The Lions Get Their Running Back

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

After surprising Lions Fans last night by drafting center Frank Ragnow out of Arkansas, the Lions traded up for the first time in the Bob Quinn era.  With, of course, New England.

They drafted Kerryon Johnson out of Auburn…and there was great rejoicing. After years of having a sub-par (and that’s being nice) running game, general manager Bob Quinn is finally addressing it.  After revamping the offensive line, now they add a running back.  Might this be the year that they get a 100-yard rusher?  It’s certainly starting to look that way.

Here’s how some of Lions Fans reacted to the pick:

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The Detroit Lions Pride Report: Free Agency

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By Sonja Greenfield// @Mom23RN

It’s been a whirlwind couple of days in the NFL.  Plenty of free agent signings have taken place, and the NFC North has gotten some big names.

The Packers got former Saints and Seahawks tight end, Jimmy Graham.  The Bears got former Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson and the Vikings were able to obtain quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The Lions, on the other hand, have been playing it sort of low key.  Outside of cutting TE Eric Ebron (more on that in my next article), the Lions have been quietly building their defense.

They added two linebackers yesterday in Christian Jones from the Bears and Devon Kennard from the Giants and today they acquired versatile cornerback DeShawn Shead from the Seahawks.

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We got our Ansah in Detroit

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

After about a month or so of speculation, the Detroit Lions franchised their defensive end, Ezekiel Ansah.  Ansah, out of BYU, was the Lions’ first pick in the 2013 draft.  He’s shown that he can be an impact player on this defense.

In 2014 he was the Week 6 NFC Defensive Player of the Week.  He was voted All-Pro in 2015 and made the Pro Bowl in 2015.  He had 14.5 sacks and 39 tackles that season.

However, in 2016 and 2017 Ansah was hampered by injuries, leaving questions about if it was time to move on from Ansah.   In what was considered to be one of GM Bob Quinn and new head coach Matt Patricia‘s first major personnel decision, they showed that they still feel that Ansah has the ability to make big plays.  He is currently ranked 5th all-time in Lions history with 44 sacks.

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The Lions Still Have Work To Do

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By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

After a disappointing season, the Lions fired their head coach Jim Caldwell, and have replaced him with Matt Patricia, former defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. That was the first of many moves that need to be made this off-season.  After ending his season a few weeks ago, Patricia and his newly assembled staff have work to do.

First up on their “To Do List” is free agency.  They’ve got to make decisions on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, defensive tackle Haloti Ngataand center Travis Swanson to name a few.  I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how I would manage this, but if it were up to me, I’d let Ansah and Swanson go and rebuild in the draft for their positions. Ngata is a beast who I think the Lions could still use on the line this next season, so maybe just sign him to a shorter deal.

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The Detroit Lions Pride Report: A New Era

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

What Detroit Lions fans have known pretty much since week 15 (some figured this out even earlier), is that former New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was going to be the next head coach.  After a failure to make the playoffs this past season, Jim Caldwell‘s time was up.   It was officially announced this past Monday, and there was great rejoicing among One Pride Nation.

After years of mediocre success and playoff losses, the Lions are finally starting to put something together it seems.  Bob Quinn was brought in to take this team to the next level and he feels that Matt Patricia is the one to do it.

He was officially introduced today at a press conference.  He came looking more polished then he normally does on the Patriots sideline.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

 

The votes are in.

The newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame are Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins, Terrell Owens, Jerry Kramer, Robert Brazile and Bobby Beathard.

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Is Firing Caldwell Racist?

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By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Yesterday an article was posted in the Detroit Free Press.

I read it.  And I paused.  And I thought about it.  And I must respectfully disagree.

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The Improvement of Eric Ebron

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By Sonja Greenfield @Mom23RN

The Detroit Lions picked a tight end with their first pick in the 2014 draft, Eric Ebron out of North Carolina.  Most were surprised.  At the time, the Lions had just signed tight end Brandon Pettigrew to a 4-year deal.   He proceeded to put a lackluster year together with lots of drops, just like Pettigrew.

In fact, most of his career he has been plagued with drops.  He would go back and forth with Lions fans on Twitter about that issue.  As his career went on, he wouldn’t argue as much, but he did change his tune.  He promised to work on the drops. Continue reading “The Improvement of Eric Ebron”

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Week 16: Detroit Lions Pride Report

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By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Bengals 26 – Lions 17

Handle your business and win.  Get some help from a couple of teams, and the Lions could get into the playoffs.  Easy enough.  In their last 4 games, the Lions faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers.  They were favored in all of them. They beat both the Buccaneers and the Bears.  Today they had to go on the road and face the 5-11 Bengals who were thoroughly beaten by the Vikings and the Bears.

This game should be no problem.  Despite a slow start from both teams, tight end Eric Ebron scored on a pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford.  Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay was getting calls, breaking up passes.  But the game took a slow turn.  The Bengals scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to make the score 13-10.  Lions fans just started to get “That Feeling”.  That some way, somehow, this team was going to lose to the Bengals. Continue reading “Week 16: Detroit Lions Pride Report”

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