DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have been so bad in recent years, winning an average of four games since 2018, that they desperately need an influx of talent at a lot of positions on both sides of the ball.
2, 32. DETROIT LIONS (3-13-1)
LAST SEASON: The Lions lost their first eight games and went 0-2-1 over the next three before finally winning a game. They closed with a relatively encouraging 3-3 finish in coach Dan Campbell's first full year as a head coach.
The Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams should have plenty of company sitting out the first round of the NFL draft next week.
The franchise that hasn't made a selection in round one since taking Jared Goff in 2016 and doesn't currently have another first-round pick until 2024, is set to be joined by a record seven other teams that have traded away their first-round picks in what has become a growing trend in recent years.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have re-signed reserve quarterbacks Tim Boyle and David Blough.
Detroit announced the moves Tuesday, retaining the players who backed up Jared Goff last season.
The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with starting safety Tracy Walker and backup quarterback Tim Boyle, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the moves had not been announced.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Josh Reynolds to a two-year contract, adding depth where they need it in coach Dan Campbell's second season.
Going all-in paid off for the Los Angeles Rams. They have a shiny new Lombardi Trophy to show for all the money spent on big contracts and draft picks traded away.
While some teams may be tempted to follow a similar path for success - the Denver Broncos just agreed to send a massive haul to Seattle for Russell Wilson - even the Rams know it’s not a wave of the future in the NFL.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's difficult if not impossible to downplay the importance of having a top-level quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Or even get to it.
Sure, there are exceptions such as Jared Goff, Nick Foles and Rex Grossman, though Foles played like a superstar in early 2018.
ATLANTA (AP) — It was the kind of ending that Tim Boyle dreamed up many times in his quest to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
Boyle’s Detroit Lions recovered a fumble at the Atlanta 37-yard line with 2:18 remaining and down four points.
ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Smith is running out of time to collect his first true home win in his debut season with the Atlanta Falcons.
Smith's best opportunity could come Sunday against Detroit, when Lions first-year coach Dan Campbell will try again for his first road win.
Several asymptomatic, vaccinated NFL players tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of “targeted” testing, a person familiar with the results told The Associated Press on Monday.
Overall, 47 players were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the most in a single day since the pandemic began.
DETROIT (AP) — This season has never been easy for Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell.
After all, his team lost its first nine games, and only two wins in the past three weeks have pulled its record to 2-11-1.
DETROIT (AP) — A week ago, the Detroit Lions looked as if they had finished their season early.
After avoiding a winless season by beating the Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 5, the Lions went to Denver and were taken apart in a 38-10 loss.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions knew they didn’t have much of a chance Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Not only were they going in with a 1-10-1 record, but their roster had also been decimated by illness.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions had a walk-through instead of practice because coach Dan Campbell said “there's a lot," of players with flu-related illnesses.
DETROIT (AP) — The Lions finally found a victory when Jared Goff threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown as time expired, lifting previously winless Detroit to a 29-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
DETROIT (AP) — Jared Goff dropped back, looked left and let the football loose that Amon-Ra St. Brown squeezed tight as he sat in the end zone.
Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell had a play sheet in his left hand and a walkie-talkie in his right hand during a recent practice.
In many ways, Campbell has his hands full. And he knows it.
The first-year coach, searching for ways to spark his winless team last month, took over play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and gave himself the important chore for the first time.
DETROIT (AP) — When the Detroit Lions punted with 8:30 left against the Chicago Bears, quarterback Jared Goff was already planning what his offense would have to do next.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff is active against the Chicago Bears on Thursday.
Goff was listed as questionable to play after missing Sunday's three-point loss at Cleveland with a oblique injury.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff missed a third straight practice with an oblique injury and is listed as doubtful to play against the Cleveland Browns.
Tim Boyle is expected to make his first career start Sunday in Cleveland.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will head to Los Angeles to face the Chargers without star outside linebacker T.J. Watt.
The team ruled Watt out Friday after he missed a third straight day of practice due to hip and knee injuries suffered in last week's tie against Detroit.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions held out Jared Goff from Wednesday’s practice after the starting quarterback suffered an oblique injury in last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Playing without star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who entered the COVID-19 protocol on Saturday night, the Steelers slogged their way to a 16-16 tie with the Detroit Lions on Sunday in an ugly nearly four-hour marathon that produced more comedy than highlights.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers came to similar conclusions in the offseason: It was time to upgrade over the quarterbacks who helped both franchises reach the Super Bowl in recent years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams were trailing 10-0 midway through the first quarter before Matthew Stafford even got to touch the ball Sunday in his reunion game with the Detroit Lions.
Stafford and the Rams (6-1) then went about demonstrating just how well they can handle unexpected circumstances while keeping their season on an upward trajectory.
DETROIT (AP) — There were a lot of positives for Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell to take out of Sunday's 28-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
After all, the winless Lions, who hadn't played a single offensive snap with the lead in their first six games, led 10-0 before Matthew Stafford got on the field and 19-17 going into the fourth quarter.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff was under immediate pressure from Aaron Donald when he dropped back late in a one-score game. He threw to the end zone while being dropped, and Jalen Ramsey picked it off.
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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jared Goff was the Rams' first draft pick after their return to Los Angeles a half-decade ago — the new quarterback for the franchise's new era.
The tall, blond California native was a face of the Rams during their transformation from a longtime loser to a perennial title contender under coach Sean McVay.
DETROIT (0-6) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (5-1)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Rams by 15 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell isn't considering a change at quarterback.
That doesn't mean he's happy.
“I'm not putting all of this on Jared Goff, because this is a collective performance by our offense," Campbell said after the Lions fell to 0-6 with a lopsided 34-11 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The winless, and banged-up Detroit Lions have taken another hit.
Lions standout center Frank Ragnow has a season-ending toe injury that requires surgery, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
DETROIT (0-3) at CHICAGO (1-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Bears by 3½, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Detroit Lions’ new coach and quarterback are off to a start that resembles the team's previous regimes.
Detroit brought in Dan Campbell to replace the fired Matt Patricia.
DETROIT (AP) — Dan Campbell wasn’t thinking about moral victories.
Yes, his Detroit Lions nearly pulled off an improbable comeback, scoring 16 points in the final two minutes and moving the ball back into San Francisco territory before falling short in a 41-33 loss.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have placed left tackle Taylor Decker on injured reserve and promoted guard Tommy Kraemer to their active roster from the practice squad.
Detroit also promoted offensive tackle Will Holden to the active-inactive list on Saturday, a day before hosting the San Francisco 49ers to open the season.
DETROIT (AP) — Dan Campbell is taking over a team that isn't supposed to win much this year and is leading a franchise as synonymous with losing as any in the NFL over the last several decades.
DETROIT LIONS (5-11)
New faces: GM Brad Holmes, coach Dan Campbell, QB Jared Goff, RB Jamaal Williams, WR Tyrell Williams, OT Penei Sewell (No. 7 overall draft pick), DT Michael Brockers.
Key losses: QB Matthew Stafford, RBs Kerryon Johnson, WRs Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola, DT Danny Shelton, CB Desmond Trufant, K Matt Prater, returner Jamal Agnew.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions made a lot of changes in the offseason by bringing in a new general manager, coach and quarterback.
The franchise with one playoff victory since winning the NFL title in 1957 is coming off three straight double-digit loss seasons.
LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-7)
New faces: QB Matthew Stafford, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, WR DeSean Jackson, RB Sony Michel, WR Tutu Atwell.
Key losses: Defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, QB Jared Goff, pass game coordinator Shane Waldron, run game coordinator Aaron Kromer, DL Michael Brockers, S John Johnson, CB Troy Hill, C Austin Blythe, LB Samson Ebukam, C Austin Blythe, WR Josh Reynolds, RB Malcolm Brown, DL Morgan Fox, LS Jake McQuaide.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions backup quarterback Tim Boyle broke his right thumb in the team's preseason finale and needs surgery.
Lions coach Dan Campbell made the announcement Monday, adding the team is hopeful it was not a season-ending injury.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wait a second. He's playing where now?
With the NFL season about to kick off, it's time for a quick refresher on some familiar faces in new places. Otherwise, you might be scratching your head while drafting your fantasy football team or doing double takes when you flip on the games in Week 1.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams backup quarterback John Wolford is expected to miss up to two weeks because of appendicitis.
Wolford had his appendix removed Friday following an examination by team doctors after waking up with pain in his side, a Rams spokesman said.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jared Goff is the new guy in charge of the offense for the Detroit Lions, and he's already found a comfort zone with his new teammates.
“That’s always part of your job as the quarterback, especially for me with new faces, new system,” Goff said.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Matthew Stafford has had four months to acclimate himself to the Los Angeles Rams, but the fresh start he has after 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions definitely hit home Sunday.
DETROIT LIONS (5-11)
CAMP SITE: Allen Park, Michigan
LAST YEAR: GM Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia were fired 11 games into the season, which ended with double digits in losses for the third straight year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers is out indefinitely after tearing his Achilles tendon in an offseason training session.
The Rams confirmed the injury Tuesday, one week before veterans report to training camp.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Sean McVay has finally given a bit of real insight into the reasons why the Los Angeles Rams traded Jared Goff for Matthew Stafford.