriman is not expected to re-sign with the Jets this offseason.
Huddle Up: Perriman was limited to 12 games this season and finished with 505 yards and three touchdowns. He likely will be able to find another team but can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 3/03/2021 8:35 pm GMT
Free-agent WR Tyrell Williams (Raiders) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions Wednesday, March 3, worth as much as $6.2 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Williams has struggled with injuries over the last few seasons but likely will have a solid role in the Lions passing game. He has the chance to be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
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Posted 2/28/2021 8:01 pm GMT
Incoming Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff likely will be asked to restructure his contract this offseason because the team can create around $15 million if they rework the deal.
Huddle Up: Goff will be the Lions starting quarterback for at least next season, but it is not known if he will be the quarterback of the future for the Lions. He probably will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback because the team may lose their top three receivers in free agency.
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Posted 2/24/2021 10:01 pm GMT
Updating a previous story, Las Vegas Raiders WR Tyrell Williams was released Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Huddle Up: Williams didn't play last season due to injury so there's no production to be redistributed. WR Nelson Agholor is set for unrestricted free agency, so Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow and Bryan Edwards are in line to be the top options in the Raiders' passing game next season.
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Posted 2/22/2021 8:30 pm GMT
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent RB Jamaal Williams said he hopes to re-sign with the Packers this offseason but is ready to test the free-agent market if he does not return.
Huddle Up: Williams posted 741 total yards and three touchdown this season but may need to find a new team this offseason. He probably will not be able to find a starting job but should be part of a committee with a team. He has the chance to be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy back for players.
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Posted 2/20/2021 11:26 pm GMT
Detroit Lions TE T.J. Hockenson can play even better than he did this season, according to offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. 'I know he made the Pro Bowl and all that, but he can play even better and that was the encouraging part. I like what I saw on tape. He's a good football player,' Lynn said.
Huddle Up: Hockenson posted 723 yards and six touchdowns this past season and should be a popular target for Jared Goff next season. He has a chance to be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues in 2021.
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Posted 2/16/2021 2:20 am GMT
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff leads all quarterbacks with 376 completions and 5,176 yards passing off play-action since 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: There's no question being the triggerman in Sean McVay's offense has something to do with Goff thriving in play-action, as few play-callers rely more heavily on it than he does. With that said, Goff has proven to be quite accurate when he isn't feeling pressured and the combination of bootlegs and play-action play a role in helping him feel more comfortable. While the Lions may rely more heavily on play-action than they have in previous years with a new regime in place, Goff is highly unlikely to be anything more than a middling QB2 in Detroit.
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Posted 2/11/2021 10:21 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Tyrell Williams will be released at the start of the new league year, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Williams missed the entire 2020 season because of an injury and did not live up to the big contract he signed two years ago. He is a solid receiver when healthy and should receive interest from multiple teams. Williams likely will have some fantasy value in 2021.
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Posted 2/10/2021 11:19 pm GMT
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift is expected to be more involved in the passing game in 2021, according to offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn. Running backs coach Duce Staley anticipates Swift seeing 25-plus touches per game and playing all three downs. 'You can get 18 carries and seven touches as far as receptions and you have 25 touches, which is what you want from your star back. When I look at D'Andre, I do think he's a three-down back and like I said, he has some special traits I can't wait to get my hands on, so I'm excited about that,' Staley said.
Huddle Up: Swift finished his rookie season 878 yards from scrimmage and 10 total touchdowns on 160 touches while starting just four of his 13 games played. An increased role for 2021 should thrust him into the upper RB2 tier in 2021 fantasy drafts.
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Posted 2/01/2021 6:04 am GMT
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff is considered to be the team's starter 'moving forward,' according to ESPN's Jeff Darlington.
Huddle Up: There were some rumors floating around that perhaps Goff was acquired by the Lions with the intent of flipping him for additional assets, but it sounds as though the team plans to give Goff the starting job and see what he can do. What his fantasy appeal will be is unclear as the Lions look to be in the early stages of a thorough rebuild, and it remains to be seen who will fill out Detroit's roster for 2021.
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Posted 1/28/2021 5:43 am GMT
Los Angeles Rams QBs Jared Goff and John Wolford are expected to take part in an 'open competition' for the starting quarterback job in training camp, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This assumes that the Rams don't trade Goff during the offseason.
Huddle Up: Given Goff's contract situation it seems highly unlikely that he'll be anywhere other than LA in 2021, but the team seems ready to open up the position to give Wolford a shot at the QB1 job. In a potentially high-powered offense under the stewardship of Sean McVay, the winner would carry QB2 fantasy value with some upside potential.
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Posted 1/28/2021 4:47 am GMT
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift will be used in the slot at times next season to allow him to take on linebackers in open space, according to head coach Dan Campbell.
Huddle Up: Swift missed a couple of games while dealing with a concussion, but emerged as the leader of the Detroit backfield as his rookie season progressed, finishing with 10 total touchdowns and 46 grabs. A bigger role in the passing game would only enhance his value, and he should have a great opportunity to be a solid RB2 in 2021.
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Posted 1/26/2021 7:47 pm GMT
Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff is not guaranteed a roster spot for the 2021 season, according to comments made by general manager Les Snead on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Snead reportedly declined to provide a yes/no answer when he was 'asked repeatedly if there's a scenario' where Goff wouldn't be on the roster and referenced a recent quote from Aaron Rodgers about the future being 'a beautiful mystery,' according to ESPN's Lindsey Thiry.
Huddle Up: Amazingly, the four-year, $134 million extension Goff signed before the start of the 2019 season has yet to kick in, meaning the Rams would be admitting to a huge mistake if they parted ways with the former No. 1 overall pick. In all likelihood, Los Angeles will bring in a strong veteran and/or an early draft pick to give Goff a run for his money in camp. A trade is an unlikely possibility as well since Goff is due more than $25 million in 2021.
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Posted 1/22/2021 11:21 pm GMT
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 22, but is not on the injury report for the NFC Championship game.
Huddle Up: Williams should see a decent amount of carries in the championship game but will be facing one of the better run defenses in the NFL. He can be a possible flex option in some leagues but can be benched if better options are available.
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Posted 1/21/2021 11:25 pm GMT
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Jan. 21.
Huddle Up: Williams received 12 carries in the Divisional Round playoff game and probably will receive a similar workload against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He can be a possible flex option in some leagues but is not a must-start option.
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