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Haloti Ngata to the Lions: Snap Reaction

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Jeff Risdon

Just as the free agency signing period opened on Tuesday afternoon, the Lions preempted the action by swinging a big trade. (more…)

Open Letter to Dolphins Fans on Suh

Monday, March 9th, 2015


Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

Jeff Risdon

Congratulations, Miami fans! You have landed the preeminent free agent of the century thus far in Ndamukong Suh. From a Lions scribe who has watched every snap the fantastic defensive tackle has ever played–most several times–here is a little breakdown on what exactly you are getting for the reported six years and $114M, at least $60M of which is guaranteed.

You are getting an interior dynamo. Ndamukong Suh will be the primary focus of the opposing blocking scheme on every snap he’s on the field. Offenses have to account for his alignment, and he’s always been good in Detroit at making subtle pre-snap adjustments to change the angle or alter the OL coordination. Very few teams have ever successfully handled Suh with just one blocker for more than a handful of snaps. (more…)

No Tag for Suh: What it Means

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
Photo from Getty Images

Photo from Getty Images


Jeff Risdon, @JeffRisdon

Hours before the 4 p.m. deadline on March 2nd, the Detroit Lions announced they are not going to use the franchise tag designation on star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Doing so would have locked up Suh for one year at an eye-popping $26.8M, with the exact same process setting up for next year.

General Manager Martin Mayhew opted to stop the madness. Prudence trumped desperation. (more…)

Lions Combine Gleanings

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Jeff Risdon

I’m in Indy for the weekend, hanging primarily in the lobby of the JW Marriott, which is the home base hotel for the 2015 NFL Combine. Here are a few things I’ve been able to gather about the Detroit Lions in my first 24 hours here. (more…)

Four Draft Prospects the Lions Must Avoid

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

By Jeff Risdon

This is the time of year where everyone tries to project which players a team should strongly consider. Yet when I’ve talked with NFL personnel people, one of the big things they try to do in this pre-Combine period is weed out players they don’t believe fit their teams.

In that spirit, I offer the Lions and GM Martin Mayhew some free advice. Here are four players that absolutely should not wind up in the Honolulu blue and silver in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Detroit Lions: A Senior Bowl Player for Every Round

Friday, January 23rd, 2015


Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

This mock draft is limited to players who appeared in the Senior Bowl, where I watched every practice and talked with several players, agents and various other sources and draftniks.  (more…)

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