Lions Preview Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
New faces: DE Trey Flowers, DT Mike Daniels, WR Danny Amendola, TEs T.J. Hockenson and Jesse James, RB C.J. Anderson, Justin Coleman and Rashaan Melvin, S Andrew Adams,...
Lions Training Camp Capsule
DETROIT LIONS (6-10)
OPEN CAMP: July 24, Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: First-year coach Matt Patricia lost seven of last 10 games, saddling franchise with double digits in losses for...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions waived tight end Michael Roberts after trying to trade him to the New England Patriots.
The Lions say trade conditions put Roberts back on the...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions traded tight end Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a conditional draft pick.
Detroit made the move Thursday, creating an open roster...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have invested a lot in tight ends, desperately hoping to turn a weakness into a strength.
Detroit drafted Iowa star T.J. Hockenson early in the...
NTSB says clam tank flooding likely caused fatal sinking
BOSTON (AP) — Federal investigators have determined that the likely cause of the sinking of fishing boat off the coast of Nantucket in 2017 that claimed the lives of two crewmembers was flooding...
Woman killed in New Jersey house fire
RAHWAY, N.J. (AP) — Fire officials say a 44-year-old woman has died in a New Jersey house fire.
The fire broke out around 6:15 a.m. Wednesday in Rahway.
Fire Chief Michael Roberts says the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and Shonda Smith was found dead in a second-floor bedroom.
Lions put DE Ziggy Ansah on injured reserve
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Ziggy Ansah may have played his final game with the Detroit Lions.
The Lions put Ansah and tight end Michael Roberts on injured reserve Tuesday with shoulder problems. Detroit signed tight end Jerome Cunningham and offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from the practice squad to the active roster.
Lions rule out Jones for game against Carolina
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have ruled wide receiver Marvin Jones out of Sunday's game against Carolina because of a knee injury.
It will be only the second missed game for Jones in the past three-plus seasons. Panthers receiver Torrey Smith will also miss the game with a knee injury.
Detroit tight end Michael Roberts (shoulder) and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (ankle) are also out. Defensive linemen Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) and Damon Harrison (shoulder) are questionable.
Packers’ Randall Cobb ruled out against Lions
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers will be without at least one of their starting receivers Sunday at Detroit.
Randall Cobb has been ruled out, a hamstring injury sidelining him for the second consecutive week.
Davante Adams, who injured a calf at Wednesday's practice, will practice Saturday, coach Mike McCarthy said, and is listed as questionable. Also questionable is Geronimo Allison, who suffered a concussion during last week's victory over Buffalo and has not practiced this week.
The Latest: Lions, Broncos rallying late
The Latest on the second Sunday of the NFL regular season (all times EDT):
The Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos are trying to stage big second-half rallies.
Matthew Stafford threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Michael Roberts with 3:27 remaining, and the Lions trail San Francisco 30-27. Detroit was down 30-13 with 11:21 left.
Denver was down 19-7 in the third quarter, but is now trailing Oakland 19-17 after a 1-yard TD run by Case Keenum with 5:58 to play in the fourth.
Allen Park — Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we'll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions' roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Wide receivers and tight ends
■Current roster: Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay, TJ Jones, Bradley Marquez, Jace Billingsley, Andy Jones, Dontez Ford, Luke Willson, Michael Roberts, Levine Toilolo, Hakeem Valles, Brandon Barnes
Orlando, Fla. — The Lions are adding another veteran tight end to the roster, according to multiple reports, agreeing to terms with Levine Toilolo. He had visited with the team last week.
A fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2013, Toilolo has spent his entire five-year career with the Atlanta Falcons. The 6-foot-8, 265-pounder had his most productive season in 2014, catching 31 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Allen Park — The Detroit Lions released tight end Eric Ebron on Wednesday, hours before the start of the new league year.
Ebron, a former first-round pick in 2014, was set to earn $8.25 million in 2018, playing on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract.
The Lions reportedly explored trade offers last week, but apparently didn't find any takers for the 24-year-old tight end. The team also shopped him prior to the trading deadline last season.
Allen Park – Michael Roberts is taking his punishment like a man and looking to use his mistake as an opportunity to get better.
The Detroit Lions rookie tight end was suspended for the team's season-finale after missing a mandatory team meeting on Saturday.
"I slept a little longer than I expected," Roberts said.
While disappointed to end his rookie campaign on a sour note, he feels the punishment was fair.
Detroit – Detroit Lions rookie tight end Michael Roberts is unexpectedly inactive for the team's season finale against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Roberts had appeared in all 15 games this season and had played 45 offensive snaps the past two weeks. It's unclear whether the move was disciplinary in nature or the fourth-round pick out of Toledo simply woke up under the weather with a virus that had touched the Lions locker room over the weekend.
Cincinnati — Missed tackles. Costly penalties. Poor execution.
It was a microcosm of what plagued the Lions this season and all of it was on display Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
And in the end, it proved to be their downfall in a crushing 26-17 loss to the Bengals
that dashed Detroit's dream of reaching the playoffs.
Allen Park —The best way to build a foundation in the NFL is through developing young talent, and for the third consecutive season, the Lions are getting extensive contribution for the team's rookie class.
Look no further than the Lions' most-recent game, a 20-10 division win over the Chicago Bears. In the contest, the Lions' top seven draft picks had major roles, with an undrafted rookie getting significant work in the backfield.
Allen Park – Not unlike second-round pick Teez Tabor, Detroit Lions rookie tight end Michael Roberts has had trouble getting consistent playing time this season, primarily because the veteran depth in front of him has stayed healthy.
Eric Ebron and Darren Fells haven't missed a game, leaving Roberts to average a little more than 13 snaps per game, which he's primarily served as a blocker.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Michael Roberts' forearms are covered in tattoos, telling the tale of his tough upbringing and providing him with daily inspiration.
The Detroit Lions rookie right end memorializes his grandma, who died from cancer in 2011, on his right forearm which also has "perseverance," written in black ink along with one of his favorite quotes.
Woodside rallies Toledo past Northern Illinois 31-24
CHICAGO (AP) — Kareem Hunt ran for 122 yards and scored a touchdown with 1:15 left in Toledo's 31-24 comeback victory over Northern Illinois on Wednesday night in NIU's Chi-Town Showdown at the Chicago White Sox's Guaranteed Rate Field.
Woodside tosses 4 TDs passes, Toledo tops E. Michigan 35-20
YPSIALNTI, Mich. (AP) — Logan Woodside threw four touchdown passes, including a 12-yard fade route to Corey Jones with 2:37 left, and Toledo outlasted Eastern Michigan 35-20 on Saturday.
Woodside finished 25 of 31 for 247 yards, while Kareem Hunt rushed for 141 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown for Toledo (4-1, 1-0 Mid-American).
Williams has 5 TDs; Almond’s FG lifts BYU over Toledo 55-53
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Jamaal Williams ran for a program record five touchdowns and a career-high 286 yards, and Rhett Almond chipped in a 19-yard field goal as time expired to lift BYU over Toledo 55-53 on Friday night.
There were eight lead changes in the second half.
Logan Woodside matched a career-best with five touchdown passes and a school-record 505 yards passing to lead Toledo (3-1). Jon'Vea Johnson caught three scores and finished with nine receptions for 182 yards.
Woodside throws 4 TDs, Toledo rolls over Fresno State 52-17
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Logan Woodside hit three different receivers for touchdowns, throwing for four scores and 239 yards overall to lead Toledo to a 52-17 victory over Fresno State on Saturday.
Woodside throws 4 TDs to lead Toledo past Maine 45-3
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Logan Woodside threw touchdowns to four different receivers and Toledo rolled to a 45-3 win over Maine on Saturday night.
Woodside finished 13 of 25 for 329 yards and one interception as the Rockets (2-0) rolled up 516 yards of total offense.