Penei Sewell announced on Twitter that he has tested positive for COVID. (Source: Penei Sewell on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Sewell was drafted number seven overall by the Detroit Lions. He is widely regarded as the best OL prospect. Sewell will have to quarantine until he is cleared. He will likely miss mini-camp, but will head to Detroit as soon as he's cleared.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have claimed former Lions RB Kerryon Johnson on Friday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Johnson ends up in Philadelphia after being waived by the Lions on Thursday. He will join a crowded Eagles backfield that includes Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Jordan Howard, and Kenneth Gainwell. The 23-year-old was unproductive in 2020, logging 52 carries for 181 rushing yards (3.5 YPC) along with 19 receptions on 26 targets for 187 receiving yards and three total touchdowns. Johnson was limited to 18 games in his first two seasons with the Lions and will compete for a spot on the Eagles RB depth chart. Kerryon is currently 72nd among all running backs in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
The Lions have signed free agent tight end Darren Fells to a one-year deal. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Detroit was in need of tight end help after Josh Hill retired. Fells will instantly become the team's No. 2 tight end behind T.J. Hockenson. He's a solid blocker with tremendous value in the red zone. Over 16 games (14 starts) in Houston last year, he caught 21 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns. With Detroit's lack of threats at wide receiver, Fells could be a decent deep stash in case Hockenson suffers an injury.
Thu, May 6th 10:36am EDT
By Andersen Pickard
The Lions and center Frank Ragnow are in agreement on a four-year extension worth $13.5 million per year, bringing the total value to $54 million. The deal spans from 2023 through 2026. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Ragnow is entering the fourth year of his contract and had his fifth-year option exercised, which is why the new deal won't take effect for another two years. Now, Detroit locks up a big piece of its offensive line for the next six years. It's the second big move in the trenches for the Lions, who drafted Penei Sewell at No. 7 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Tue, Apr 27th 2:58pm EDT
By Joshua Kellem
The Athletic's Chris Burke appeared on The Underdog Football Show With Josh Norris Monday, saying, "I think [D'Andre] Swift could touch the ball 20 times per game." Burke's interested to see if the Lions will use more two-back formations, adding, "[The Lions] don't even really have a slot receiver right now unless you're playing Quintez Cephus there as sorta a big slot or you're playing Hunter Bryant there, who they signed as an undrafted free agent last year." (Source: Chris Burke on The Underdog Football Show)
Fantasy Impact: Burke continued, saying, "There's an opportunity for Swift [and] Jamaal Williams to sorta bump out there and play some slot receiver reps and I think that they will do that. They really want to play with some speed at the skill positions. They want to use the play-action like I mentioned. So, that's a space where they can create some mismatches. Like you said, Jamaal Williams is a really good running back and he can be a three-down guy. And Swift, we've seen what he can do. So, I think that those two and T.J. Hockenson - as you look at the roster - those are really the three guys that I think can end up handling a bulk of the workload." Burke added things will change if the Lions draft a receiver or Kyle Pitts in the first round but that the team needs to address the defense, as well. Burke is asked about Swift at the 17:30 mark of the podcast.
Wed, Apr 21st 7:45am EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson has expressed interest in joining a championship-contending team for the upcoming 2021 season, per SiriusXM NFL Radio. (Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 36-year old running back is certainly heading to the Hall of Fame but expressed his ongoing interest in joining a championship-caliber team for the 2021 season. Peterson stated during his interview that, "I'm looking for a team that's built to go and chase a championship. That's my ultimate goal and I feel like I can really help to contribute in accomplishing that. A team with a good quarterback, a good defense, and some playmakers on the offensive side of the ball." Last season in Detroit, Peterson managed to carry 156 times for 604 yards and seven touchdowns across all 16 regular-season games while rookie De'Andre Swift was developed and slowly ramped up into a featured back role throughout the season. It's likely Peterson will not be picked up by a team until the NFL Draft finishes next weekend but he certainly has a lot left in the tank and will be a great asset for a team looking to add running back depth or experience.
WR Mohamed Sanu signed a one-year deal with the 49ers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Sanu was with San Francisco in 2020 before getting cut. He ended the season in Detroit, but will return to the 49ers to serve as receiver depth. He won't be a fantasy factor to begin the year.
Sat, Mar 20th 3:40pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports former Lions WR Kenny Golladay has chosen the New York Giants. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Rapoport adds that it's a four-year deal worth $72 million, which includes $40 million guaranteed. The move gives Daniel Jones a true No. 1 wideout, although it's debatable how good this is for Golladay's fantasy value. New York apparently received all the answers they were looking for during their meeting with the star wideout on Friday.
The trade for QB Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions has officially been finalized, per Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Goff was part of the trade package that sent former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams last month. Goff earned Pro-Bowl nods in 2017 and 2018, including a trip to Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots, where the quarterback was unable to deliver in clutch moments. Regardless, he has thrown for over 18,000 passing yards and 107 touchdowns with a 91.5 passer rating throughout his five-year career with the Rams. Detroit is undergoing a regime change with new head coach Dan Campbell and will get a fresh start with Goff under center in the Motor City for 2021. The Lions are hoping to tap into Goff's elite play from 2017 and 2018 to reverse the losing culture that has permeated the franchise for so long, although rumors of the Lions drafting a quarterback have gained steam in recent days.
Wed, Mar 17th 8:12pm EDT
By Brad Camara
K Matt Prater signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Prater joins the Cardinals after spending the last seven seasons in Detroit. He’s a two-time Pro Bowler coming off a down season. The 36-year-old converted 21-of-28 field goal tries and 38-of-41 extra point attempts. Prater will be a part of a high-scoring offense and is a top-10 kicker in 2021 fantasy drafts.
Tue, Mar 16th 5:08pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports former Lions wideout Marvin Jones is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It's reportedly going to be a two-year, $14.5 million deal. The move reunites Jones with former Lions OC Darrell Bevell. Having just turned 31, Jones gives a young Jacksonville team some experience on their offense. Jones likely won't be a fantasy difference-maker with the Jaguars, but he'll be useable throughout the 2021 campaign.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Lions are resigning LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin to a 1-year deal worth $2,378,490 all of which is guaranteed. (Source: Ian rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: After letting go of LB Jarrad Davis in free agency, the move to resign Reeves-Maybin comes at no surprise. The veteran LB recorded just 10 tackles last season with the team.
Mon, Mar 15th 4:06pm EDT
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jets and former Lions LB Jarrad Davis to a 1-year, $7 million deal. (Source: Ian rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: After a disappointing career in Detroit, Davis decides to take his talents to New York with the Jets. Newly acquired Jets coach Robert Salah thinks the new addition can be a primary defender on the team after the Lions misused him.
Mon, Mar 15th 12:15pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Lions re-signed pass rusher Romeo Okwara to a three-year, $39 million contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Okwara had a career year with 10 sacks in 2020. He'll be a major part of new coach Dan Campbell's rebuilding efforts this season.
Detroit Lions TE Jesse James has been released by the team, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: James spent two years playing in Detroit but was overshadowed by second-year tight end T.J. Hockenson in 2020, seeing just 22 targets and hauling in 14 receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns across their 16 game schedule. The sixth-year tight end showed his ability to operate as the TE1 during his four seasons in Pittsburgh and will join free agency looking for an opportunity to recapture a higher usage role in the passing game. James joins the many other players finding themselves looking for a home in 2021 due to the league's reduced salary cap.
Thu, Mar 11th 3:48pm EST
By Matthew MacKay
Detroit Lions CB Justin Coleman is expected to be released in the coming days, as reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Coleman spent two seasons as a slot cornerback in Detroit, recording 30 tackles and a pass deflection on one of the worst defensive units in 2020. The sixth-year cornerback will head to free agency searching for a team in need of a nickel corner. The Lions paid Coleman heavily for his services but he may need to temper expectations in free agency in order to land a starting role on a team with postseason potential.
Mon, Mar 8th 8:03am EST
By Kyle Williams
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Detroit Lions are shopping veteran QB Chase Daniel. (Source: Adam Schefter on twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Lions are rumored to be in contact with several teams about the possibility of trading their backup QB. Reports say that Daniel is viewed as the perfect mentor for a team with a young QB as Daniel himself was mentored by legendary QB Drew Brees. If the veteran QB is to be traded, it would save the Lions $2.3 million in cap space.
Adam Schefter of ESPN report that Desmond Trufant will be released at the start of the league this year later this month. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Trufant only appeared in six games this season due to injury. He has appeared in 15 games combined in the past two seasons and will look for another team to play for in 2021.
Sat, Jan 30th 10:03pm EST
By Jon Mathisen
Matthew Stafford is being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, two future first-round picks and a future third-round pick, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The blockbuster deal includes two former No. 1 overall picks, Stafford in 2009 and Goff in 2016, swapping teams. Both quarterbacks will get fresh starts with their new teams next season. The Rams will also be sending Detroit a third-round pick in 2021, a first-round pick in 2022, and another first-round pick in 2023. It won't become official until the start of the league year on March 17th.
Sun, Jan 17th 10:00pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions are expected to hire Saints’ Assistant HC/TEs coach Dan Campbell as their next head coach. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Campbell is known for his leadership abilities, which will be needed after Detroit's Matt Patricia era. He isn't considered one of the exciting, up-and-coming offensive or defensive coordinators that are in positions for other jobs. Still, a culture change is the biggest need for the Lions right now. The next order of business will be determining what to do with Matthew Stafford's mid-30s years.