Lions Draft Preview Capsule
8. DETROIT (6-10)
LAST SEASON: Detroit dropped seven of its last 10 games under first-year coach Matt Patricia, reaching double digits in losses for first time since 2012. Lions were...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed free agent running back C.J. Anderson, who made big plays for the Rams after being acquired late last season.
Lions not renewing offensive coordinator Cooter’s contract
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions are not renewing offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's contract after the team sputtered to a 6-10 season while quarterback Matthew Stafford struggled.
The Lions announced their decision Tuesday, two days after finishing 6-10 in coach Matt Patricia's first season at the helm. Cooter was a holdover from Jim Caldwell's staff, but his first season with Patricia did not go well.
Lions put Kerryon Johnson on IR, activate Jamal Agnew off IR
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions put rookie running back Kerryon Johnson on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Detroit also activated returner Jamal Agnew from IR on Wednesday. Agnew has been out since Week 5 because of a knee injury. The Lions host Minnesota on Sunday.
Bills missing running backs McCoy and Ivory
Bills starting running back LeSean McCoy and his backup, Chris Ivory, are both inactive for Buffalo's home game against the Detroit Lions.
McCoy is out after hurting his left hamstring and Ivory hurt his left shoulder in a 27-23 loss to the New York Jets last weekend. The injuries leave Buffalo with two healthy running backs in rookies Marcus Murphy and Keith Ford, who was promoted from the practice squad this week.
Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka is active despite nursing a hip injury.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford questionable to play against Bills
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is listed as questionable to play at Buffalo.
He was limited Friday in practice because of a back ailment. Stafford says he has played with the injury previously and plans to do that again against the Bills on Sunday. He has started 125 regular-season games, the third-longest streak active QB streak and sixth-longest in league history.
Zenner a bright spot in Detroit’s dull win
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions won at Arizona for the first time since 1993, and the game was about as tedious as expected between a pair of also-rans.
FANTASY PLAYS: Burning questions for NFL Week 14
A look at some key fantasy football questions for Week 14:
WHICH UNDER-THE-RADAR PLAYERS HAVE THE BEST CHANCES FOR BIG GAMES THIS WEEK?
Week 14 typically marks the start of the fantasy football playoffs. If at all possible don't take too many chances when constructing your lineup this week. Digging for players isn't a great spot to be in this late in the season.
Turnovers weren’t Lions’ only problem on offense vs. Bears
DETROIT (AP) — Long before Matthew Stafford's two interceptions in the fourth quarter, the Detroit Lions looked limited offensively.
Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky out, Chase Daniel in versus Lions
DETROIT (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is out of the lineup and Chase Daniel is in against the Detroit Lions.
Trubisky had been doubtful to play Thursday due to a shoulder injury.
The 32-year-old Daniel is making his third career start. He had thrown just three passes over four years entering the Thanksgiving Day game.
The Lions previously ruled out rookie running back Kerryon Johnson (knee) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (knee) with injuries.
Johnson’s injury a concern for Lions after win over Panthers
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson has been a bright spot for Detroit in a season with plenty of struggles.
Now the Lions are finally coming off a win — but Johnson exited that victory with a left knee injury.
Lions show fight in 20-19 victory over Panthers
DETROIT (AP) — The play went for an 82-yard gain, not a great moment for the Detroit defense. The way it ended epitomized the Lions' gritty victory.
Darius Slay hustled back and tackled DJ Moore on a long reception in the third quarter, preventing a Carolina touchdown. The Panthers eventually missed a field goal on that drive, and the Lions went on to win 20-19 on Sunday.
The Latest: Lions rookie RB Johnson leaves with injury
The Latest on Week 11 in the NFL (all times EST):
Detroit rookie Kerryon Johnson left the game against Carolina in the third quarter with an apparent left knee injury and is questionable to return.
Johnson has 87 yards on 15 carries on the day, including Detroit's only touchdown so far. The Lions lead 13-7.
Defensive adjustments have fueled recent surge by Vikings
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's fumble gave Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions a fresh set of downs early in the fourth quarter two weeks ago, another opportunity to start climbing back into the game.
Though they held an 11-point lead, the Vikings had been unable to pull away. On the first play after the change of possession, Stafford faked a handoff to Kerryon Johnson and rolled out to his right.
Lions rule out Slay, Lang for game against Chicago
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions will be without standout cornerback Darius Slay for Sunday's game at Chicago.
The Lions ruled Slay out Friday with a knee injury. Guard T.J. Lang is also out with a neck problem.
Linebacker Eli Harold (shoulder) is doubtful for Detroit, and defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and rookie running back Kerryon Johnson (ankle) are questionable. Ansah returned last weekend and played for the first time since the season opener.
Running game starting to emerge for Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have won two straight and three of four in large part because they finally have a running game.
In Sunday's 32-21 victory over the Miami Dolphins, the Lions churned out 248 yards on the ground, their highest single-game rushing output in 21 years.
The Lions averaged 7.1 yards per carry. Kerryon Johnson ran for 158 yards, including a 71-yard burst in the first quarter.
Lions climb to .500 by beating Dolphins 32-21
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Caught from behind on a 71-yard run, Kerryon Johnson took some locker room ribbing, the kind that comes after a victory on the road.
Johnson rushed for 158 yards Sunday to help the Detroit Lions beat Miami 32-21. His teammates thought he should have had more, but safety Reshad Jones ran him down after the Lions' longest run in seven years.
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Johnson’s 158 yards rushing help Lions beat Dolphins 32-21
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Lions clustered on the bench under shade canopies Sunday, keeping their cool in the South Florida heat. And when they stepped onto the field and into the subtropical sunshine, they ran all over the Miami Dolphins.
Unfazed by the weather, Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards and the Lions netted 248 on the ground, their highest total in 21 years, to win 32-21.
Bad run defense dooms Dolphins in loss to Detroit
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins' run defense is stuck in reverse, perhaps taking the season with it.
Poor tackling, botched assignments and a manhandling up front doomed the Dolphins on Sunday, when the Detroit Lions ran for 248 yards to win 32-21.
It was Detroit's biggest total in 21 years, and the second bad game in a row for the Dolphins' run defense. They allowed 164 yards rushing a week earlier but still somehow managed to beat the Chicago Bears in overtime.
Dolphins’ Wake might return against Lions; Riddick out
MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is on a course to return Sunday against Detroit from a knee injury that sidelined him the past two weeks.
Wake is listed as questionable but took full part in practice Friday. He coyly declined to say whether he expected to play but added, "It'll be Christmas morning on Sunday."
The return of Wake would be timely because Miami defensive ends Charles Harris (calf) and Jonathan Woodard (concussion) were ruled out.
Lions go into bye on a high after beating Packers 31-23
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have beaten Aaron Rodgers- and Tom Brady-led teams this season.
And yes, they still have a losing record.
Detroit has provided glimpses of its potential, beating the Green Bay Packers 31-23 on Sunday in their first home game since dominating the New England Patriots.
A rushing barrier finally falls for Lions against Patriots
DETROIT (AP) — Kerryon Johnson was drafted to help Detroit's woeful running game.
He's already reached one significant mark, becoming the Lions' first 100-yard rusher in almost five years.
The Latest: Lions finally have a 100-yard rusher
The Latest on the third Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):
For the first time since 2013, the Detroit Lions have a 100-yard rusher.
Rookie Kerryon Johnson is at 101 after a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter. Detroit leads New England 23-10.
Abdullah inactive for Lions; Jets without Maye, Kearse
DETROIT (AP) — Lions running back Ameer Abdullah is inactive for Detroit's game Monday night against the New York Jets.
The Jets are without safety Marcus Maye (foot) and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (abdomen), both of whom had been doubtful. New York linebacker Josh Martin was ruled out previously because of a concussion.
Lions Preview Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
New faces: Coach Matt Patricia, RB LeGarrette Blount, RB Kerryon Johnson, TE Luke Willson, C Frank Ragnow, DT Sylvester Williams, LB Christian Jones, LB Devon Kennard.
Key losses: Coach Jim Caldwell, TE Eric Ebron, DT Haloti Ngata, LB Tahir Whitehead.
Strengths: Passing game. QB Matthew Stafford threw for 1,000-plus yards to WR Marvin Jones and WR Golden Tate last year and has pass-catching RB Theo Riddick. All-Pro CB Darius Slay among NFL's best in coverage.
Kerryon Johnson was raised for opportunity he has with Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson was just a kid when his older siblings hit him with elbows while playing hoops.
And his parents, both of whom played college basketball, did not swoop in to save their young son from the physical games.
Sure, playing at Auburn and in the SEC did a lot to get the Detroit Lions' rookie running back ready for the NFL .
Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: Early and late-season slides knocked team out of playoff contention and cost coach Jim Caldwell job. QB Matthew Stafford led pass-dependent offense with 1,000-yard WRs Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. CB Darius Slay emerged as one of league's best in coverage.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have desperately tried to improve what has been a weakness, signing and drafting players to improve their running game.
Detroit ranked last in the NFL last season in rushing offense and has been among the league's worst on the ground offensively in recent seasons.
Lions general manager Bob Quinn has made it a priority to fix the problem.
Lions waive running back Tion Green
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have waived running back Tion Green.
Green appeared in five games last season for Detroit, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries. Green was an undrafted rookie last year out of Cincinnati.
Detroit has tried to revamp its running game this offseason, signing running back LeGarrette Blount and drafting running back Kerryon Johnson in the second round.
Detroit Lions Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson in second round
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — It's been nearly two decades since Barry Sanders last took the field for the Lions, and it feels like Detroit's running game has been flailing ever since.
The latest potential solution to that problem —second-round draft pick Kerryon Johnson of Auburn — was 1 year old when Sanders played his final season.
Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson could fit if Steelers allow Le’Veon Bell to walk
The Steelers have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. to use the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell, a deadline they are trying to beat by signing the All-Pro running back to a long-term contract.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson can now happily get back to his football routine.
The Auburn running back ran the 40 before NFL scouts Friday at the school's pro day after skipping it at the combine. He didn't quite make his goal of 4.50 seconds or better, running in 4.58 and 4.54, but was happy to get it over with.
"Now I'm back to being an actual football player," Johnson said. "I'm not working on those drills or anything. Now I'm just working on bettering myself as a running back."
Auburn signee Asa Martin named Alabama’s Mr. Football
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Writethru
Auburn signee Asa Martin is already following in the footsteps of predecessor Kerryon Johnson in one regard.
Like Johnson, Martin was named Alabama's Mr. Football. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound running back, who graduated in December and has already enrolled at Auburn, was honored Tuesday by the Alabama Sports Writers Association at a luncheon put on by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association.
Auburn’s Davis, Holland, Pettway declare for NFL draft
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis, tailback Kamryn Pettway and defensive end Jeff Holland are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.
All three announced their decisions Wednesday on social media. Tailback Kerryon Johnson has also declared his plans to turn pro.
Davis is a second-team Associated Press All-American who started all three seasons at Auburn, including as a true freshman.
Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis declares for NFL draft
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
The second-team Associated Press All-American announced his decision in a Twitter post Wednesday, thanking Auburn fans for their support. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Davis started all three seasons at Auburn, including as a true freshman.
He is projected as an early round pick with some mock drafts having him go in the first round.
AUBURN — The Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year has played his final game in an Auburn uniform.
Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson back to ‘old self’ for Peach Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — The biggest key to Auburn's offensive success, running back Kerryon Johnson, says he's "running like my old self" and eager to play in Monday's Peach Bowl against Central Florida.
"I feel 100 percent, finally, or as close to 100 percent as you can get at this point," Johnson said Saturday. "I felt really good. I've been running like my old self and making moves like my old self. It's giving me confidence and making me happy, and I'm ready to see what I can do in the real game now."
Auburn football: Johnson says ‘of course’ he’ll play, but Malzahn sounds skeptical
AUBURN – Either Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is playing the worst game of possum with his best player or he and Kerryon Johnson need to have a chat.
In his on-campus Peach Bowl news conference last week, Malzahn was less than definitive about whether his leading rusher would play in the postseason game against Central Florida on New Year’s Day.
LSU quarterback Danny Etling was named the Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Etling, the Tigers' starter for the last two seasons, graduated in mass communications in May with a 3.72 grade point average, according to a statement from the SEC office.
Want a good argument for Gus Malzahn’s reported seven-year, $49 million contract extension?
For starters, he’s charmed. How else to explain those 2013 miracles, Les Miles’ clock-management final straw with LSU when both coaches coached for their jobs, Jarrett Stidham landing in Malzahn’s lap, this year’s “Amen Corner” sweep and Kerryon Johnson carrying on just long enough to get Auburn through it?
Georgia, Auburn split top awards on AP All-SEC football team
ATLANTA (AP) — After meeting in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Georgia and Auburn split the top awards on The Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference team released Monday.
Peach Bowl Matchup
ATLANTA (AP) — Central Florida (12-0, American Athletic) vs. Auburn (10-3, Southeastern), Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia
UCF: QB McKenzie Milton, 3,795 yards passing with 35 TDs; 497 yards with seven TDs.
Auburn: RB Kerryon Johnson, 1,320 yards rushing with 17 touchdowns.
ATLANTA — Auburn got physically whipped in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game loss to Georgia, and a hurt Kerryon Johnson doesn’t account for all of that.
He doesn’t play defense, where the Bulldogs gashed Auburn pretty good, especially after a tentative first quarter.
Postgame analysis of Auburn's loss to Georgia:
THREE THINGS WORTH TALKING ABOUT
Injured Auburn star Kerryon Johnson gave it a try Saturday, but he struggled before the Tigers turned to Kam Martin and Malik Miller at running back.
Johnson, who hurt his shoulder and rib in the previous week’s win over Alabama, rushed eight times in the first half for 16 yards. He gained 28 more yards in the second half to finish with 44 yards on 13 attempts, although 15 of that came on one carry.
ATLANTA — Kerryon Johnson spent a long moment on his knees on the still fresh Mercedes-Benz Stadium turf, while Roquan Smith ran the other way with the football he just fumbled as the Georgia sideline erupted.
Auburn’s star running back, Johnson gamely gave it his all after suffering a shoulder injury in last week’s Iron Bowl, but now he looked as crushed and crumpled as the recently imploded Georgia Dome next door.
ATLANTA — Auburn fell short at the finish line. In 60 minutes, the Tigers, ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings went from becoming the first two-loss team to make the playoff to losing to the same team it beat last month by 23 points.
The No. 6 Bulldogs (12-1) got sweet Georgia revenge, 28-7, in the SEC title game Saturday and likely punched their ticket to the playoff.
Conference championship games are Saturday, and while there usually is an upset or two, none will happen in games that matter.
Let’s get to the picks:
SEC: No. 6 Georgia (11-1) at No. 2 Auburn (10-2): Georgia has had a good season, but second-year head coach Kirby Smart hasn’t built a national title contender yet. That’ll come later, but for now, the Bulldogs are outclassed by solid teams such as Auburn.
No. 2 Auburn vs. No. 6 Georgia: Game outlook, where to watch, listen
Pregame analysis of Auburn's SEC Championship Game appearance against Georgia:
What: Auburn Tigers (10-2) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (11-1)
When: 3 p.m. Central time, Saturday
Rankings: Auburn is second in the College Football Playoff rankings and fourth in the Associated Press and coaches polls. Georgia is sixth in all three.
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Line: Auburn by 2½
TV/radio: TV: CBS; radio: FM-92.7, FM-99.3, FM-100.5, AM-740, AM-990, AM-1350, Sirius 145, XM 190.
AUBURN — According to his head coach, Kerryon Johnson doesn’t need to practice in order to start the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Tuesday in his weekly news conference that the junior tailback was “day-to-day” with his shoulder injury but suggested that even without practicing this week, he’ll be allowed to play and start Saturday against Georgia (3 p.m., CBS) if given full medical clearance.