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The Lions are being a little more transparent about their drafting process.

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Both the Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Jim Caldwell have shrouded their tenure in Allen Park with secrecy. Injury news has been on lockdown since Caldwell joined the team in 2014. Quinn has put the clamps on training camp reporting, ensuring that anything resembling strategy is embargoed from reaching the public via the media.

That’s why it’s a bit surprising to hear that—for the first time ever—NFL Network will actually have cameras in the Lions’ draft war room. Via’s Richard Deitsch:

The NFL Network is a big believer in having cameras in team draft war rooms. The network will be at 20 team facilities this year, including the Browns, 49ers, Titans, Jets, Chargers, Panthers, Cardinals, Colts, Buccaneers, Broncos, Lions, Texans, Seahawks, Chiefs, Cowboys, Packers. Steelers, Falcons, Rams and Vikings.
The war room camera should give us an interesting look into the live reactions of Detroit’s front office as they make their selections throughout the draft.

But if you’re hoping for a peak at the Lions’ draft board, don’t bank on it. Teams are very careful about the placement of those cameras, and we typically don’t get much, if any, audio to go along with the video feed.

However, you may remember last year that the Lions themselves gave us a little peak into their war room after the draft had finished. They posted a video of the moment they called and selected Taylor Decker in the first round, and we even saw a blurry draft board in the background. From there, we tried taking a closer look at what the draft board revealed, though it was hard to make any clear conclusions from the video.

Regardless, it’s nice to see the Lions being a little more transparent and allowing their fans to have a little behind-the-scenes coverage on draft day.


The Detroit Lions head into the 2017 season with no shortage of key characters and key personalities to watch who will determine how far they manage to go.

Here’s a look at the key characters to watch next season.

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What do you know, the Cleveland Browns are not on the schedule!

The NFL released the preseason schedule for the Detroit Lions on Monday afternoon. To start the year off, head coach Jim Caldwell will face his former team, the Indianapolis Colts. Week 1 of the regular season ended well for the Lions last year against the Colts, maybe they can have similar results.

The second week will be Lions fan’s first experience at Ford Field with the swanky new upgrades. Only two years removed from initiating the Ameer Abdullah hype train, the New York Jets return to witness the recently renovated stadium.

As previously rumored, the Lions will host the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in their dress rehearsal game.

It can be difficult to justify paying full price for a ticket to only see backup quality players, but almost three full quarters of starter action against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady seems reasonable. This could end up being the last time Brady makes it to Ford Field.

To cap it all off, the Lions will end their preseason action against the Buffalo Bills–a tradition that has been held since 2002. The fourth and final preseason game is riddled with practice squad players and undrafted free agents, but every so often, hidden gems can be unveiled. DE Kerry Hyder was a projected cut before the Bills game last year, only to register three sacks and secure himself a roster spot.

No firm dates or times have been set as to when the exhibition games will be played.

The regular season schedule is presumed to be announced sometime before months end. With all of the opponents already decided, it’s just a matter of determining when the games will take place. Outside of the Lions six divisional games, Detroit will play the entire NFC South and AFC North, along with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants.


NFL referee Brad Allen and his crew erred on a crucial call in the first half of Saturday night’s wild-card playoff game between the Lions and Seahawks, and it resulted in a fourth-down touchdown catch by Seattle receiver Paul Richardson.


Jim Caldwell, who has said repeatedly over the past few weeks that the conversation shouldn’t be about him amid questions about his job status, will return as coach of the Detroit Lions next season, the team announced Wednesday.


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