| Joique Bell ready for camp, "feeling 100%" -- Tue Jul 8 12:35 pm --|
Cleared to run at full speed
|Joique Bell said he'll report to training camp a few days before most of his teammates to test out his body.
"I'm feeling 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm feeling great." A knee injury has sidelined Bell for the early portions of Detroit's offseason program. That hasn't stopped him from staying in shape. (MLive.com)|
FF Today's Take: Bell has been cleared to run at full speed and is coming off his best season as a pro totaling 1197 combined yards and 8 touchdowns. He's an ideal RB2 especially in PPR leagues and is slightly undervalued with an ADP late in round five.
|Can Theo Riddick become the next Sproles? -- Mon Jul 7 3:40 pm --|
Backup QB believes Riddick will catch 50 passes in 2014
|Who takes the role of Darren Sproles - the shifty, multifaceted running back who can run the ball and make plays as a receiver in the open field - in Detroit? Backup QB Dan Orlovsky has an idea. His bold prediction: Theo Riddick will catch at least 50 passes.
ďThis kid, he wasnít covered a single time in OTAs and minicamp,Ē Orlovsky said. "If he doesnít have 50 catches this year, Iíll be surprised. Heís going to have opportunities and heís really talented at it.Ē (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: With two very adept receivers ahead of him in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, Riddick appears to be a longshot to fulfill Orlovsky's prediction. However, New OC Joe Lombardi saw the three-back system work well in New Orleans and is reportedly installing the same offense in Detroit that the Saints use. Bush also stated earlier in the offseason that Riddick is a more complete back now that he was at the same age. Riddick has the skill set to be fantasy-relevant in 2014.
| Bell, Tate among Lions missing minicamp -- Thu Jun 12 5:35 pm --|
Expected back in time for training camp
|Minicamp is over and that gives six weeks of either rest or rehab for some of the Lionsí walking wounded. DE Ziggy Ansah, RB Joique Bell and WR Golden Tate didnít take part in any of the three minicamp practices this week, but each is expected back for the start of training camp.
The Lions arenít certain thatíll be the case for CB Chris Houston, but are hopeful.
FF Today's Take: Bell missed the mandatory minicamp with a knee injury while Tate was nursing a shoulder. The team doesn't seem concerned about either injury, so Bell should remain squarely on the low-end RB2 bubble while Tate should have no issue playing at a WR3 level this season.
|Lions going up-tempo in 2014 -- Thu May 22 8:30 am --|
OC Joe Lombardi bringing over pieces of Saints playbook
|First-year Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, an offensive assistant with the Saints for seven seasons, said after he was hired that his playbook is a combination of ideas he brought from New Orleans, leftovers from the Lionsí last offense, and things Caldwell and others have added from previous stops. One tenet of the system, and something the Lions have stressed repeatedly in their off-season practices, is playing at a fast pace in order to control the tempo of the game. (Detroit Free Press)|
FF Today's Take: The Lions have the skill position players to shatter previous offensive team records if they can quicken the pace the way Chip Kelley did with the Eagles a year ago. Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Golden Tate can all be fantasy stars in Lombardi's new offense.