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Twentyman: Mayhew wouldn’t be doing his job if he wasn’t calling around regarding a RB

Posted by ttwentyman on August 28, 2012 – 4:58 pm

I preface this blog by first saying I have no knowledge of – and have not been told by anyone within the Lions organization – that general manager Martin Mayhew has been putting feelers out to teams regarding a possible trade for a running back.

Jason La Canfora of CSBSports.com, however, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Mayhew is actively trying to acquire another running back.

That being said, Mayhew should be making a few phone calls around the league to at least explore the possibility of getting additional help at the position, given the current state of the his running back corps.

  • The Lions placed running back Jahvid Best on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, which will prevent him from playing in least the first six weeks of the regular season.
  • Second-year running back Mikel Leshoure is facing a two-week suspension to start the regular season for two separate marijuana possession charges this offseason.
  • Running backs Kevin Smith and Stefan Logan are currently nursing ankle injuries.

If I were Mayhew, I’d certainly be making a few calls.

Don’t forget Mayhew tried to address the depth at running back last season when he faced a similar injury and depth problem last year after Best suffered his second concussion of the season and went on injured reserve soon after. Mayhew tried to trade for Ronnie Brown but that trade fell through, remember, when it was discovered Jerome Harrison, who the Lions were sending to Philadelphia in exchange for Brown, had a brain tumor.

There are a number of players who’ve been rumored to potentially be on the market over the last month, a list that includes Knowshon Moreno, Brandon Jackson, Leon Washington, Chris Ivory and Maurice Jones-Drew. The Lions have not commented publicly on any desire to trade or any player under contract with another team.

Now, before Lions fans get all excited about the last names on the above list, know that’s it’s highly unlikely the Jaguars would trade the NFL’s leading rusher from last year, and – if they did – he’d be too expensive to acquire for my liking.

I still believe the Lions have their answer at running back in Leshoure, but they won’t have him the first two weeks of the season and you can never have too much depth at any one position.

Mayhew could also choose to wait until final cuts on Friday to add a player to the roster.

Moral of the story is that if, in fact, Mayhew is making a few calls to see what’s out there, it is him simply being a diligent general manager and doing his job given the team’s current state at running back.


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Stafford back at practice; but no Houston, Bentley or Smith

Posted by ttwentyman on August 27, 2012 – 4:14 pm

Lions fans can rest easy, quarterback Matthew Stafford was back on the practice field Monday and seemingly feeling no effects of a left-hand injury that forced him to leave Saturday’s preseason game in Oakland in the second quarter.

Stafford participated in the portion of practice open to the media Monday afternoon and did not have his non-throwing hand wrapped or taped.

“I think what would have happened in a regular season game is right after it happened I would have run up for x-rays and if they said they were negative I would have come back in the game,” Stafford said after the game Saturday. “It feels okay right now; it feels fine really. Just scary looking down to your hand swelling up by the second.”

Stafford wasn’t the only Lions starter to leave Saturday’s game due to injury. Running back Kevin Smith (ankle) and cornerbacks Chris Houston (ankle) and Bill Bentley (shoulder) also left. All three of those players did not practice Monday.

Also missing practice were: receiver Calvin Johnson, linebacker Stephen Tulloch, linebacker Travis Lewis, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, tight end Brandon Pettigrew and safety John Wendling.

Running back and kick returner Stefan Logan participated in the open portion of practice for the first time since injuring his ankle the second week of the preseason in a victory over the Ravens.


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Schwartz not worried about Suh’s “personal resume”

Posted by ttwentyman on December 6, 2011 – 2:17 pm

Lions coach Jim Schwartz told 97.1 The Ticket in an interview this morning that he isn’t any more concerned about defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh than he is any of his other players.

Suh is suspended two games by the NFL for kicking Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith on Thanksgiving and was involved in an early-morning car accident in Portland, Oregon, Saturday where two female passengers reported they were injured in the accident.

“It’s not a situation where we can call him and get his side of the story or if he’s okay,” Schwartz said. “He can’t be in our building, that’s why he’s in is hometown of Portland. He can’t go to meetings. We can’t have contact with him. We did get word that he was uninjured and that’s about all that we really know at this point.”

Schwartz was then asked if he’s worried about Suh’s “personal resume” in lieu last week’s car accident.

“The fact that he was in a fender-bender?” Schwartz said. “How guys drive and things like that … let’s worry about him on the field. Ndamukong is a hard-working guy and he hasn’t had any kind of issues with the law, including this one. Let’s worry about him on the field and get him back playing well. He’s under a microscope, but that’s too much of a microscope.”

Schwartz also talked about the three after-the-whistle penalties called on receiver Titus Young, returner Stefan Logan and tight end Brandon Pettigrew against the Saints Sunday and how the team can’t have those going forward in a playoff run.

“We don’t gloss over anything like that,” he said. “Anything that puts the team in a position where it’s more difficult to overcome, it’s a selfish penalty and those three penalties (we had Sunday) were all selfish penalties.

“Those are things we can’t allow to happen and we can’t continue to have them happen. But No. 1, we haven’t had anybody who’s had two of them, and up until last week, you’d have a hard time saying there was any kind of trend there.”

Young was disciplined during Sunday’s game by being benched for most of the second half. Schwartz was asked Tuesday if there would be similar discipline for Logan and Pettigrew, which has been suggested by more than one media outlet this week.

“We’re going to do everything we can to be as efficient as we can and not to put a team in those positions,” he said. “It boils down to: if somebody’s hurting the team, whether they’re not a good enough player or they’re hurting the team with penalties, or whatever, they aren’t going to be on the field.

“But let me say this, we don’t have a suggestion box. We’re going to do whatever we can in our view to operate as efficiently as we can and to put a good product on the field to win football games and to put guys on the field that will do those things. Every case is different.”

Schwartz gave no update on the status of injured players DT Nick Fairley, RB Kevin Smith, S Louis Delmas or CB Chris Houston.

“We’ll just see this week. It’s really just going to be how sore it is and how he’s able to manage his way through this week,” Schwartz said of Fairley and his injured foot. “It’s Tuesday. It’s too early to tell on all those guys.”

“We knew Kevin was in a situation coming back from that injury (ankle) that there was a possibility that there would be something that happened in the game and he sort of aggravated it and wasn’t able to finish,” he said. “He’s another week off of it. I don’t think it’s any worse and we’ll just see where he gets to this week.”

“The other two guys (Houston and Delmas) are making progress and I don’t know where they’ll be this week but as soon as they’re ready and it makes sense (they’ll be on the field),” he said. “(It’s) one thing for a guy to being cleared but can help the team and can he be out there and do his job. If he can do that, then we’ll get those guys back on the field.”

Delmas tweeted this Tuesday morning: “In the training room getting treatment. Im bout Ready to start shooting that missile again”


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Stafford helps Lions get back into the game

Posted by ttwentyman on November 20, 2011 – 4:05 pm

The Lions needed a quick start to the second half to get back into the game.

Mission accomplished.

A three-and-out by the defense led to a long Stefan Logan punt return that set up a 16-yard touchdown strike from Matthew Stafford to Nate Burleson.

The Lions now trail 27-21 with 10:28 left in the third quarter.

Receiver Calvin Johnson had a huge block on the Burleson catch and run.

After starting 5-of-10 for 55 yards with two interceptions, Stafford is 13-of-14 for 145 yards and three touchdowns since.


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Backus, Johnson, Young all practicing

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on August 21, 2011 – 3:06 pm

Tackle Jeff Backus has been activated off the Active/Non-Football Injury list and is currently practicing with the team. Tackle Isaac Sowells was released to make room on the roster for Backus.

Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who did not play Friday at Cleveland, is also practicing along with fellow wide receiver Titus Young.

During individual drills, returner Stefan Logan took reps with the running backs while starting running back Jahvid Best did not practice.


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Five Lions named to Seifert’s 2010 All-NFC North Team

Posted by Tara Altman on February 14, 2011 – 3:43 pm

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com sought the help of fans to determine this year’s All-NFC North team roster. The roster is comprised of the best players available for each position among the NFC North.

Seifert, along with the help of fans via email and Twitter, determined the following five Detroit Lions to be named to the “starting line-up”: WR Calvin Johnson, T Jeff Backus, TE Brandon Pettigrew, DT Ndamukong Suh and WR/KR Stefan Logan.

For the full NFC North roster, click here.


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Suh Named Defensive Rookie of the Month, Logan NFC Special Teams Player of the Month

Posted by Tara Altman on November 4, 2010 – 10:58 am

Rookie DT Ndamukong Suh has been named the NFL Rookie of the Month, while WR Stefan Logan has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month.

It is only the second time that two Lions have been named NFL Rookie of the Month and NFC Player of the Month in the same month (September 2004: WR Roy Williams, Offensive Rookie of the Month and WR Eddie Drummond, NFC Special Teams Player of the Month).

“First and foremost I have to give a big up to my coach (Danny Crossman) for making good calls as far as what we returns we want to go with and the blockers up front do a great job keeping their guys keeping their guys from getting down field. It’s always an honor. We just have to keep on doing what we’re doing. I appreciate it and it’s a big honor.”

Suh is the Lions’ second rookie to earn NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month. He joins S Louis Delmas (September 2009) as the only Lions’ rookies to be named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month. With RB Jahvid Best earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month earlier this year (September), Suh and Best become the second Lions rookie tandem to be named Rookies of the Month since 2005 (WR Roy Williams in September and RC Kevin Jones in December). It marks the first time that both an defensive rookie and an offensive rookie have been named Rookie of the Month in the same year, and the first that two rookies have been named Rookie of the Month in consecutive months.

“It’s definitely a great honor, I’m definitely proud to accept it, but to me it just adds more pressure, which I like, to continue to work and live up to it,” said Suh. “I definitely something that I’m proud to carry and be a part of.”

DT NDAMUKONG SUH:

  • Suh was dominant during the month of October as he finished with 14 tackles, 4.5 sacks (29.5 yards lost), 1 interception, 1 pass defense and a 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown. He was a key cog in the Lions going 2-2 and winning both their home games.
  • Suh’s 4.5 sacks in October are the most for the month by a Lions rookie since sacks became official in 1982. They are the fifth-most among all Lions’ defensive players for October and the second-most (DT Doug English in 1983) among Lions defensive tackles.
  • Suh had more sacks (4.5) in October than any other rookie in the NFL has tallied for the entire season, and he had the most among defensive tackles in the League (Chicago DT Israel Idonije recorded 4.5 sacks but did it over 4 games starting at LDE).
  • With 4.5 sacks, Suh became the first rookie defensive tackle to record 4.5 sacks in October since Jacksonville DT John Henderson had 5.0 in 2002. He also became the first defensive tackle in the NFL to collect 4.5 sacks during October since Tampa Bay DT Warren Sapp had 5.0 in 2005.
  • In three of the four games Suh played in October, he had at least 1.0 sack, and he finished the month off with 3.5 sacks over the final two games.
  • At Green Bay (10/3), Suh registered his first sack of October with a 5-yard loss.
  • In the Lions 44-6 win over St. Louis (10/10), Suh recorded his first career interception when he tipped Rams QB Sam Bradford’s pass at the line of scrimmage and plucked the ball out of the air in the fourth quarter. Suh then returned the interception 20 yards to set up a Lions field goal.
  • Suh’s interception against the Rams was the first interception by a Lions’ rookie defensive lineman since DT Thurman McGraw intercepted a pass vs. the Los Angeles Rams October 15, 1950. Suh is also the first rookie defensive tackle in the NFL to register an interception since Falcons rookie DT Trey Lewis had one at Tennessee October 7, 2007.
  • At the New York Giants (10/17) Suh recorded his fourth full-sack of the season in the second quarter for a 5-yard loss. Earlier in the game, Suh recorded half-a-sack with DE Kyle Vanden Bosch.
  • Suh electrified the Ford Field crowd as part of a dominating performance by the defensive line in the team’s 37-25 win over Washington (10/31) when he registered 2.0 sacks (17 yards loss), 4 tackles (2 tackles-for-loss) and put an exclamation point on the victory with a 17-yard fumble return for a touchdown with 1:36 to play in the game that gave the Lions a 37-25 lead.
  • In the second quarter, Suh halted a Redskins drive when he registered 2.0 sacks in the span of three plays for a total of 17 yards lost. Suh became the team’s first rookie to record two sacks in a game since DE Kalimba Edwards at Arizona December 8, 2002. He is the first Lions rookie defensive tackle to record 2.0 sacks in a game since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
  • Suh became the first Lions rookie defensive lineman to return a fumble for a touchdown since Bob Bell (25 yards) at Green Bay November 1, 1971.

WR STEFAN LOGAN:

  • Logan had arguably the best all-around performance for the month of October by a special teamer in the entire NFL. Logan contributed on every kick and cover unit, and he came up with huge plays in all four of the Lions’ October games.
  • In each of the past three games, Logan had a kick return for at least 50 yards, including a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. St. Louis (10/10), a 58-yard kickoff return at New York Giants (10/17) and a 71-yard punt return vs. the Washington Redskins (10/31).
  • Logan became the first player in Lions history to return a 100-yard kickoff return and a punt return for at least 70 yards in the same season (both returns occurred in October). He is the only player in the League this season with a kickoff return over 90 yards and a punt return over 60 yards, and he accomplished this in the month of October.
  • Logan led the NFL in kickoff return average (35.9) in October as he returned 10 kickoffs for 359 yards.
  • As a punt returner, he averaged 18.4 yards per return (8 for 147 yards), which was the second highest in the NFL during October among punt returners with at least 4 punt returns. He highlighted the month as a punt returner against Washington (10/31) with a career-long 71-yard return that set up a Lions touchdown.
  • Logan also contributes significantly on the team’s cover units. At Green Bay (10/3), Logan became the only special teams player this year to recover two fumbles on special teams in a game this season. Logan recovered two fumbles on kickoffs against the Packers. His second fumble recovery led to a Lions 24-yard field goal and put Detroit within two points of the Packers 28-26.
  • Logan’s 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Rams gave the Lions a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. It tied a franchise record for the longest kickoff return in team history (CB Terry Fair, 105t vs. Tampa Bay September 28, 1998) and it is tied for the sixth longest in NFL history.
  • Logan’s kickoff return for a touchdown was the team’s first since TE Casey FitzSimmons returned an onside kickoff 42 yards for a touchdown vs. Chicago September 30, 2007.
  • The kickoff return for touchdown was the second of Logan’s career.
  • At the New York Giants (10/17), Logan struck again with a 58-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter to help set up a Lions’ field goal as the team mounted a comeback. Earlier in the game, Logan returned a punt 21 yards.
  • On Sunday against the Washington Redskins (10/31), Logan set up the Lions first score of the game when he returned a Redskins punt for career-high 71 yards. He gave the ball to the Lions offense at the Redskins 19-yard line.
  • The 71-yarder is the longest by a Lions returner since WR Eddie Drummond returned an 83-yard touchdown at Jacksonville November 14, 2004.

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Logan Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted by Tara Altman on October 13, 2010 – 11:30 am

Wide receiver Stefan Logan has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after his Week 5 performance against the St. Louis Rams.

Logan broke for a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the second quarter, inevitably igniting a 44-6 win.

Logan: “I appreciate every guy on the special teams group: punt return, kickoff return team, coverage units. Coach has a lot in store for us, he has a lot of things that he wants to do to get us free as far as what we’re doing for kickoff return, punt return and so I have to applaud those guys as well because with their help that’s what sprung me lose to get me that long kickoff return. I feel good as far as showing what I can do that I’m a little guy, but I’m going to go hard. I give 120 percent every time.”

He is the first Lions special teamer to be named NFC Player of the Week since kicker Jason Hanson earned the honor during Week 8 of the 2007 season.

The last Lions kick returner to get the nod was R.W. McQuarters in Week 5 of the 2005 season.

Additional notes regarding Logan’s return:

  • Logan’s 105-yard kickoff return tied for the longest kickoff return in team history. He tied CB Terry Fair who recorded a 105-yard touchdown September 28, 1998. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown since TE Casey FitzSimmons returned an onside-kick 42 yards for a score vs. Chicago October 28, 2007. The last non-onside kickoff return for a touchdown by the Lions was WR Eddie Drummond’s 92-yard kickoff return for touchdown at Minnesota November 21, 2004.
  • In League history, Logan’s 105-yarder is tied for the sixth longest kickoff return for touchdown.
  • He also recorded 2 punt returns for 24 yards, including a 17-yard return in the third quarter that set up a Lions touchdown drive that began at the St. Louis 41-yard line.
  • Logan is also a member of the team’s kickoff cover unit that allowed just an 18.3 yards per return average on 9 returns.

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