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Arizona Cardinals data is beautiful against Matthew Stafford.

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The Arizona Cardinals will open the 2017 season on the road to face the Detroit Lions. There are a lot of storylines surrounding the game, but the most recent being the Lions’ face of the franchise, Matthew Stafford, receiving a five year extension making him the highest paid player in NFL history.

The Arizona Cardinals have faced Stafford four times throughout his career since he was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Detroit Lions.

Throughout the four meetings between the Stafford led Lions and the Cardinals the Lions have a 0-4 record.

While Stafford has been able to accrue high stats throughout his career and continues to set record paces to surpass passing yardage records, three of his four meetings with Arizona were subpar and his performance has trended down in the last three meetings.

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Colin Kaepernick has found a home – in the Motor City.
Kaepernick, who has spent his entire NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers, has reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $16 million. According to sources, he will compete for the starting quarterback job with Matthew Stafford.
Kaepernick made news last season by boycotting the national anthem, taking one knee during its playing before kickoff. He has been much maligned for his choice.

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The Detroit Lions have had a great offseason so far improving their offensive line to help Matthew Stafford. The Lions now need to focus on the draft and solidifying the defensive side of the ball.

The Lions did not have a solid defense last season. They finished 18th in total yards given up per game (354.8). It’s time to focus on the defense and that can start with the 2017 draft. If one of these three players remain at No. 21, The Detroit Lions will select one of them.

1. MARLON HUMPHREY CB ALABAMA

Detroit needs help in the secondary immediately. They gave up 248.4 pass yards per game last season, which was good enough for 19th in the league.

Darius Slay is already CB1 in Detroit, but the Lions need a solid CB2 to help him out on the other side. That’s where Marlon Humphrey could fit in.

In 2015, Humphrey started all 15 games for Alabama and earned All-SEC consideration. He recorded 45 tackles, 3 INTs and eight PD’s. In 2016 he had 26 tackles, two interceptions (one for a TD), and added five PD’s. He is a very physical CB that will attempt to strip the ball away at times (Three forced fumbles in 2016).

 Humphrey is very athletic but sometimes has problems covering the deep ball, allowing 19 yards per completion in games he started. That issue could cause him to fall to the Lions.

If the Lions are looking to add depth to their secondary, which they should, Humphrey would be a great fit.

2. JARRAD DAVIS LB FLORIDA

With the release of DeAndre Levy, the Lions will look to add another linebacker through the draft. Jarrad Davis would be a good start if he is available at No. 21.

During his junior year at Florida, Davis recorded 94 tackles (11 for loss), 3.5 sacks and one interception. He has great acceleration which is a huge factor during the blitz. He also has the ability to step back into coverage when needed (8 PD’s over the last two seasons). Davis has the ability to finish his tackles and eliminate the big play. He had 50 solo tackles in 2015. Davis was limited to only nine games last season due to injury but still impressed with 60 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Davis at times will have trouble coming off blocks and needs to learn to take better routes to the ball. Those issues may cause him to fall to No. 21 and if he does the Lions should snag him up.

3. T.J. WATT DE WISCONSIN

There are about to be three Watt brothers in the NFL after this week. That’s terrifying considering T.J. Watt could be another defensive threat. The Lions need to improve their defensive line and Watt could help.

Watt was finally healthy in 2016 and he made his presence known. He recorded 63 tackles, 38 solo tackles, 11.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. Watt received second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors.

 Watt has quick hands and tries to keep blockers off balance. He had great numbers against the rush and pass in one season. The Lions gave up 106.3 rushing yards per game last season which was good enough for 18th in the league. That needs to improve and Watt would be a great addition opposite of Ezekiel Ansah.

He doesn’t have the best foot quickness and will have to rely more on his hands to win in the trenches. That could cause him to fall in the draft.

According to his draft profile, many experts have Watt going in the second round. Don’t be surprised if the Lions draft him at No. 21 because of their defensive needs.

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The Lions aren’t in the market for a quarterback, but if one like Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs falls in the later rounds, they could still scoop him up to complement Matthew Stafford and Jake Rudock. (AP File Photo)

This is the first of an seven-part series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs and priorities heading into the NFL draft. The installments are ordered by need, starting with where help is needed the least and ending where it’s needed the most.

Quarterback

Current depth chart: Matthew Stafford, Jake Rudock
Best in class: North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer
First-round possibilities for Detroit (21st overall): None.
Mid-round fits: Pitt’s Nathan Peterman, Tennessee’s Josh Dobbs
Late-round finds: Virginia Tech’s Jerod Evans, Iowa’s C.J. Beathard
Breakdown: Matthew Stafford is back for a ninth season in the starting hole, and if last season is any indication, he’s just entering his prime. He’s also headed a contract year, but both sides want a new deal and there is a strong belief throughout Allen Park that one will get done this summer. Expect to see something come down in July.

Behind Stafford, Jake Rudock has developed nicely since Detroit took him in the sixth round of last year’s draft. So much so, the club felt confident bidding adieu to longtime backup Dan Orlovsky this offseason. Barring something strange, Rudock will be the No. 2 in 2017.

All of this is to say, the Lions have a stable quarterback situation. Their needs here are low, and they’re all the better for it considering just how weak this class is. There just aren’t that many guys who are any good.

Having said that, don’t rule out the possibility of the Lions taking a sixth- or seventh-round flier on a quarterback either. Bob Quinn hails from a Patriots organization that drafted QBs frequently, even with Tom Brady in tow, and he’s said himself that he believes it’s good business to take one every year or every other year. Just don’t expect it to be a very high priority.

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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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NFL star Matthew Stafford and his wife Kelly are proud parents to healthy newborn twin girls!

Kelly announced the exciting news to Instagram on Sunday, April 9. She posted a photo with her husband at a restaurant celebrating their first night out as parents, Us Weekly reports.

“First night out as a mom and dad!” she captioned the snap. “Our babies were born March 31st and are healthy and happy! Thanks for all the well wishes!”

Kelly previously revealed in March that the couple planned on naming their twin girls Sawyer and Chandler.

The Detroit Lions quarterback and his wife met while attending the University of Georgia in Athens.

Stafford previously joked about the only downfall to fatherhood: “I’m assuming it’s going to be a big change,” he said. “Not as many naps, which is disappointing.”

Congratulations to the happy family!

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Five Detroit Lions who are on the fast track to the Pro Bowl.

 

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The Detroit Lions didn’t get a single player to the Pro Bowl in 2016, but 2017 is a new year and certainly, the team has some contributors who are on the upward track toward getting that done.

Which players are on their way up as it relates to the game? Here’s five names to remember.

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1. Ezekiel Ansah, DE

It wasn’t long ago — 2015 to be exact — that Ansah worked his way into the big game with a great season. Folks forget that injuries slowed his dominance this year, as a high ankle sprain complicated matters and made it so that Ansah could not run and attack the quarterback. He’ll get back to doing that next year and put himself into the discussion.

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2. Golden Tate, WR

Tate had another 1,000 yard season and if not for a slower start to 2016, may have been in the conversation last year. There’s no reason to expect his targets to dwindle as the Lions’ top option next season, so bet on Tate being getting into the discussion and playing in an elite way next season.

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3. Sam Martin, P

Martin was beaten out last season by Johnny Hekker, but Martin’s numbers have actually been very impressive. He beat Hekker out as it related to average yardage and long punt, but the terrible Los Angeles Rams allowed their punter to have 36 more chances at booting the ball. In the future, Martin will find himself as rising star in punting circles with his constancy, and could steal the spotlight from Hekker.

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4. Darius Slay, CB

Slay arguably should have been in the mix last season what with all his game winning plays, but statistically, he’s got to work on getting more interceptions and putting up sexier numbers. Still, with some help from the pass rush and the backfield, Slay could get into the game. He seems to be on the right track.

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5. Matthew Stafford, QB

If it’s anyone who is on the verge of the Pro Bowl, it’s Stafford, who’s big numbers and elite play seem to make him a perfect candidate for the game. This season, if not for a finger injury, Stafford might have made the game on his own. It’s easy to see him being on the list for the next few seasons.

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