The enthusiasm of these Lions fans is not misplaced. The Detroit Lions offense appears to have been created by and for fantasy owners in PPR leagues. Matthew Stafford enters his ninth NFL season having made clear and meaningful strides in recent years.
Shutdown Corner is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per weekday in reverse order of our initial 2017 power rankings. The Detroit Lions were exciting last season. Of the Lions’ 16 regular-season games last season, a staggering 13 were decided by seven points or less.
Matthew Stafford is going to become even richer very soon. Carr’s monstrous new extension raises the ceiling for all NFL quarterback extensions, and next up for a profitable negotiation could well be the Detroit Lions’ signal-caller. With Carr’s contract now setting the market, Stafford and the Washington Redskins’ Kirk Cousins are the next two quarterbacks in line for new deals.
With the additions of Darren Fells in free agency and the selection of Michael Roberts in the NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have added some heft to their tight end position behind starter Eric Ebron. Ebron, who posted career-highs in receptions and yards last year for Detroit, feels that bringing Fells and Roberts into the group should help him be used in a matter that better suits his skill set. “I think it’s going to play a significant role for me to allow me to do the things that I’m best at,” Ebron said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
The Detroit Lions could be about to make quarterback Matthew Stafford the NFL’s highest paid player. General manager Bob Quinn has said he is confident that a contract extension for Stafford can be reached, but that will be up to Lions president Rod Wood. Trending: Is Bono Washington's Best Lobbyist?
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton has been suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Thornton can return to the active roster on Oct. 16, at the start of a bye week, and will be eligible to play Oct. 29 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Thornton has played in 19 games the previous two seasons with the Lions, starting six games last season.
A lawsuit that seeks to block the use of public school funds for the Detroit Pistons’ move from the suburbs to the Little Caesars Arena under construction downtown could “kill” the project and trigger a municipal bond default, the city’s attorney said Monday. Community activist Robert Davis’ lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the capture of funds from millages for Detroit schools and county parks to pay for a $34.5 million headquarters and practice facility for the Pistons. Public dollars are already being captured through tax increment financing to service $250 million in bonds issued for Little Caesars Arena, the future home of Ilitch Holdings’ Detroit Red Wings.