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El Duderino


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either they're confident Fox can stay healthy to play RT, or that's the plan if they draft Eric Fisher.
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Either they're confident Fox can stay healthy to play RT, or that's the plan if they draft Eric Fisher.


This would solidify the right side of our line. We would finally have a running game (if Fox can stay healthy). Which why not, Stafford was similar.... injured first two years...
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Blake Clingan got lost in the shuffle of the NFL lockout after his senior season at Central Florida, but the big-footed punter made the most of his tryout with the Detroit Lions today


Tim Twentyman tweeted that they had to keep asking Clingan to back up because he was hitting the ceiling of the practice facility. So he's definitely got the hangtime...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Blake Clingan got lost in the shuffle of the NFL lockout after his senior season at Central Florida, but the big-footed punter made the most of his tryout with the Detroit Lions today

The Lions signed Clingan after a workout for specialists at their Allen Park practice facility.

Clingan hasnít punted since 2010, when he averaged 41.8 yards per punt at UCF. He was one of about a half-dozen punters who took part in the workout, which also included kickers and long snappers.

The Lions tied for 30th in the NFL in net punting average last year, and special teams have been a sore spot for most of the past two seasons.

They used six different punters over the last two years, including kicker Jason Hanson as a fill in. Nick Harris, who finished last season with the team, is an unrestricted free agent and not expected back.

Hanson still hasnít decided whether heíll return for a 22nd NFL season, and long snapper Don Muhlbach, a Pro Bowler last year, is a 31-year-old free agent.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said last month he wasnít opposed to using a draft pick on a punter "if he's good." The Lions met with several candidates at the NFL combine, including Ball Stateís Scott Kovanda (Novi Detroit Catholic Central), Arizona Stateís Josh Hubner and LSUís Brad Wing.


http://www.freep.com/article/20130305/SPORTS01/130305078/detroit-lions-central-florida-ucf-football-blake-clingan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports

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Interesting to hear how strongly #Lions are considering playing 2012 1st Riley Reiff at guard. Drafted as a tackle, so not great value-wise


I hope this isn't true.


It's interesting that Clingan's average is 41.8 yards in his senior season and Harris' average last year was 41.5 which ranked second worst in the league. Ben Graham ranked last with 41.3 yards per punt. So from those numbers in the article he isn't much of an upgrade. It'll be interesting to see if he makes the team out of camp and how he performs.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DetroitLions.com expects the team to "focus" on re-signing free agent DE Lawrence Jackson.
With Kyle Vanden Bosch released and free agent Cliff Avril soon to leave town, the Lions don't want to lose any more in-house depth. Writer Tim Twentyman expects restricted free agent Willie Young to be tendered a contract even though he had a disappointing year in what some thought would be a breakout campaign.

http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Detroit-Lions-Free-Agent-Primer-Defensive-end/87b52c74-f200-4f93-88d9-ba6f83f9346e
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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DetroitLions.com expects the team to "focus" on re-signing free agent DE Lawrence Jackson.
With Kyle Vanden Bosch released and free agent Cliff Avril soon to leave town, the Lions don't want to lose any more in-house depth. Writer Tim Twentyman expects restricted free agent Willie Young to be tendered a contract even though he had a disappointing year in what some thought would be a breakout campaign.

http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Detroit-Lions-Free-Agent-Primer-Defensive-end/87b52c74-f200-4f93-88d9-ba6f83f9346e

Good, LoJack wants to be here and will probably have a cheap contract.

I saw Scrabble is being let go from Philly, any interest? I think he's earning $4 million from guaranteed money, would he command/get a lower contract with his recent play/age?
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EhJae wrote:
flyguy1609 wrote:
DetroitLions.com expects the team to "focus" on re-signing free agent DE Lawrence Jackson.
With Kyle Vanden Bosch released and free agent Cliff Avril soon to leave town, the Lions don't want to lose any more in-house depth. Writer Tim Twentyman expects restricted free agent Willie Young to be tendered a contract even though he had a disappointing year in what some thought would be a breakout campaign.

http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Detroit-Lions-Free-Agent-Primer-Defensive-end/87b52c74-f200-4f93-88d9-ba6f83f9346e

Good, LoJack wants to be here and will probably have a cheap contract.

I saw Scrabble is being let go from Philly, any interest? I think he's earning $4 million from guaranteed money, would he command/get a lower contract with his recent play/age?


I think he should get a lower contract due to his age and steep decline in Philly (whether it was a wrong fit or what).

Yet I could see some team bringing him on for more than we could pay. I think he would be a decent fit here for a couple of years. Houston/Scrabble wouldn't be a bad combo and it would allow some of our younger guys to hopefully develop into solid starters to take over.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EhJae wrote:
flyguy1609 wrote:
DetroitLions.com expects the team to "focus" on re-signing free agent DE Lawrence Jackson.
With Kyle Vanden Bosch released and free agent Cliff Avril soon to leave town, the Lions don't want to lose any more in-house depth. Writer Tim Twentyman expects restricted free agent Willie Young to be tendered a contract even though he had a disappointing year in what some thought would be a breakout campaign.

http://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-insider/article-1/Detroit-Lions-Free-Agent-Primer-Defensive-end/87b52c74-f200-4f93-88d9-ba6f83f9346e

Good, LoJack wants to be here and will probably have a cheap contract.

I saw Scrabble is being let go from Philly, any interest? I think he's earning $4 million from guaranteed money, would he command/get a lower contract with his recent play/age?
I'm interested. Could be a better option than Houston, depends on his physical health- and the Lions would have to determine if he's fallen off a cliff due to age, the Eagles misusing him, or if it was just a fluke season for that defense in general.

The elephant in the room everyone is ignoring concerning Houston, is that he isn't the same player since multiple dislocations to his shoulder in 2011. The Lions have had to move away from their man-press philosophy due to Houston and the rest of their CBs not being physically able to execute that scheme.

Our DLs production has suffered because of it, and we've also had less TOs from the secondary.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The elephant in the room everyone is ignoring concerning Houston, is that he isn't the same player since multiple dislocations to his shoulder in 2011. The Lions have had to move away from their man-press philosophy due to Houston and the rest of their CBs not being physically able to execute that scheme.

Our DLs production has suffered because of it, and we've also had less TOs from the secondary.


Truth. That's why I like Jonte Green (stature). Not sure on Greenwood yet, he looks pretty thin.
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DrRay11 wrote:
stylish313 wrote:

The elephant in the room everyone is ignoring concerning Houston, is that he isn't the same player since multiple dislocations to his shoulder in 2011. The Lions have had to move away from their man-press philosophy due to Houston and the rest of their CBs not being physically able to execute that scheme.

Our DLs production has suffered because of it, and we've also had less TOs from the secondary.


Truth. That's why I like Jonte Green (stature). Not sure on Greenwood yet, he looks pretty thin.
Bentley is weak, and that was one of the first things Schwartz mentioned after we drafted him.
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X_Factor_40 wrote:
ManeLine wrote:
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Blake Clingan got lost in the shuffle of the NFL lockout after his senior season at Central Florida, but the big-footed punter made the most of his tryout with the Detroit Lions today

The Lions signed Clingan after a workout for specialists at their Allen Park practice facility.

Clingan hasnít punted since 2010, when he averaged 41.8 yards per punt at UCF. He was one of about a half-dozen punters who took part in the workout, which also included kickers and long snappers.

The Lions tied for 30th in the NFL in net punting average last year, and special teams have been a sore spot for most of the past two seasons.

They used six different punters over the last two years, including kicker Jason Hanson as a fill in. Nick Harris, who finished last season with the team, is an unrestricted free agent and not expected back.

Hanson still hasnít decided whether heíll return for a 22nd NFL season, and long snapper Don Muhlbach, a Pro Bowler last year, is a 31-year-old free agent.

Lions coach Jim Schwartz said last month he wasnít opposed to using a draft pick on a punter "if he's good." The Lions met with several candidates at the NFL combine, including Ball Stateís Scott Kovanda (Novi Detroit Catholic Central), Arizona Stateís Josh Hubner and LSUís Brad Wing.


http://www.freep.com/article/20130305/SPORTS01/130305078/detroit-lions-central-florida-ucf-football-blake-clingan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports

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Interesting to hear how strongly #Lions are considering playing 2012 1st Riley Reiff at guard. Drafted as a tackle, so not great value-wise


I hope this isn't true.


It's interesting that Clingan's average is 41.8 yards in his senior season and Harris' average last year was 41.5 which ranked second worst in the league. Ben Graham ranked last with 41.3 yards per punt. So from those numbers in the article he isn't much of an upgrade. It'll be interesting to see if he makes the team out of camp and how he performs.

I'm pretty sure the coaches were telling our punters to go for hangtime and direction moreso than distance as a way to counter our awful special teams coverage. Just give the guys a chance to sprint downfield and hope the opposition fair catches. It worked, too; over the last dozen weeks our return averages against were really low, some of the best in the NFL.
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stylish313 wrote:
DrRay11 wrote:
stylish313 wrote:

The elephant in the room everyone is ignoring concerning Houston, is that he isn't the same player since multiple dislocations to his shoulder in 2011. The Lions have had to move away from their man-press philosophy due to Houston and the rest of their CBs not being physically able to execute that scheme.

Our DLs production has suffered because of it, and we've also had less TOs from the secondary.


Truth. That's why I like Jonte Green (stature). Not sure on Greenwood yet, he looks pretty thin.
Bentley is weak, and that was one of the first things Schwartz mentioned after we drafted him.


The staff always said early on that they'd draft the best talents and adjust scheme to fit. It turns out they might not be so good at that.
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Don't expect Hill to be signed before FA begins.

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Brian Levy, the agent for defensive tackle Sammie Hill, said today itís "pretty much a certainty" his client will test free agency.


http://www.freep.com/article/20130306/SPORTS01/130306057/detroit-lions-deandre-levy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LionsFan630 wrote:
Don't expect Hill to be signed before FA begins.

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Brian Levy, the agent for defensive tackle Sammie Hill, said today itís "pretty much a certainty" his client will test free agency.


http://www.freep.com/article/20130306/SPORTS01/130306057/detroit-lions-deandre-levy
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Eric Winston released. Lions were among the teams to express interest in him last year.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/06/chiefs-release-eric-winston/
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