Detroit Lions: Patrick Edwards

The Detroit Lions are bringing safety Jerome Couplin back to their practice squad.

Couplin, who made Detroit's initial 53-man roster, was cut by the Lions on Oct. 20 -- the day they left for London -- but was re-signed to their practice squad and flown over the Atlantic Ocean two days later to join the team. He was promoted that Saturday when defensive lineman C.J. Mosley was suspended.

When Mosley returned and Detroit needed to make room for Kyle Van Noy and Andre Fluellen, the Lions waived Couplin again and he was picked up by the Buffalo Bills. He was waived Monday by Buffalo after eight days with the club, cleared waivers Tuesday and re-signed with the Lions practice squad Wednesday.

To make room for Couplin, Detroit waived receiver Patrick Edwards from the practice squad.
It's Tuesday, so the Detroit Lions brought in a bunch of players for workouts -- either for potential signings or just to keep files fresh in case of injury for the rest of the season. And for once, the team didn't need to bring in a kicker.

The Lions did make a signing, too, bringing receiver Patrick Edwards back to the practice squad and cutting defensive lineman Derrick Hopkins. This week was important for workouts, too, because the team will be in London next week and won't be able to have their coaching staff work guys out.

Here's a brief look at who Detroit brought in Tuesday (reported by colleague Field Yates):
  • NT David Carter (UCLA): A former sixth-round pick by Arizona in 2011, Carter has played in 35 games between the Cardinals and Dallas, making 30 tackles with one sack and one forced fumble. He was in camp with Jacksonville but cut before the start of the season.
  • RB Terrance Cobb (Cumberlands): Holds his school's record for rushing yards (4,414) and rushing touchdowns (47). He did this despite missing part of his senior season. Was with Jacksonville during training camp but was cut.
  • WR Skye Dawson (TCU): Undrafted last year, Dawson played seven games with Tampa Bay, making two catches for 12 yards and also having one fumble. The 5-foot-9 receiver was cut during training camp by the Buccaneers.
  • WR Patrick Edwards (Houston): Signed to the Lions' practice squad, so the team is very familiar with him. They cut him in August after he spent most of last season on the team's practice squad. Edwards played in four games last year, catching five passes for 46 yards.
  • WR Erik Lora (Eastern Illinois): The Lions brought the 5-foot-11 receiver in on a visit before the draft but he went undrafted and was with Minnesota during training camp before being cut.
  • RB Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois): A quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist last season, Lynch went undrafted as a running back in May. He was with Chicago during the preseason, but was cut before the season. In college, he broke the single-season quarterback rushing record set by Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson as a junior with 1,815 yards and then beat his own record as a senior with 1,920 yards rushing.
  • RB Ben Malena (Texas A&M): Malena was with the Cowboys in the preseason before suffering an injury to his quadriceps that led to his release.
  • DE Roy Philon (Louisville): Philon had 41 tackles for the Cardinals last fall during his senior season. He was cut by Pittsburgh in August.
  • WR L'Damian Washington (Missouri): After going undrafted from Missouri in May, the 6-foot-4 receiver spent time with Dallas, San Francisco and the New York Giants. To learn more about him, watch this profile from Grantland -- he has an intense story.

W2W4: Detroit Lions

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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions (2-1) and Buffalo Bills (1-3) conclude their preseason Thursday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

1. Is this it for Kellen Moore: The Lions’ No. 3 quarterback has been one of the most talked-about players during the preseason – at least from a fan perspective. After the first preseason game, he briefly looked like he might push Dan Orlovsky for the No. 2 spot, but now his place on Detroit’s roster in 2014 solely lies on whether or not Martin Mayhew and Jim Caldwell choose to keep three quarterbacks instead of two. If the Lions go with three, Moore makes the team. If the Lions go with two, he doesn’t (barring injury). Moore could end up on Detroit’s practice squad if he is released and clears waivers, but there is a chance this could be Moore’s final game for Detroit.

2. Can any receivers stand out: This would seem like one competition where all of the principles will receive ample playing time since it is unlikely Calvin Johnson or Golden Tate see more than one series, if anything. So this is a final impression for Kris Durham, Kevin Ogletree, Ryan Broyles and Corey Fuller to make their cases for a roster spot. It’s also a chance for Patrick Edwards and Andrew Peacock to put tape together or impress enough for a practice squad spot. But the main focus will be on the four receivers fighting for two or three spots since Johnson, Tate and Jeremy Ross are going to occupy three of them.

3. Hello again, Jim Schwartz: It probably won’t be as big of a deal as it will be when the former Lions coach returns to Detroit with the Bills during the regular season, but a lot of the current group of Detroit players were drafted by the Buffalo defensive coordinator. In a game where almost all of the subplots surround roster spots, potentially the starting right tackle spot and keeping players injury free, seeing a former head coach on the opposite sideline could be intriguing. More intriguing goes to the first point up top – if any coach knows Moore, it is Schwartz, who kept him on the Detroit roster the past two seasons as the team’s No. 3 quarterback behind Matthew Stafford and Shaun Hill, both NFL starters.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. – There is now one day left.

The Detroit Lions finished up the second day of their mandatory minicamp Wednesday and it was probably the most balanced day the team has had during their sessions. After the first two weeks of open practices where the defense was dominant and the last couple of practices where the offense has been better, neither group seemed to take over the practice.

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That might be a good sign for the Lions that the offense is catching up to the defense even if both sides of the ball were without key contributors. Here are some thoughts, notes and observations from the day.
  • A decent amount of players missed practice Wednesday. Wide receiver TJ Jones, cornerback Chris Houston and linebacker Stephen Tulloch were not spotted at practice. Defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder), guard Rob Sims, wide receiver Golden Tate (shoulder), wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, running back Mikel Leshoure and running back Joique Bell (knee) all sat out practice. Ansah, Tate and Bell were expected. Sims has missed team drills all offseason, as had Glover Quin, who only worked in individual drills Wednesday.
  • Jason Jones appears to be slowly moving back to health. He seemed more active Wednesday than he has during past open practices, including working some with the first unit. He is still coming back from a ruptured patella tendon suffered last season, but he will be a contender for the closed defensive end spot in the fall opposite Ansah on the defensive line.
  • Player of the practice: For the second straight day, it is Calvin Johnson. Any question about Johnson’s health are now gone. He was once again the best player on the field and caught everything around him. He appears to be completely over his injuries and has his timing with Matthew Stafford down once again. He beat any cornerback the Lions lined up against him during 1-on-1 periods and on one play leapt over DeAndre Levy to catch a pass that he ended up running in for a touchdown.
  • During those 1-on-1 drills between defensive backs and receivers, the receivers clearly won the day. They had at least six completions to start the drill, including Kris Durham reaching out to make a difficult catch in front of Darius Slay. Corey Fuller also beat Aaron Hester on a post route that was pretty impressive.
  • Sequence of the day: Two impressive plays in a row. First, safety James Ihedigbo jumped a route from Stafford to Brandon Pettigrew to break up the pass. It was a great break on the ball by Ihedigbo. Stafford followed it up, though, with a perfectly threaded ball to Patrick Edwards into a small window over safety Don Carey. It was the best throw Stafford made on the day.
  • Carey is starting to really emerge as the probable third safety, although this is not unexpected. He once again filled in for Quin during team drills and has been a decent presence back there. In the secondary, Jonte Green is the one player who doesn’t seem to be getting as many reps as one might think.
  • As they did Tuesday, Rodney Austin and rookie Travis Swanson both took first-team reps at guard and center. While Austin worked some at center Tuesday, Swanson was there Wednesday. In some ways, this is a test from Jim Caldwell to see if both of them can play both guard and center, something imperative for a reserve interior lineman. With Sims out, Austin has spent the majority of spring working with the first team at left guard.
  • This is getting repetitive, but Theo Riddick continues to be impressive. He seems a little faster than last season and might have improved more than anyone else on the roster from last season. He is putting himself in position to have a real role in this offense this season after being primarily a backup in 2013.
  • Written about Eric Ebron’s drops here a bit, so worth noting when he makes the type of catch the Lions drafted him for. He extended on what looked like a poorly thrown ball to stretch in front of safety Isa Abdul-Quddus to make the grab before hitting the ground. It is one of the best catches he has made in the open practice setting this spring.
  • With Tulloch not in attendance, Tahir Whitehead took a lot of the first-team snaps at linebacker next to Levy. He was pretty active there. While he is primarily a special-teams standout – he’ll end up having a roster spot because of his special-teams play – that the Lions staff inserted him there behind Tulloch would appear to indicate he is having a pretty good spring. After practice, Caldwell cited how Whitehead controls the movement of other players in that space as one of the reasons they like him behind Tulloch.
  • Really good day for Sam Martin. The second-year punter had some help with the wind, but he crushed almost all of his punts. It is tough to see yard lines because of how the Lions’ outdoor practice fields are set up, but he said after practice one of his punts went over 80 yards and had a few go at least 70 yards. He said his shortest on the day was 63 yards. Strong day for him.

Lions sign 10 to futures contracts

December, 31, 2013
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Not surprising, but the Detroit Lions have signed 10 players to futures contracts, including the majority of its practice squad.

Wide receivers Corey Fuller, Carlin Isles, Patrick Edwards and Cody Wilson all received deals, along with running back Steven Miller and defensive tackles Xavier Proctor and Jimmy Saddler-McQueen.

All were on the practice squad this season.

The Lions also signed two kickers, Giorgio Tavecchio and John Potter, and linebacker Jon Morgan.

Morgan was with the Lions in training camp before being released. Tavecchio was brought in during the massive kicker tryout late in the season when David Akers was struggling and Potter spent some time with the Redskins this season.

Akers, by the way, is an unrestricted free agent.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Tight end Brandon Pettigrew and linebacker DeAndre Levy missed their second day of practice this week on Thursday.

They were among four starters missing for the Lions along with receiver Calvin Johnson and cornerback Rashean Mathis, who practiced and spoke with the media Wednesday.

Also not practicing were safety John Wendling and cornerback Darius Slay. Slay was there, but off to the side working with trainers as he rehabs from a torn right meniscus.

Detroit also signed tight end Matt Veldman to the practice squad and bumped receiver Patrick Edwards to the practice squad injured reserve.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Six Detroit Lions did not participate in practice Thursday, including starting running back Reggie Bush and starting cornerback Chris Houston.

Bush, though, said Wednesday he plans on playing Monday night against Baltimore.

Also not practicing Thursday were safety Louis Delmas, defensive end Ziggy Ansah, cornerback Darius Slay and defensive end Israel Idonije.

Patrick Edwards, who is on the Lions practice squad, also did not participate.

In good news for Detroit, right tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who injured his elbow against Philadelphia, returned to practice and worked with the first team on offense.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Practice ended Thursday, and while most of the Detroit Lions players went through a hallway to the locker room, the wide receivers assembled in the indoor practice facility.

There, receivers took turns catching passes after having what appeared to be a screen blocking their vision at first. The screen would then be pulled down by an assistant and the ball would already be on its way.

The receiver, obviously, would have to catch it. Considering some of Detroit's issues there this season, this is an important drill to be working on.

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AP Photo/David RichardReggie Bush is averaging nearly 10 yards per catch on his 45 receptions, but his eight dropped passes are part of an ongoing issue for the Lions.
Detroit’s drop numbers are interesting. The Lions have more drops, 37, than any other team in the league. But they also have the second-most passing attempts in the NFL, with 500.

Where it evens out -- and where Detroit’s drop struggles become more evident throughout the season -- is in drop percentage. The Lions are tied with the Rams for the league’s worst drop rate at 7.6 percent of Matthew Stafford's passes.

And it hasn’t gotten better for the Lions in the second half of the season. Detroit has 14 drops in the past four games at a drop rate of nine percent, both numbers that are worst in the NFL.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan explained away the drops as a function of Detroit’s passing offense.

“We throw the ball a lot, so some teams don’t throw the ball as much, so they aren’t going to have as many when it comes to the amount of throws,” Linehan said. “I think guys really worked hard at catching it. I thought the last game they caught it really well.

“Great catches that weren’t routine. I don’t think that’s necessarily indicative of us versus anybody else.”

Except Detroit was credited with four drops in that game according to ESPN Stats and Information -- one each to Kris Durham, Joique Bell, Brandon Pettigrew and Calvin Johnson.

The drops, though, haven’t been quarantined to one game or one player. Ten of the 14 Lions players who have caught passes this season have also dropped at least one pass.

The four Detroit players who haven’t been credited with a drop by ESPN Stats and Information are tight ends Joseph Fauria and Dorin Dickerson, and wide receivers Kevin Ogletree and Patrick Edwards, who is now on the practice squad.

The most guilty Lion of dropping passes? Running back Reggie Bush, who has eight drops this season and is dropping passes at a rate of 12.3 percent -- second-highest in the NFL among qualifying players behind Pittsburgh’s Le'Veon Bell (13.3 percent).

Combine Bush’s drops with his fumble issues -- he’s been big on working on ball security this week -- and bad hands would be a potential concern for the Lions’ starting running back.

Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, though, is not concerned. He noted Bush’s drops earlier in the season as a reason for his high percentage.

“That’ll get your numbers up,” Schwartz said. “He also made an over-the-shoulder catch last week, too.”

This isn’t to say Bush isn’t a talented player -- he is a gifted runner and receiver -- but he has also dropped passes on screens and in the flat that could have been large gains if he held on to the ball.

After Bush is Johnson with seven drops (5.3 percent), Durham with four (5.8 percent), Bell with four (8.9 percent) and Pettigrew with four (7.0 percent). Beyond them are players who are either no longer on the Lions, on injured reserve or have limited roles.

Tight end Tony Scheffler, who was cut in October, had three drops. Ryan Broyles, who is now on injured reserve, has two along with Nate Burleson, who missed seven games, and Jeremy Ross, who has played in six games and been targeted nine times.

Running back Theo Riddick, who plays sparingly, has one drop.

Of all the players listed, Johnson’s drops might be the most understandable. His seven drops are one off a career-worst set last season, but he has been targeted 131 times, more than any other receiver in the league.

Despite the drops from his pass-catchers, Stafford is having a good season. He has still completed 59.2 percent of his passes (296 of 500), thrown for 27 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 3,825 yards.

But as the weather gets colder and situations become more intense for the Lions as they make a playoff push and a potential appearance in the postseason, how Detroit’s pass-catchers handle what Stafford throws at them will be paramount for any future Lions success.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Reggie Bush missed his second straight day of practice for the Detroit Lions on Thursday with an injured calf.

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Bush was at practice, however, working on the side holding a ball high in his right arm while one of the Lions' staffers poked it with a giant jousting stick.

Defensive end Israel Idonije and practice squad wide receiver Patrick Edwards were the only two other players not practicing Thursday, although both were in attendance off on the side.

Both wide receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Louis Delmas returned to practice.

Midseason review: Wide receivers

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This week, during Detroit’s bye, we’ll take a look at each position group at the half way point of the season.

Prior reviews: Quarterbacks; Running backs.

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What has worked: Calvin Johnson. The NFL’s leading receiver had the second-best receiving game in league history last Sunday with 329 yards against Dallas and over the past two weeks has 484 receiving yards.

The top receiver in the game often draws double coverage or major safety help (he didn’t all that often against Dallas) and that sets up the rest of the Detroit offense. With teams mostly focusing on Johnson, that has allowed running back Reggie Bush to see lighter boxes for both running and the short screen game. Johnson is in his prime as the 6-foot-5 security blanket for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Johnson has also found a complement in receiver Kris Durham. A guy who wasn’t a guarantee to make the team in training camp now has three or more receptions in five straight games and has 25 catches for 310 yards this season -- more production that he had in his first two years as a pro combined.

He is a good, low-maintenance player who works well in Detroit’s offense as the No. 3 or No. 4 option behind Johnson, Bush and, when he returns, Nate Burleson. Detroit also found a good midseason pickup in receiver Kevin Ogletree, who has caught five of seven passes thrown to him, has yet to drop a pass and has the speed to stretch the field if necessary across from Johnson.

As a group, the Lions receivers are averaging 14.39 yards per reception, sixth in the league. Much of that is due to Johnson, but that’s an important stat considering the Lions have not really pushed the ball deep very often until the past two weeks.

What has not: Much like mentioned with the running backs earlier, drops have been an issue at the position. Lions wide receivers have dropped 4.9 percent of the passes Stafford has thrown to them, 20th in the NFL.

One of the Lions with the roughest drop percentage was receiver Ryan Broyles at 14.3 percent. It was a small sample size, however, as he was only targeted 14 times this season before rupturing his Achilles against Dallas, his third straight season ended due to injury.

Injuries have been a factor here as well. Nate Burleson has missed the past five games after breaking his forearm. Johnson missed a game and was limited in another. Broyles is out for the year. It has left Detroit’s receiving corps with a somewhat rotating group, which can mess with a quarterback’s timing.

Durham wasn’t playing much to start the year, Ogletree was in Tampa Bay and Jeremy Ross was in Green Bay. Now, they are three of the Lions’ top five receivers along with Johnson and Burleson.

The other thing that didn’t work was Patrick Edwards being ready to contribute. The second-year player was once touted as a speed option opposite Johnson, but never really panned out in his second season. He had five catches for 46 yards in four games before being waived and re-signed to the team’s practice squad.

Prognosis: Good, although that could be dependent on the health of Johnson and Burleson. Detroit saw what could happen if Johnson doesn’t play -- a rough performance against Green Bay in the game he missed, stagnating the Lions offense -- but he now has the off week to fully heal.

And when he’s healthy, he’s by far the best in the game.

Burleson’s return, especially with the injury to Broyles, gives Stafford a good option in the slot or outside. He had 19 receptions for 239 yards in his first three games and was on pace for a 1,000-yard season before the pizza accident. As long as teams continue to roll safety help to Johnson or straight double cover him and pay attention to Bush, it’ll open up Burleson for one-on-one coverage.

It’ll be interesting to see how his return affects Durham, who has become a consistent possession target for Stafford. Broyles’ injury probably means Durham will still see a significant number of snaps, but he’ll probably be sharing those a little bit with Ogletree now, depending on down, distance and time in the game. Johnson, Burleson, Durham and Ogletree are probably going to be Detroit’s main wide receiver options the rest of the season, with Ross seeing some snaps in the slot on occasion.

Ross’ role might be dictated more by what happens in the return game. If the Lions stick with him there instead of Micheal Spurlock, he’ll likely steal some offensive snaps as well. If Detroit goes back to Spurlock as a returner, Ross’ role could be determined by the health of the rest of the roster.

Lions Mailbag: Receiver production

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Wide receiver production minus Calvin Johnson has been an issue the past couple of weeks for the Detroit Lions.

And you asked about it.

Questions about the wide receivers, Ndamukong Suh and the upcoming off week make up this week’s Lions Mailbag.

Remember, the Mailbag is only as good as the questions you ask. Send questions via Twitter with the hashtag #LionsMailbag or to me @mikerothstein. You can also email michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com. Put Lions Mailbag in the headline.

Now, on to your questions.
Each week, we'll look at who or what might be rising or falling with the Detroit Lions.

STOCK UP:
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AP Photo/David RichardJoseph Fauria was targeted three times and caught three touchdown passes against Cleveland.
TE Joseph Fauria: The rookie caught three touchdowns Sunday against Cleveland in his most extended action of the season. He remains primarily a red zone target, but with the concussion to tight end Tony Scheffler, he’ll likely see even more opportunities as the weeks progress. At the very least, though, he’s shown that he is someone who can make plays in the end zone -- and that’s just with his array of dances.

WR Kris Durham: The third-year receiver from Georgia caught a career-high eight catches for 83 yards -- the second straight game where he was a heavily targeted receiver in the Lions' offense. He and Fauria have been the biggest beneficiaries to the injuries to receivers Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson. For Durham, though, it is an even bigger bump because he has likely shown enough to the Detroit coaches that he’ll continue to have a role in the offense once Johnson returns to full health and Burleson comes back from his pizza-related broken forearm.

CB Darius Slay: His time on the bench might have helped. Slay played better on Sunday than he had when he was a starter the first two games of the season before being replaced by veteran Rashean Mathis. Mathis still has the starting job, but Slay looked much more capable against the Browns than he has in his prior appearances on the field. This bodes well for the rookie’s future.

Coming from behind to win: Detroit came from behind again to win a game this season -- not the first time the Lions have done that this year. But the way they did that, with a second half shutout of Cleveland combined with more precise movements from Matthew Stafford and adjusting to make sure Reggie Bush was part of the game plan was fairly important for the rest of the season.

STOCK DOWN:
WR Patrick Edwards: He didn’t catch a pass Sunday against Cleveland despite being targeted three times and was released the next day. The second-year receiver looked like he would be a potential playmaker in the preseason and has top-end speed, but never really put it together on the field. The Lions are keeping him around, though, as he was re-signed to the practice squad Wednesday morning.

RT Jason Fox: Every week Fox misses gives Corey Hilliard, the man he beat out in the preseason for the starting job, more of a chance to solidify the position. For the most part, the Lions' offensive line has done a good job keeping Matthew Stafford upright and functional as a quarterback. It’ll be interesting to see what happens if and when Fox becomes healthy again.

WR Ryan Broyles: The second-year Oklahoma graduate just isn’t getting the looks in the offense right now. As Justin Rogers from MLive wrote, he isn’t running a ton of different routes and Stafford isn’t looking his way for whatever reason. A large part of it could be game plan and strategy, but Broyles isn’t getting the opportunities to make plays even as his snap count increases. So not all his fault if he isn’t getting targeted.

The Lions' front four: This is a nitpick here because they have been good for so much of the season, but they allowed Brandon Weeden a ton of time in the pocket and for a half struggled somewhat in run defense. Again, this is a small nit to pick considering how dominant the Lions have been up front, but something to keep an eye on considering Cincinnati’s offensive line is pretty good.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- For the first time since last month, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson participated in a Tuesday practice.

Johnson also looked fine going through basic individual drills.

He wasn't the only major player there. Running back Joique Bell, who injured a rib in the fourth quarter Sunday, was at practice and didn't appear to have any extra protective padding on his chest.

Cornerback Rashean Mathis, who injured his groin Sunday, was also out there practicing. So was running back Montell Owens, who is now allowed to practice after being placed on injured reserve/designated to return before the season.

Running back Theo Riddick was also at practice, but with a winter beanie on his head instead of a helmet, he was not actually practicing. Other Lions not practicing were tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion), right tackle Jason Fox (knee), safety Louis Delmas (knee) and wide receiver Nate Burleson (forearm).

One other note -- the Lions brought wide receiver Patrick Edwards back to their practice squad and released running back Shaun Chapas. For the time being, Detroit now has three receivers on its practice squad.
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- While Sam Martin has done a good job at his more well-known punting duties during his rookie year, the Appalachian State grad has also been important to the Lions in another area.

Kickoffs.

Martin has had 58.8 percent of his kickoffs go for touchbacks this season -- a number somewhat skewed because Chicago returned six of nine kickoffs in part due to return specialist Devin Hester.

Otherwise, opposing teams have started essentially at their own 20-yard line during games.

"With our kick-off coverage, you can have 10 guys named Schwartz out there with Sam (Martin) kicking it and a lot of those are touchbacks," Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. "Not saying that we haven’t done a good job because when they did decide to bring one out, we got them down at the 15-yard line.

"I think a lot of the credit there goes to Sam and his ability to hang the ball in and control with depth and also location. That has been a significant improvement and when teams have tried to bring it out, we have tackled them inside the 20 quite a bit."

Kickoffs aside, here's a look at the rest of Lions news from around the Interwebs:
Even with the injuries to Nate Burleson and Calvin Johnson, there was slowly starting to be a glut of players at wide receiver for the Detroit Lions.

So Monday's decision by the Lions to release Patrick Edwards isn't completely surprising. Especially since Detroit could have a need at tight end due to the injury to Tony Scheffler. It's why the team, according to Dorin Dickerson's Twitter account, signed the tight end Monday as well.



If the Lions were going to make this move, Edwards started to appear as the odd men out. Johnson and Burleson are cornerstones of the offense. Ryan Broyles is the team's slot receiver. Kris Durham has emerged as a sure-handed, tall target for quarterback Matthew Stafford.

And when the Lions brought in Kevin Ogletree last week, it seemed like they were searching for better options at receiver. Then Ogletree saw 29 snaps Sunday (39 percent) to Edwards' 16 snaps (22 percent) and his role started to lessen.

Edwards had five receptions for 46 yards this season, but only had catches in two games -- against Minnesota in the opener and against Green Bay two weeks ago as he recovered from an ankle injury.

His time with the Lions might not be completely done, though. If he clears waivers the team could bring him back to the practice squad, but Detroit already has two practice squad receivers: rookie Corey Fuller and receiver/returner Jeremy Ross.

Detroit's new signing, Dorin Dickerson, only has nine catches for 117 yards in his career, but fills a position of need with the Lions down to Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria at tight end with Scheffler out for now.

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