ESPN's Michael Rothstein: Kenny Golladay has been one of the standouts of the two open-to-the-media OTA sessions. Everything he has shown so far has been impressive. He has: run routes well, made a bunch of difficult catches, had good run-after-the-catch, an excellent jumping radius and good hands. It’s still very early and there’s a lot of time for things to change – including getting in pads and contact – but Detroit has to feel good about this pick. He should be the No. 3 receiver this fall and a legitimate red-zone threat.
Here's what Lions writer Tim Twentyman had to say: Rookie receiver Kenny Golladay has looked very good so far through the two open OTA practices. He has good hands and has shown to have a knack for getting open. At 6-foot-4, he can also go up and get the 50/50 balls. Golladay had the catch of the day on Wednesday, hauling in a diving, one-handed grab in the corner of the end zone that he caught even with veteran Johnson Bademosi drawing an interference penalty on the coverage. I have yet to see a ball hit the ground when thrown Golladay’s way through two open OTA practices.
It looks like Golladay is on the fast track for the WR3 job, and Marvin Jones is a vulnerable WR2, so Golladay has upward mobility from there.
Friday, May 26, 2017, 10:14pm
The Detroit Lions didn’t select a running back this weekend in the annual NFL draft, and after it was over, general manager Bob Quinn said third-year pro Ameer Abdullah will be the team’s starting running back this fall.
Abdullah missed all but one-and-a-half games in 2016 with a foot injury that required surgery. He won the starting job last season and gained 101 yards on 18 carries before hurting his foot against Tennessee.
“He is,” Quinn said, when asked directly if Abdullah was his starter.
Abdullah was fully cleared to return this past winter and believes he still has the capability to be a premier running back in the league, something he said at the end of the season. Quinn called Abdullah’s injury “a fluke thing,” and said he thinks Theo Riddick will be ready to go as well.
“I feel pretty good about the position,” Quinn said. “There were a couple running backs we looked at in the middle part of the draft but just no one we felt was going to come in and really unseat any of the guys that we have on our roster.
“So we feel good about that spot.”
Both Abdullah and Riddick are going in the 7th round of early MFL10 drafts, and they both represent good values at that point in the draft. Riddick's per game average of 16.2 fantasy points (PPR) was the 8th-highest at his position. Riddick may not see as many carries with Abdullah back, but he should continue to play a big role in the passing game. In the one game that Abdullah played, Riddick turned 12 touches into 108 yards and two touchdowns, so he'll be involved even with Abdullah back in the lead role.
Theo Riddick, who missed the final month of the regular season last year, had surgery on both of his wrists, which prompted his season-ending trip to injured reserve, two people familiar with the procedure told the Free Press. They would not go on record because they are not authorized to talk about it publicly.
The Lions did not announce Riddick's surgery at the time he went on IR, and Riddick declined comment on his injury after the season, while he was wearing a cast on his left wrist.
Riddick is expected to be a full participant in organized team activities later this spring, but his injury is another consideration for a Lions team looking at possibly upgrading its backfield this off-season.
Riddick's per game average of 16.2 fantasy points (PPR) was the 8th-highest at his position. With Ameer Abdullah also returning from injury, Riddick may not see as many carries, but he should continue to play a big role in the passing game. He averaged 5.3 catches per game last year.
Roberts was trending up through his third season, when he caught 64 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns. He took a step back in his fourth season, and then the Cardinals let him walk. He spent last year in Detroit, where he caught 14 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown.
Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm
Packers WR Jordy Nelson (ribs, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 19. With Nelson out, Geronimo Allison will likely pick up most of his snaps. He played 58% of the snaps against the Giants, and had a quiet game, but that was with Nelson playing 23% of the snaps. In the two previous games, with Randall Cobb sidelined, Allison played 73% and 81% of the snaps, posting 4-66 (on seven targets) against the Vikings and 4-91-1 (on six targets) against the Lions.
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6:54pm
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Saturday, December 31, 2016, 5:23pm
The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed WR Jace Billingsley to the active roster from the practice squad and placed RB Theo Riddick on Reserve/Injured. In addition, Detroit signed TE Kennard Backman to the practice squad.
The Detroit Lions will be without their leading rusher for the remainder of the season, however long that is.
Riddick had already been ruled out of the game earlier in the week with a lingering wrist injury, but his new designation now prevents him from playing in a potential Lions postseason game.
The Lions' running game has been an issue for the team all season. Riddick's team-leading 357 rushing yards are the lowest total of any team leader in the league. Detroit is the only team in the NFL without a 100-yard rusher since 2014. Also, no Lions back has even rushed for more than 75 yards in a game this season.
The Lions run game is obviously nowhere close to good enough, and changes have to be made. But whether that happens in the backfield or up front is uncertain. The blocking has been inconsistent at best, and sometimes just plain bad. There's a lot to like about Taylor Decker at left tackle, and I think the Lions have a good one in Graham Glasgow. Travis Swanson showed significant improvement this year too. But with Larry Warford and Riley Reiff both set to hit free agency, the Lions could look in other directions there.
The story pointed out Theo Riddick just signed a three-year, $12.75 million extension that doesn't even kick in until 2017. So he's not going anywhere. As for Abdullah, the story pointed out it's too early to give up on him. He didn't sit a single game last year -- but obviously missing all last offseason like he did with the shoulder injury, then playing only two games before suffering the foot injury, is going to slow his development too. This writer also didn't seem too optimistic about Abdullah returning this year even if the Lions make a playoff run.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Lions RB Theo Riddick (wrist, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 17. With Riddick out again, Zach Zenner figures to serve as the lead back after out-touching Dwayne Washington 14-to-8 last week.
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