The NFL free agency frenzy is upon us, and though the Lions haven’t been involved in any blockbuster moves Tuesday, there have been reports surrounding the team.
A league source confirmed that former Panthers tackle/guard Geoff Schwartz will visit the Lions on Friday.
Schwartz, 25, started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2010 . He missed all of last season with a hip injury and was not offered a restricted free agent tender by the Panthers.
The Lions are in need of younger talent and depth along the offensive line.
Jason Cole of YahooSports.com reported Tuesday that former Redskins free agent safety LaRon Landry is garnering interest from the Lions, Eagles, Jets and Bears, and could visit each organization.
Landry has struggled with injuries the last two seasons, starting just 17 games over that period.
As far as their own free agents, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the 49ers, Redskins and Buccaneers are making a push to sign free agent cornerback Eric Wright.
Wright started every game for the Lions last season and finished with 74 tackles, four interceptions and one forced fumble after signing a one-year deal before the season.
There were also several reports out of New York that Lions back-up quarterback Drew Stanton is planning to visit the Jets this week.
Free agency is certainly upon us.
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Quarterback Drew Stanton‘s high school football coach – John Herrington of Farmington Hills High School – is one of three finalists for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.
This award honors exemplary high school football coaches who display the integrity, achievement, and leadership demonstrated by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula. The coaches are active or retired high school football coaches and were nominated by NFL teams and players for their character and integrity, inspirational leadership, commitment to the community and on-field success.
This year’s finalists and the NFL teams and players who nominated them are:
Each finalist receives a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for their high school football programs. The national Shula Award winner will receive a $10,000 cash award and a $15,000 grant for his high school football program. The winner also will be invited to Super Bowl XLVI where he will be recognized at a press conference.
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Saturday’s inactive list is a welcome site to the Lions.
For the first time since Thanksgiving, the Lions will have all of their 22 starters in the game. That includes safety Louis Delmas, who hasn’t played since Thanksgiving Day against the Green Bay Packers.
As for the inactives, the only mild surprise is rookie linebacker Doug Hogue, who has played the last 13 games filling in on special teams for the injured Isaiah Ekejiuba.
Hogue was the victim of a healthy roster.
The other inactives for the Lions are quarterback Drew Stanton, corner Brandon McDonald, running back Joique Bell, safety Chris Harris, guard Leonard Davis and defensive end Andre Fluellen.
Harris, who has started the last five games for the Lions in place of the Delmas, missed all week of practice with a back injury.
Bell, who the Lions signed off the Saints practice team two weeks ago, will not get to face his old team.
Inactive for Saints are: WR Lance Moore, CB Leigh Torrence, LB Jonathan Casillas, G Eric Olsen, TE Tory Humphry, TE John Gilmore and DE Turk McBride.
Tags: Andre Fluellen, Brandon McDonald, Chris Harris, Doug Hogue, Drew Stanton, Joique Bell, Leonard Davis, Louis Delmas
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After much debate whether the Packers would rest their starters against Detroit today, the inactives officially show that they will.
Not playing for Green Bay are quarterback Aaron Rodgers, cornerback Charles Woodson, linebacker Clay Matthews and wide receiver Greg Jennings. Jennings had already been ruled out on the injury report earlier this week.
Also inactive for the Packers are wide receiver Randall Cobb, running back James Starks and tackle Bryan Bulaga.
Starting in place of Rodgers will be quarterback Matt Flynn; wide receiver Jordy Nelson will start in place of Jennings; tackle Marshall Newhouse will start for Bulaga; linebacker Brad Jones will start for Matthews, linebacker Frank Zombo will start for Erik Walden, who is active, and cornerback Sam Shields wills tart for Woodson.
Notable inactives for Detroit include defensive tackle Corey Williams, who has been playing through a hip injury, and safety Louis Delmas, who hasn’t played since suffering a knee injury against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
Defensive tackle Sammie Hill will start for Williams while safety Chris Harris will start for Delmas.
Other Lions inactives include quarterback Drew Stanton, cornerback Aaron Berry, running back Joique Bell, safety Ricardo Silva and guard Leonard Davis.
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The Lions are the healthiest they’ve been in weeks and will have almost their full compliment of defensive starters.
Corner Eric Wright, linebacker Justin Durant, defensive tackle Nick Fairley will all play. All were questionable on Friday.
Running back Kevin Smith will also play and start.
Durant, Fairley and Smith missed last week’s game.
Inactive for the Lions are quarterback Drew Stanton, safety Louis Delmas, corner Aaron Berry, running back Aaron Brown, defensive end Keyunta Dawson, guard Leonard Davis and defensive end Lawrence Jackson.
Tags: Aaron Berry, Aaron Brown, Drew Stanton, Eric Wright, Justin Durant, Kevin Smith, Keyunta Dawson, Lawrence Jackson, Leonard Davis, Louis Delmas, Nick Fairley
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QB Drew Stanton has been nominated for the FedEx Air Award based on his Week 15 performance at Tampa Bay. Stanton led the Lions to their first win on the road since 2007 completing 23 of 37 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown in the Lions’ 23 – 20 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Other nominees for FedEx Air are Chargers’ QB Philip Rivers and Eagles’ QB Michael Vick.
Fans can vote for one player in each category on NFL.com/FedEx from 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday through noon EST on Friday to determine the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week. The winners will be announced Friday evening on NFL.com. New this year, fans will be able to keep tabs on the achievements of their favorite Air & Ground players (and others) with the NFL Milestone Tracker, presented by FedEx.
RB Maurice Morris is up for the GMC Never Say Never Moment for Week 15. Morris carried the ball 15 times for 109 yards and a touchdown, including 35 in the Lions’ overtime drive to help setup K Dave Rayner’s 34-yard game winning field goal.
Other nominee’s for the GMC Never Say Never Moment are Philadelphia’s WR DeSean Jackson and New England’s G Dan Connolly.
Fans may vote for one of these three moments on NFL.com/gmc beginning immediately following Monday Night Football and ending on Friday at noon ET to determine the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week. The winner will be announced Friday during NFL Network’s “Around the League” show and then posted on NFL.com.
Tags: Drew Stanton, Maurice Morris
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QB Drew Stanton will get his third career start today against the Green Bay Packers. T Gosder Cherilus will be inactive with a knee injury. LB Isaiah Ekejiuba was placed on injured/reserve.
- QB Shaun Hill
- QB Matthew Stafford
- RB Aaron Brown
- DE Barry Turner
- T Tony Ugoh
- G Donald Thomas
- T Gosder Cherilus
- DE Willie Young
T Corey Hilliard will start in place of Cherilus.
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Drew Stanton will make his first-career start this Sunday at San Francisco.
Stanton: “I found out this morning walking into the team meeting. Coach Schwartz pulled me aside and said that I was going to get my first opportunity to start.”
This is a significant opportunity for Stanton, who has had preseason opportunities, but has also been held back by injuries.
In 2007, he was placed on Injured/Reserve with a knee injury; last season he suffered a thumb sprain during practice prior to the third preseason game and this season he suffered a knee injury at the end of the third preseason game.
Stanton on the opportunity: “It’s huge. I’m getting an opportunity to get in there and get comfortable and being on the same page with (my teammates) is going to be vital. It’s comforting to know that and to get in there and have a week of preparation and be on the same page. (I’m also getting to) talk and communicate with Dom (Raiola) and get the fine-tuning down (with) the precision of routes and what I’m expecting and what they’re expecting from me.”
Stanton is well-known in Michigan, growing up in Farmington Hills and attending college at Michigan State. Over that time, he has developed the reputation of not being afraid to run for a first-down – something he has had to curb a little bit since becoming an NFL quarterback.
Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan wants to see Stanton have patience in the pocket and run through his progressions, but he also knows that running is a significant part of Stanton’s game. The hope is that there will be an effective balance between patience to throw and taking an opportunity to run.
Stanton: “I think you just have to constantly remind yourself that the plays make themselves. If they’re there, take them. If they’re not, don’t try and force something.
“I think that comes with just having confidence but also throughout the week of preparation having an idea of what you’re going to get—knowing when to take your shots, knowing down and distance, and being on the same page with the offensive coordinator and what he’s thinking on any given play.”
This start will give Stanton the opportunity to put what he has practiced into a live game situation and truly gauge where he is in terms of development.
It is also a chance for him to put on tape what he is capable of as an NFL quarterback.
Stanton: “Matthew is the future, there’s no doubt about that, but if I can stay around here and prove to these guys that I can play in this league (it will benefit me). I also look at it from the standpoint that it’s a resume that I’m putting out there every time I step on the field. There are 31 other teams that could be in the market for a quarterback at any given time, and I take that approach and that’s why all the hard work is put in.”
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