When the Detroit Lions hired Dan Campbell to be the team’s next head coach, he opened up his introductory press conference with a joke about him telling his agent, Rick Smith, to tell employers to think he was Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell. Turns out the old adage of there being a grain of
The Detroit Lions held their 2021 three-day rookie mini-camp last weekend, and while most of it was behind closed doors, the team did let a small contingent of beat writers observe practice on Sunday—here are my Observations from the action. Not only did the Lions give local media an opportunity to see the rookies, but
Earlier this month, the Detroit Lions and All-Pro center Frank Ragnow agreed on a four-year contract extension, signing him through the 2026 season. Ragnow immediately became the highest-paid center in the NFL, but now that the details on the contract have become available, it appears that its structure is very team-friendly—especially over the next two
According to multiple reports—NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was first—the Detroit Lions and first-round pick OT Penei Sewell have agreed on a four-year, $24.1 million contract. As is common with first-round picks, Sewell’s contract is fully guaranteed and comes with a team-held fifth-year option for the 2025 season. Sewell’s contract also includes a $14.88 million signing
Things aren’t looking great for the Detroit Lions in 2021. Although it feels like they might be better, they didn’t have anywhere to go after the past three seasons other than up. The Lions have a new quarterback in Jared Goff at the helm, and very little to support him, so how much better they
When the Detroit Lions traded up for LB Derrick Barnes, general manager Brad Holmes managed to get the Cleveland Browns to throw in pick No. 257, third to last in the event. With the extra pick, the Lions selected RB Jermar Jefferson, a player Holmes, “didn’t really think that he would still be on the
One of the coolest things about the NFL draft is the personal stories that come out of it. Detroit Lions first-round pick Penei Sewell recently shared a video of his emotional draft day experience, and now the Lions third-round pick, NT Alim McNeill is following suit. The video opens on Day 2 of the NFL
PETA is offering a new addition to the Detroit Lions team—a stuffed lion named Dan Detroit. Dan Campbell recently joked to popular sports comedy podcast Pardon My Take that he’d enjoy having a real live lion on the sidelines to pump up the guys. He apparently added: “I don’t know if PETA’s going to allow
We have our hands on the 2021 Detroit Lions schedule, but alas; games are still months away from being played. We’re just too damn excited to just let that all sit, so on the latest edition of the Pride Of Detroit PODcast, we sat down and decided to do one of our favorite things: superlatives!
The Detroit Lions made an aggressive move by trading up to acquire Purdue linebacker Derrick Barnes and a quick look at his highlight reel makes it easy to see why they love his potential. “We had a lot of buy-in and we were all hot on Barnes from Purdue,” Lions’ general manager Brad Holmes said
If there was one position the Detroit Lions needed to address heading into the NFL Draft, it was wide receiver. After losing Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola, the Lions were down to slim pickings at the position. So needless to say, it was it bit off-putting to see the Lions not address receiver
The post-draft season is almost as interesting as pre-draft. Whereas the rumors swirl before the draft regarding what team will take what player, the ensuing weeks are full of whispers regarding what could have been. With Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell faced with a monumental moment of their tenures, they
The Detroit Lions brought in a lot of bodies as undrafted free agents this year, particularly at positions where they’re lacking talent, depth, or both. While undrafted free agents (UDFA) are hardly ever names that catch the eye, this year it’s almost a lock that some of them will make the roster. Question of the
The Detroit Lions are enamored with OT Penei Sewell. Look no further than the plethora of articles we have covering this fact in our full coverage of the Lions 2021 draft class. General manager Brad Holmes twice tried to trade up for Sewell because he didn’t think he would still be available at pick No.
Yesterday it was reported that the Detroit Lions were planning on signing safety Alijah Holder and tight end Charlie Taumoepeau, and this morning the team has confirmed the report, as well as announcing a third signing of nickelback Alex Brown. All three were try-out players during last weekend’s rookie mini-camp. This isn’t the first time
When we last checked in with Detroit Lions’ fans about their thoughts on new general manager Brad Holmes, there was a near-unanimous feeling that he had fulfilled his duties to his best ability. 97 percent of fans approved of the job he had been doing. The Lions hadn’t quite embarked on free agency yet, but
The Detroit Lions drafted Amon-Ra St. Brown with the 112th pick in the 2021 NFL draft and he will have a chance to compete for a starting role in the slot—in fact, he may already the front runner. “He’s instinctive, he’s tough, he’s got grit, he’s savvy,” Lions general manager Brad Holmes said of St.
“I’m excited to be here, I’m excited to work, and I’m ready to take someone’s job.” That’s a pretty clear and definitive statement from the Detroit Lions fourth round draft pick WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, who spoke with the media following last weekend’s rookie mini-camp. You can throw the standard responses out the window when
With rookie mini-camp completed, we are slowly starting to see the squad the Detroit Lions have put together. The coming weeks will be crucial for setting expectations and building a sense of excitement in general. For fans, one question will always be at the forefront of their minds: how good is this team? Many changes
Entering rookie mini-camp, the Detroit Lions had four open spots remaining on their 90-man roster. Per NFL rules, they were allowed to bring in five unsigned players on a try-out basis during camp. Now that camp has concluded, two of those try-out players have reportedly taken advantage of their opportunity and earned a contract: Safety