2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
6-10, 4th in NFC North
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2dMichael Rothstein

Jarrad Davis a key for any Lions success in 2019

The former first-round pick made strides as a pass-rusher in his second season, but he acknowledges there's still plenty of room for improvement.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Don Muhlbach re-signs with the Lions for another year. Longest tenured active player with Detroit and second-longest in franchise history.

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12dMichael Rothstein

Lions say Raiders much better for 'Hard Knocks'

HBO's "Hard Knocks," despite gaining a near cult following as a hit TV show, might not be a coveted landing spot for the teams who potentially play host -- if the Lions' attempts to deflect the show to the Raiders are any indication.

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12dMichael Rothstein

Lions GM says he's open to drafting QB at No. 8

Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Monday the club is open to taking a quarterback with the No. 8 pick in the draft if it deems someone worthy -- even with veteran Matthew Stafford on the roster.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions GM Bob Quinn was asked why the club didn't try to sign Kareem Hunt during the team's season ticket member summit on Monday. His full answer essentially said that they had questions about some of the issues surrounding him: “We consider everybody that's available. Obviously when that player was released towards the end of the season, every team in the league had the opportunity to claim him, number one, and actually would be on a cheaper contract than he signed today. So we evaluate every player on the field and off the field and in this case we talked about internally and it was just a player that we didn't feel comfortable bringing to the Lions for numerous issues and I stand by that. That's my word. I want good players and I want good people in this organization.”

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions bring back LB Steve Longa and DE Mitchell Loewen. Longa missed last season with a torn ACL but is a quality special teams player. Detroit signed Loewen in the final week of the 2018 season.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Glover Quin, very deservedly so, was named the Lions Good Guy this season. Quin made himself available every week for whatever questions would come his way about any topic. He gave thoughtful answers and just understood the media/player dynamic incredibly well.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions sign LB Tre' Williams out of Auburn. Williams, who was eligible to be drafted in 2018, sat out last season after suffering a slew of shoulder injuries during 2017. Williams worked in Auburn's recruiting office last season. He had 188 tackles in 47 games for Auburn in his career. He was a high-level basketball player and shot put thrower in high school as well.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions hire Sean Ryan as quarterbacks coach replacing George Godsey. Ryan will be the sixth position coach Matthew Stafford has had in 11 seasons with Detroit. Ryan was last in Houston, where he worked with DeShaun Watson. He also worked with Eli Manning and went to Hamilton College, graduating in 1994.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions LB Trevor Bates was on the docket to be arraigned Tuesday in the Queens Criminal Court -- Hospital part -- after his arrest Saturday for allegedly punching a police officer along with other charges. Bates has been charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, a felony, along with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and theft of services. If convicted, he could get anywhere from probation to seven years in prison.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions running backs coach David Walker is stepping away from coaching after over two decades in the business. The 49-year-old Walker, who played college football at Syracuse, had been with the Lions since 2016. He was a running backs coach almost his entire career -- at Syracuse (1995-2003), Pittsburgh (2004-10), the Colts (2011-14) and then the Lions. He was also an offensive coordinator at Carmel High School in 2015. He's the second offensive staff member to leave the Lions this offseason along with former coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, who was not renewed. “I am at peace with my decision to step away from the coaching profession to pursue other opportunities," Walker said in a statement released by the team. "At this juncture of my life I realize that my family needs outweigh my desire to continue coaching football. I've appreciated my time working in Detroit and I wish the entire organization nothing but future success.”

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26dMichael Rothstein

Agent: Lions' Bates still undergoing evaluation

Trevor Bates continues to undergo medical testing and a mental health evaluation after his weekend arrest, the Lions linebacker's agent said Monday.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Slay told me he plans on taking his fellow Lions defensive backs on a trip this offseason. He's not sure where just yet. Last year it was Cabo. "Without them, I would be nothing. We're all a group. It's a team effort. I praise them more than I praise myself. I've got a great group of guys that's with me. They deserve it just as much as I [do]."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Darius Slay called Mike Evans "Mr. Pick Man" and believes he could be a legit cornerback. "I told him, ‘Got out there and play corner. First thing they'll try you with is a fade. You tall enough, you're gonna make the play.' Bam! He made a play. A pick! He should be a corner now."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The NFC may have lost, but Lions cornerback Darius Slay believes he is winning because he's gotten to know Alvin Kamara better and now has an Airheads plug. He REALLY wants Reese's though.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Yeah, they even boo the Patriots mascot at the Pro Bowl.


Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football quarterbacks sliding on a slip-and-slide to work on sliding after practice Sunday.

Team Stats

Passing Yards223.5
Rushing Yards103.8
Points For20.325th
Points Against22.5

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