Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 10:10 PM EDT Apr 26, 2019 I didn't know a thing about Jahlani Tavai before the Detroit Lions took him with the 43rd overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft Friday, and judging by the reaction on Twitter, not many fans did, either. So after the Lions made Tavai the surprise pick of the second round, I reached out to a couple of talent evaluators I trust to get their opinions on the Hawaii linebacker. As it turns out, maybe Tavai wasn't that big of a surprise after all. One scout with an AFC team said he had Tavai graded as a clear Day 3 pick, while another with an NFC team said the Lions took Tavai "a little early" for his taste. But the general feedback I got from the four scouts I surveyed was positive, with one saying he did not think Tavai would have made it to Day 3 — and might not have made it to the third round — had the Lions not grabbed him when they did. Tavai was a tackling machine at Hawaii, where he … [Read more...] about What NFL insiders are saying about Detroit Lions’ LB Jahlani Tavai
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Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 11:01 AM EDT Apr 26, 2019 Trying to catch up on the latest news between Days 1 and 2 of the 2019 NFL draft. Whether you're a big Detroit Lions fan, or root for some other team, here's all you need to know. Preview First, we look ahead to Friday night's Rounds 2 and 3. As of Friday morning, the Lions hold the 43rd and 88th overall selections. But who will they take. Dave Birkett has a few ideas. Who is Hockenson? On Thursday, the Lions selected Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson. The comparisons to former Lions tight end Eric Ebron, whom the team took with the 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft, will be prevalent. What Lions GM Bob Quinn said: Hockenson checked every box Our writers all chimed in on the pick. Even our readers shared their thoughts on social media. Dave Birkett: Hockenson isn't Rob Gronkowski, but he's right for Lions Shawn Windsor: Don't let the past scare you: Lions made right call with Hockenson … [Read more...] about NFL draft: All you need to know about Detroit Lions so far
Jamie Samuelsen Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 4:17 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen. Who is the odd man out in the Detroit Lions’ backfield on gameday among Blount, Johnson, Riddick and Abdullah? Should all four be on the roster? For the briefest of moments there, I actually looked at the list of Lions running backs and thought, “Wow, the Lions have a lot of options in the backfield!” Then I paused and realized that last year, it seemed like the Lions had zero options at running back. Remarkable, seeing as two of the options at running back last year now comprise this supposed deep stable. The most dangerous thing that you can do in May is write down names on a piece … [Read more...] about How will Detroit Lions satisfy stable of running backs?
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press Published 9:03 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia will not be disciplined for failing to disclose a 1996 arrest on sexual assault charges, and the NFL determined that the Lions "engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices" even though they did not learn of Patricia's arrest until three months after he was hired. "We determined that the Lions handled the interview process in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner and fully and appropriately complied with all applicable employment laws," the league said in a statement released Monday. "As we learned from both Mr. Patricia and the Lions, the matter was not part of his employment interview process for job opportunities outside of or within the NFL. He was under no legal or other requirement to raise this issue." Patricia, who was hired in February as the Lions' 27th head coach, was arrested in March 1996 and indicted five months later on charges of sexually … [Read more...] about NFL won’t discipline Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions over 1996 arrest
Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 6:15 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 Allen Park — The Detroit Lions and Matt Patricia will not face discipline from the NFL regarding a 1996 sexual assault allegation against the coach. “Our office reviewed the matter with the Lions and Mr. Patricia, and ensured the club engaged in appropriate and thorough hiring practices and that the Coach did not mislead the team during the interview process,” the NFL wrote in a statement on Monday. “We determined that the Lions handled the interview process in a thoughtful and comprehensive manner and fully and appropriately complied with all applicable employment laws. “As we learned from both Mr. Patricia and the Lions, the matter was not part of his employment interview process for job opportunities outside of or within the NFL. He was under no legal or other requirement to raise this issue.” The league also clarified that the incident is not subject to the personal … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions, Matt Patricia won’t face NFL discipline from 1996 allegations