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Detroit Lions Training Camp Notes, Aug. 1st

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor

It was the first day in full pads at Allen Park, and on a beautiful afternoon the Lions quickly got to work. So did I and Kent Lee Platte, who was kind enough to watch practice with me.

I tweeted out a great deal of observations, so for more additional notes please check my Twitter timeline @JeffRisdon from Friday afternoon. (more…)

To Slot or not to Slot, a Statistical Study

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Wes Welker, the poster boy for NFL slot receivers (Photo Chris Humphries/USAToday)


Darren Page, DLD Lead Scout

The NFL Draft is all about value.  Few teams are afforded draft picks in the double digit amounts and those that are only have that opportunity every so often.  When your team gets is allotted 3.1% of the 256 available draft picks, maximizing value with each selection is the only way to improve your team in a way that others cannot match.

Many positions have seen their relative value increase in recent years as NFL rules are constantly adapted for player safety and offensive schemes continually transform to maximize their output.  In short, the passing game is now king.  With that comes an increase in the value of having effective wide receivers. (more…)

Lions vs. Eagles: Six Hidden Matchups

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Jason Peters presents a stern test for Ziggy Ansah. (Photo courtesy

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

When the dust settled over Ford Field on Thanksgiving, the Lions possessed a commanding victory, the NFCN lead, and the path to a home playoff game with the team’s first NFCN championship ever.  Note, the path to and not the championship itself.  The Lions still have to win some games, and none of the remaining four games will be as difficult as the one today against the Philadelphia Eagles.  (more…)

What Happened to Matthew Stafford?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013


Justin Simon, DLD Writer

Editor’s note: this is Justin’s debut piece for Detroit Lions Draft. He has written for several Lions-centric sites, including Restoring the Roar and The Sidelion Report. He will periodically contribute some film breakdowns and game reviews here, and we’re happy to welcome Justin. 

“Matthew Stafford can be a top 10 quarterback in this league. Whether or not he can begin to put it all together is the real question. He has the arm talent, deep accuracy, and intangibles that make him a legitimate quarterback in the NFL. It really is just a question of whether or not he can take all of those things and do them consistently.”

This is the ending paragraph to an article I penned (or typed) last summer after the Lions extended their franchise quarterback into 2017. And after yesterday’s stunning loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers nothing rings more true. As Matthew Stafford has shown, he has the physical tools to make just about any throw on the field. The problem has always been putting the physical and mental sides together. (more…)

Know Your Enemy: A Bucs Writer Breaks Down Tampa Bay vs. Detroit

Friday, November 22nd, 2013
Jeff Risdon, DLD Editor
In order to help preview this week’s game with the Buccaneers, I turned to Pewter Plank writer Brett Kaplan. He is a longtime Bucs fan and knows his football (and baseball) inside out. Brett is a prominent member of the Alligator Army and the lead editor of He also happens to be my cousin and he will contribute some draft interviews here down the road. You can follow Brett on Twitter @BrettKaplan13.

Lions vs. Steelers: Six Hidden Matchups

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Dick LeBeau’s 1971 football card, courtesy of

Kent Lee Platte, DLD Writer

I’ve been doing these Six Hidden Matchup pieces for most of the season and I’ve gotta say, I don’t think I’ve ever called one as closely as I did against Dallas.  Slay coming off the bench was a disaster, the Bears Safeties actually played well in coverage (But poorly enough in run D for it to matter), the Lions RBs ran up the gut on the Bears putting their LBs in poor situations with regularity, and LaAdrian Waddle looks like a long term solution at RT.

This week is a little bit tricky, since the Steelers are such a weak team in so many areas, as most of the match ups are right there on the surface.  Bare for anyone to see.  Lions terrifying pass rush vs. the Steelers awful pass protection and ball hog QB.  Leveon Bell vs. DeAndre Levy/Stephen Tulloch and co., or  Reggie Bush vs. the Steelers porous run defense.  Calvin Johnson vs. whichever three guys the Steelers try to stop him with.  There are some good under the radar matchups we Lions fans have to look forward to, however, and that’s what I’m here to deliver! (more…)

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