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  • David Montgomery's Injury Not Serious

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    Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said that running back David Montgomery (undisclosed) won't take part in organized team activities on Thursday due to an undisclosed injury that he suffered at practice last week, but his injury isn't considered serious. After four seasons with the Chicago Bears, where he put up 800-plus rushing yards in every season, Montgomery comes to Detroit as the expected primary option on early downs in 2023. The 25-year-old had a total of 155 receptions in his tenure in Chicago as well, but the presence of first-round rookie Jahmyr Gibbs will certainly lower Montgomery's overall fantasy ceiling, especially in PPR leagues. Treat Montgomery as a low-end RB2/high-end RB3 in his first year with the Lions.

    Jun 1 · Source via Detroit Lions David Montgomery
  • Lions S Tracy Walker Eyeing Training Camp Return

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    One of the early developments so far from Lions OTAs has been the sight of Tracy Walker with the team. The veteran safety is taking part in on-field work during his ongoing recovery from an Achilles tear. “It feels great to be back,” Walker said, via Tim Twentyman of the team’s website. “I can’t hide the emotions, […]

    May 30 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions Brian Branch Kerby Joseph Tracy Walker
  • DB Notes: Lions, Joseph, Oliver, Cardinals

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    A scary scene transpired during the Lions‘ Week 5 matchup with the Patriots. An ambulance transported Saivion Smith off the field, and the Lions defensive back said he feared paralysis following a collision with Patriots running back Damien Harris. Smith left the game after the next play, after falling to the turf after a routine […]

    May 29 · Pro Football Rumors Detroit Lions DALSF Arizona Cardinals Kelvin Joseph Isaiah Oliver
  • Lions' Williams 'wasn't aware' of gambling policy

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    Detroit Lions receiver Jameson Williams said he "wasn't aware" of the NFL's gambling policy that led to his six-game suspension.

    May 29 · ESPN Detroit Lions Jameson Williams
  • Tracy Walker Expected To Return For Camp

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    Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker (Achilles) is expected to return in full for training camp. The 28-year-old tore his Achilles in Week 3 and missed the rest of the season because of it. He has been able to participate on a limited basis during recent OTAs. It sounds like the team is going to ease Walker back into things coming off a serious injury. His return to the field would be a huge boost to the Lions defense. Walker is a former third round pick who has two 100-tackle seasons under his belt. The Lions could have a scary secondary with C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Walker back there.

    May 28 · Source via Detroit Lions Tracy Walker
  • Hendon Hooker Preparing Himself Mentally

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    Detroit Lions quarterback Hendon Hooker (knee) still isn't ready to get on the practice field as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. The rookie quarterback says that he's doing good and taking it day-by-day. He mentioned that he has become a lot stronger physically and mentally because of this process. Hooker can't get on the field, but that hasn't stopped him from watching, learning, asking questions. The expectation is that Hooker is going to sit out the entire 2023 season. The Lions appear to be committed to Jared Goff, so Hooker will sit behind him and learn.

    May 26 · Source via Detroit Lions Hendon Hooker
  • Lions Acquire Riley Patterson From Jaguars

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    Before the Jacksonville Jaguars released kicker Riley Patterson, they agreed to send him to the Detroit Lions on Thursday in exchange for a late-round draft pick. Patterson became expendable in Jacksonville after the Jags signed former Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus. The 23-year-old played in 17 games for the Jaguars in his second year in the NFL in 2022 and made 85.7 percent of his 35 field-goal attempts while missing just one of his 37 extra-point tries. He kicked for the Lions in his rookie season and made 13 of his 14 field-goal attempts in seven games. Patterson is now set to compete for the kicking job this summer with Michael Badgley and John Parker Romo in Detroit.

    May 25 · Source via Detroit Lions Jacksonville Jaguars Michael Badgley Brandon McManus Riley Patterson
  • David Montgomery Injured At OTAs Thursday

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    Detroit Lions running back David Montgomery left with an undisclosed injury during organized team activities on Thursday. Montgomery was able to walk off the field under his own power to the locker room. It's an ominous start to spring practices for the former Bears running back, who totaled 915 carries for 3,609 yards and 26 touchdowns while adding 155 receptions for 1,240 yards and four receiving TDs in his four years in the Windy City. The 25-year-old is expected to be Detroit's preferred early-down back in 2023, but rookie first-rounder Jahmyr Gibbs is likely to take away valuable pass-catching opportunities out of the backfield. Injury aside, Montgomery is on the RB2/3 borderline in fantasy in his first year with the Lions.

    May 25 · Source via Detroit Lions David Montgomery
  • Jameson Williams Has Made Big Progress

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    Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said on Thursday that second-year wide receiver Jameson Williams is miles ahead of where he was last year in his rookie campaign. In 2022, Williams wasn't able to participate in spring workouts while he was recovering from a torn ACL. It's nice to hear for an extremely talented wide receiver, but the problem in 2023 is that Williams will be suspended for the first six games of the regular season for a violation of the league's gambling policy. The 22-year-old was a popular breakout candidate before the suspension announcement, but he'll still be worth stashing in most fantasy formats. Once his suspension is over, he's expected to be a much bigger part of Detroit's passing game in his sophomore season.

    May 25 · Source via Detroit Lions Jameson Williams
  • Brodric Martin Has A Lot Of Upside

    Detroit Lions rookie defensive tackle Brodric Martin, who was acquired in the third round of this year's NFL draft, has 35-inch arms and a massive 330-pound frame. He was easily the team's biggest lineman on the field during rookie minicamp over the weekend, and his upside as a space-eating nose tackle is clear as day. "There's a lot of upside with the guy," assistant general manager Ray Agnew said. "First of all, he's big, powerful and strong. He's got some technique stuff (to fix), but everything about him is fixable. I think our D-line coach will do a great job of teaching him how to play the game. There's a lot in that body, man. We're excited about him." Martin looks to be a quick study and could be contributing early on for the Lions in 2023.

    May 15 · Source via Detroit Lions Brodric Martin
  • Lions Expect Jack Campbell To Make Immediate Impact

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    The Detroit Lions took linebacker Jack Campbell in the first round of this year's NFL draft because they think he'll make an immediate impact in the middle of their defense. Part of the process from now until Campbell's first NFL game in Week 1 will be honing in on the details. He looks the part already as a strong communicator in the heart of the defense, and he's a man among boys in terms of his stature. There aren't too many players with Campbell's size (6-foot-5, 249 pounds) who can move like him at linebacker. While the 22-year-old wasn't often in the opponent's backfield making tackles for loss, his extreme athleticism could make him an IDP tackle machine sooner than later.

    May 15 · Source via Detroit Lions Jack Campbell
  • Sam LaPorta Puts On A Show At Rookie Minicamp

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    Detroit Lions rookie tight end Sam LaPorta was the best player on the field on Saturday at the team's rookie minicamp, and he got plenty of looks from quarterback Adrian Martinez. LaPorta was targeted early and often and caught everything that came his way. His versatility stood out. Detroit used him as an in-line tight end but also flexed him out to receiver over the weekend, something he did often at Iowa. LaPorta can hurt teams in a variety of ways, so expect the Lions to continue moving him around. The 22-year-old also showed impressive elusiveness and acceleration on the field. The No. 33 overall pick in this year's draft should be a great fit in this offense, but fantasy managers might want to be patient in terms of his 2023 production.

    May 15 · Source via Detroit Lions Sam LaPorta
  • Jahmyr Gibbs Misses Saturday's Rookie Camp

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    Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs (ankle) didn't participate in Saturday's rookie minicamp because of an ankle injury. Fortunately, assistant general manager Ray Agnew described it as a "tweak" while adding it's a "slight" injury. There should be an update on Gibbs' condition on Sunday. However, the club will likely be cautious with the first-round pick. But for now, his fantasy stock won't be impacted.

    May 13 · Source via Detroit Lions Jahmyr Gibbs
  • Lions Sign Keytaon Thompson, Chase Cota

    The Detroit Lions signed undrafted free-agent wide receivers Keytaon Thompson and Chase Cota on Friday, in addition to signing South Florida offensive lineman Brad Cecil, Illinois linebacker Isaac Darkangelo, North Carolina State defensive lineman Cory Durden, Baylor offensive lineman Connor Galvin, Marshall cornerback Steven Gilmore, Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim, Notre Dame safety Brandon Joseph, Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez, Akron defensive lineman Zach Morton, Saginaw Valley State linebacker Trevor Nowaske, Notre Dame defensive lineman Chris Smith, Central Florida offensive lineman Ryan Swoboda and Alabama-Birmingham cornerback Starling Thomas V.

    May 13 · Source via Detroit Lions
  • Lions GM Expects Sam LaPorta To Produce Early

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    Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes said to "expect a pretty early impact" from rookie second-round tight end Sam LaPorta. The Iowa alumni caught 58 passes for 657 yards and one touchdown in his senior season and became the second tight end selected in the 2023 NFL Draft. Holmes spoke about LaPorta's versatility in the slot and out wide, so he could be utilized all over the field early in his career, especially while Jameson Williams (suspension) is absent from the team. While rookie tight ends take time to develop, LaPorta is seemingly polished and ready to help fantasy teams right away. A mid-level TE2 season is in his range of outcomes, but he could even exceed those expectations in one of the league's best passing offenses from 2022.

    May 10 · Source via NFL Draft Detroit Lions Sam LaPorta
  • Hendon Hooker Looking At A Redshirt Year

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    Detroit Lions quarterback Hendon Hooker is probably looking at a redshirt rookie year, according to head coach Dan Campbell. Hooker is still rehabbing a torn ACL and the Lions appear to be committed to Jared Goff as their starter in the near future. Hooker could be a long-term answer at the quarterback position for the Lions but he is unlikely to make an impact in 2023. He remains a stash in Superflex dynasty formats.

    May 9 · Source via NFL Draft Detroit Lions Hendon Hooker
  • Jack Campbell Looks The Part Of Plug-And-Play Linebacker

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    Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes placed an emphasis on finding players who could make an immediate impact with his early round picks in this year's draft, and for a defense that ranked dead-last in yards per game allowed in 2022, linebacker Jack Campbell has a chance to move the needle immediately. He has the look of a plug-and-play linebacker whose impressive playing speed and all-out effort should be an asset for Detroit defensively in 2023. The Lions are expecting much more out of their defense this year, as they also upgraded the secondary and their defensive line. Campbell could become attractive in IDP leagues eventually, but fantasy managers should continue to avoid the Lions defense/special teams unit until we see real progress.

    May 5 · Source via NFL Draft Detroit Lions Jack Campbell
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