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7-9, 3rd in NFC North

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions HC Jim Caldwell coached under the late Dennis Green at Northwestern and was a player for Iowa when Green was an assistant. Green also gave Caldwell one of his early breaks in coaching. Caldwell released this statement late Friday: "Dennis was one of the men that had a tremendous influence on many of us. He created a great legacy of winning and without question was one of the very best motivators of our time. He was brilliant, tough minded and an outstanding leader. "The lessons I learned from him are ones that I have utilized throughout my career and still use today. His impact on me, both as a coach and a person, is something I will forever cherish. My deepest sympathies to his wife Marie and to his children."

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Can the Lions afford to keep Darius Slay?

At just 25 years old, Slay is developing into one of the NFL's better cover corners. The Lions might have to franchise him, notes John Clayton, if they can't get a long-term deal done. Clayton: Best 2017 free agents (Insider)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Lions interim GM Sheldon White has a new job and he's staying in the state of Michigan. White was hired Friday as a "program consultant" for Michigan State. It is not entirely clear what White's job will entail, but he will be working with the Spartans. White was last in colleges in 1996, when he coached receivers at Miami (Ohio). Interestingly, White's son, Cody, is a WR commit to the Spartans for 2017.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions signed OT Luke Marquardt on Thursday, the second player Detroit has signed in as many days. Marquardt was briefly with the Jets earlier this offseason. He was initially with San Francisco after going undrafted in 2013 out of Azuza Pacific.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions have signed DE Quanterus Smith, a 6-foot-5 defensive end who was drafted by Denver in the fifth round in 2013. He spent two seasons with the Broncos out of Western Kentucky and spent last season on the practice squad of the Jets and Jaguars. He joins a Lions DE group that has starters established but is light on depth, so there could be a path to a roster spot if he plays well in camp.

Lions stop the run on three-receiver sets

Detroit allowed an NFL-best 3.5 yards per rush when opponents lined up with three or more receivers last season, according to Football Outsiders' advanced metrics. Sneaky strengths (Insider)

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Lions offense still has issues to work out in training camp (1:30)

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Lions practice squad WR Carlin Isles will go to Rio as a member of the United States rugby team. The team was announced Monday morning. Isles was briefly with Detroit during the 2013 season. He quit the Lions after the season to focus on rugby.

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Under-the-radar strength of every NFL offense

Patriots RB Dion Lewis dominated opponents after the catch, while Washington QB Kirk Cousins thrived on play-action. Aaron Schatz delves into the hidden strength of each offense.

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Training camp 60 second preview (1:07)
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Calvin Johnson Conversation

Michael Smith caught up with Megatron months after his sudden retirement from the NFL. An E:60 conversation.

Team Stats

Passing Yards263.39th
Rushing Yards83.432nd
Points For22.119th
Points Against25.023rd

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