Thursday, July 31, 2014

Detroit Lions sign DE Kris Redding waive WR Cody Wilson


Lions sign UDFA Rookie out of Wake Forest. With Ziggy down the Lions need depth at position. Redding has some length at 6'4" but lacks speed and quickness.

Here is a tribute:

Redding in Detroit

Redding at Wake Forest
42 games 65 tackles 3.5 sacks
Pro day Stats:
6040 261 5.02 26 reps 32.5" 906 4.55 7.48

Welcome to Detroit

Lions waive WR Cody Wilson after he suffered a hamstring injury that has kept him out most of camp. Wilson is a Rochester Adams grad and CMU Alum. He spent part of 2013 on the practice squad. He caught 1 pass in the preseason for 6 yards in 2013.

Here is a tribute:

Cody at Camp in 2013

Cody with his Dad following the 4th preseason game in 2013
Good Luck Cody


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Detroit Lions claim WR Quintin Payton waive DE Kal Kashama


Lions claim NC State WR from the Bucs. He will compete outside with Durham, Fuller and others because of his 6'3" 211 lbs size.

Here is a tribute:

Payton in Detroit

At NC State, 42 games 86 rec 1443 5td
Pro day Results:
6032 211 4.56 7 reps 33.5" 909 4.69 7.19

Welcome to Detroit

Lions waive UDFA rookie DE Kal Kashama from EMU. He was waived injured. Kal was likely a slim candidate for the practice squad.

Here is a tribute:

Kal at Rookie Mini camp
Good Luck Kal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

View from Allen Park- Detroit Lions training camp report 7/29/2014


Went to Training camp in Allen Park.

Observations:

-LaAdrian Waddle is huge. I mean huge, Cornelius Lucas is bigger.

- Golden Tate is good. Looks like a great pick up.

-Eric Ebron has a long way to go. Drops and indecision.

- James Ihedigbo is a speciman. Jerome Couplin is supposed to big, James makes him look skinny.

- Bill Bentley looks like a veteran. Jonte Green looks bad. He is on the fence.

- Like CB Aaron Hester. Big kid, good feet.

- QB James Franklin needs work. Inaccurate.

-RB Mikel LeShoure looked good. Decisive and lean.

-DE George Johnson replaced Ziggy at End.

Met the following guys: Jeremy Ross, Golden Tate, Glover Quin, Sam Martin, Michael Williams, LaAdrian Waddle, Cornelius Lucas, Devin Taylor, DeJon Gomes, Corey Fuller, Brandon Hepburn, Darryl Tapp, Jerome Couplin and AJ Dalton

Here are the scenes:

S James Ihedigbo



S DeJon Gomes

S Isa Abdul Quddus


S Jerome Couplin








CB Cassius Vaughn





WR Golden Tate



WR Jeremy Ross


S Don Carey

Jerome Couplin

CB Rashean Mathis

CB Bill Bentley

CB Aaron Hester

S Isa Abdul Quddus

Hester and Mohammad Seisay


CB Mohammad Seisay

CB Nevin Lawson



CB Aaron Hester




MSU Defensive Staff





WR Kris Durham

Ross and Bentley

RB Steven Miller

Darius Slay


OG Bryce Quigley

Riley Reiff and Larry Warford

OT Michael Williams

Reiff, Waddle and Dom


Not Detroit Lions but saw Jack White at the Fox


This is the 5th time I have seen Jack in concert

Here are the scenes:

7/28/2014

Jack White
Fox Theatre
The Dead Weather
7/24/2009 Fillmore Detroit
The Raconteurs
6/7/2008 Fillmore Detroit
The Raconteurs
8/5/2006 Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
The White Stripes (final show in Detroit)
10/2/2005 Masonic Temple

Friday, July 25, 2014

Detroit Lions sign P Drew Butler and release S Gabe Lynn


Lion sign former Steelers punter Drew Butler. He will challenge Sam Martin for the job. He will give Martin's leg some rest.

Here is a tribute:

Butler played 16 games in 2012
77/3374/43.8 ave

Butler averaged 45.2 on  168 punts at Georgia
Welcome to Detroit

Lions cut UDFA rookie S Gabe Lynn

Good Luck Gabe

Why Ndamukong Suh will NOT sign a long term extension with the Detroit Lions


Suh will enter the last year on his contract this season. He will not sign a long term extension with the team. I understand his position.


Will stomp somewhere else in 2015.

Here are the reasons:

1. The Lions, led by GM Martin Mayhew, do not have a plan to build a championship caliber franchise. Suh has witnessed first hand the plight of Calvin Johnson and knows of the Barry Sanders story. Hall of Fame career with zero hope of winning.

2. He has the leverage. He becomes a free agent or is franchised next year. The tag will cost the Lions $26.9 mil off the cap. Suh holds all of the cards.

3. He hates Detroit. He lives in Birmingham and has had nothing but problems there. He has been sued and pulled a pellet guy on a guy.

He wanted to see how the Lions would react this off-season to yet another complete mess of season in 2013.

Here is what the Lions did:

1. Decline the 5th year option on Nick Fairley.

Suh and Nick both in their last year in the Lion uniform.

Fairley will become a free agent following the season. Fairley will slim down and have a great year. No way is he back in Detroit in 2015.

2. Waive Chris Houston.

55 games in Detroit.
10 picks 210 tackles 50 PBU

The Lions knew he was hurt. Signed him to a 5 year $25 mil contract. Cut him eating $5.2 mil on the cap this year and did not replace him. They drafted Nevin Lawson in the 4th round, signed one of the worst defensive players in the NFL Cassius Vaughn, signed Bronco cast off Aaron Hester and got Chris Greenwood a 2nd groin surgery.

3. The Draft.

What could have been?

They drafted a TE with the #10 pick. With a stud DT Aaron Donald and CB Kyle Fuller sitting there. Donald would have allowed us to let Suh walk and Fuller would start at CB.

Traded up to draft OLB Kyle Van Noy. This trade cost us a WR or CB in the 4th round.

2 year captain at Arkansas

Drafted a back up Center in the 3rd round. Plenty of WR or CB help at that pick.

Bottom Line:

Suh will play somewhere else in 2015 or sign the franchise tag. He knows the Lions under have Mayhew do not have a plan and the window on the Calvin/Stafford era is almost closed.

Suh does not want to be the next Barry or Calvin.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Detroit Lions claim WR Reese Wiggins off of Waviers, cut WR Naaman Roosevelt


Lions claim UDFA rookie WR Reese Wiggins from the Pats. Wiggins played at East Carolina, his senior year 26 receptions 372 yards 4 td for the Pirates. Reese is 5'10" 181 but explosive. He ran 4.37 at the Super Regional Combine in Detroit. His 40" Vert and 6.89 ldrill are good. He will compete at the slot receiver and practice squad spot.

Here is a tribute:

Wiggins signed in May with the Pats.
He was released last week

33 games 80 rec 1012 yards 8td at ECU
Welcome to Detroit

Lions waive veteran WR Naaman Roosevelt. He was signed after a tryout in April. Roose played for the Bills but has been out of the NFL for a couple years.

Good luck Naaman

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Detroit Lions sign OG Garrett Reynolds waive JB Shugarts


Lions sign veteran OG Garrett Reynolds to a 1 year contract. He was waived by Atlanta following his 5th season. He ranked # 31 at guard by PFF in 2013. Reynolds will challenge both Rodney Austin and Corey Hilliard for back up spots.

Here is a tribute:

Garrett played 42 games in Atlanta
He started 23.

A 5th round pick in 2009 out of UNC.
27 games started, 26 at right tackle
Combine: 6075 309 5.4 5.32 19 22 710 4.88 7.87

Welcome to Detroit

Lions waive JB Shugarts. A third year man out of Ohio State. He has bounced around the camp and practice squad circuit the last 3 years.

Gdod Luck JB