New Lions DC Todd Wash says he'll work from a 3-4 base front, according to the Detroit Free Press. Wash adds that DEs Trey Flowers and Romeo Okwara have moved to OLB. For practical purposes, that shouldn't mean much difference for their roles. Each will still primarily rush the passer in passing situations. The question will be whether league-hosting sites change the position eligibility for Flowers and/or Okwara. The Lions still list both guys at DE on the team website, so we wouldn't bet on a universal position switch. But keep an eye out for that possibility where you play. In most cases, switching from DE to LB will mean a dip in IDP value, even if a player posts identical stats. That's because most scoring systems produce bigger fantasy totals among LBs, thanks mostly to tackle scoring.
The Lions have agreed to a 3-year, $39 million deal with impending free agent DE Romeo Okwara, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Okwara posted career highs in sacks (10) and QB hits (18) last season and is headed into just his age-26 campaign.
The Lions are set to hire Anthony Lynn as OC, according to insider Michael Lombardi. Lynn struggled -- particularly with in-game management -- as Chargers HC over the past 4 seasons, but all 4 of those squads finished top 11 in total yards. In his only previous OC stint, Lynn led the 2016 Bills to a 16th-place finish in yards and 10th place in points. That team led the league in rushing yards, yards per carry and TDs -- with RB LeSean McCoy going for 1,267 yards and QB Tyrod Taylor for 580. Lynn is a former RBs coach, and especially with Detroit breaking in a new QB, we'd expect a run-leaning attack in 2021.
The Lions are finalizing a deal to make Dan Campbell their new HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Campbell spent 10 seasons playing TE in the league and has been in the coaching ranks for the past 11. The first 6 of those came in Miami -- primarily as a TEs coach, with a 12-game stint as interim HC in 2015. Campbell has been assistant HC and TEs coach in New Orleans under Sean Payton for the last 5 years. It's a relatively uninspiring hire, but we'll see who Campbell brings aboard as OC.
Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) is inactive for the 2nd straight game today against the Vikings. Without Collins last week, Jahlani Tavai led the LBs in playing time at 81%, with Jarrad Davis following at 51% and Reggie Ragland 3rd at 49%. Davis led the group with 9 tackles (though just 4 of those solos). This isn't a situation worth targeting for IDP lineups.
Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. After missing Week 16, he put in just a single limited practice Friday. He doesn't look like a good bet for this game. We'll check his status Sunday morning.
The Lions are waiving S Jayron Kearse. He started 7 games before missing Week 16 with a hip injury. His departure seems to clear the way for Tracy Walker to remain in the starting lineup. Walker returned to full playing time Saturday against the Bucs after 6 straight contests of part-time duty. He led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo) in the loss to Tampa Bay.
Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) and S Jayron Kearse (hip) are inactive for today’s game against the Buccaneers. Kearse’s absence could mean a return to starter duty for Tracy Walker. Playing time for Lions LBs behind Collins lacks claruty
Lions LB Jamie Collins is questionable for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers after missing the entire practice week with a neck injury. That doesn't make him a particularly attractive IDP option, especially in what was already a lackluster scoring matchup. S Jayron Kearse (hip) is also questionable. He just joined the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, so it looks like he picked the injury in that day's workout. We'll check the status on both players Saturday afternoon.
Lions LB Jamie Collins missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a neck injury. We'll see if he can make it back onto the field for Thursday, ahead of Saturday's clash with the Buccaneers. Considering the lackluster scoring matchup for LBs that Tampa has represented, you'd probably be best off going ahead and making alternate plans. We'll keep an eye on Collins' status.
Lions DE Everson Griffen has tested positive for COVID-19. Detroit placed him on the COVID list Saturday, meaning he'll miss at least Sunday's game against the Packers. There's no Lions D-lineman worth using in Griffen's place if you planned to have him in your IDP lineup. The Green Bay matchup set up poorly for him, anyway.
The Lions have announced that they've fired HC Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn. Patricia was in his 3rd season with Detroit. He finishes just 13-29-1, with the 6-10 of his 1st season standing as his best winning percentage. Quinn had been at his post since 2016, overseeing the Lions go 31-43-1 in that time. That span started with a pair of 9-7 seasons under Jim Caldwell. OC Darrell Bevell steps into the interim HC role.
The Lions have ruled S Tracy Walker out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Walker missed every day of practice this week, but it's still a surprising situation after Walker played every snap in the Week 8 loss to the Colts. Walker's absence improves the matchup for Vikings TE Irv Smith. S Will Harris figures to step in for Walker.
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