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 QB Matt Stafford (rib, thumb, ankle) is expected to start tomorrow's game vs. the Vikings, "barring any overnight setbacks," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Stafford is at risk of not making it through this game, so he's a shaky fantasy play. But whatever he can give Detroit is good news for RB D'Andre Swift, WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson. It also boosts the chances that this game shoots out.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for Sunday's finale vs. the Vikings. He'll hit free agency in March off a disappointing 5-game season. WR Marvin Jones, TE T.J. Hockenson and RB D'Andre Swift should be the top 3 options in Detroit's passing game this weekend.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is out for Saturday's game vs. the Bucs. WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson will continue to operate as the top 2 options in the passing game.
Lions QB Matt Stafford (rib) is now expected to start Sunday's game against the Titans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a sweet matchup vs. the league's 31st-ranked QB defense. But Stafford will be playing through what's been described as a very painful rib-cartilage injury, adding risk to his Week 15 profile. We'd only consider him in 2-QB and superflex leagues. Stafford's availability is obviously good news for RB D'Andre Swift, WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford (rib, thumb) got in a limited practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Titans. Interim HC Darrell Bevell said that Stafford will travel to Tennessee, so the team clearly believes he has a chance to play. If Stafford can't go, Detroit would turn to QB Chase Daniel. He's a capable backup but would still be a downgrade for the Lions skill guys.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (toe) is active for today’s game vs. Washington. He was added to the injury report and sidelined on Thursday but returned to a limited practice on Friday. Hockenson carries a bit more risk with the toe issue but remains a strong fantasy play vs. Washington’s 26th-ranked TE defense.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (toe) is expected to play against Washington today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hockenson missed practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday, so there's elevated risk here. But he remains a top-3 TE play on the slate.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (toe) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. Washington. He was added to the injury report and sidelined on Thursday but returned to a limited practice on Friday. His game kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday, so we’ll find out if Hockenson is active by noon. The toe obviously adds some risk to his Week 10 profile.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson was added to Thursday's injury report with a toe and didn't practice. His status for this weekend's game against Washington is now in question. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay (hip) is not expected to play against the Vikings on Sunday and is considered "week to week," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The IR is a possibility for Golladay, which would knock him out for at least 3 games. We'll keep you updated on Golladay's status as we learn more but would keep him stashed on fantasy benches. WR Marvin Hall stepped in for Golladay in yesterday's loss to the Colts, finishing with 4 catches on 7 targets for 113 yards. He'd still be a flier in Week 9 fantasy lineups. WR Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson will be the best target bets in Detroit for however long Golladay is out.
A member of Jacksonville's practice squad tested positive for COVID on Friday night, the team announced. The Jaguars are still planning on playing vs. the Lions on Sunday, but the situation obviously bears monitoring over the next 24 hours.
Lions WR Kenny Golladay is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s opener against the Bears after injuring his hamstring in Wednesday’s practice. Fantasy owners should obviously have him on Week 1 benches — and hope he’s able to return for Week 2. Golladay is a big loss for QB Matt Stafford and frees up extra targets for Marvin Jones, T.J. Hockenson and Danny Amendola.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson has been "moving well" in training camp, according to The Athletic's Nick Baumgardner. "Thursday, after a team off day, the former Iowa product looked like the guy many scouts touted as a possible generational tight-end talent ahead of last year’s draft," Baumgardner writes. "Dialed in from the start, Hockenson looked like the type of pass-game weapon the Lions hope he’ll become in just about every scenario." Hockenson made headlines recently when he conceded that he's still not completely over last year's ankle injury. But it sounds like that's more of a mental hurdle than a physical one. He remains an intriguing 2020 breakout candidate.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson saw his rookie season end in November because of a nasty-looking right-ankle injury. Although he's practicing, it doesn't sound like the issue is totally behind him. According to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com: "Hockenson says the ankle has been an issue for him this offseason. He notices it's still not quite 100%, but he's out there running around and trying to push forward." If Hockenson's ankle hasn't rebounded all the way by the start of training camp, it's hard to imagine it getting better as he plays on it from here through the end of the season. That doesn't mean we're betting on Detroit deactivating the 2nd-year TE. It does, however, mean a potential limitation for the young player. At the least, it's a situation worth watching.
Lions TE T.J. Hockenson has been removed from the COVID list. He, QB Matt Stafford and WR Kenny Golladay are all now available. Consider their fantasy stocks unaffected.
The Lions placed TE T.J. Hockenson on the COVID reserve list. He's eligible to come off it as soon as he's cleared by doctors. But any missed time is unideal for a 2nd-year player who spent the offseason rehabbing from a November ankle injury. We'll see when Hockenson is able to get on the field.
The Lions on Monday placed TE T.J. Hockenson on IR with the ankle injury he suffered on Thanksgiving. The rookie disappointed fantasy owners after a huge opener but remains a terrific long-term prospect. His departure from this season leaves Jesse James and Logan Thomas as Detroit's top 2 TEs. Thomas has topped 2 catches in a game just once this year. James -- a high-priced free agent addition before the team drafted Hockenson -- has finished just 1 game all season with more than 1 catch (back in Week 2).
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