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Former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson explains he was 'fed up' when he retired

Former Detroit Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he considered walking away from the NFL long before he called it quits in March, and that he has no plans to return. Megatron spoke publicly about his retirement for the first time at his Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation Catching Dreams Football Camp in Michigan on Saturday, revealing persistent finger, knee and ankle injuries...
Via Fox Sports
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sorry Lions fans, Calvin Johnson says he is not coming out of retirement

A few months ago, Detroit Lions fans and organization was hit with a huge blow when wide receiver Calvin Johnson decided to retire. Since then, Johnson has been out of sight and many think that he has clearly moved on from football. But there are some who are still holding out hope that Johnson will change his mind and return. Well in his first interview since retiring, Johnson told...
Via No Guts, No Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Calvin Johnson: “I’m not coming back”

Calvin Johnson will not be returning to an NFL field near you anytime soon. The former Detroit Lions receiver said at his southeast Michigan football camp on Saturday that he has no intention of returning to the NFL in his first public comments since retiring in March. “I’m not coming back,” Johnson said Saturday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “You ain’t...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions schedule predictions in 2016

The Detroit Lions are heading into the 2016 regular season with the 5th easiest schedule.  The average winning percentage  of the 16 teams that will be faced in the coming season is .465.  The Lions should be able to make some noise this season, but with the strength of the teams in the NFC North, a playoff berth might be hard to come by.  In my years as a Lions fan, I have...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Calvin Johnson: ‘I’m not coming back’

Calvin Johnson, like Barry Sanders before him, retired during the prime of his career with the Detroit Lions, and he’s happy about his decision. Speaking with reporters at a football camp Saturday morning, Johnson, formerly known by many in football circles as Megatron, made it clear he is not going to come back to the game. “I’m not coming back,” Johnson said, laughing...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Saints add C.J. Wilson, place Kyle Wilson on injured reserve

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have placed cornerback Kyle Wilson on injured reserve and have signed defensive tackle C.J. Wilson. C.J. Wilson, whose acquisition was announced Friday by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, is a six-year veteran who split last season between Oakland and Detroit. He played in four games for the Raiders and eight with the Lions and was...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-NFL player tries to break in to home, gets shot by owner

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) A homeowner in Portland shot an intruder this week who turned out to be former Detroit Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson II, authorities said. Wilson was naked and wounded Wednesday when officers found him in a water fountain in the backyard of the multimillion-dollar home, Multnomah County sheriff's Capt. Steve Alexander said. His injuries were not life-threatening...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Homeowner shoots intruder police identify as ex-NFL player

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Authorities say a homeowner in Portland, Oregon, shot an intruder who turned out to be former Detroit Lions cornerback Stanley Wilson II. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office tells The Oregonian/Oregon Live for a story published Thursday (http://bit.ly/2948mRw ) that Wilson tried to break through the back window of a multimillion-dollar home. He's hospitalized...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Must See Games 2016: Detroit Lions

Every team has must-see games on their schedule for 2016. Even though football is still two months away, it’s still never too early to look ahead to the big games. Who the Detroit Lions are playing in 2016! This article breaks down the seven most intriguing match-ups for Detroit based on these games being either rivalries, longtime conference grudge matches, potential playoff tests...
Via EndZoneScore
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford wife Kelly to judge Lions cheerleader tryouts

The Detroit Lions have decided they will have a cheerleading squad this upcoming season for the first time in their franchise’s history, and a familiar face will be helping the team sort through the candidates. Kelly Stafford, the wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, announced in an Instagram post this week that she will be judging a portion of the tryouts. So...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Eagles should pursue Lions LB Stephen Tulloch

The Philadelphia Eagles are wrapping up yet another hectic offseason. A new coaching staff, re-signing core players, trading away disgruntled and overpaid players, to trading up in the draft, and acquiring the quarterback of the future. The team recently wrapped up their mandatory minicamp and won’t reunite fully, until July 27th, when the whole roster reports for training camp...
Via cover32
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford: Lions will be ‘tougher for defenses’ without Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson is one of the most talented wide receivers to ever play in the NFL. Losing a guy who had six consecutive 1,000-yard seasons is bound to set the Detroit Lions’ offense back, but could it make them better in the long run? While praising Johnson in a recent interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Matthew Stafford spoke about the new receivers the Lions have added and how...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Matthew Stafford underplays the loss of Calvin Johnson

The Detroit Lions head into the 2016 season without one of the best players in franchise history after wide receiver Calvin Johnson announced his retirement during the spring. For a team that struggled through a seven-win 2015 campaign, this loss should have a severe impact in its ability to contend for a playoff spot this upcoming season. After all, Johnson has been the team...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions Waive OT Dominick Jackson

The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that they’ve placed OT Dominick Jackson on waivers. Jackson originally signed on with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama shortly after this year’s NFL draft. However, he lasted just a few weeks in Detroit before he was placed on waivers. The Lions later signed him to a contract three weeks ago, so his stay with Detroit...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions wished Kyle Van Noy happy birthday three months too late

It’s not that embarrassing when your bosses forget your birthday, but it is pretty bad when they do so and then wish you one three months later. That is exactly what happened to Detroit Lions linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Sunday morning, the Lions’ PR team took to Twitter and wished the now 25-year-old linebacker a happy birthday, which was a pretty nice gesture. However, he had to...
Via Campus Sports Net
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Lions wished one of their players happy birthday on the wrong day

In today's technological age with Facebook reminding you about your distant childhood friend's birthday, it's hard to forget those all-important days. Just don't tell that to the Detroit Lions.On Sunday, the Lions sent out a Tweet wishing linebacker Kyle Van Noy a happy birthday. A kind gesture, of course. There was just one problem: Van Noy's birthday is March 26, which the Lions...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions send B-day wishes to Kyle Van Noy ... three months late

The folks who operate the Detroit Lions Twitter account made a humorous mistake Sunday, wishing linebacker Kyle Van Noy a Happy Birthday. Unfortunately, the message was sent three months late. Check out this exchange. RT to wish @KVN_03 a happy birthday today! pic.twitter.com/CEZlUnJqeX — Detroit Lions (@Lions) June 19, 2016 Should I feel dumb that the @Lions couldn't...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Run game improvement more important than replacing Johnson

The Detroit Lions run game has got to get better if the Lions are to improve off of their 7-9 season. The Lions finished third in the NFC North after a terrible 1-7 start to the season, but after firing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi in Week 8 and replacing him with quarterbacks’ coach Jim Bob Cooter the Lions finished strong with a 6-2 record. Despite losing one of the best...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: inside day two of mini camp

On Wednesday June 15th, the Detroit Lions underwent their second day of mini-camp. The players are not wearing pads, but are still putting in extremely hard work in the early summer humidity. I recently wrote an article about rookie DL A’Shawn Robinson and his abilities on the field. He was one of the players that stood out during the mini-camp and there has been some talk circulating...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Al Golden felt ‘burnt out’ in Miami, ‘rejuvenated’ with Detroit Lions

Last October, the entire Miami Hurricanes community felt a weight was lifted off its collective shoulder when former head football coach Al Golden was fired. It seems like the former coach felt the same way after the school let him go. Golden, now holding the tight ends coach position with the Detroit Lions, spoke about his rough five years at Miami. He said that his time with the...
Via Campus Sports Net
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Six Detroit Lions to look out for in the 2016 season

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America via Zimbio 6. Ameer Abdullah – The second-year running back out of The University of Nebraska had over 700 yards of offense last year, and even started nine games for The Pride in 2015. Abdullah could be a huge boon for the Lions passing game in 2016, with Calvin Johnson‘s retirement they’ll need to be more multiple in their aerial...
Via EndZoneScore
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Detroit Lions will be fine without Calvin Johnson

When Calvin Johnson announced his retirement back in March it seemed as if the Detroit Lions were losing a major piece, a piece that could help them get back into the playoffs in 2016. However, Detroit fans should not consider Megatron’s retirement as a harbinger of doom for the Lions’ 2016 season. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America via Zimbio Wide receiver Golden Tate...
Via EndZoneScore
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Lions coaches predict Ziggy Ansah will get 20 sacks

Bold predictions for players taken in the top 10 of the 2013 draft seem to be a thing this week, and the Lions defensive coaching staff says that Ezekiel Ansah can reach 20 sacks in 2016. “If you ask (defensive line coach) Kris (Kocurek), it’s 20 sacks,” Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin told MLive.com. Ansah, drafted fifth overall in 2013, had a career-high 14.5...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-NFL QB to draft prospects: NFL 'doesn’t care about you'

Joey Harrington, who the Detroit Lions chose with the No. 3 pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, has had to bear the “bust” label pretty much since early in his career. But Harrington is more than just a name on the many lists of all-time draft busts that surface at this time of year, and he has a lot to say about the draft process and life in the NFL. In an interview published by...
Via The Sports Daily
April 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Lions to add new color scheme to NFL jerseys beginning in 2016

It sounds as if the Detroit Lions are going to be the closest thing to the Oregon Ducks when it comes to uniform choices on gameday. Team president Rod Wood has indicated that there will be changes made to the Lions’ uniforms in the very near future, with the majority of those changes likely to come in 2017. But, in 2016, one of those changes will include an alternative jersey...
Via The Comeback
April 02, 2016  |  Discuss
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